The first May Bank Holiday is fast approaching and for many of us that means a spring clean, DIY, buying new plants and sprucing up the walls with some new art.
We have just redecorated our office and what a difference it makes! We have changed the art around (yes, we have lots hanging here, too!) and rediscovered some of our favourite artwork by our own talented artists. We have gathered a few new paintings here to inspire you..
This original painting by IsoBella is inspired by Turner and is part of a series which explores the techniques used by the old masters in their landscape paintings.
‘Surrey Landscape VIII’ by Jan Rippingham is an Impressionistic painting in acrylic on canvas depicting a field of bluebells on a Surrey field.
‘Confetti Summer’ by Michelle Carolan. This abstract floral painting is inspired by the blossom falling from the tree.
These paintings all have a bright, fresh feel to them and would be perfect pieces of artwork to spruce up a room in time for summer. See all our original paintings for sale
There is sure to be an artwork that is just right for your space size, whether it be large, small or panoramic. We also have a large range of art to suit all budgets.
Bring on the Bank Holiday!
Easter is fast approaching and as well as chocolate, and a long weekend, our mind has also turned to Easter artwork. Whether you are sprucing up your home for spring or fancy a piece of original art to give as an Easter gift, we have found a few pieces which are sure to inspire you.
We have a large range of artwork to suit all tastes and budgets. From Prints to Original Paintings, you’ll be able to find the perfect Easter Gift. As well as the artwork below, we have a large range of ‘Spring’ themed art which you may also wish to browse.
Our first original painting is by Zoe Norman dipSBA(dist). It is an original watercolour painting of Easter eggs and beautiful Spode teacups. The blue and white has been carefully captured in stunning detail and the painting also includes a bunch of daffodils in full bloom.
‘Spode Teacups and Eggs’ £159
Which brings us to our next piece ‘The Joy of Daffodils’. This is a floral artwork depicting a field of daffodils by artist Cinzia Mancini. It is a heavily textured painting in acrylic paints on canvas. Bright yellow flowers sit amid a wild meadow and a blue, purple and white sky. The daffodils really ‘pop’ from the painting making it an eye-catching piece.
‘The Joy of Daffodils’ £200
We said that we were thinking of Easter joys other than chocolate but we couldn’t resist sneaking one chocolate-themed artwork in. ‘Box of Chocolates’ by Darren Baker is a a realistic fine art painting of a treasure chest of chocolate! Are those Easter eggs that we can see? This painting was inspired by the Still Life paintings of the Dutch masters.
‘Box of Chocolates’ £9000
A really fun one to finish.. Which animal do we most closely associate with Easter – the hare! Here we have ‘Mad Hare Day’ by artist Sam Fenner. This bright Limited Edition Giclee print can’t fail to raise a smile! It is part of Sam Fenner’s Quirky Animal Series and taken from an original painting.
‘Mad Hare Day’ £75
To celebrate we are having an Easter Sale and offering a discount of 10% off all artwork until 22nd April. To apply discount simply enter EASTER10 at checkout.
The art world is talking postcards. Not the ones from the gift shop but bona fide small pieces of art by acclaimed artists.
Jeremy Cooper has been collecting them for years. He left his job at Sotheby’s because he became disillusioned with the increasing price of art and the obsession over how much a piece is ‘worth’.
Postcards are different, they offer a small window into the artist’s mind. Jeremy has loaned his 1000 strong collection of postcards to The British Museum so hat we can all marvel at the small.
Read more about this story in The Guardian
The free exhibition at The British Museum runs from 7th February 2019 until 4th August 2019
From Michelangelo and Raphael to Blub. How Florence’s Street Art became its latest attraction..
The city now has a flourishing street art scene which includes graffiti, poetry and paintings on just about every corner.
‘A Student’s Guide to Street Art in Florence’ highlights some of the most well-known street artists working in this beautiful city..
Read ‘A Student’s Guide to Street Art in Florence’ by CAPA World
Raku is a style of pottery firing which involves quickly heating wares in a kiln normally fired outdoors. Traditionally kilns were fuelled by split wood or coal, but many Potters today use Propane Gas, as the temperature can be controlled more easily.
Shaun works with copper matt fumed Raku, this is an erratic and unique technique which is notoriously difficult to master. This is also part of its’ elusive charm, ensuring that each pot is a unique piece.
His work is sculptural in form, and developed from the Jug shape which was his take on the still life- and became a sort of totemic or non-functional form.
Watch a short clip of Shaun unloading his Raku pots from the Raku kiln
Shaun has been working primarily in raku fired ceramic since 1998.
He has exhibited with amongst others, Handmade in Britain and Art in Clay and sold his graduate work to Selfridges. Shaun’s work can be seen in galleries around England and Wales, and he continues to pursue the spontaneity of Raku. Looking to the future he is investigating stoneware and volcanic textural surfaces.
View Shaun’s work on the site
A trip to Walthamstow led to a visit to the William Morris Gallery. I have inherited my liking of his prints from my parents (and I have photos of the sofa to prove it..)
A great insight into the ethos behind the original Morris, Marshall, Faulkner & Co and their Continue reading William Morris Gallery
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Starting on May 9th 2016, four of my Summer themed paintings are being used in a TV ad which is running during Good Morning Plus on ITV. The ad is for Opticrom eye drops who are sponsoring the program so their ads feature at beginning of ad breaks and at the ends. Four different paintings were used showing a figure magically appearing out of the background and rubbing their eyes which smears the face paint they were wearing to cleverly highlight how summer can cause itchy eyes!
The thing happened out of the blue when a nice lady who works for ITV was looking for ‘summer themed’ paintings and had found me on an artist’s directory website. She contacted me because some of my paintings are of flower meadows and are large. I did not get paid as such but what she did was buy 4 prints of the paintings from Point 101 (who are a great fine art printers I use to fulfil my print orders) and these were large enough for the actual filming. Afterwards, she gave me the 4 prints which I can sell.
No-one will know the paintings in the ads are mine but it has made my parents happy and is a nice thing to add to my news site so it was good. It may be encouraging to other artists that simply continuing to keep putting your name out there does sometimes pay off!
On an interesting aside – two of the paintings featured in the ads sold in the first week the ads began to run even though the buyers had not seen the ad and I had, in fact, painted them over a year ago – spooky eh?