A little update on my art news is long overdue. Here is a summery of some stuff I’ve been doing…

A busy first half of the year began with mainly commissions before turning my attention to making new work for Guildford Arts Summer Exhibition. I was invited to take part and enjoyed the private view last night. The exhibition looks great so if you’re local to Guildford I’d recommend checking it out. There are 24 artists showing work including paintings, sculptures, photography, collage and printmaking. It’s open 4th to 19th July. See guildfordarts.com for further details.

I’m delighted to I have had two paintings accepted to The Artist magazine’s open art competition. They will be exhibited at Patching’s Art Festival this month and I’ll be heading to the festival to check out the exhibition and all the stands next week. No doubt I’ll treat myself to a few new brushes, paints and other bits and bobs while I’m there.

Also bubbling along earlier this year I wrote a three-part series of articles for Leisure Painter magazine on the subject of plein air painting. The first part, looking at urban scenes, has been published and is available now. Next month the subject is painting in the countryside and the final part in the series is a fullplein air demo in acrylics.

I’ve stepped up myplein air painting recently with my mornings before work being used to paint 6 x 8 inch boards. It’s such a great way to start the day despite the early alarm call. Many of these can be seen in the gallery on the home page of my website. While the mornings are light I’ll get as many early sessions in as I can.

Looking ahead a little I’ll be taking part in the Windsor and Etonplein air painting competition this month (21st July). The organisers do a great job and like last year, artists will be working inside the castle grounds. A pop up gallery of 100 works will be on display and for sale on Castle Hill from 5pm.

Looking even further ahead I’ll be showing new work at Landmark Autumn Art fair, 19th to 21st October.

Thanks for reading!