The Gallery by the Sea
Autumn Exhibition 2021
Paint Up Lowestoft
Paintings of Pakefield
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132 postcards helping to raise money for World Land Trust
You can then choose your favourite postcard and bid online via the link below...
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-1 SOLD - £12
'Ivy on a Oak Tree'
Watercolours and coloured pencils+gloss varnish
You posted yourself at my feet
stealing my water, air and light.
You promised our union would be
You lied, feigning affection
you wound yourself around my trunk.
Penetrated, weakened, dying
my identity lost beneath your green cloak.
Boasting you were self supporting
you grew up and over my dead body.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-2 SOLD - £8
'Nature Doesn't Need Us'
Mixed media including foam, plaster of Paris, mounting card. Moss, acrylic, spray paint.
My work is called ‘Nature Doesn't Need Us’, this is based upon the top walls that we build, that moss will happily grow upon it. They are miniature rainforests, with their own biodiversity, as a child, I always thought that's where fairies came from. Now I want to see more nature take over what we have built, nature doesn't need us, be we do need it.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-3 SOLD - £10
Oil on Board
It is easy to lose sight of the bigger picture, especially when telling some one else what they should be doing.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-4 SOLD - £40
Trees take on a wonderful hue, in late winter, just before the buds burst in the spring. Moss and lichen grows on the bark in the winter sunshine creating a warm glow of ochre and yellowy greens! This picture tries to capture the wonderful colours and fascinating shapes that are created by winter trees.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-5 SOLD - £5
'Trees For Life'
Mixed Media on used teabags
As the chosen charity this year is the World Land Trust and some of the funds raised will go towards planting trees, I decided to base my art work on trees. I’ve called it ‘Trees For Life’ and depicted young children playing hide and seek in the woods. Planting trees will not only help protect habitats and wildlife but will also ensure our world is a healthier and safer place for future generations to enjoy.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-6 SOLD - £
'Braving the Elements'
This small pastel sketch is one of many that I produce prior to starting a larger pastel painting.
It is a study of figures "braving the elements" that I did whilst working on location in the centre of Funchal, in Madiera.
I used Unision and Daler-Rowney pastels on Sennelier 'La Carte' pastel card.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-7 SOLD - £10
My postcard is called Tranquility. It is the vision the World Land Trust would hope for much of their land areas.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-8 SOLD - £18
A painting of a tiger stepping out of the dark into the light, which hopefully we are all doing when the postcards are on show, also to fit in with World Land Trust an endangered species needing support.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-9 SOLD - £28
'Sharing & Caring - Our Joy of the Seaside'
Mixed Media - all gathered from Pakefield beach
I can remember that feeling of elation having been released from a long car journey to run to the beach to play, rock pool and have such great, magical adventures, in my case with the family dog.
I am lucky to share the joy of it with others, passing on how we can care for the fragile land and the creatures that live there and still have fun!
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-10 SOLD - £30
This year I thought I would submit a painting of a subject that I am recognised for - a child at play. It is a bit of a nostalgia trip as I am experimenting with other things nowadays, but it is always a pleasure to return to capturing the innocence of children.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-11 SOLD - £15
'Water Buffalo and Sugar Cane Modinagar India'
Ink touched with chalk
The theme made me think of India the relationship between man and beast, the importance of this majestic animal to the people of India. Also the fragility of a rural community. I was drawing in India for 4 months during a teaching residency with the drawing school, loved watching these animals and hope they last for ever.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-12 SOLD - £10
Oil on Board
The natural world and it's wildlife needs people to actively help it.
'Empathy' alone is meaningless!
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-13 SOLD - £10
'I must go down to the sea again…'
Eloise, aged 2 in the picture, is a determined little girl. She doesn't often see the sea but when she does... !
She really looked as if she was going to walk straight in to it, through it and out the other side.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-14 SOLD - £15
Gouache, Ink on card
I live very close to the sea and close to the beautiful Kessingland Beach. I sometimes wish to create interesting, peaceful images to express the feelings of serenity and solace that I find when I am by the water. For this postcard I used a sketch that encapsulated the escape of Lockdown routine. People making contact, breathing the fresh air by the water, listening to the rustling North wind and connecting to nature.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-15 SOLD - £12
Digital Illustration on German Etching Paper
Visiting Dungeness in 2019 I was instantly intrigued by the contrasting environment. A dynamic, dry and seemingly barren landscape of shingle, shacks and broken fences, imposed upon by a looming nuclear power station. You may think this is a hostile environment, yet it is full of life, life that is not merely surviving but thriving. There are many plant and animal species that exist nowhere else in the UK.. a reminder of nature's adaptability.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-16 SOLD - £25
Watercolour, oil paint and postage stamp
Watercolour and oil paints sensitively enhance the scene from within this vintage stamp creating an atmospheric seascape. Combining art with stamps ensures these tiny pieces of postal history are no longer hidden away in stamp albums and are on display to be enjoyed everyday.
