Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Winter Open Studios

With Carmen Renwick and Diana Kazemi
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Stuck for an original Christmas gift?

Come along to our Winter Studio at 5 Church Street, Cambridge CB4 1DT for a glass of mulled wine and see what these three artists have been up to.

Diana makes wonderful pottery, cups, vases, honey pots, cutlery drainers and a superb selection of ceramic jewellery.

Carmen has some beautifully illustrated cards and prints for sale.

I have painting, prints, scarves and cards and I am showing a new painting based on my research on medieval manuscripts at the Parker Library, Corpus Christi, Cambridge. Also my printer, who makes my limited edition prints, has just made a sample of my Tree of Cambridge on canvas. I love it, but before I get more printed I want your views.

... and still stuck for a present? How about an art voucher for a 2 hour session on acrylic or watercolour painting?

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Winter Open Studio

Fairy lights and mulled wine...
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This year I am joining Diana Kazemi in her ceramics studio at the Dovecote, 5 Church Street, Cambridge CB4 1DT.

We would love you to join us for a glass of mulled wine and to chat about our work. Diana does the most wonderful ceramics and I must admit I bought three of her jugs as presents last year.

Alongside my paintings and prints, I have some hand painted scarves, baubles, handmade cards and a print of my Tree of Cambridge on canvas which I am hoping visitors will comment upon. I shall be bringing along my sketchbooks from the Parker Library and the Urban Sketchers group.

You can also buy a voucher for an art lesson as an extra special gift for someone who is interested in art.

Tuesday 22nd November 2016

Lost Crusaders

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This is my first painting based on the Medieval manuscripts in the Parker Library at Corpus Christi, Cambridge.

I always did like the slightly wacky and when I saw it I knew this beast of burden would appear in my work. I can imagine the artist who illustrated this work around 1300, that is 700 years ago, listening to the tales of travellers from afar describing what they have seen.

A grey beast with a nose like a trumpet and big ears, tusks and enough strength to carry a house. Recognise the building on his back? That is the gatehouse of Kings College curved to look like a stronghold that crusaders could defend.

Thursday 11th August 2016

Drawing at the Parker Library

Manuscripts galore
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A visitor to my studio asked if I had ever been to the Parker Library, I had never heard of it.

She recommended going on a guided tour which visits the library at Corpus Christi which can be booked at the tourist office on Peas Hill or online.

A few days later I joined 3 others in the rain outside the Tourist Information Office and met our very informative guide. As we walked he told us a bit of history about the college and once inside the grounds of Corpus Christi we visited the oldest part of the grounds before climbing the stairs to the Parker library.

Inside the library was an array of very old manuscripts and we were allowed to handle a few facsimiles to get a feel of the amazing illuminations inside. I was immediately hooked and made a few drawings. I chatted to the librarian and applied to become a reader so I could study some of the illustrations in my own time.

On Wednesday 10 August I spent my first morning engrossed in the miniatures embellished with gold and silver and started a new sketchbook which will form a series of paintings culminating with, I hope, my own book of hours.

Wednesday 6th July 2016

Cambridge Open Studio

9 & 10, 16 & 17 and 23 & 24 July 2016
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Cambridge Open Studio takes place in July this year. This will be my 10th consecutive year and I still love meeting everyone who visits me at 309 Milton Road, CB4 1XQ

This year I am sharing my studio with a brilliant glass artist who is taking part in the Open Studios for the very first time after spending several years at craft fairs honing her skills. Her 3D work is beautiful so I own several of her pieces including a multi-coloured coaster, a tiny lustered glass saucer with glass bobbles, a necklace and some matching earrings.

My paintings are getting bigger. I have new Tree called the Tree of Light, plus a cat that I rediscovered 10 years after I started it and have completed and a large unfinished painting of the backs which I will be working on during the open studio.

Maureen Charles and I have been nicknamed the Mo Show and we look forward to meeting you.

This year The Cambridge Open Studio is backing the Arthur Rank Hospice and we have all made a heart to be auctioned for their brand new building. Besides my own paintings I am including some of the work I make when teaching my students which I am selling for very reasonable prices and I am giving 10% of everything sold to the same charity

Saturday 28th May 2016

Cambridge Open Studios

I am sharing with Maureen Charles
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I have several new works this year based on Cambridge and my other favourite subject, trees. The guide picture has my Tree of Light of a lady who makes sure we have light in the world. She stands in front of a special tree filled with lights.

One of the new paintings I started 15 years ago. I think this is a record for the longest time to finish a paint. It is a cat! People will be surprised when I say I am not a cat lover but.....

I am sharing my studio with Maureen Charles who lives close by. This is her first year exhibiting at Open Studios although she has exhibited at lots of Craft Fairs and sells her work in several prestigious places such as the Museum of Cambridge.

