My favourite paintings of the year

I wanted to write a summary of this years happenings….I have completed a whopping 160 paintings (not including the duffers and wipe offs!) quite a few more than last year – mainly because of the Venice trip. And it’s not all about quantity I have been aiming for more quality pieces and a bit bigger in size too. 

This is the Instagram top 9 where an app counts the most likes for each painting, and then puts them in the top 9 order…..

Instagram Top 9 2018

I entered The Artist Magazine competition which exhibits the finalists at the Patchings Art festival in July. I won the Royal Talens award and received £250 worth of linen canvases! Plus The Artist Collection award – exhibiting with the top 10 finalist.

‘Gateway to Bramshott Common’ 10×10″
Wining painting exhibited the Patchings

One of my highlights this year was being accepted into the New English Art Club (NEAC) A prestigious exhibition held at The London Mall Galleries. They call themselves the contemporary impressionists which is how I see my work as well! This was the painting accepted.

‘Silver Birch in Snow’  8×10″

In October I was part of the Chelsea Art Society annual open exhibition which has had many famous artists who have exhibited here including: Turner in the mid 19th Century, followed by Whistler, Sickert, Augustus John and John Singer Sargent, it’s wonderful to be included in!

The Artist Magazine I have been reading this on off since the 80’s! and have always wanted to write an article for them. This year I did that! Plus I’m now writing another for next summers edition.

My Article in Januarys The Artist Magazine 🙂

Venice in September I was lucky enough to spend 30 days in this dream painting place! I felt truly inspired and even though it was exhausting to keep painting intensively the whole time, it was worth it and couldn’t really get enough of the place! I producing 45 paintings. Plus some bigger pieces since I’ve got home.
I have already booked to go back next September for 21 days!

My Venice painting haul!
‘Venetian Cafe’ 30x30cm
Completed back home in the studio 

This small plein air I thought could go bigger and have more content so I tried an enlarged  version in the studio and I’m pleased with the outcome!

40x50cm Oil on Canvas Studio piece                                              9×12″ Plein Air Sketch
I have decided to continue to blog for another year. It’s been quite a challenge to keep on top of the posts, especially when I am producing a lot like when I was in Venice doing up to 4 a day! But I think it’s still a beneficial process for me and hopefully those of you who read it.

News for next year
I am very excited to be doing my first solo exhibition in Chelsea, London next May. 
The Title is: London, Venice Coast & Country
Date: 14th-18th May 2019
Place: “The Studio” 73 Glebe Place, London, SW3 5JB 
If you would like an invitation to the Private View on the 14th please contact me.
I will do a post about the show nearer the time.

Thank you for reading my blog posts and supporting me though this year. I hope to have you along for this coming year too!
With best wishes