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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Somersby_550Glynne James is a Lincolnshire artist who moved to Boston six years ago from Sleaford where he and his family lived for 35 years. He was born and raised in Hertfordshire where he started painting and exhibiting his work, but moved to Lincolnshire in 1974 and fell in love with the fens. He stared to develop his own unique style depicting the ever-changing and fascinating fenland landscape.

GJames_PolytheneLakesInASeaOfYellow_550The temporal approach is the essence of Glynne’s work and results in highly stylised canvases. Each painting approaches the landscape in terms of its changes, not as individual paintings but upon the same canvas, strips of fenland character displayed as a coherent whole. On occasions the adjacent strips are subtly differentiated as if moving from one minute’s observation to the next; on others the changes are sudden and startling – a field of wheat becomes a sea of plastic; a distant shape becomes a blazingly lit power station. Landscape which may appear featureless to the casual observer is presented with its components highlighted. It is evident that the twenty-first century is upon us, be it in the growing of new crops, the threat of climate change or the understated march of machinery. These paintings wake us from our dreamy preconception of what landscape painting is, and challenge the viewer to see the Fenland Landscape and not just look at it.

GJames_Memories_550Glynne is a regular exhibitor at Carre Gallery.  His work can also be seen at Store Street Gallery Bloomsbury London, Stark Gallery Canterbury, Buckenham Galleries Southwold Suffolk, Gallery in the Lanes Norwich, Riverside Art and Glass Wroxham Norfolk, Harding House Gallery Lincoln, Fulbeck Craft Centre and Arts Coritani Swineshead.

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm every day (closed Sunday) until Saturday 02 September.

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Images:  (From the top) Somersby Room at the gallery: Polythene Lakes in a Sea of Yellow: Memories: A Splendid Year.  Artwork photographed at the gallery by Martin Cameron. Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).

An exhibition by Anne Barnham and Robin Hall

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Anne Barnham

Anne originally comes from Cumberland but now loves living in Lincolnshire. She paints open landscape scenes, rivers, old buildings, boats and much in between.

ABarnham_TheLamp_550The skies and views here are an absolute delight, especially to a countryside-loving artist like myself.

I started painting later in life with help from many artists, including Peter Hayward from Timberland. I have attended courses with artists whose style I feel compliments my own, a desire to encapsulate the essence of a view.

I have painted in many different places, both in England and abroad, as much as possible on the spot, but if not then from my own sketches, photos and observation. I undertake commissions, either from photographs or the actual place. My paintings are hanging in collections in many parts of Australia, New Zealand, Europe and USA. (Mr. Trump hasn’t got one yet!)

I think it is very necessary to capture the atmosphere and feeling of a place. My paintings reflect this with the idea that you could ‘walk into’ the scene, they are varied and interesting with wonderfully strong and harmonious colours.

I enjoy selecting my paintings for an exhibition, there are a number of local views as well as some with a little difference! More paintings can be seen at my Studio in Digby, you are very welcome to come and visit.”

ABarnham_TheLockAtHaverholme_550Anne has been given several awards, including The Carre Gallery Award in the 2015 Summer Exhibition, and she was selected to be a wild card in the Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016. Unfortunately she was unable to take up the prestigious offer because of prior commitments. She is entering again this year.

Anne is also Chair of the Sleaford Art Group, a member of The Shelford Group of Artists, an Ambassador for SAA paints and a Professional Associate of the Society of All Artists. She does workshops and demonstrations for local Art Groups, give talks to WI and Ladies groups and teaches art on the Cruise Liners.

Robin Hall

Robin is a Sleaford-based artist who paints mostly landscapes inspired by the Lincolnshire countryside. Born in Sleaford, he attended York College of Arts and Technology where he attained a BTEC National Diploma in General Art and Design. He then went to Coventry University where he graduated with a degree in Graphic Design. Robin has also studied calligraphy with the Open College for the Arts, watercolour with Christine Burnett at her studio in Grantham, and drawing with well-known SAA art tutor and author Trudy Friend.

RHall_AtTheFieldsEdge2_550“My half of the exhibition with Anne features work created over roughly a seven month period. I can definitely say that my contribution to the exhibition is the unseen bit! Despite my work having mostly an imaginary style, my paintings are inspired very much by the Landscape, especially the Lincolnshire landscape.  Skies, trees, hedgerows, cow parsley, sheep, and colourful yellow fields have all inspired the various paintings I am exhibiting. I have used a variety of media to create the images for this exhibition including watercolour, coloured pencil, mixed media, acrylic inks, and watercolour pencils.”

RHall_GrazingSheepNearRauceby_550In 2013 Robin won the Carre Gallery Award for his painting Sunset at Silk Willoughby and his paintings were used in 2016 as part of a presentation for the Lincolnshire Environmental Award about Mareham Pastures.  Robin, a member of the SAA, also teaches painting on Wednesday afternoons at The Source in Sleaford.

The exhibition is open from 10 am – 4 pm every day until Saturday 03 June. (Closed on Sunday.)

NB: OPEN on Bank Holiday Monday 29 May.

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Images (from the top).  Ancient Sentinel (Robin) and Grange in Borrowdale (Anne); The Lamp; The Lock at Haverholme; At the Field’s Edge; Grazing Sheep near Rauceby.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new tab/window).

