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Ruth McCabe: Open Studio & Art Sale on Saturday 23rd September 2017

Ruth McCabe: Open Studio and Sale on Saturday 23rd September 2017.

A retrospective showing work in a variety of media, from large to very small will be available to see and buy.

Those curious to explore the journey I’ve made since I began to paint in 1997 will be able to enjoy the collection, arranged chronologically.

A brief intro…

My earliest pieces were often painted in acrylic like these limes, a large piece…

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A few years later, having switched to oils, my work was still pursuing figurative forms…

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….but also abstraction, like this piece – a response to a walk in spring woodland…

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….and this even more abstract response to sunlight on a favourite footpath I walk regularly…

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This later oil is based on returning to my Yorkshire roots and shows the beginning of a period in which I enjoyed using texture.

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Two more textured oils from this period… “Snow Ewes” and “Spring Surge”

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At this time I would often apply white oil, creating texture with the palette knife, then once dry, rub other pigments onto the textured surface with my finger. Loved it!

Boats were a regular subject in these years, loving their rounded forms and general buoyancy! These always sold well and only a few very small works remain like this oil on canvas which was one of a series of pieces painted to show alongside the ceramics of Usch Spettigue.

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In 2010 I began exploring the medium of watercolour, in a curious response to the combination of struggling through a long long winter of snow and ice which seemed unwilling to let go its grip, followed immediately by the driest April ever, when trees began shedding their leaves to reduce water loss. Somehow this left me wanting to work in a thin, sparing medium and I persevered through a year of frustration (watercolour is so difficult) until I began to achieve pieces I liked. This early watercolour won its way into The Mall Galleries in the Sunday Times 25th Contemporary Watercolour Competition exhibition. I was thrilled, and doubly delighted to find that they’d chosen my piece to use on the cover of their brochure. How I wish this had led to some interest from a London gallery.

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Continuing since 2011 to develop my practice in the use of watercolour, I am grateful to competitions like the Sunday Times and Royal Watercolour Society’s Contemporary competition, in the hope that these prestigious bodies change the art world’s prejudiced view of ‘watercolour’ as the medium for ‘amateur dabbling’. I love its translucency and flow, and never work in a tight, controlled way.

So please come and visit the studio and the two additional spaces I will be setting up to show this collection. I hope to make it an interesting journey for you.

There will also be unframed pieces, cards and some wire works.
Look for the signs to get you to me! Come straight to the studio.

During the painting demo (see poster below), work can still be seen in the cottage.

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Ruth McCabe’s OPEN STUDIO AND ART SALE
Saturday 23rd September 2017, 10am until 4pm
Threeways, Coles Hill, Wenhaston IP19 9DS

11am to 12 noon Watercolour demo in the studio: working loosely with this medium. Please email ruth@threeways.mail1.co.uk to book your place since due to space restrictions, only 6 places available, £3.00 per person.

All visitors please come straight to the studio. Other rooms of work will be open for browsing during the demo if you arrive while that is taking place.

www.ruth-mccabe-artist.co.uk
Twitter: @mccabe_ruth
Instagram: @ruthmccabe8420

Ruth McCabe: CELEBRATING THE COMPLETION OF HER NEW STUDIO

CELEBRATING THE COMPLETION OF HER NEW STUDIO, Ruth McCabe invites visitors between 11am and 3pm Tuesday 14th June through to Friday 17th June. And on Saturday 18th June between 10 and 2pm. Pop in to see what I’m working on and enjoy the new space!

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Built over a period of several months the studio gives me much more space and height so I’m hoping it will encourage me to work large! In the winter I will also be delighted to hunker down in the mornings before a little woodburner, coffee in hand.

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My work is developing along two lines at present: my response in watercolour and oil to the Suffolk agricultural landscape of the Blyth Valley, and slowly emerging paintings inspired by my 2015 artist residency in Snowdonia at Stiwdio Maelor.

Two recent examples to whet your appetite:

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An imperial size painting in watercolour, acrylic ink and pastel, of the mountainous landscape of North Wales, where I found the marks made by man’s industrial efforts: the slate quarries – as beautiful as the inherent colours and forms of the land itself.

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This watercolour is painted in the format I have come to love: half imperial but halved length-wise, is one of the views of the Blyth Valley that I love. Watercolour’s translucency is ideal for responding the the layers in the landscape, unfolding towards distant horizons.

Ruth McCabe: CELEBRATING THE COMPLETION OF HER NEW STUDIO 14th – 18th June 2016
Threeways, Coles Hill, Wenhaston. IP19 9DS
ruth@threeways.mail1.co.uk
www.ruth-mccabe-artist.co.uk
01502 478295

Ruth McCabe: New Exhibition ‘Illumination’ at Aubrey Gallery

From 1st June to 30th July Ruth McCabe will be showing twelve watercolours in the Aubrey Gallery’s show, ‘ILLUMINATION’.

