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Doug Patterson : travels in watercolour

Doug Patterson is a renowned architect & artist who, in his own words, 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 & styles of architecture that he has encountered on his extensive travels around the world.

Doug Patterson has been on a personal artistic crusade, retracing the journeys made by three 18th and 19th century travelling artists – Hercules Brabazon Brabazon, Vasileios Gregorovic Barsky & Samuel Davis – who between them recorded the three great world faiths – Islam, Buddhism and Orthodox Christianity.

Doug’s journeys in the footsteps of these three artists has included sketching and painting Islamic mosques and monuments in North Africa and India, Buddhist Dzongs in Bhutan and the Orthodox monasteries of Mount Athos and Meteora in Greece. This project, called Artists in Paradise, recently culminated in a well-received exhibition at the National Theatre, London in 2010.

The monastry of Hilandara, Mount Athos © Doug Patterson

Doug has visited Mount Athos in Greece twelve times, walking throughout the holy mountain and visiting all twenty Orthodox monasteries. Doug’s travels in Greece followed those of the artist and Russian monk, Vasileios Gregorovic Barsky, who in 1745 visited Mount Athos and recorded the life, landscape and architecture of the holy mountain. Doug Patterson’s Mount Athos portfolio consists of over 200 artworks, including sketches, water-colours and oil paintings. The Mount Athos series of works were recently exhibited in Saloniki in Greece, the exhibition then travels on to Athens and Istanbul, Turkey.

The Katholica, Hilandara, Mount Athos © Doug Patterson

Between 2005-2007 Doug travelled to Bhutan, the land of the Thunder Dragon, following the route of the artist, astronomer and director of the East India Company, Samuel Davis (1760-1819), who visited Bhutan in 1783. Doug’s Bhutan portfolio is a comprehensive contemporary collection of drawings and paintings of the landscape, life and architecture of all the 20 Dzongs (Buddhist monasteries) of Bhutan.

Jakor Dzong, Bhumthang, Bhutan © Doug Patterson

 

Buddhist Monks in Bhutan © Doug Patterson

Travelling through the region of northern India (of the Mughal Empire), Doug’s next series of paintings and drawings retraced the footsteps first taken by Hercules Brabazon Brabazon (1820-1904) who made numerous journeys recording the architecture of the Muslim and Christian world.

Jama Masjid mosque © Doug Patterson
Gurudwara Bagla Samib, Delhi © Doug Patterson

The first location in this project was the Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya, India. The journey was by boat from Calcutta via the Hooghly and Ganges Rivers, first to New Farraka and then through the lock onto the River Ganges. We finally docked in Patna then went by road to Bodhgaya, finally to arrive at the most sacred Buddhist site, the Mahabodhi Temple, culminating in an intense spiritual experience. The various artworks illustrating this particular journey are now complete.

You can listen to Doug Patterson talking about the ideas & inspiration of his earlier travels on BBC Radio 4’s travel programme, Excess Baggage.

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. You can view his comprehensive art portfolio on Doug Patterson‘s own website.

Meet the Artist: daily presentations at ARTWORKS 2015: Alison Jones – Botanical painting, from dry brush to washes in watercolour

Meet the Artist: daily presentations at ARTWORKS 2015

Today at ARTWORKS: Friday 18 September 2015: Alison Jones – Botanical painting, from dry brush to washes in watercolour

Apple Bramley's Seedling

Apple Bramley’s Seedling

Alison Jones will be at the ARTWORKS exhibition today, Friday 18th September 2015, from 10am – 4pm. Alison will be demonstrating various watercolour painting techniques. This wlll be an ideal opportunity to learn more about the skills and techniques in botanical art and illustration. This event is free – no booking required.

If you miss this event, Alison will back at the barn on Sunday 27th September 2015 to demonstrate and share watercolour painting techniques with visitors.

A festival of fuchsias held in the village church provided Alison with the incentive to pick up a paintbrush for the first time in 1984. Alison Jones has 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.

Ruth McCabe: two paintings accepted for RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition

The ARTWORKS blog is delighted to receive news that one of our artists, Ruth McCabe, has been successful with two paintings accepted for the Royal Watercolour Society’s annual RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition.

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Ruth McCabe, Looking out, watercolour on paper

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Ruth McCabe, Under grey sky, watercolour on paper

The RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition is an annual competition open to non-members. It aims to encourage innovation and experimentation in water-based painting including watercolour, acrylic, gouache, pen and ink, and watercolour mixed media.

This prestigious competition provides professional artists with an established and internationally recognised platform on which they can exhibit their work.

The RWS annual open exhibition is at Bankside Gallery, London, from 6th – 18th March 2015.

RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition
6th – 18th March 2015
Bankside Gallery
48 Hopton Street
London
SE1 9JH

Open daily 11am – 6pm, admission free.