We would both love to see you in July

Saturday 5th March 2016

Curiosity Gallery, St Ives, Cambridgeshire

Window display of prints and cards
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The Curiosity Gallery are featuring my prints and cards in their lovely gallery right in the centre of St Ives at 14 Market Hill PE27 5AL

The display consists of many of my tree prints including the Tree of Life, Tree of Knowledge and Tree of Cambridge. They also have an original oil entitled Bower, with gold leaf.

My Tree of Cambridge was voted one of the most popular paintings at the Cambridge Drawing Society in 2015. It is a very personal view of how I see Cambridge and includes a few images that make my home city famous including the Ascent of Man and Mr Asbo - to those not living in Cambridge this was the name given to a very aggressive swan who has since been moved to quieter waterways.

Saturday 5th March 2016

Running with Brushes

An art exhibition in aid of the Care for Casulties Charity
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I am delighted to have been invited to exhibit at The Plough in Shepreth from April 15 to May 8 2016.

The exhibition is by a selected group of Cambridge artists as part of the Running wirh Brushes project started in 2013. The aim was to sell 1.000 postcard sized water colours donated by artists worldwide. The exhibition at the Plough extends this programme to a full scale exhibition of artworks of all sizes.

Artists exibiting:

Rachel Haynes, Maureen Mace, Vandy Massey, Tess Recordon, Jo Tunmer, Deanna Tyson, Sophie Whitaker, Peter wilkes and Clare Wood.

Tuesday 9th February 2016

Cat on a Mat

Almost finished painting my Cat on a Mat.
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This must be the longest time I have ever spent on a painting.

Started about 19 years ago, I put it to one side waiting for inspiration on how to proceed and it just got covered up in a rather dusty corner as life happened all around me.

When my studio needed repainting in the summer I found it again. It is finished now, awaiting a final varnish before it appears in the Cambridge Drawing Society exhibition from 9 - 16 April.

Tuesday 9th February 2016

Winter Open Studio

Chesterton, Cambridge CB4
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This year I am joining two other local artists and showing my work at the Old Dovecote, Church Street, Chesterton. Cambridge CB4 1XQ.

It is a fantastic venue in the studio of Diana Kazemi just down the road from St Andrews Church. Diana makes elegant, functional pots from porcelain and stoneware clay, decorated with rich glazes. She also makes miniature clay mice which are ideal for stocking fillers.

Tess Ainley is also exhibiting at the same place. Tess is a mixed media artist making quirky collages which include life drawing and stitching on handmade papers. She also makes wearable art and will be selling her beautiful handmade stitched cards.

I have several new prints for sale including my very popular tree of Cambridge which is my own personal view of the wonderful city where i live. Besides my paintings and prints I shall be showing some of my original silk cards, hand made, hand painted baubles and a few 3D sheep.

So if you are looking for an original Christmas present do come and visit. Mulled wine and mince pies available.

Tuesday 9th February 2016

Cambridge Drawing Society

Leys School, Fen Causeway, Cambridge CB2 7AD
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The Autumn Drawing Society Exhibition is open during half term.

I have 3 paintings on show here including two of my small detailed paintings which are part of my Silvanite Tree series. These two have silver leaf and copper leaf to accentuate the trunks.

Cards are also available.

This is a great show of a high standard.

Tuesday 9th February 2016

Mixed Media Workshop

Learn and enjoy experimenting with acrylics, collage and stamping.
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Saturday 17 October 10am to 12pm

Join our Saturday session on Mixed Media learning some new techniques with acrylics, collaging and using bought and ready made stamps.

A small group of 6 people taught by painter Maureen Mace and illustrator Evi Gstottner in Maureens studio in Cambridge. Lots of personal attention and help in this fun and creative course.

At the end of the session you will have created a unique piece of art on canvas ready to hang on your wall. 4 hours of fun for £50 which includes ALL the materials.

Book now to reserve your place. Telephone 01223 500909

Tuesday 9th February 2016

Cambridge Art Classes

My Art Classes start again on January 13
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Improve your drawing and painting skills, plus an introduction to all kinds of media including silk painting, mono-printing and 3D alongside some art appreciation.

The classes take part in my studio. Group classes take place on Wednesday morning, Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. They are for a ten week term.

I also offer Private Tuition and Art Vouchers which can be used as a gift for a birthday or as a taster session. For more details visit the website below.

Tuesday 9th February 2016

Pop up shop

Etsy Art and Craft Market St Andrews Baptist Church, Cambridge
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Many thanks to everyone who came to the pop up shop at St Andrews Baptist Church. Great venue and lots of fun.

