Pic & Mix

October 1, 2018

An exhibition by Robin Hall and Laura-Jane Luff

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Robin Hall

“I was born in Sleaford and my favourite subjects to paint are Lincolnshire landscapes, especially skies, trees, fields, and distant church spires. I paint not only because I enjoy the act of painting, but because I am passionate about the countryside.

RHall_MablethorpeDistantSqual_550Art for me is also a way of coping with the stress of modern life. I prefer to work at home rather than ‘en-plein air’. I don’t have a studio, instead I am very much a ‘kitchen table artist’, which suits my circumstances. I take a lot of photographs while I am out and about in the countryside and these form the inspiration for my paintings, though I do like to use my imagination and artistic licence rather than slavishly copy a photograph. I find that working wet on wet with watercolour helps to create a loose feel to my work. I tend to go-with-the-flow of the paint as opposed to trying to paint every bit of detail. This is for me the magic of watercolour.

I also like to use mixed media to create expressive paintings. For these I may mix acrylic inks, brusho, and watercolour. Once again the landscape is the inspiration for my work.

RHall_Chester_550As well as watercolour and mixed media I use coloured pencils. Most of my animal and pet portraits are created with pencils as I find I can get a better likeness with them, especially of a pet, as opposed to using watercolour.

I attend the Riverside Art Group on Wednesday afternoons. Several of the smaller pieces in this exhibition were created at art group. I do not mind admitting that in the past I was very anxious about creating art ‘in public’ but the group has helped me to overcome some of these anxieties.

I have taken part in a number of exhibitions at Carre Gallery including Nature and Structure with Photographer Martin Cameron, and Scene and Unseen with Anne Barnham. In 2013 I won the Carre Gallery award at the summer show that year. (Editors note: these can be seen on the previous exhibitions page of the blog.)

As well as art my other interests are playing guitar, walking in the countryside, doing crosswords, listening to music, and watching sport.”

http://www.robinswatercolours.co.uk/ and http://www.facebook.com/theartofrobinahall

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Laura-Jane Luff

LJLuff_Elizabeth_450“From a very young age I found that I had an ability and keen interest for drawing and painting. I graduated with a BA Hons Fine Art degree at Lincoln University in 2012 and since then have set up my own fine art practice. I’m currently co-running an art group once a week in a relaxed environment for anyone at any level of artistic ability and I give demonstrations within the group on how to draw and paint different subjects , encouraging them on their artistic journey.

LJLuff_squirrel_550The world around me is my inspiration and I love to draw and paint a variety of subjects including people, animals, landscapes and still life. These are created through a range of media that includes coloured pencils, acrylic, water-soluble oils, and pastels.  As an artist I feel that it’s important to sometimes ‘get out of your comfort zone’ and explore and interpret various subjects and media.

I am a regular volunteer and exhibitor at Carre Gallery and have previously participated in exhibitions in Bottesford, Sleaford, Lincoln, Broadstairs, and Cirencester.

I welcome commissions for portraits and pet portraits, so if you are looking for a special gift for someone or for yourself then feel free to contact me.”

You can follow Laura online at the following links:  www.facebook.com/theartoflaurajaneluff  and www.laura-janeluff.blogspot.co.uk

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm every day (except Sunday) until Saturday 13 October.

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Gallery photos by Martin Cameron.  Images of artwork supplied by the artists.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).

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