Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Open studio at Sarah Kirby's House


Sarah Kirby held her annual open house christmas sale  - just the most lovely place to bump into old friends and make some Christmas purchases . Artists showing this year Peter Clayton , prints and paintings . Michelle Holmes - textiles and  Bi Me glass. Sale now over but work can be viewed on websites below

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Emily Sutton & Mark Hearld at Godfrey and Watt

I was in Harrogate yesterday visiting the new home of the Godfey &Watt Gallery which is indeed  now housed at Alex & Mary Godfey's home. Just the most lovely way to view the artwork they show. Their current show Emily Sutton and Mark Hearld is well worth the trip . Ceramics, water colours and collages that have a unique and strong voice that is very inspiring.  - Godfrey & Watt, 25, St Hilda's Road, Harrogate ,12 noon till 4pm. Show finishes tomorrow but can be viewed on line www.godfreyandwatt.co.uk 

Monday, 31 October 2011

Blackbird and Berries has been published by Art Angels will be one of the Royal Horticulture Society christmas cards. Also part of Art Angels winter printmakers range. RHS card available from http://www.rhsshop.co.uk . Other new cards available on line from One Brown Cow  http://www.onebrowncow.co.uk

Sunday, 30 October 2011

Yellow Leaves, Fieldfares and Jay

Lovely walk this afternoon by Rutland water. Bright yellow leaves and chattering groups of fieldfares make you feel autumn is just about to turn into winter. Rutland water incredibly low, everything still very dry and in need of more rain. Ended our walk with a drink at the Finches Arms at the Hambleton peninsula, always a relaxing place to be. Then getting in the car a Jay shot across the yellow leaved trees - blue bar of its wing against the yellow leaves -  just a great image for my work.  I am just about to start a new series of paintings , so the odd Jay or Fieldfare may well appear . 

Lazy Sunday

Syd and Tiff taking advantage of the extra hour on the sofa  - sleeping in symmetry as only lurchers can

Saturday, 29 October 2011

BBC Gardens Illustrated

Being a featured illustrator in BBC Gardens Illustrated has been a lovely project and now I've just had the brilliant news that I will be extending my illustrations into 2012

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Bircham Exhibition - 8 October – 2 November 2011

John Maltby : Ceramic Sculpture
Angela Harding : Paintings

Entering the last few days of my exhibiton at Bircham Gallery in Holt. 

About Me

I live in Wing village with my partner Mark, teenage children Holly and George, an aging whippet Tiffany and Syd the Lurcher . Walking the dogs is a daily routine that is often the starting point for ideas. I work from small sketchbooks, noting down quick drawings of what I see while out walking. I then take these to the studio and enlarge them on canvas or develop them into prints.  As well as Rutland Mark and I also spend a lot of time in North Norfolk, were Mark keeps his boat. We also take advantage of the locations of many of my galleries to visit varies parts of the country. Cornwall, Suffolk and Shropshire are place we visit most often and these places are reflected in my work.
My studio looks out over the Rutland landscape, the main theme of my work is British birds combined with the British countryside.  I have always loved birds; even at primary school I carried round a small orange suitcase that contained my feather collection. This love and fascination with birds has stayed with me, I do not consider my self a twitcher, the interest I have with birds is for their form and the setting they inhabit. The paintings and prints I make are an attempt to capture a glimpse of the atmosphere they evoke.
I studied Fine Art at Leicester 1979 -82 and later obtained an MA in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University. After leaving collage I continued to develop my work as well as working in the arts. I was Director of Leicester Print Workshop and previous to this worked for Elstone Hayes Associated an art consultancy working in the cruise industry. I have also taught to degree level at a number of Higher Education Colleges, I now work solely at my art practice.