Tuesday 9th February 2016

Cambridge Drawing Society at Addenbrookes

The long corridor at Treatment Centre
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Following a very successful exhibition at Addenbrookes a few years ago, I am very excited to have been asked by Cambridge Drawing Society to include one of my paintings in their exhibition in the long corridor at the hospital near the Treatment Centre.

Two years ago I took my art students to see the John Craxton exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum and I set a project based on his work. The results were quite stunning and you can see them on my Cambridge Art Classes website. As I paint alongside the students I started this image during the lessons and completed it in oil some time later.

The pictures here show the original Caxton version which is full of rather dark dreams and mine which is about the delightful fresh light of dawn when the day begins.

Tuesday 9th February 2016

Busy Painting

In progress
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There is lots to do with Cambridge Open Studios looming.

Shown here is one of my new, as yet unfinished, paintings that will be part of the Silvanite Trees series.

These oil paintings are made of lots of layers and take a time to paint as each layer has to dry before I can add the next. I love doing the detail using my tiny brushes. Yet to be added is another layer of gold branches, more leaves and some pink flowers will cover the tree.

I shall give it a temporary varnish before framing the painting for July.

Tuesday 9th February 2016

Cambridge Drawing Society Exhibition

Two new paintings are on show at this fabulous exhibition in the centre of Cambridge
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The Tree of Cambridge

is a one-sided vision of the Cambridge I live in.

It all started with a list of people, ideas and objects and has led to my own personal view of Cambridge. Nobody yet has recognised them all.

Most people will recognize Kings College Chapel and evolution and could say why they are there, more difficult is the swan and the plate of cakes. And they all inhabit a gloriously old tree with a copper leaf bark. Have a close look and see what you can find.

Dawn Chorus

is a much smaller painting where a flock of white birds are waking to a still bright moon.

Tuesday 9th February 2016

Samovar Tea House and Gallery

Prints, cards and paintings
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Tucked away in the beautiful town of Ely is a tea-room.

The Samovar Tea House and Gallery is a joy to visit. Marta, the owner, certainly knows her teas and how to present them. They arrive in a glass teapot so you can see the leaves turning the water brown. Alongside is a jug of water kept hot by a candle.

To go with the tea, there are also coffees, are a delicious array of home made cakes, panninis, sandwiches and salads.

The atmosphere is great with lots to look at on the shelves including Russian dolls and a huge collection of teapots.

Exhibited there at the moment are 17 of my paintings and prints. So do go along and sit at the table made from an old door complete with keyhole and enjoy the atmosphere.


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Painter living in Cambridge. Mixes fantasy and realism and loves medieval art and it's detail. An avid sketcher.

