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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A breast cancer awareness art exhibition.

Images and words of breast cancer journeys

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LouiseStedman_500Louise Stedman participated in the Edinburgh Half Marathon in May 2012, running a personal best time and fundraising in excess of £600 for a cancer charity along the way. Just a few weeks later, aged 48, Louise was diagnosed with stage 2 invasive lobular breast cancer.

Louise kept an account of her journey and experiences in her blog “Dancing in the Rain”.  www.lulusjourney2012.blogspot.co.uk

TraceySwift_PortraitOfCoreen_550Despite the familiarity of The Pink Ribbon Louise became aware of how little she and the people around her actually knew about the consequences of a breast cancer diagnosis. She know little about the various types of breast cancer, the treatments including lumpectomy, mastectomy, drugs, the subsequent drains, pain, healing, reconstruction, prosthesis, side effects, issues with body image and self-esteem and finding a “new” normal.

Louise decided to give up her support work and focus on herself and her healing. She had a vision to raise awareness through an art exhibition and The Breathless Breastless Project was born. Louise spent several months coordinating a fantastic team or artists and survivors to create this compelling collection of works.

Breathless Breastless Project opened its first exhibition in Aberdeen in June 2014 and has since exhibited at several venues including the Saltaire Arts Festival and The Museum of Scottish Lighthouses in Fraserburgh.

Bainton_550Artists and participants:  Lou Loakes, Beate Allerton, Tracey Swift, Sonya Binnie, Paul Stedman, Mags Gray, Maggie Kelly, Jane Birrell MacKenzie, Kelsey Henderson, Evelina Cassari, Sarah Harper, Doug Harper, Jane Glue, Rosy Long, Justin Padget, Hannah Foxley, Hayley Judson, Dee Henderson-Haefner, Coreen Helen Ann Gillespie, Lorraine, Lindsay Dawson, Zoë, Barbara Devey.

The exhibition is open 10 am – 4 pm,  Monday – Saturday until 25 November 2017

Please be aware that the exhibition contains graphic images and nudity.

www.breathlessbreastlessproject.org

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Images from the top:  Private view, Louise Stedman, Portrait of Coreen by Tracey Smith, Bainton Room, Somersby Room.  Photography by Martin Cameron.

Portrait Exhibition 2017

October 2, 2017

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Our regular Autumn competition of portraiture returns.  Winning artwork, judged to be announced at a presentation evening on Thursday 12 October.  All contributing artists are invited to attend.  Blog post will be updated once winners are announced.

Visitors to the gallery are invited to vote for their favourite piece for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ which will be announced at the end of the show.

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Exhibiting artists:

Keith Andreetti, Bob Bradley, Martin Cameron, Ian Cox, Laura Davies, Ronald Feeney, David Forest, Sheila Grimwood, Grace Hawkworth, Janey Hill, Patricia Long, Jeremy Jones, Ann Mackenzie, Anita Moritmer, Mary Newman, Abbey Smith, Irina Smyth, Mona Storey, Jim Suggit, Vicky Watkins, Tony Whiston, Kim Wooldridge.

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Exhibition open 10 am – 4 pm from 02 October until 14 October 2017.  (Please note the gallery is closed on Sundays.)

UPDATE: Competition Result.

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The presentation evening was held at the gallery on Thursday 12 October.Our Guest judge, artist Harriott Brand kindly presented the winner’s award and shared her thoughts with the assembled audience.

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Winning Image:  Violet 2017 by Kim Wooldridge.

KWooldridge_Violet1935_550Harriott said, “The best in show (and this is subjective) is Violet by Kim Wooldridge.  I love the use of pastels, the expression on her face, the little light in her eyes; she loos as if she is about to tell you something.  It was only after returning several times to Violet that I noticed the adjacent pencil portrait of her younger self in 1934 (also by Kim Wooldridge – see right).  What a beauty still hiding beneath life’s sculpting of her face and neck.”