Lincolnshire

April 24, 2017

An exhibition is support of Sleaford Live 2017

Somersby_550This year’s theme is Lincolnshire.  This exhibition has a range of artworks, mainly landscapes but with a few surprises.  We have paintings, photographs and even a cleverly constructed box with a Lincolnshire Hare design.

SusyChaplin_LincsHareBox_550During the exhibition Mary Newman will entertain us again by painting a large ‘backdrop’ in the gallery which will be used as part of the scenery in a forthcoming play at the Sleaford Playhouse.  You can drop in and see how the painting progresses, watch how a theatrical scene is painted and chat with Mary who will be happy to see you.  You can also see the finished painting in the production ‘Natural Causes’ at the Playhouse  from 24 May – 27 May (click here for more info and book tickets – opens new window/tab).  Pictures will be posted  here as Mary progresses (but you really need to visit the gallery to appreciate the real thing).

Belton House roof 550We also have some poems on display from the Sleaford Hub Writers who will also be performing at the Hub (The National Centre for Craft and Design) during the Sleaford Live Festival on Tuesday 02 May. (Click here for more info on Sleaford Live Festival.)

Exhibition opening: 10 am – 4 pm every day (excepts Sundays) until 06 May.

PLEASE NOTE: The gallery will be closed on Bank Holiday Monday 01 May.

Images from the top:  Paintings by Lorraine Appleton and Malcolm Doughty; Lincolnshire Hare by Suzy Chaplin; Belton House Roof by Martin Cameron; Candlesby Room. All photos by Martin Cameron.

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Update:

Mary Newman’s painted backdrop for the Sleaford Playhouse production Natural Causes.  If you visit the Playhouse you will see more of Mary’s work adorning the walls of the auditorium.  Be sure to take time to enjoy before the lights go down.

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Carre Gallery is pleased to welcome back popular Lincolnshire artist Malcolm Doughty who has created an excellent exhibition for us.

MDoughty_WalkingIntoEdale_500Malcolm says, “It’s a great pleasure to be exhibiting at the Carre Gallery again.”

“I have over fifty pictures on show this time, most of which are new and are for sale. The exhibition title ‘Near and Far’ simply refers to where I’ve gleaned subject matter. The emphasis is on landscape close to Sleaford and surrounding villages but there are scenes from other counties and coastal scenes. A few more fanciful pieces are included and one abstract.”

“These days I favour acrylics as my main medium but still use oils quite often. Now that I’m well into ‘retirement’ and largely free of commission work I am enjoying a new lease of painting life which I hope shows in my work.”

MDoughty_BrightSideOfTown_500Malcolm is well known for his detailed landscapes but this is not all you will see in this exhibition. And he often injects subtle humour into his work. Look carefully and some of these pieces will reveal his nickname ‘Alf’. In one particular painting (no clues) this takes the form of cleverly arranged items within the painting. Come and see; you will not be disappointed.

Exhibition opening:

10 am – 4 pm from Monday 12 October until Saturday 24 October. (The gallery is closed on Sundays.)

Images from top:  Greeting the Day, Walking into Edale, Brighter Side of Town.  Click on any image to see a larger version.  Artwork and artist photographed in the gallery by Martin Cameron.

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The Highlights of Dungeness

The Highlights of Dungeness

Glynne James was born and raised in Hertfordshire where he started painting and exhibiting his work. In 1974 he moved to Lincolnshire and fell in love with the Fens. Here he developed his own unique style depicting the ever-changing and fascinating fenland landscape.

Colan Campbell, artist and proprietor of Arts Coritani on Glynne’s paintings :-

GJames_Candlesby_450“The temporal approach is the essence of Glynne’s work and results in highly stylised canvases; each painting approaches the landscape in terms of its changes, not as individual paintings but upon the same canvas; strips of fenland character displayed as a coherent whole. On occasions the adjacent strips are subtly differentiated, as if moving from one minute’s observation to the next, on others the changes are sudden and startling; a field of wheat becomes a sea of plastic, a distant shape becomes a blazingly lit power station. Landscape which may appear featureless to the casual observer is presented with its components highlighted.

Glynne James with "Venetian Red"

Glynne James with “Venetian Red”

These then are not landscapes in the comfortable Constable sense. They still address the age-old relationship between artist and farmer but it is evident that the twenty-first century is upon us, be it in the growing of new crops, the threat of climate change or the understated march of machinery. These paintings wake us from our dreamy preconception of what landscape painting is, and challenge the viewer to see the Fenland Landscape; not just to look at it.”

Glynne regularly has work shown at Bell Fine Arts, Winchester, Store Street Gallery, Bloomsbury, London, Stark Gallery, Canterbury; Arts Coritani, Swineshead, Lincolnshire and Buckenham Galleries, Southwold, Suffolk. Glynne’s work has been exhibited by Stark Gallery and Bell Fine Art at Affordable Arts Fairs in Hampstead Heath and Battersea Park, London with successful outcomes. Glynne also holds an annual exhibition at Carre Gallery, Sleaford, Lincolnshire.

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm from 24 November until 06 December. The gallery will be open every day including Sunday.

 Glynne will be in the gallery on the following dates:

November: Mon 24, Thu 27, Fri 28, Sat 29, Sun 30.  December: Mon 01, Fri 05, Sat 06.

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Glynne James Exhibition at Carre Gallery Sleaford Lincolnshire November 2014.

Photography by © Martin Cameron.  Click on any image to see a larger version.