Blog Archive

* 2024
* Tree of Birmingham for a client
* Having fun making collages with my art students
* Sketching at the Heong Gallery
* Cambridge Drawing Society Spring Exhibition
* Drawing at the Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge
* The January Challenge
* 2023
* Live painting at Byard Art
* Demonstration at Byard Art
* Arts & Craft Fair, Pitt Building, Trumpington St, Cambridge
* A portrait of me
* Cambridge Drawing Society - Autumn 2023
* Inktober
* Try your hand at Gilding
* Birmingham Open Studios
* Teaching in my home
* Sold at Byard Art, Cambridge
* Thank you to everyone who visited my Open Studios
* Last weekend of Cambridge Open Studios 2023
* Cambridge Open Studios 2023
* Summer Exhibition 2023
* Cambridge Open Studios
* Cambridge Open Studios 2023
* Making planets
* Reverie at the Leper Chapel
* A new me
* Lost in Reverie
* Talk to the Cambridge Drawing Society
* First outside Urban Sketch of the year
* Cambridge Drawing Society Spring Exhibition
* Cambridge Art Classes
* Paintings in progress
* Work in Progress
* #TheJanuaryChallenge
* 65 Million artists
* 2022
* Exhibition at Michaelhouse extended until 17 December
* Small paintings with patterned gold leaf
* Of Day & Night
* Teaching students in my studio
* Of Day & Night
* Self Portrait
* Art in the corridor at Addenbrookes
* Christmas Cracker 2022 Exhibition
* Birmingham Open Studios 2022
* Birmingham Open Studios
* Birmingham Open Studios
* Life Drawing at the Tithe Barn
* Cambridge Open studios
* Cambridge Open Studios 2022
* Art demonstration
* Silent Auction
* Classes starting March 2022
* Newmarket Open Exhibition
* 2021
* Making a Tezlip pattern
* Winter Open Studio
* Winter Open Studio
* Mill Road Winter Fair
* Cambridge Drawing Society exhibition - October 23 - 30 2021
* A talk about my Lockdown Sketches
* The Rest House, Bournville
* Taking part in Birmingham Open Studios
* Art in a changing room!
* Life drawing at the Tithe Barn, Landbeach
* Sketching in the garden
* Cambridge Open Studios
* Art Exhibition at the Tithe Barn, Landbeach
* A haircut
* My very first book
* Still sketching
* Cambridge Drawing Society Exhibition
* Art Exhibition at the Tithe Barn
* Update about my Lockdown Sketches
* My Lockdown
* 2020
* SEAW exhibition
* Urban Sketchers are back
* Summer Exhibition
* Cambridge Open Windows
* Paintings off to Byard Art
* Sketching with my students
* Cambridge Open Windows
* Drawing what I see
* 20 x 20 exhibition at Byard Art
* Cambridge Art Classes
* Coronavius and my art classes
* Coronavirus
* Sketching the Market
* 30 day sketchbook challenge
* 2019
* Winter Open Studio
* Christmas Cracker Exhibition
* Birmingham Open Studios
* Cake Tree
* Space pictures
* Getting ready for Cambridge Open Studios
* Sketching in the garden
* Sketching with Cambridge Urban Sketchers
* Drawing during 'The Silence of Time' exhibition
* Along your Street exhibition
* Packing the paintings
* Basoka dreams / Dreams in the forest
* Cows at Trinity
* Cambridge Art Classes
* Cambridge Drawing Society
* Urban Sketchers in Eddington
* Messing around with watercolours
* Pyjamas
* Commissioned Painting
* Commissioned painting
* Cambridge Urban Sketchers
* Three paintings on the go
* Part 3 of my 30 day sketch challenge
* Another ten photos for the 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge 2019
* Sketch a day challenge
* January in Byard Art
* New Year, New resolution
* 2018
* It's almost Christmas
* Look what's in the window!
* Christmas Cracker exhibition
* Winter Open Studios
* Winter Open Studio
* Urban Sketching
* Christmas Cracker
* Talk/Demonstration at Ely Art Society
* Friday morning Art Classes
* Sketching with my students
* Exhibiting at Addenbrookes
* Painting on a wet day
* Cambridge Antiques Centre
* A customer hangs her painting
* Two more mini paintings
* Drawing at the Museum of Classical Archaeology
* Urban Sketchers
* Painting some mini pictures for an upcoming exhibition
* Ely Art Society demonstration
* Painting Kings and Cows
* Painting Kings and Cows
* Painting Kings and Cows
* World elephant day
* Visiting Addenbookes
* In the basement at Byard Art
* Thank you to everyone who came to visit my Open Studio
* Drawing at the Botanic Gardens
* Open Studios have started
* July means Cambridge Open Studios
* Sold at Byard Art
* Edible drawings!
* First Sketch to completed painting
* Zoology Museum visit
* Paintings in the window
* Paintings at Byard Art
* My studio and garden
* Urban Sketchers at Novi
* May Drawing challenge
* Byard Art
* Sketching at the Parker Library
* Drawing at Queens College
* 2017
* New painting
* Winter Open Studio
* Cambridge Drawing Society Exhibition
* Cambridge Busker
* Cambridge Urban Sketchers
* Cambridge Open Studios
* Cambridge Art Book
* Haddenham Gallery
* Drawing at the Parker Library
* Teaching Art
* Observational Drawing
* 2016
* November
* Winter Open Studios
* Winter Open Studio
* Lost Crusaders
* August
* Drawing at the Parker Library
* July
* Cambridge Open Studio
* May
* Cambridge Open Studios
* March
* Curiosity Gallery, St Ives, Cambridgeshire
* Running with Brushes
* February
* Cat on a Mat
* Winter Open Studio
* Cambridge Drawing Society
* Mixed Media Workshop
* Cambridge Art Classes
* Pop up shop
* Cambridge Drawing Society at Addenbrookes
* Busy Painting
* Cambridge Drawing Society Exhibition
* Samovar Tea House and Gallery
* 2015
* Pop Up Market Place
* Etsy Handmade Fair
* 2014
* Cambridge Christmas cards available
* Cambridge Open Studios
* Strawberry Fair
* Cambridge Open Studios 2014
* Clavering Easter Art Show
* Cows, Bowers and Towers
* 2013
* My Shop on Etsy
* Prints
* Potentials
* Cambridge Art Classes
* Silvanite Woods
* Tree of Knowledge
* Cambridge Open Studios 2013
* New exhibition at Williams Art
* Art on The Hill
* Cow Prints at St Ives
* 2012
* Christmas Gift and Craft Fair
* Art Classes in Cambridge
* Cambridge Open Studios 2012
* 2010
* Moos & Blues

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