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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Carol Bratley – Ann Mackenzie – Laura-Jane Luff

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Carre Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition by local artists (left to right above) Carol Bratley, Ann Mackenzie and Laura-Jane Luff, showcasing their individual and diverse art practices.

CBratley_HardwickEwe_450Carol Bratley

“Painting has been a hobby all my life. I get inspiration from my local area, animals and birds. I am a member of the Nadin group and the Lincolnshire Artist’s society, winning numerous prizes over the years. I gained a first Class honours degree (BA) through the Open College of the arts in my 50’s. I continue to learn about art and get enjoyment from painting and sketching with friends.”

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AMackenzie_450Ann Mackenzie

“Since a child I loved painting and drawing and intended to make it my career but as often happens marriage and children took over first. Now for the last few years I’ve had time to enjoy it, using oils and acrylics, watercolour and pencil or pen. Subjects vary: portraits-occasionally from old sepia photographs but using my own colours. Town and village scenes, landscapes and lately water-lakes and rivers with rippling reflections attract me.”

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From a very young age I discovered an ability and love for drawing. This gift was nurtured through college and University where I gained a BA Honours degree in Fine Art. I draw and paint a variety of genres but specialise in Portraiture where I endeavour to capture not just a likeness of the person but to reveal their true character and emotion. I exhibit regularly and have won some awards including the People’s Choice award at the Carre Gallery Portrait Exhibition in 2015.

Exhibition Opening:  10 am – 4 pm from  February 29th – March 12th 2016 (closed on Sunday).

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Pictures: From the top – The Three Ladies, Herdwick Ewe by Carol Bratley, Village Scene by Ann Mackenzie, Elizabeth by Laura-Jane Luff, Private View evening.  Artwork pictures supplied by the artists.  Gallery photography by Martin Cameron.  Click on any picture to see a larger version.

 

From left: Wendy Else, Muriel Elliott, Laura-Jane Luff

From left: Wendy Else, Muriel Elliott, Laura-Jane Luff

Wendy Else

Wendy Else

Wendy Else is originally from Yorkshire and is mainly self-taught. She has gained knowledge by attending art workshops and studying books in conjunction with developing her practical skills. She spent twelve years in Aberdeenshire, painting and exhibiting there. She loves painting flowers and landscapes, and drawing in pen and ink.

Muriel Elliott lived for sixteen years in Kenya before moving down to Johannesburg, South Africa, for over thirty years. Muriel is a self-taught artist working in oils, acrylics, watercolours and pastels choosing a wide variety of subjects including flowers, animals and landscapes.

Muriel Elliott

Muriel Elliott

Predominantly portrait and figure-based, Laura-Jane Luff endeavours to capture emotion and the character of the sitter using a variety of media. She is interested in the process of working, using different tools including palette knives and brushes to create diverse textures, sometimes applying layer upon layer in an impasto technique. Laura-Jane was born in Kent but moved to Lincolnshire in 2004. She studied Fine Art at the University of Lincoln, and was awarded BA Hons in 2012.

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Laura-Jane Luff

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm from 02 June to 14 June 2014 (closed on Sundays).

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Artists and guests at the private view.

Artists and guests at the private view.

Images supplied by the artists.