Sunday, 27 August 2017

Summer News

Hope you are having a lovely Summer enjoying time with the kids, family or your loved ones wherever you have been or are going.

July and August have been a busy few months with work and I am enjoying the freedom that my new home studio brings so we have been getting away most weekends.. I'll tell you more below!

Studio 61 Printing business has been keeping us busy and I've enjoyed being out and about on the road meeting new customers and delivering their prints and any originals that we have scanned. (We post work out too)
www.studio61printing.co.uk

Purple and Grey is in holiday mode but our Art Group did meet at Tansley Village Hall last week where I ran a workshop.  We have a lovely friendly bunch of artists of all abilities and have many laughs.  Our next Art Group is on Wednesday 27 Sept 10.30-12.30 and it's £4.95 with lots of free tea and coffee.  New members welcome


Purple and Grey have lots of Autumn/Winter events planned including networking at Beechenhill Farm, The Big Draw at Creswell Crags as well as private consultations.  All info is on our website where you can sign up to newsletter. (for those that don't know I am Purple!)
www.purpleandgrey.co.uk


New Mills Art Trail is part of New Mills Festival 2017 and I will have three pieces on display.
Art Trail Info



The Tractor Shed at Riber

One thing I am loving is the ability to get out and about so when a regular customer wanted to purchase more artwork for her holiday cottages I was able to take a selection along and have a sneaky peek before it opened for business.  I am pleased to say that three originals are now hanging in The Tractor Shed at Riber which is a fab romantic hideaway, a well behaved dog is welcome and is now open for bookings!





Commissions - I love working to commission and am now taking bookings to get stuck into when I return from holiday..I'll tell you about that in a minute.  Prices start from £80-£800 whether it be a painting of your home, a favourite view or special place in oils or watercolours.  (Gift Vouchers available)  Happy to chat more and work to your requirements.  Just email me please


Where you can view my work - now updated on my website 


New family member - please welcome Freddy the VW Camper.  We have been sneaking off in him whenever we can so if you've not seen him over on my INSTAGRAM  then here he is.


   
 As you can see Bruno loves him and joins us on every trip


 We are still keeping Stan the Van as he is my daily drive and also part of the family.






Holidays - we are heading off to Cornwall soon and I will be back in the studio Monday 18th September.  I hope it as hot as when we were there in June but just to be on the beach and by the sea whatever the weather suits me fine.  I intend to do lots of reading but am also taking my paints and drawing box and hope to do a few paintings sat on the beach looking across St Ive's Bay

I will be checking emails as I'm nosey!

I'll try and post onto my Facebook page  but mainly I prefer Instagram now as no politics, moaning or horrible cruelty to animals photos!

My Instagram is karinagoodmanstudio61

Anyway, hope you enjoy the rest of Summer and look forward to catching up with you soon where I can hopefully tell you more about an exciting Christmas Commission with a local company!

See you soon

Take care love Karina and Bruno xxxxx


Friday, 7 July 2017

What do I do?

I bumped into an old NHS work colleague a few days ago and was asked what did I do now as it had been over 20 years?  I found myself trying to explain, conscious of not rabbiting on.  

So today after meeting some lovely clients I have spent the afternoon updating my website with less text and more images to try and sum up what I do do and make things simpler. 

I work and absorb info so much better visually and even my shopping list has some doodles rather than words

I thought I'd share some with you 














all links are on my website



Have a lovely weekend and if I can help you with any of the above please email me 

love Karina x

and Bruno 🐶


Saturday, 1 July 2017

Summer at Sennen Cove

I've many happy memories of lazy sunny days on the beach at Sennen Cove in Cornwall with our friends and all the kids enjoying the freedom this brings not to mention the surfing as they grew older.

Last week I had a lovely family day at Sennen when it was a scorcher and upon my return I felt inspired to capture this beautiful place with it's vast expanse of golden sand and bright blue sea.

I mainly used a palette knife with the exception of the beach so there's lots of paint to dry!

It is an oil on board approx 10' x 8" and is now available to purchase as it is or I can arrange professional framing.  It is not as yet on my website

Enquiries welcome to karinagoodman@icloud.com






Hope you have a good Summer and hope to catch up soon

I still work to commission on house portraits, favourite view and book illustration
so please email me to chat more  






Love Karina x



and Bruno 🐶




Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Summer paintings and plans

I'm now back after a scorching hot week in Cornwall where evenings were spent watching some amazing sunsets



It so hot that I went in the sea to cool off without my wetsuit for the first time in about 18 years (wimp).  We had an encounter with a seal swimming nearby (don't know who was more surprised) and Bruno enjoyed cooling off in rock pools and splashing about in the sea.  He's getting quite brave and we had a job to get him out of the sea but it all got too much for him at Sennen Cove.