‘ILLUMINATION’ is a joint exhibition featuring work by Ruth McCabe and Sue Eaton. The artists will be in the gallery between 11am – 1pm on Saturday 4th June 2016.

ILLUMINATION
1st June to 30th July 2016
Aubrey Art Gallery
Great Dunmow
Essex
CM6 1AW
Tel: 01371 873133

Ruth works with translucent layers of watercolour pigment to build up abstract interpretations of the landscape. Living in East Suffolk she has chosen pieces which show the impact of light on the agricultural and coastal formations so typical of this region.

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Ruth McCabe, Sunset Light, watercolour on paper

Within the collection there are also pieces which have emerged following a residency in North Wales in 2015, where the massive land forms around her, and the places where industry made its impact set a different challenge. In particular she spent time exploring a disused slate quarry, watching the light as it moved across man-made rock faces and forms. It was a place of great presence, bringing to mind thoughts of the violence which had removed rock from the mountain, juxtaposed against the beauty of colour, and colonisation of plant life since work stopped. There were even tadpoles in August in the shallow pools.

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Ruth McCabe, Light in dark places, watercolour

For an overview of the ‘ILLUMINATION’ exhibition and opening times of the gallery, please visit www.aubreyartgallery.com/index.html

To see Ruth’s twelve pieces in the exhibition, visit www.aubreyartgallery.com/pages/mccabe/ruthmccabe.html

Today at ARTWORKS 2015: Alison Jones – Botanical art, watercolour techniques

Meet the Artist: daily presentations at ARTWORKS 2015

Today at ARTWORKS: Sunday 27 September 2015: Alison Jones – Botanical painting, from dry brush to washes in watercolour. Learn more about the skills and techniques in botanical art, watercolour painting and illustration from the award-winning artist Alison Jones.

Alison Jones, P. Tongariro 'Jackdaw'

Alison Jones, P. Tongariro ‘Jackdaw’

Alison Jones will be in the demonstration area in the ARTWORKS exhibition today, Sunday 27 September 2015, from 10am – 4pm. This drop-in event is free and runs throughout the day, no pre-booking required. Visit the exhibition and learn more about watercolour painting!

Alison Jones received tuition from Jenny Jowett and Clare Dalby, who are both leading botanical artists. In 1995 the book ‘Fuchsias: The Complete Guide’, written by Edwin J. Goulding, was illustrated by Alison with forty line drawings and twelve colour plates.

Awarded the Grenfell Silver-gilt medal by the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) in 2000, 2008, 2013. Alison Jones is also a member of Iceni Botanical Artists (I.B.A.)

ARTWORKS 2015 – 16th Annual Exhibition
5 – 27 September 2015
Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ

The Artworks exhibition is open daily, 10am to 5pm, admission is free, ample parking, wheelchair accessible. Free exhibition catalogue.

We also have the ARTWORKS shop for visitors to browse: handmade prints, small paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass and metalwork, large range of greetings cards and artist postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments.

Artists in ARTWORKS: Kit Price Moss: My sketchbooks have always been important to me. I enjoy drawing from life outdoors…

Artists in the ARTWORKS exhibition 2015: Kit Price Moss

Bass Rock

Bass Rock

My sketchbooks have always been important to me. I enjoy drawing from life outdoors…

Artworks 16th Annual Exhibition
Saturday 5 – Sunday 27 September 2015
Open daily 10am – 5pm

Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham Estate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP30 9HZ

The Artworks exhibition is open daily, 10am to 5pm, admission is free, ample parking, wheelchair accessible. Free exhibition catalogue.

We also have the ARTWORKS shop for visitors to browse: original handmade prints, paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass and metalwork, wide range of greetings cards and artist postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments.

Artists in ARTWORKS: Katie Millard: Watching rain approaching and the way it affects the sea and the landscape I find awe inspiring…

Artists in the ARTWORKS exhibition 2015: Katie Millard

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Watching rain approaching and the way it affects the sea and the landscape I find awe inspiring. Hot summer days, the peace and quiet and utter stillness keep me there…

Artworks 16th Annual Exhibition
Saturday 5 – Sunday 27 September 2015
Open daily 10am – 5pm

Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham Estate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP30 9HZ

The Artworks exhibition is open daily, 10am to 5pm, admission is free, ample parking, wheelchair accessible. Free exhibition catalogue.

We also have the ARTWORKS shop for visitors to browse: original handmade prints, small paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass and metalwork, large range of greetings cards and artist postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments.