ARTWORKS: Meet the Artist : Katie Millard

Today, Saturday 13 September 2014, Katie Millard will be Artwork’s artist in residence at the Artworks exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn. She will be in the demonstration area of the Artworks exhibition from 10.15 am to 4.30 pm.

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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.

Stay tuned to the Artworks blog for exhibition news and updates, as a different artist will be demonstrating in the Artworks exhibition each day. Or why not follow us on Twitter: @ARTWORKS_tweets.

Sunday 14 September 2014, Helen Dougall
Monday 15 September 2014, Eileen Revett
Tuesday 16 September 2014, Valerie Armstrong
Wednesday 17 september 2014, Roger Gamble
Thursday 18 September 2014, Lyn Aylward
Saturday 20 September, 2014, Alfie Carpenter
Monday 22 September 2014, Janet French
Wednesday 24 September 2014, Katie Millard
Thursday 25th September 2014 Curwen Print Study Day
Friday 26 September 2014, Alison Jones
Saturday 27 September 2014, Roger Gamble

Read more about all the Artworks artists here.

ARTWORKS 15th Annual Exhibition
6 – 28 September 2014
Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ

The Artworks exhibition is open daily 10am to 5pm to 28 September 2014. Admission is free, free exhibition catalogue, ample free parking, wheelchair accessible.

We also have the Artworks Shop selling small framed and unframed artwork, including original prints, paintings, ceramics and sculpture, together with a wide range of greetings cards and postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments.

ARTWORKS: Meet the Artist : Ruth McCabe

Today, Wednesday 10 September 2014, Ruth McCabe will be at the Artworks exhibition talking and demonstrating watercolours and acrylic painting. Ruth McCabe will be in the demonstration area of the Artworks exhibition from 10.15 am – 4.30 pm.

Suddenly there were poppies, watercolour by Ruth McCabe

‘Suddenly there were poppies’, acrylic painting by Ruth McCabe

Ruth McCabe writes: I like to work loosely whether in watercolour or oils, and have worked for the last two years towards abstracting watercolour. Read more about Ruth McCabe‘s work.

Stay tuned to the Artworks blog for exhibition news and updates, as a different artist will be demonstrating in the Artworks exhibition each day. Or follow us on Twitter: @ARTWORKS_tweets.

Thursday 11 September 2014, Gillian Crossley-Holland
Friday 12 September 2014, Roger Gamble
Saturday 13 September 2014, Katie Millard
Sunday 14 September 2014, Helen Dougall
Monday 15 September 2014, Eileen Revett
Tuesday 16 September 2014, Valerie Armstrong
Wednesday 17 september 2014, Roger Gamble
Thursday 18 September 2014, Lyn Aylward
Saturday 20 September, 2014, Alfie Carpenter
Monday 22 September 2014, Janet French
Wednesday 24 September 2014, Katie Millard
Thursday 25th September 2014 Curwen Print Study Day
Friday 26 September 2014, Alison Jones
Saturday 27 September 2014, Roger Gamble

Read more about all the Artworks artists here.

ARTWORKS 15th Annual Exhibition
6 – 28 September 2014
Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ

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

We also have the Artworks Shop selling small framed and unframed artwork, including original prints, paintings, ceramics and sculpture, together with a wide range of greetings cards and postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments.

We hope you will enjoy your visit to Artworks in 2014!

New Exhibition at The ALDEBURGH GALLERY : Carol Pask and Ruth McCabe

Carol Pask and Ruth McCabe have joined forces with a third Suffolk artist, Liz James, to put on a new show of their art at the Aldeburgh Gallery in Suffolk. The exhibition will feature ceramic bird sculptures by Carol and landscape watercolours and paintings by Ruth. The exhibition runs from Thursday 10th July to Wednesday 16th July 2014, open daily 10am – 5pm.

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Please do make a visit as the artists will be there to talk about their work, and maybe mention you heard about it first on the Artworks blog, or on Twitter.

If you are a Twitter user you can follow Carol at @pask_carol and Ruth at @mccabe_ruth.

Carol Pask, Ruth McCabe, Liz James
10th – 16th July 2014
Aldeburgh Gallery
143 High Street
Aldeburgh
Suffolk
IP15 5AN

Kit Price Moss : Society of Wildlife Artists art exhibition at Mall Galleries London

The Artworks blog is delighted to hear that Kit Price Moss has had one of her watercolours selected for the Society of Wildlife Artists Annual Exhibition 2013 at the Mall Galleries, 31st October-10th November 2013.

Kit’s watercolour study, ‘Bass Rock: Cliff Activity‘, was painted on site at Bass Rock in the Firth of Forth, near North Bewick, Scotland. We wish Kit Price Moss every success with the exhibition.

The annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists takes place at the Mall Galleries in London, from Thursday 31 October to Sunday 10 November 2013.

The annual exhibition of the Society of Wildlife Artists is a showcase for the very best of art inspired by the natural world. A superb mix of painting and drawing, sculpture and printmaking will be complemented by a display area of projects and expedition work.

Society of Wildlife Artists : The Natural Eye

31 October – 10 November 2013

The Mall Galleries
The Mall
London

Today at Artworks: Watercolour Trees with Katie Millard!

Today, Tuesday 17 September 2013, Artworks artist Katie Millard will be demonstrating creative watercolour techniques in the Artworks exhibition.
Katie Millard : Painting Trees in Watercolour


Katie says she is most inspired by North Norfolk, struck by the unspoilt nature of the area, the magnificent skies and windswept beaches: 

Seeing the sand being lifted and swirling in the sky by the vagaries of the weather, fascinates me. Watching rain approaching and the way it affects the sea and the landscape I find awe inspiring.
See Katie Millard demonstrating how to paint trees in watercolours, in the main gallery today, from 10.15 am – 4.30 pm.
Stay tuned to the Artworks blog for daily Artworks exhibition news and updates, as a different artist will be demonstrating in the Artworks exhibition every day.
The Artworks annual exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to see and buy new and original contemporary work by some of East Anglia’s most inspired and creative artists under one roof. Read more about the Artworks artists.
7 – 29 September 2013
Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ
The Artworks exhibition is open daily, 10am to 5pm, admission is free, ample parking, wheelchair accessible. 
We also have a shop selling artists’ limited edition prints, unframed work, greetings cards and postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments. We hope you will enjoy your visit to Artworks!

Alison Jones : botanical paintings

Alison Jones has been a member of Artworks since it began in the year 2000. She has contributed to the annual Artworks exhibitions with botanical paintings in watercolours and ‘still life’ in pastels. 
Hellibore ‘Cinnamon Snow’ © Alison Jones

Alison Jones has also exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society. In 1990 and 1993 Alison Jones was awarded the prestigious Grenfell Silver medal at the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual exhibition for her exhibitions of fuchsias and cyclamen coum – and she has also been awarded the Grenfell Silver-Gilt medal twice, in 2000 and 2008.
Alison Jones has also exhibited at the Society of Botanical Artists in London, and is also a member of the Society of Floral Painters, exhibiting annually in the South of England. You can see more of Alison’s botanical paintings on Alison Jones profile page.
In August 2010 Alison joined twenty three other flower painters who had their first exhibition in the Edmund Gallery in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Following its success the Iceni Botanical Artists was born in October the same year, with aims of encouraging and practising a high standard of all forms of botanical art through annual exhibitions by members.  
The Iceni Botanical Artists (IBA) is now engaged in a unique project to record and document the rarest of Norfolk’s Breckland wild flowers.  The collection of original paintings will be available for exhibitions at different venues and will be included in a Florilegium of wild Breckland Plants. More news nearer the time.
Meanwhile, the The Iceni Botanical Artists will be exhibiting again at the Edmund Gallery from 3rd – 8th August, 2012.
The Iceni Botanical Artists
3rd – 8th August 2012
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP33 1LS

John Glover : a new artist to ARTWORKS

Today we warmly welcome a new artist to Artworks (and the Artworks blog) the highly accomplished and experienced portrait painter, John Glover.

John Glover recently won the Rowland Hilder Award at The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. Below is the prize-winning painting, which is entitled ‘Mrs. McLeod’.

‘Mrs McLeod’ © John Glover

John Glover’s subjects include people from all walks of life, from official portraits to more intimate family groups or individual studies. He works in a variety of mediums including pencil, watercolour, pastel and oils.

John says of his work: “As a portrait painter I find myself in a very privileged position. I am invited into people’s lives however briefly, to witness their work, their aspirations, their successes and sometimes their failures, indeed their humanity.

John was also recently elected as the President of The Cambridge Drawing Society. The Cambridge Drawing Society was founded in 1882 by Lady Sandys and is one of the oldest art societies in the country. Former members of The Cambridge Drawing Society include Cecil Beaton, Ronald Searle, Gwen Raverat, Peter Graham (Vice President of the Institute of Oil Painters) and James Horton (President of the Society of British Artists). The Cambridge Drawing Society’s membership now comprises over one hundred and forty artists. We wish John much success in his new appointment.

John is also an experienced teacher in portraiture, life-drawing and painting. He runs day classes locally in the Cambridge area and also teaches at summer schools throughout the UK. John also offers painting demonstrations to many art groups and societies. He is also available for individual, one-to-one art tuition.

Visit John Glover’s website for more information on commissioning a portrait or attending one of his art tuition classes.

www.johngloverportraits.co.uk