'Venice Observed, Yellow'
Oil on Sand Ground
She perceives and records the details and nuances of her environment. Each work is a micro world of texture detail and perspectival play. Colour is used to create a tonal register in which is dazzling in scope and variety. Bringing to mind the Japanese concept of wabi sabi which emphasises the sublimity to be found in imperfection. In my paintings I create solace even from the depths of decay.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-18 SOLD - £110
Pittas are colourful thrush-sized birds with short tails. Their long legs enable them to hop about the forest floor looking for worms, snails and bugs - they rarely fly.
This painting is based on the Blue-headed Pitta (Hydrornis Baudii) from the lowland forest of Borneo. Quite recently it was fairly common, but now it is struggling to survive due to loss of habitat caused by rapid deforestation.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-19 SOLD - £10
'Balloons in Flight'
Art can take many forms. This is a simplistic picture using an incomplete yet decorative jigsaw that would otherwise have ended up in landfill. Thus complimenting the ethos of this years chosen charity - Namely the World Land Trust.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-20 SOLD - £5
'Hope I & II' - (Diptych)
Gouache & Ink
(There are 2 postcards in this pack - please bid accordingly)
In February 2021 the East Anglian landscape was transformed. Snow drifted in from the East. Fields and hedgerows merged into one silent mass. Then out of the silence the sun appeared. Trees reclaimed their shape. The last vestiges of snow clung on stubbornly for days before making way for a new season. A new era of hope.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-21 SOLD - £30
'Towards the Light'
Oil on Board
"Towards the light" was inspired by a visit to a beach on the North West Coast of Ireland. After a surf session just before last light, the dark stormy sky over an empty beach, started to allow flickers of light and colour to break through, culminating in an amazing glimpse of the sun setting.
The painting is trying to show however much darkness there seems to be, there is always light trying to break through.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-22 SOLD - £15
'Robin Singing for Spring'
Pen and pencil crayon
I love all things in nature and especially the sound of bird song.
Robins sing their little hearts out and their pure notes always cause me to pause and reflect on the beauty of their song.
I wanted this image to reflect Spring and some of our hopes and joy for the future.
The coming of Spring this year and a release from lockdown and the dreary days of Covid.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-23 SOLD - £5
'Cat on a Moroccan Roof'
My postcard was inspired by travels to Morocco. I distinctly remember staying in a Riad in Marrakesh
And seeing the cat among the wall decorations. Painting this scene has helped to fill a gap in my life as I have missed travelling this past year.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-24 SOLD - £10
Quick drying oil
My submission is a piece called The Last Reed Bed. It reflects the survival of natural spaces in our environment. I personally love Reed beds for their changing appearance throughout the year and the way light alters the appearance especially when water is involved. Of course they are a haven for the majestic Harriers circling above and the Reed bunting. Capturing the wind swept landscape and the colours of nature was the aim.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-25 SOLD - £5
'Freedom of Flight'
Freedom of flight is mixed media using my own hand printed Japanese rice paper. The story is that a bird can survive with the loss of a few feathers but it cannot survive without trees, habitat and nature.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-26 SOLD - £8
'The Green Man'
It is one of a series I have been working on recently and have adapted to postcard size.
The green man is a survivor from the distant past he represents the fecundity of nature. Usually he is shown with sterner features spewing greenery from his mouth I have made him more pensive and gentler in this version. Perhaps the growing threat to his realm has altered his features, now that there is only 3% of the environment left unadulterated in some way by man.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-27 SOLD - £28
'The Space Between'
Mixed watercolour and acrylics
‘The Space Between’ was inspired by the Perseverance mission to Mars in February this year. Discovering incredible online images of the Martian surface has given me creative inspiration and for a long time I’ve been fascinated by Earth viewed from outer space. The distance and 7 month journey from Earth to Mars can only be imagined in my painting. I used a combination of watercolours and acrylics, with photographic images of Earth and Mars.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-28 SOLD - £15
A proud gardener taking his marrow to a marrow contest.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-29 SOLD - £35
'Survival at Sea'
I have been painting marine scenes and ‘messing about in boats’ for over 50 years. I hope this small artwork conveys one of the meanings of SURVIVAL.
Nothing is more fearful than being caught out at sea, in a storm. Even if you are not a churchgoer - You Pray! Lifeboat men are everybody’s heroes - they help others survive.
The craft depicted in this painting is the ‘Ann Ferguson’, the Dunwich Lifeboat between 1875-1895. No engine, just sail and oars and 6-8 crew. Launching from the beach must have been extremely difficult.
Records show the boat saved many lives over the years. An oil painting of this craft can be seen at the Dunwich Museum.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-30 SOLD - £5
'Wind in my Face'
My postcard painting is based on of Peter Seago RIP
Who was a resident of Pakefield.
He would regularly walk all this rescued dogs on Pakefield beach in all weathers.
The postcard artwork is taken from a larger painting I produced for my Tattoos & Attitude series in acrylic paint. People with tattoos.
With every portrait I have written a statement which
I feel shows their attitude.
In Peter's case :
"l'd rather have the wind on my face
then be part of the rat race".
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-31 SOLD - £10
'Dog in a Hat'
From time to time I like to experiment with different forms of art, and I find with mixed media there are endless possibilities. I search through magazines and newspapers to find images and words that I can use to add throughout my artistic works.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-32 SOLD - £10
'Misty Morning off Pakefield Beach'
I saw the subject of my acrylic painting while walking along the beach at Pakefield early on a summer morning. Looking into the sun, I spotted this small fishing vessel.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-33 SOLD - £5
'Watercolor Landscape Illustration'
The words are taken from the poem ‘Inversnaid’ written by Gerard Manley Hopkins in September 1881, when he was visiting the area around Loch Lomond in Scotland. It evokes the wild, untouched wonders of nature. What he said was true then and is even more true today if such places, with their flora and fauna, are to survive.
“What would the world be
Of wet and wilderness?
Let them be left
O let them be left;
Wilderness and wet:
Long live the weeds~
and the wilderness yet.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-34 SOLD - £5
To survive the trials and tribulations that life throws at us, we don't always do what's best for our health such as drinking and smoking.
My postcard shows how some of us are 'Getting by'.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)- SOLD - £5
'World Wide Web'
Mixed Media, crochet, pen gouache + jewel
Creepy spider on the wall is what Covid felt like when we were first introduced to it - very unreal and weird indeed. It could only be added to a piece of crochet to get it to seem real at all….and then the World Wide Web suddenly came on the scene to help the contact of people with Zoom!!!
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-36 SOLD - £5
2020 was a particularly difficult year for many of us. The survival of nature on the other hand, thrived. I read that the butterfly population even increased.
Using vibrant colours in my painting, I have attempted to capture the beauty and freedom that the butterfly represents.
ppa_2021_wlt_(wm)-37 SOLD - £12
'Seagulls at Covehithe'
Acrylic on Oak
‘Big stormy skies on the Suffolk coast and the seagulls are on their way inland. A piece of gorgeous Suffolk oak, which was felled fifty years ago, has been painted using acrylics and inks by the artist whilst sitting on the beach at Covehithe.’
'I Need a Forest'
(Green Space Lover)
Watercolour & pen
Without the forests and green areas most wildlife will gradually disappear.
The only place for many creatures will be zoos and wildlife parks.
What an awful prospect!
My paintings are celebratory. They are all done for pleasure. I hope they convey the beauty of the world and the joy of painting in watercolour. Many are done outdoors, in all weathers. Others are studio pieces. But, whatever the circumstances the enjoyment of the subject and the painting process is just the same.
'Call of the Wild'
I love deer, they are majestic and beautiful. My painting is of a deer who has found water.
Acrylic & resin on MDF board
A mini abstract painting in greens and blues using acrylic with pieces of gold leaf, painted on a board and coated with resin.
Caring for the land has been a notion dear to mankind since the dawn of time.
Time spent among Trees and Nature is never wasted.
The Land is what we all have in common and every one of us must do our utmost for the survival of our PRECIOUS PLANET.
'Watching the birds through Lockdown'
Mixed media with pencil, crayon
A well thumbed book on British birds and tubs of seed and mealworms has kept us sane through lockdown.
I am fascinated by the way the marshes change in different lights and this is most apparent at sunset. The land begins to become a dark and secretive place, the birds quieten, the changing sky is reflected in the water and all that can be heard is the soft swish of the reeds and the occasional rustle of a nocturnal animal searching for food. ‘Blyth Sunset’ is my response to this.
'Down to Basics'
‘A basic survival kit for when civilisation breaks down – a light, fire and a cutting tool.’
‘Will the last person left please blow out the candle’
Engraving on Bristol Blue Glass
Since year one I have had a piece of Bristol Blue glass cut especially to postcard size from a company in Bristol, for the Pakefield Postcard Auction. I love the outdoors and love nature too. This years postcard is an engraving of a blue tit. I hope you like it.
Acrylic and pen
After emerging from COVID lockdown it would nice to think that our appreciation of our flora and fauna and the beautiful countryside that surrounds us is greater than ever. Sometimes we need to stop, look and listen to nature, a quiet moment is all it takes and let us remember that nature does not belong to us we are simply part of it.
Wolves are my favourite animal. I saw them in Yellowstone when I went there on holiday. They hunt at night for their best chance of survival
Acrylic & resin
I have produced this piece depicting 2 turtles swimming freely in the clear seas using acrylic paint and resin.
I am an animal portrait artist who more recently has focussed on some of our endangered wildlife around the world. Our sea life is being endangered at the hands of human consumption and plastic pollution. I wanted to represent our sea-life as it should be seen, free and happy.
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