I will not be available on Tuesday 30th September in the morning; I’m heading for the hills paintbrush in hand! As always if its urgent leave me a message and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I should be back in the studio after 2pm.
I’m absolutely over the moon to have won second prize at the first Buxton Spa Prize competition. For more details and to see a picture of my winning entry go to my Facebook page.
It’s the preview of the Buxton Spa Prize this Thursday night and I will be stopping over in Buxton so I will be unavailable Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. If you need to contact me urgently leave a message and I will get back to you as quick as i can.
I won’t be available at all on Wednesday 27th August. If you have an urgent enquiry leave me a message on 0115 9386847 and I will get back to you as soon as i can.
Tuesday 19th will see me painting my entry for the Buxton Spa Prize at Grinlow, Buxton, so I wont be available at all that day.
I was delighted to receive an award for one of three paintings I sent to the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. All three paintings will be hung in the RBSA gallery until the 29th of March. It’s always an achievement to be accepted to exhibit next to talented artists in a different city! To find out more about the exhibition and the gallery click here.
Well, not exactly a sale because each frame is made to your exact specifications but I will be giving 10% discount on my standard prices on all orders placed before 31/01/13!
One of my own paintings, “Winter Fields, Stoke Bardolph” (In one of my own hand-gilded frames!) has been selected for the forthcoming Royal Institute of Oil Painters Annual Exhibition. The ROI is the only art group that is devoted to celebrating the medium of oil painting. The Institute’s Annual Exhibition will be on display at the Mall Galleries near Trafalgar Square between 12 to 23 December 2012.
Founded in 1882, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters chooses the very best submissions in oil -based media from national and international submissions – past exhibitors have included Walter Sickert, Dame Laura Knight, Fantin Latour, and even Auguste Rodin. Today, the institute supports emerging painters by offering a range of prizes and awards to exhibitors at the exhibition.
The winners of the Winsor & Newton Oil Painters Awards will be announced at the private view on Tueseday 11 December.
Where to hang pictures
Try to avoid hanging pictures above radiators or fires. Rapid or extreme changes in temperature can cause paper and wood to dry out and adhesives to fail prematurely.
It is always best to avoid hanging framed pictures in humid conditions. Damp can cause pictures to ripple and encourage fungal growth. Certain conservation techniques can mitigate against damp so if in doubt speak to your framer and he will be able to advise on the most suitable framing methods,
Where possible, it is better to avoid hanging in strong direct light (opposite a large window for example). UV light will fade works on paper. Anti UV glass is available but expensive (although probably worth the extra for works of value).
Don’t use cleaning fluids or water on frames – a gentle dust is all that is needed. When using glass cleaner apply it to the cloth rather than spaying it directly onto the glass. This will prevent it from running down the glass and potentially damaging the frame or your artwork.
It is a good idea to check your frames periodically to make sure the fixings are secure and that the brown paper tape sealing the frame is in good order. If you find that sealing tape has come unstuck, return the frame to the framer. Do not attempt to replace the tape with masking tape; it is not up to the job! Oil paintings on stretched canvas may become loose over time but can be restreched by your framer if necessary.