Sunday, 27 March 2011

arrivederci, Venezia!

sunrise, Riva del Schiavoni
© Teresa Newham 2011

We recently went to Venice.  It was our honeymoon, in fact - and a more romantic place I can't think of.  Canals, gondolas, churches, palaces - and no traffic.  Bitterly cold weather but sunny most of the time;  it was just before the Carnival so masks and costumes abounded but  the city was not too crowded.  As we walked the streets hand-in-hand for four days, I still found time to take over 400 photos . . .  some are the usual holiday snaps, some I will turn into prints and cards, some I will use as the basis for watercolours and printmaking.

And the handful I've posted to the photos on the run page on my websiteare exactly that - snatched in a hurry or at random, some at waist level, some point-and-shoot-and-hope-for-the-best.  There's a shop window - one of my favourite subjects, as you can get some great reflections.  And one of some sunshine hitting shutters in such a way to turn them to copper colour.  Carnival masks - I used to find these quite creepy but in context they are striking and full of local colour.

I would love to visit Venice again some time.  Still, she's given me enough inspiration to last for a while!

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

and so it begins again . . .

View from my back bedroom window
© Teresa Kirkpatrick 2010
Delighted to say that two of my pieces have been accepted for this weekend's Seasons in a Garden exhibition in the Conservatory at the Luton Hoo Walled Garden. The exhibition involves 80 local and national artists showing works inspired by gardens; artists will be demonstrating their skills and visitors will be able to view some amazing eco-sculptures made by pupils from fourteen local schools. The garden itself is a restoration project and well worth a visit in its own right; you can find out more about it here.   The two artworks I'm showing are the pen & wash piece View from my Back Bedroom Window, and one of my Acer Leaf monoprints.

Acer Leaf Monoprints
© Teresa Kirkpatrick 2010

The other piece of good news is that we are going to be able to exhibit at Artscape again later this year during Herts Open Studios.    Still trying to finalise the details, but things are looking up!