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“I commend all exhibitors.  I particularly liked Miller of Boot by Sheila Grimwood for the drawing and unusual use of dark paper accentuation what I hope is flour dust.  I also enjoyed the collage of Michael by Janey Hill for using an unconventional medium and approach.  The fine pair of drawings by Jeremy Jones show wonderful graphite skill and I liked the composition of the couple, The Turangs.”

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Above: Harriott Brand talking to the assembled audience and (right) presenting Kim Wooldridge with her Award for Best in Show.

People’s Choice

For the first time at Carre Gallery the People’s Choice is a tied result.  Congratulations to Anita Mortimer for ‘Barney’ and to Irina Smyth for ‘Tommy’.

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Photography by Martin Cameron. Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).

 

Portrait Exhibition 2016

October 3, 2016

Lincolnshire Portrait Competition

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The Carre Gallery Portrait Exhibition – a mixture of painting, drawing, photography and ceramics. The exhibition will be judged in the early stages of the exhibition with the winner being announced on Thursday 06 October.  Revisit this blog post for updates.

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As usual we invite all visitors to vote for their favourite portrait for the ‘People’s Choice Award’ presented at the end of the exhibition.

dpeterson_jack_500Exhibiting artists: Laura-Jane Luff, Neil Topley, Keith Flint, Bob Bradley, Laura McKeegan, Mary Newman, Anita Mortimer, Eric Weil, Rosi Campbell, Laura Davies, Ellie Benton, Jennifer Cottis, Gillian Beale, Mona Storey, Ann Mackenzie, Donnas Peterson, Peter Hayward, Rebecca Henson, Martin Cameron, Irina Smyth, Gail Sylvester, Dave Leggett, A K Smith, Kim Wooldridge.

Exhibition runs 10 am – 4 pm from Monday 03 October until Saturday 15 October.  (The gallery is closed on Sundays.)

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UPDATE:  COMPETITION RESULT

The results were announced at the private view on Thursday evening 06 October.  It was a pleasure to see artists with family and friends at the gallery.  Gallery Director Andrew Fotheringham welcomed our guests and announced the results.

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“Our judge was Lucy Lumb from Arts NK who was very impressed with the high standard of work.  She said that, as well as judging the merits of the work on composition and technique she was looking for a portrait that communicated the personality of the sitter to her.”  Andrew went on to share Lucy’s thoughts, reproduced below, on her shortlist before announcing the winning image.

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Winner of the Carre Gallery Portrait Competition 2016

Lara by Rebecca Henson  “A portrait of a young girl, unusual in as much as she has her coat hood up.  The colouring is unusual but works perfectly. The picture has a ‘glow’ and the girl’s expression is very engaging.  I kept being drawn back to this image so I had to choose it as my favourite.”

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Julian by Rosi Campbell.  “Very accomplished technically and aesthetically.  The sitter seems in deep contemplation.  I could easily imagine this painting displayed in a top gallery.”

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Gertie by Gail Sylvester.  A lovely character; every time I look at this I smile.

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Dad by Neil Topley.  Simple, confident application of the media.  It is not over-worked yet still communicates the character.   Even though the title would suggest it, the piece gives the impression that the sitter is very comfortable with the artist.

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Norman by Laura-Jane Luff.  This showed something of the ‘twinkle’ in Norman’s character.

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Carre Gallery would like to congratulate our winner and offer our sincere thanks to our judge, Lucy Lumb, and to all exhibitors and volunteers for their continuing support.

UPDATE 2 – PEOPLE’S CHOICE.

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Nicholas (oil on canvas) by Laura-Jane Luff won the People’s Choice Award.  Congratulations to Laura-Jane.  Other popular images were Gertie by Gail Sylvester, Peter with his Guitar by Jennifer Cottis, and Julian by Rosi Campbell. All these images can be seen in the blog post above. (Peter is on the left in the top image.)

Artwork and people photographed at the gallery by Martin Cameron.  Click on any image to see a larger version (opens in new window/tab).