painting blog 2013

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'Autumn leaves, St. James's Park London'

'Autumn leaves' is one of five paintings I have just submitted for the 126th Annual exhibition of The Royal  Institute of Oil  Painters at The Mall Galleries in London.

"The Royal Institute of Oil Painters also known as the ROI, is an association of painters in London and is the only major art society which features work done only in oil. It is one of the 8 member societies that form
Federation of British Artists and holds meetings in the Federation's Mall Galleries, next to Trafalgar Square.

The ROI was founded in 1882 and is uniquely dedicated to celebrating, informing and assisting those who practice the Art of Oil Painting.  Originally known as the Institute of Painters in Oil Colours, it was granted its Royal status by King Edward VII in 1909.

The Institute is confined to about 65 elected members and includes many of the leading artists in the country. Membership of the ROI is open to artists who have shown work of a consistently high standard in its annual exhibition. Successful candidates are first elected associate members of the Institute and have a maximum period of five years in which to illustrate their suitability for full membership.

Famous artists of the past who have shown their work in ROI exhibitions include 
Alma Tadema, Macwhirter, Sickert, Dame Laura Knight, Fantin Latour, Adrian Hill, Ann Redpath and even Rodin." 

 2013 will mark my 20th year showing as a full member of this prestigious London Society, having been elected an associate member in my early 30's.  How time flies!
One of my earliest memories of exhibiting with the ROI was being voted a finalist in the 'Winsor & Newton Young Artist Award' in 1985 - the same year I was elected an Associate member.  Princess Michael of Kent opened the show that year, and I was delighted to later discover that she had purchased my painting "Suffolk Fields, Summer".

This year's ROI Annual Exhibition opens with a Private View, by invitation, on:

Tuesday 10th December 2-8pm.
Dr David Starkey will formerly open the exhibition at 4pm

The exhibition opens to the public on Wednesday 11th December 10-5pm and closes on Saturday 21st December at 1pm.

ROI Patrons : Michael Portillo, Maureen Lipman CBE, Comm. Antonio Carluccio OBE




The IEA's first Patron, North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb (third from left), joins artists at Picturecraft Gallery in Holt for the launch of the Institute of East Anglian Artists in October 2012. 
Left to right, founder member of the IEA Bob Brandt, President of the IEA Brian Ryder, Norman Lamb MP, MD of Picturecraft Gallery Adrian Hill,  founder members of the IEA Andrew King and Andrew Dibben.             
© Eastern Daily Press -  PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Annual Open Exhibition of the IEA

The second Open Exhibition of the Institute of East Anglian Artists (IEA) is being held at 

The Picturecraft Gallery and Exhibition Centre in Holt
 from Saturday 19th to Wednesday 23rd October. 

The Preview evening was very well attended on Friday 18th October and some great feedback was received on the quality and diversity of the work on show.

The Institute of East Anglian Artists was established by a group of professional artists in 2012 to provide a focus for artistic excellence for those living in the area.  The main aim of the new Institute is to raise the profile, and encourage the teaching, of arts in the eastern region.  Under the patronage of Norman Lamb MP, it is hoped that the Institute will develop to become one of the nation's most distinctively recognised societies promoting interest in, and the development of, the arts.

For more information on how to submit paintings to the IEA's exhibitions:

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'Willows & Water-Lilies'


'EAGMA' Article in 'Anglia Afloat' Magazine

In early August, I met with 'Anglia Afloat' journalist John Worrall and some fellow members of the East  Anglian Group of Marine Artists (EAGMA) at Cox's Boatyard, Barton Turf, Norfolk.  After a morning's painting, John photographed us working away at our easels and wrote a 3 page article which appeared in September/October's issue of the magazine.

I found a quiet corner at Barton Turf Staithe to paint 'Willows & Water-lilies'.  Someone had moored a small tender, which had splashes of light and shadow.  Backed by a willow and with floating vegetation in the foreground, it made an attractive subject.

The painting was exhibited (and sold) at the newly opened 'Adrian Hill Fine Art Gallery' in Holt.


The article features
EAGMA members:

  • Richard Dack RSMA RWA EAGMA (Chairman)
  • Andrew King ROI IEA EAGMA (Hon. Secretary)
  • Paul Darley EAGMA
  • Ian Piper PWS EAGMA (Hon. Treasurer)
  • Graham Webber EAGMA candidate, IEA Associate


JULY 2013

'Harvested fields, Saxthorpe'

This view is typical of the wonderful spell of late summer weather we enjoyed during 2013.  The bales dotted randomly around the fields give a sense of perspective and depth to the landscape.   This is all too brief however, as nowadays the bales are quickly collected and piled up and the stubble ploughed in, ready for the next crop. 
This always gives me a sense of summer's end. 

It was exhibited (and sold) at the newly opened 'Adrian Hill Fine Art Gallery', Holt

MAY 2013

'Morning light, Mousehole, Cornwall'

 I've just returned from a working trip to South West Cornwall, with fellow
members of the 'East Anglian Group of Marine Artists' and several guest members from
'The Wapping Group'. 
 I visited the same area last May, but this time I travelled a little
 further and found this morning view of Mousehole Harbour, with morning light
shining from the slate roofs and wet sand beyond.

The painting is currently being exhibited at Mandell's Gallery in Norwich

More of my 'en plein air' Cornish oils can be viewed here

APRIL 2013

'Evening reflections, quayside, Blakeney'

 I painted this dusk view of the quayside Blakeney in early April, with evening light reflected in wet mud and water. 

The painting was exhibited (and sold) at the Flint Gallery, Blakeney.


'Cley in snow'

February brought more snow to North Norfolk, and so I took my paints out to find
this view of Cley in afternoon light, with long shadows across the snow.

The painting was exhibited (and sold) at the Flint Gallery, Blakeney.


'Towards Norwich Cathedral, winter, dusk'


In mid January, clearing skies after heavy snow encouraged me to explore some fresh views of Norwich.  I found this view near Mousehold Heath, overlooking allotments.
As the sun was going down and the mist began rising in the cool air, the view developed a wonderful atmosphere.

The painting was exhibited (and sold) at Mandell's Gallery in Norwich.

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