Thursday, 20 November 2008

Beautiful Beasts

My children are revving up for Christmas, coming home with partly made angel costumes and orders for cakes for the christmas fair. In the midst of this there has been a flurry of paintings done for the Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton "Beasts" Christmas Exhibition. I am amused to think of patients, relatives, friends and staff being looked down on by five fuzzy cows in the hospital corridors. I hope they cheer people up when they are in hospital over Christmas.

The cows are also appearing on the inside of Honeybuns gorgeous gluten-free cake wrappers ( the cranberry and pecan flapjack ones to be precise!). I met Emma who runs Honeybuns the other day for a cup of tea - she is an inspirational business woman and a very lovely person too!! Also appearing on the cake wrappers is Alison Bundle's work (she was also having tea!!) - fantastic animal sculptures and fabulous person. Now all I need is to eat some of the cakes.....

Monday, 11 August 2008

Brilliant Baxters

I'm very excited!!

In June, I spent a lot of hours feverishly painting four new paintings, before my children broke up for the school holidays. I was really pleased with them and now it seems, so were the cow painting lovers out there - as they have all sold in July at Baxters Gallery in Dartmouth.

I also have some fantastic new images to work with from Roskilly's nr St Keverne in Cornwall. They have a herd of 100 Jersey cows that provide the milk for their delicious ice cream and I spent a happy hour in the sunshine snapping away at them whilst my kids threw hay around.

Cow cards and prints are now on sale at Roskilly's in the fantastic Bull Pen shop and gallery. It is a great place to go , what with seeing the milking, eating the multitude of ice creams on offer, the great restaurant and the gorgeous courtyard to hang out in - we're going again next week for a barbecue evening and live music - can't wait.

Green Cow Cards are also now stocked at Stourhead Farm Shop in Wiltshire.

Sunday, 15 June 2008

Dorset Art Weeks - the aftermath

I took the exhibitions down exactly a week ago with a mixture of emotions. Happy because they have been so succesful and sad to finish because it has been fun to meet so many lovely new people in Dorset and afar. I also met two people that read this blog - hello Sue and Viv!!

I really enjoyed visiting as many other exhibitions as I could and saw some great work - Dorset is truly a talented county.

Today we walked up Cadbury Hill and saw the Montgomery Jerseys grazing at the top together with the friesians looking majestic in the sun. It gave me a strong urge to paint. Now I am painting for Baxters gallery at the end of June,the Quartz festival in October and
'Emporium' The Fifth Penny Brohn Cancer Care Invitation Art Exhibition along with work by Prince Charles and Banksy!

The two remaining originals and many prints are now on show at Clavelshay Barn Restaurant near North Petherton, Somerset as well as the ongoing exhibition of prints at the Mill at Rode near Frome, Somerset, Wallaces Farm Shop in Hemyock, Devon and the Udder Farm Shop in East Stour, Dorset.

The last excitement is I think that I am going to be in Farm Life in Farmers Weekly next Friday. I was interviewed by Hannah Velten who herself has written a book about cows called Cow which is just published and available on amazon (click link to find). I shockingly reveal that I don't know much about cows really, or farming come to that - so why I am in Farmers Weekly is a mystery!

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

dorset art weeks

The Dorset Art weeks exhibitions are in full swing. Despite the terrible weather, people have been coming to see the cows in Sutton Montis and Mappowder and quite a few originals have been sold to a new home.

This weekend some of the cows can be found at Art for Heroes which is a free charity event with over 20 local artists and profits will be given to Help for Heroes. It is at Digby Hall, Sherborne from 10am to 5pm.

Sunday, 27 April 2008

dorset art weeks

Only a short time to go until Dorset Art Weeks now.

The private views will be on Friday 23rd May at 6.30pm until 8.30pm at Bramble and Sage and Saturday 24th May from 11am until 3pm at Boywood Farm, Mappowder. See Dorset art weeks website for details. Please email or phone if you would like an invitation in the post.
There is lots of interest in the cow paintings, so if you are keen on owning one, then get in touch early. The new pictures will also be on the website from the 23rd May but here is a sneak preview of a couple.....

Wednesday, 6 February 2008

New Year, New Cows

Happy New Year

I'm busy in the studio painting for the next exhibition in May 2008. I have two venues in Dorset Art Week - one is Bramble and Sage Sutton Montis and the other Boywood Farm at Mappowder. The first is a farm shop and the second a barn on a farm!

At the moment I am painting pedigree Jerseys from a farm in South Cadbury ( see photo). I am going to see an old Hereford Bull next and then maybe another Highland.

A new exhibition of prints and prints on canvas will be going up soon at the Mill at Rode near Frome.