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Kick off the Summer with some Art in New Hope, PA

Wow! what an amazing place for an art show! This old stone barn looks like a pretty cool place - glad I am not banging in all those hanging nails!

I am looking forward to seeing the show over Memorial Day Weekend and to exploring the town of New Hope, PA and maybe a quick hop across the river to Lambertsville, NJ. There are a lot of arty shops, old stone buildings, quirky architecture, plenty of art galleries and fun places to eat. yumyumyum

Check out the town pics on Google if you don't believe me : New Hope & Lambertville

The show ends on Memorial Day, but is open from this Friday. So what are your plans for the official start of summer?

Thanks to Mike Dziomba for the photos and for sharing the driving load! (I am on pick-up duty - with any luck there will be less to carry!)

Friday, May 16, 2014 – Monday, May 26, 2014
open Thursday - Sunday & Memorial Day Monday 12-6pm

Rolling Green Barn (map)
Rt. 202 and Aquetong Rd
New Hope, PA

A Soggy Spring on the Farm

Despite the somewhat damp set-up on Wednesday, Sunday promises to be mostly sunny and warm, so Spring will be in sumptuous full bloom - almost as glorious as the art blossoming inside. Although I may not brave my strappiest summer sandals in the soggy undergrowth just yet.
I might even be persuaded to have dinner at one of my favorite places nearby at The Stirling Hotel (they do rather a good plate of sausages)

Best.Easter.Hat.Ever | oil | 24 x 12"

Best.Easter.Hat.Ever | oil | 24 x 12"

I am excited to be part of this terrific selection of work from The Exhibitors' Co-op at this unique historic setting this Spring. The show is looking terrific, with a great selection of paintings, drawings, collage. Some abstracts, some realism, something for everyone to enjoy
Want to see some pictures?
Take a Sneak Peek at the show online >>

The arts center is located on the grounds of the historic Kennedy Martin Stelle Farmstead, an award-winning historic preservation project centered around the 18th century farmhouse, English barn, cow shed and wagon house.

The grounds are now used for performing and visual arts, as well as housing a number of artists studios.


OPENING RECEPTION:  Sunday, May 4th from 1-4pm
Show May 4th - June 8th
Open Sundays 1-4pm
Closed Mothers Day : Sunday May 11th

  • Farmstead Arts (map)
  • 450 King George Road
  • Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

I love the smell of pencil in the morning

A last minute commission from Derwent Pencils landed in my Inbox last month. Quite exciting for an ex-pat Brit to be commissioned by the oldest pencil company in England! So away went the paints and out came the pencil sharpener again.

on the drawing board - testing the new Derwent Tinted Charcoal pencils

Passion | charcoal & pastel | SOLD - click to buy a print on Etsy

Passion | charcoal & pastel | SOLD - click to buy a print on Etsy

It was also rather a pleasant change to be welcomed into the studio by the smell of freshly sharpened pencil again. And the new tinted charcoal pencils that Derwent sent me are really lovely to work with. I will have to try to find some time (and space!) to get back to drawing again. The painting gear has quite swamped my drawing table again

Oh dear, I feel a Spring Clean coming on.
Thankfully it is definitely now Spring!

The scout spotted my purple pencil drawing online and asked for something similar using their new tinted charcoal pencils. It was quite a challenge working from a print of my own work, rather than from a photo or the real thing.
(Make sure you scroll all the way down to see the final image!)

Derwent Tinted Charcoal Pencils

Derwent Commission : 8x16" : Derwent tinted charcoal pencil : not for sale

New Website : come and play

well here it is, THE NEW WEBSITE.
And it only took me 3 months - not bad!

After making quite a few for other people, I have finally got around to revamping, updating and Spring Cleaning mine at last. So the cobblers children finally have new shoes!

So have a play, let me know what you think and please let me know if you find anything broken!

right - so what's next on the to-do list?

Do you stir early or late?

Morning Stir : oil : 9x12"

With this painting, I wanted to capture that time of the day when all you can focus on is the hot cup in front of you, its aroma gently rousing your brain to bring the rest of the world into focus.

Sometimes that time of day is 6am...sometimes it is noon...and at this time of the year especially, it sometimes involves a pounding headache and a bit of a delicate stomach.

Original Painting for Sale on Etsy

Holiday Bazaar is 20% off at the Noyes Museum Shop

Autumnal Glow : oil : 7x5"    SOLD

Kindle some Christmas warmth with a visit to Downtown Hammonton today (December 19th) for Third Thursday: Glitz, Glimmer & Holiday Shimmer.

Visitors to the Noyes Museum Shop can take advantage of their sale where everything is 20% off. And with every purchase made, you can enter for a chance to win a gift basket filled with beautiful art & fine crafts valued at $200.00.

So grab a delicious winter warm up with a complimentary cup of hot chocolate from the hot chocolate bar, whilst you enjoy the Holiday Bazaar featuring an eclectic array of fine art and handcrafted items from over 30 skilled local and regional artists.

Jewelry, ceramics, paintings, prints, photography, glass work and many more unique items for everyone on your list

December 19th

Third Thursday: Glitz, Glimmer & Holiday Shimmer

Noyes Museum Shop 5 South Second Street

Hammonton, NJ, 08037

(609) 561-8006


fig.1 | oil painting | 8x8"   SOLD

I was trying to catch the exquisite pleasure of munching fresh figs - a fairly recent discovery for me. A Christmas packet of squashed-together-figs and a barge of dried dates were always knocking around the fruit bowl well into the New Year, when all the satsumas were long gone. But they were the dried-up golden variety.

Nothing wrong with them. Quite like them in fact. But it was a while before I realized that figs are not flat and wizened and all about those crunchy seeds

Not a hint of the honeyed, moist flesh of the fresh ones; the joy of soft, fuzzy skin yielding to plump, rosy...

a-hem ... excuse me, I must just go and eat a fig...

PS - this one sold before it was even finished, let alone dry! But you can still buy a print on Etsy - free US shipping

Look out for fig.2...coming soon

Last Weekend to go B.A.N.G.

Sugar Snare : oil : 5x7"

Last chance to pick up some great art gifts this weekend...and maybe something delicious for yourself!

I will be helping to drink the mulled cider on Saturday 11-5pm, so stop by and give me a hand with the cookies

Saturday & Sunday, 14th & 15th 2013

11-5pm B.A.N.G. VIII 1978 Maplewood Arts Center 1978 Springfield Avenue Maplewood, NJ 07040

cWOW : Small Works in Newark NJ

Got Sushi? oil : 8x8"

Got Sushi? has been chosen for this year's Metro show at City Without Walls in Newark, NJ This small works show will be in Newark until March and then it is off on its travels around NJ in 2014.

December 12th 2013 - March 8th 2014 Opening Preview : December 12th 6-8pm Metro 30 cWOW City Without Walls 6 Crawford Street Newark, NJ

Bizarre Bazaar in Maplewood NJ

Bizarre Bazaar at Maplewood NJ

Bizarre Bazaar at Maplewood NJ

Come out to Maplewood this Sunday 8th and meet the Abominable Snowman!

Drop by the Maplewood Women's Club 10-5pm for the Bizarre Bazaar. Bring the kids and have your family portrait taken with the Abominable Snowman and then indulge in Cedar Ridge Cafe and Bakery's delicious goodies with some hot chocolate, whilst you peruse the fair.

Sunday, December 8th

10-5pmBizarre Bazaar Maplewood Women's Club 60 Woodland, Maplewood, NJ Find the Bizarre Bazaar on Facebook