Artists in ARTWORKS: Ruth McCabe: Heart leaps of excitement or suffusings of gratitude lead me to paint…

Artists in the ARTWORKS exhibition 2015: Ruth McCabe

The rain did not stop

The rain did not stop

Heart leaps of excitement or suffusings of gratitude lead me to paint…

Artworks 16th Annual Exhibition
Saturday 5 – Sunday 27 September 2015
Open daily 10am – 5pm

Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham Estate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP30 9HZ

The Artworks exhibition is open daily, 10am to 5pm, admission is free, ample parking, wheelchair accessible. Free exhibition catalogue.

We also have the ARTWORKS shop for visitors to browse: original handmade prints, small paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass and metalwork, large range of greetings cards and artist postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments.

Today at ARTWORKS 2015: Doug Patterson – To look is to care about

Meet the Artist: daily presentations at ARTWORKS 2015

Friday 25 September 2015: Doug Patterson – To look is to care about…

Doug Patterson will be at the ARTWORKS exhibition today, Friday 25 September 2015. Do visit the exhibition today if you would like to find out more about his work and his extensive travels around the globe. Doug will have myriad sketchbooks and drawings to illustrate new developments in his current project, Sacred Places, which now includes CERN in Switzerland and The Culham Centre for Nuclear Fusion.

He will be based in the demonstration area of the exhibition from 10am – 4pm.

Doug Patterson is a renowned architect and artist who says his ‘feet have not touched the ground in the last six years’. However, he is also an artist very much with his feet on the ground – as his recent watercolour sketches demonstrate, revealing a unique insight into the locations, religious communities and styles of architecture that he has encountered on his extensive travels around the world.

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Doug Patterson trained at the Royal College of Art, then studied Architecture at the Architectural Association, graduating in 1974. He established his own architectural design practice and has spent the last twenty five years working on a wide variety of projects, ranging from film sets to a 28-suite luxury yacht.

Doug Patterson will be at the ARTWORKS exhibition from 10am – 4pm.

Artworks 16th Annual Exhibition
Saturday 5 – Sunday 27 September 2015
Open daily 10am – 5pm

Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham Estate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP30 9HZ

The Artworks exhibition is open daily, 10am to 5pm, admission is free, ample parking, wheelchair accessible. Free exhibition catalogue.

We also have the ARTWORKS shop for visitors to browse: original handmade prints, small paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass and metalwork, large range of greetings cards and artist postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments.

Artists in ARTWORKS: Doug Patterson: the travelling artist…

Artists in the ARTWORKS exhibition 2015: Doug Patterson

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Doug has travelled extensively painting and drawing in the tradition of the travelling artist, believing that the process of painting and drawing gives a intimate insight into a place…

Doug Patterson will be at the ARTWORKS exhibition today, Friday 25 September 2015. Do visit the exhibition today if you would like to find out more about his work and his extensive travels around the globe. Doug will have myriad sketchbooks and drawings to illustrate new developments in his current project, Sacred Places of the World, which includes time spent at CERN in Switzerland and The Culham Centre for Fusion Energy.

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Artworks 16th Annual Exhibition
Saturday 5 – Sunday 27 September 2015
Open daily 10am – 5pm

Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham Estate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP30 9HZ

The Artworks exhibition is open daily, 10am to 5pm, admission is free, ample parking, wheelchair accessible. Free exhibition catalogue.

We also have the ARTWORKS shop for visitors to browse: original handmade prints, paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass and metalwork, wide range of greetings cards and artist postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments.

Today at ARTWORKS 2015: Katie Millard – Watercolour without a Pencil

Meet the Artist: daily presentations at ARTWORKS 2015

Thursday 24 September 2015: Katie Millard – Watercolour without Pencil

Katie Millard is Artwork’s artist in residence today at the ARTWORKS exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn. She will be in the demonstration area of the exhibition from 10am – 4pm.

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Katie Millard exhibits widely in the East Anglian region and is well known for her expressive and spontaneous watercolours of the wild and unspoilt places of north Norfolk, a coastal region she frequently visits. More recently, she has begun exploring bold elements of abstraction in her work. Katie says: I work very quickly, straight onto thick watercolour paper with only a brush and the flow of the paint to dictate the outcome.

Katie Millard will be at the ARTWORKS exhibition from 10am – 4pm.

Artworks 16th Annual Exhibition
Saturday 5 – Sunday 27 September 2015
Open daily 10am – 5pm

Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham Estate
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP30 9HZ

The Artworks exhibition is open daily, 10am to 5pm, admission is free, ample parking, wheelchair accessible. Free exhibition catalogue.

We also have the ARTWORKS shop for visitors to browse: original handmade prints, small paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass and metalwork, large range of greetings cards and artist postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments.