Preparing artwork for the upcoming Christmas show at G150 in Leamington Spa which runs from 3 - 29 December.
As Christmas approaches I am thinking of how to dress the window at Artstrail Studios. I have always wanted to do a window display!!! :)
I have been asked by the Head teacher to run a few art classes, possibly before the end of term but definitely next year. I am so looking forward to help encourage children to learn about using different mediums. So excited about this!
Delighted to say that I sold 2 works during the private view night!
There is an article about the private view night in The Leamington Courier! Check out poster under "Latest Work" tab.
"Off with a Bang" Private view night at Artstrail Studios Leamington from on Friday 8 November 2013 from 7-9 pm. Really looking forward to it as it promises to be a great evening! If you are in the area, please pop in and join us!
Delighted to have an article about my artwork in the Leamington Spa Courier today! There is a photo there also entitled "Homage to Miro". You can read the article in the "Latest Work" column! :)
Thrilled to find out that I came 2nd in 'The People's Choice' vote for their favourite artwork at G150 Summer Show. I have had this honour two years in a row!!! :)
My name alongside other Artists in Residence is featured in a half page spread in The Courier this week! The article can be seen under "Latest Work" tab
I am delighted that my painting "Colour in Flight" - mixed media on frosted perspex sold at the G150 summer show!!!
I will be taking part in The Big Gather at Ryton Organic Gardens, Coventry. www.gardenorganic.org.uk/events/show_event.php?id=923
I will be exhibiting at the G150 Summer show in Livery Street, Leamington Spa from 9 July - 28 July 2013. I have one piece entitled "Colour in Flight" - mixed media on frosted perspex.
I am delighted to have been featured in The Courier this week as I am donating a piece of art entitled "Love in Motion" to help raise funds for a very worthy online community blog where people share their problems and help each other. I felt compelled to help them as they work so hard and they need funds to continue their wonderful work. They just celebrated their second Anniversary and hope to celebrate many more years! The piece is to be auctioned online and it ends on Monday 15 June. Please help if you can! See link below:
I am now an Artist in Residence at Artstrail Studios Leamington in Livery Street, Leamington Spa. I love working in a busy thriving environment with wonderful artists!
My garden artwork was featured in last week's Coventry Evening Telegraph!
13 May - 17 June
I have donated a painting entitled "Love in Motion" which is now in auction to help funds for the LeanOnUs community. They do such great work and I am delighted to be a part of their 2nd anniversary! Please check out the link at leanonus.co/blog/love/
12 April onwards
I am delighted to say that I have just finished setting up an Art exhibition at Ryton Organic Gardens. I spent a wonderful day there and wish to extend a huge thank you to the management and staff who were so kind and helpful. I am very much forward to seeing the photos taken that day!
I couldn't wish for better surroundings to display my garden paintings. Ryton Organic gardens are inspirational!!!
March 22 Just received another new commission for a large painting on perspex. Looking forward to starting it!
I am very much looking forward to my first solo exhibition at The Loft Theatre, Leamington Spa from 3 - 23 April 2013.
G150 exhibition entitled "Renewal" which runs from 12 February - 3 March 2013. I have entered "Red Frenzy" mixed media on perpex for this exhibition!
Happy New Year to everyone who kindly reads my page. Wishing you a Happy and Blessed New Year filled with success and peace!
My photo entitled "Out of the Darkness" is still on display at The Picture House, Stratford Upon Avon for any who may be visiting!
December - Mum and I are both delighted to have been included in a whole page on the latest edition of Artspace Magazine (37) A photo of the page is in "Latest Work" tab.
October 26 - Mum and I were both featured together in the local Courier! There was a lovely write up about us both. Please click on the link to find out more
July - I was thrilled to come 2nd place at the People's choice vote at the LSA Summer show. It really gave me a boost! :)
July 12 - I'm delighted to say that I sold my piece entitled "Liquid Energy" at the LSA Summer Show. (Mixed media on perspex)
June 26 - July 17 - My Mum and I are taking part in the LSA Summer Show at Gallery 150 in Leamington Spa. The private view on 26 June was a brilliant evening and a video was made by Chris Okse Oxebury. Here is the link to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ5qjhagbT4
June Following on from the Fringe Festival my photograph entitled "Out of the Darkness" will be displayed at The Picture House, Stratford Upon Avon.
June 2nd - Private View at Castle Galleries in Stratford Upon Avon was a wonderful evening! The event was extremely well run as would be expected by such a prestigious gallery! There was music, canopes and wine flowing. The atmosphere was electric and it was a wonderful chance to meet the organisers and fellow artists, photographers and of course The Lord Mayor! It was especially wonderfuly to meet the amazing artist Emad ALtaay who had a piece exhibited there also! All in all a night to remember!
May - I am delighted as I was approached by the organiser of the Stratford Fringe Festival as he likes my artwork asking if I would like to take part in it and of course I said YES! It runs from 2-10 June 2012. I will be entering 3 pieces in it. One glass, one photograph and one garden art painting. The glass painting entitled "Nature's Colours" will be exhibited at Castle Galleries, Bards Walk, Stratford on Avon.
I'm so looking forward to meeting the other artists taking place in this wonderful event in Stratford Upon Avon. Please visit as it is a week filled with music, art and festivities! I shall be painting in the window of Castle Galleries during this week too so I hope to meet some of you in person! :))
March - Wow! I'm truly humbled as I have been chosen as one out of 21 Artists to Watch in 2012. My grateful thanks goes out to Drew - Skinny Artist for his kindness and making me the happiest girl in the world right now! :)) Please check out the link:-
I have just finished painting my donation for the #TwitterArtExhibition in Moss, Norway. This year the sale of a postcard sized artwork will go to benefit the Moss Women in Crisis Centre. Many thanks to David Sandum who organised this amazing event. My entry is entitled "Hope" and it's in acrylics on paper and can be viewed under "Latest Work" tab.
The following website Leanonus.co have very kindly created a page where artwork created by my Mum and myself can be viewed at. We are both delighted with the outcome and are very grateful for their wonderful support. Please check out the link and read more about their amazing work at :-
Let me give you some background about them! Please support these wonderful people!
Sonya started LeanOnUs.co because of a friendship that inspired her to want to reach out to others who might be struggling with life's issues and need a hand or a shoulder to cry on. LeanOnUs.co was started in June of 2011 by Sonya who wanted to help others and give them a safe haven to express their views, opinions or just vent and to learn they aren't alone.
In July she realized she wasn't able to do all that needed to be done and the person who agreed to help her unfortunately had other commitments. So Shauna stepped in as she insisted Sonya should not give up on her dream. Three years before Shauna and Sonya met on an online game and exchanged yahoo addresses. They fast became good friends, so when Sonya had felt she would have to give up Shauna said 'No way!'
Nine months later they are still working hard together on the ever growing LeanOnUs site, community forum, and two blogs. They have developed the site to help people get support for life's issues. They are also supporting different people they have met online and help with promoting artwork, twitter chats, situations with illness, websites, blogs and more..
Come check out LeanOnUs.co and be part of an understanding community, help someone that may just need a kind word.
January - Got a new exciting project coming up in Spring. Will let you know more about it when I get more details!!! :)))
2012 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! I wish everyone who takes the take to look here a very Happy, Peaceful and Successful New Year! Thank you :)
December - Journey Through the Skies was sold to a lovely family who actually saw some of my work at the Art fair in town. They sent me a photo of it in situ in their home together with a lovely message of how the children are choosing their own names for it and how much they love it! For me, as an artist, that is what Art is all about! Creating work that hopefully someone will enjoy as much as you have enjoyed making it!!!
11 November I apologise for the delay but the last month has been a whirlwind of activity. Commissions to finish and new work to produce for the gallery etc. etc. I have new ideas for work in a new medium completely so watch this space! :)
October - 7 paintings have been presented to the school from Trinity School and will brighten up the fence area in the School Prayer garden. They are stunning pieces of art, mainly flowers and a Dove of Peace. Thanks to the students for their wonderful art and time! They arrived just in time for the School R.E. Inspector's visit and she loved them!
27 September - 9 October - "Journey Through the Skies" painting on display at Private Collection Showcase at Gallery 150, Leamington Spa
14 September - My website is on an article on the web paper called Paper.Li by R.G. Phillips. http://paper.li/rgphil/1315514960/~list
13 September - The opening of the school prayer garden by Bishop Kenney has been featured in Catholic Today newspaper. It should be available around the parishes at the weekend. Great publicity for the school!
We had a wonderful day and did really well on the stall. It was great to meet the public and get feedback about our artwork. So happy to have shared it with Mum. :)
Mum and I are sharing a stall at the Leamington Contemporary Art Fair, end of Livery Street, Leamington Spa on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September from 10 - 5pm. Hope you can join us and support local artists in our town!
A couple of photos taken at the Tate, St. Ives, Cornwall are under the Latest work tab.
You can also follow me on Facebook at http://on.fb.me/nFEoy5 Please feel free to "Like" and leave a comment. Thanks!
August - You can now follow me on Twitter! http://bit.ly/ngQL52
July 23 - Schools out! Busier than ever but as usual got two paintings on the go at the same time. :)
July 22 - Sent a press release off to Catholic Today re the school prayer garden. Should be in September's edition. The garden is really looking beautiful right now with all the flowers blooming and the colours are striking!
July 6 - I believe that St. Teresa was watching over me when the prayer garden was blessed as I received a commission that very same day of a painting which is in the garden (Essence of a Rose) I am delighted :)
June 30 - Photos of the prayer garden are now available under School Prayer Garden tab and you will have a chance to see step by step how the garden has been transformed. Any comments would be very much appreciated! Thank you to everyone who helped and gave their time and effort to create such a beautiful tranquil place for the school to sit and reflect.............. I will always hold this project close to my heart!
Let us not forget that Trinity Catholic School have yet to hand over some wall paintings on boards depicting the life of St. Teresa. Can't wait for them to be placed on the fence. Photos will follow when they are erected.
June 28 - Finally the day arrived and the weather was kind to us. The ceremony took place at 1.30pm and the blessing was undertaken by Bishop Kenney. Live music was provided courtesy of Trinity Catholic School followed by a Welcome by the Head - Mrs. Fallon. St. Teresa's choir sang a beautiful hymn then prayers were said. Bishop Kenney blessed the garden in a solemn and moving way. The atmosphere was very reverend and the children's faces were beaming as they sang, clearly delighted by the occasion. Personally for me it has been the most spiritually rewarding artistic commission to date and I can honestly say that I put my heart and soul into the artwork I created, always with St. Teresa foremost in my mind. The Head thanked everyone individually for their wonderful help and I was overwhelmed to receive a beautiful bouquet of flowers at the end of the service. The Courier came to take a photograph of us with Bishop Kenney by the statue of Our Lady. Refreshments were available after the service and photos of how the garden was transformed over the months step by step were revealed. A day I will never, ever forget! (Photos of the day will are under the School Prayer Garden tab)
June 24 - A wonderful team from IBM came to help paint the garden fence and plant a beautiful array of plants and flowers in tubs and containers etc. Many thanks to Rita and all the team for their wonderful work.
June 11 - We have an amazing statue of Our Lady for the prayer garden. The next few weeks are going to be manic with finishing off planting and hanging paintings etc. Fantastic time!!!! :-)
May 13 - The school was featured in the Leamington Spa Courier as the staff and children placed a time capsule in the new prayer garden.
Everyone is in a mad flurry to get the garden finished as the deadline approaches on 28 June when the Bishop of Coventry will come to bless the garden. It really is such a special, exciting time for the school.
So far art wise, I have produced a mosaic plaque to sit at the front of the grotto housing the statue of Our Lady and am nearing completion of 5 paintings (on wood) - 1. Bird of Peace 2. Cross set against a dramatic sky. 3. Sea with a gold fish symbol. 4. Essence of a Rose (my donation to the school garden). 5. School logo surrounded by hand prints of each child from Reception Class. 6. An Invocation Prayer to St. Teresa on perspex in glass paints and mixed media including real rose petals.
May 13 - 15 - I will be exhibiting at the Kenilworth Festival Art Show. See http://www.kenilworthfestival.co.uk for more details.
Amidst the Royal Wedding frenzy, Our Lady's & St. Teresa's School undertook a "non wedding" celebration that included a very cute bride and groom from Reception class all dressed up in wedding regalia. I was thrilled to be "Royal Photographer" for the day. A chauffeur driven car took them to church and a "non wedding" service took place with Father Lawrence talking about the sanctity of marriage. The whole school and staff dressed up to the nines to celebrate the Royal Wedding in their own unique way. There was a Royal Banquet to follow with a disco. A lovely wedding cake was cut and shared out too. The couple did an opening dance before the hall became a sea of happy faces enjoying the day. Needless to say, the whole school and staff worked to hard to ensure it was a day to remember! Well done everyone and parents for dressing up their kids in smart or patriotic clothes. The place was full of photos of Kate and William and balloons and flowers festooned the hall. A special thanks to Mrs Fallon who thought up the wonderful idea. The celebration was followed by the local press and was featured on Central News!
April 13 - The Courier came to photograph us with some children placing a time capsule in the new prayer garden. An exciting time for the school and a lovely Easter celebratory assembly took place too for children and families to enjoy. Look out for the Courier either this week or next!!!!!
April 1 - Mum and I were featured in the Leamington Courier today! The photo showed us standing in front of some of Mum's artwork. The article provided more indepth info about our work. Perfect timing for Mother's Day tomorrow. Just delighted to be sharing our passion for art and having our joint exhibition at such a special time!
March 14 - Ground clearing exercise at the school took place. Slabs, pots, ivy etc. were cleared away and a deep hole was dug ready to place a time capsule filled with children's ideas. (See photos under School Prayer Garden tab)
I want to thank everyone involved i.e. our school children together with Trinity School for their time and energy. It was an enjoyable day and we had lots of fun as well. The garden is starting to take shape and it's very exciting!
Thanks to - Mr Jeff Allan, (Business Manager) - Our Lady's & St. Teresas School), Mr Stephen Steinhaus - (Assistant Principal - Trinity School), Tom Bangham (photographer) who took all these amazing photos, Ashley Allen, Rhiannon Jenkins, Lucinda Stevenson, Nathan Pettle, Callum Semple, Sian Evans, Jessica Bradley, Cliona Dunlop, Claudia Davies, Vinita Aulak - Thank you all!
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March 13 - Mum and I are delighted with the way that Goldstraws have exhibited our works for our joint Mother and Daughter retrospective exhibition. There's a nice mix of traditional and contemporary art on canvas, wood and perspex including a sculpture on show. It's great to be able to share this wonderful event with Mum especially as it will be still on show on Mother's Day! (Call me sentimental :)
The website at Goldstraws has been updated to include our current exhibition and more indepth statements about our work. For further details check out:
March 4 - Putting final touches to our artwork and delivering them to the gallery. Very exciting time and lots of hard work has been put in but it's been lots of fun too. Looking forward to our exhibition next week.
February 11 - I had a wonderful morning helping teach young children as part of the Young and Gifted in Art in Warwickshire. The theme was "New Beginnings". They painted onto slices of wood which was a first for them with mixed media and their unique paintings are delightful! It was a pleasure to be part of the exercise.
An article entitled "Shop Launches New Artists Group" appeared in the local Courier yesterday.
February 4 - Just come back from the official launch of the new artists group at Goldstraws. Our fellow artists have amazing talents and personalities to match. The evening was a huge success! Mum and I would like to extend our thanks to Tessa and her family who run Goldstraws. Their hospitality made the evening a night to remember!
January 20 - My painting entitled "Bold Statement" has been featured as picture of the month in Goldstraws monthly newsletter
There's a chance to meet the artists at Goldstraws on Friday 4 February 2011 from 7pm - 9pm. Hope to meet you there! Check out
http://www.goldstraws.org.uk/Exhibitions1.htm for more details.
From January 1 2011 I am delighted to say that myself and my mother are 2 of 8 artists contracted to Goldstraws, 'Joel's Gallery', Warwick. We are thrilled at the opportunity of holding a joint mother and daughter exhibition there which runs from 10 March - 6 April 2011.
December 8 - Handed in finished wall mosaic to the Head and am delighted to be Project Manager of the garden project! Things are starting to move and it is very exciting to see how all the ideas and visions will meld together.
December 6 - Had a meeting with a tutor and students from Trinity specialist Arts and Technology School, Leamington Spa, who have kindly offered to help us with our prayer garden project. It's was an exciting meeting of artistic and creative minds and the outcome is eagerly awaited!!
* The Head and I wish to extend a huge thank you to Stonemarket of Coventry who very kindly donated 10 pallets of stone including a stone circle for the prayer garden. Thank you for your incredible generosity!!
November 28 - Sold THREE paintings at the Gallery yesterday. Thrilled!
I will be helping to plant willow which will be shaped into a grotto to house the statue of St. Teresa next week. A huge thank you to Kate Grantham a very talented artist who is providing the willow and will show us how to weave it. Very excited about learning this new technique. Hope the weather is kind to us!!!
November 4 - Gave a talk to 5/6 year olds at school about Art and Nature. The time flew by and I can honestly say that it was the one of the most memorable and proudest times of my life. They were very receptive, excited children, eager to learn about Art and Nature.
I am very proud to announce that I will be taking part in a photographic exhibition at the distinguished Mitchell Gallery, Warwick. The exhibition is entitled "Into the Light" and it runs from 13 - 28 November 2010.
October 27 -Visited the extremely talent artist Kevin Parrish at his studio today and was blown away by the amazing monochrome paintings he had on display among many others. Not only is he extremely talented, but he is an extremely nice person too. Check out his website at www.kevinparrish.co.uk
As of November - I am delighted to say that I, together with my dear mum are part of 8 artists who will have permanent work on display at Goldstraws, 'Joel's gallery, Warwick.
School - October - Been asked to give a talk to the children about art and nature after half term. Looking forward to it!
Very pleased with sketches and have a definite layout for the mosaics! Can't wait to get them in situ!
There is a rectangular shaped brick wall about 3' high which the mosaics will cover. Working on the pattern right now.
Got loads of tiles am I am going to try my hand at creating mosaics for the prayer garden. Exciting challenge. Always wanted to have a go at it so keep looking at the School Prayer Garden tab to see the latest photos.........
October 2010 - I am exhibiting to the theme of "Autumn" at Goldstraws, Joel's Gallery, Warwick. I will be including abstract works of Autumn flowers on perspex and canvas.
School -June 2010 - Mrs Fallon, the Head teacher's vision, is to create a place where children can reflect quietly and enjoy the beautiful, tranquil surroundings. The sensory garden will have imput from the children too.
I enjoyed creating a "mood-board" plan for the garden which will no doubt change over the next few months but some things will remain static.
Work on the prayer garden commenced during this summer. It is a lovely space now but only through lots of hard work. The ground has been levelled and the entire garden is now privately sectioned off with a sturdy fence and gates with arched effects. Keep watching this space :)
October - I have the materials needed to create 5 contemporary style stained glass windows (in my own design). The hard part is preparation but I enjoy the whole process as it gives me a chance to think deeply about the designs as I sand away!.........................
I am taking part in a "Mind, Body & Spirit" exhibition at 'Joel's Gallery', Goldstraws, Warwick. It runs from 28 August - 22 September. Hope you can visit!
As a newly appointed Artist in Residence, I am very proud to say that the glass painting of Jesus Christ with Thorns is now situated in the Head teacher's door at a local Primary School.
I am very proud to announce my Mum's recent Art Blog. Please check out the link at http://blog.artweb.com/2010/05/good-work-olga/
Click on this link to see the photo of "Log Canvas" which is featured on The Landscape Juice Network! Click on the photo to reveal closer detail and rating.http://www.landscapejuicenetwork.com/photo/log-canvas?xg_source=activity