Whilst I was in Cornwall we visited the lovely Atishoo Designs Gallery who have stocked my work for a few years and now have a new range of my coastal oils and greeting cards.  



Charlestown was used as a Poldark and Pirates of the Caribbean film location but sadly neither Mr Turner or Mr Depp were spotted.


I am also pleased to announce that two pieces of my artwork were selected for The Earth Pathways 2018 Diary and having received my diary just before I went away it was lovely to see Mermaid's Pool and Moonlit Horizon in this publication.  It is so much more than a diary, full of inspirational words and images.

 

Before I went away I worked on a new oil painting using just a palette knife.  Despite all the heat over the last few weeks this is still not dry as I used lots of thick paint and texture.
This is an oil on a 40 cm box canvas now for sale in a white wood tray frame

My new studio location under the trees is definitely having affect on my work and more tree paintings are planned.  






For the first time ever I now had time to take part in The Buxton Spa Prize and I was allocated to paint the view from Cliff Steps. The viaduct and The Dome dominated the landscape so I chose to feature just those in my morning mist interpretation


  

My week in Cornwall has inspired me to work on some new coastal ones and with another trip to the coast planned in a few weeks I know the sea and our wonderful coastline will be the subject of my Summer painting days in the studio.

Hope you have a good Summer and hope to catch up soon

I still work to commission on house portraits, favourite view and book illustration
so please email me to chat more  






Love Karina x


and Bruno 🐶








Friday, 9 June 2017

a "new surroundings" inspired painting

I'm enjoying being surrounded by trees in my new studio and I knew this would have an influence on my work.  With family commitments, two Derbyshire Open Arts Events and Purple and Grey work I've not painted as much as I would have liked lately.

For the first time I have got involved in the Buxton Spa Prize seeing it not as a competition but as a way to get me painting something different.  I haven't got a competitive bone in my body so I was quite happy to get my canvas stamped, choose a number and being given a location to paint.  Today I delivered the framed oil on canvas.  I will keep you posted when the preview is.

On my return the sun was out and family were out working so I had a lovely few hours pottering down in my studio under a canopy of trees with shafts of sunlight dancing on the decking.  I'd got a canvas I'd been building up with layers and textures and I felt inspired.

Using just a palette knife and my fingers, with trees and sunlight in mind,  I've been working on this impasto oil on the 40 cm box canvas today and ended up wearing most of it.












Not sure if it's finished as yet and will take months to dry!

Keep you posted

Love Karina x 


Saturday, 3 June 2017

An event for art lovers

Fresh and Unframed is a new concept for viewing and buying artwork 

all work is fresh created in the last two years all work is original and because its unframed all work is under £100. 

Saturday June 3rd and Sunday 4th

Open 11 - 4 pm 

Free Entry, refreshments available

Tansley village Hall, DE4 5FH .

I will have many originals in this exhibition under £100 along with Ruth Gray and other artists 


Please feel free to pop in 


Thursday, 13 April 2017

new paintings, plans and photos

Seems a while since I've blogged but had a busy month including a lovely and inspiring family holiday to Robin Hood's Bay but managed to paint several new ones

Also finally sorted new studio out.  I'd collected all sorts of stuff over the 11 years of having retail premises but can finally see the floor and am now getting so much more done.  I do miss catching up with customers but my old premises at Holloway will be opening as a Cafe this Summer so be good to meet up there for coffee and catch up

I enjoyed the recent sunny spell and managed to paint outside which was fab.


Bruno loves the new studio and lives the life of riley!



Thought I'd share some new paintings which are not even on the website yet (another job on my "to do" list) and will be also be available as a giclee limited edition fine art print


Low Tide at Robin Hood's Bay - POA
Oil on box canvas in 50 cm x 40 cm 
in professionally handmade white wood tray frame




Moonlight over Whitby Bay - POA
Oil on box canvas in 50 cm x 40 cm 
in professionally handmade white wood tray frame




Moonlight Mist over Crich Stand - POA
Oil with texture on watercolour paper 
in professionally handmade black wood frame 73 x 37 cm

I've also been working on House Portraits and love doing these

 I work to the customers size and budget
in oil or watercolour, on canvas or paper so if I can help please ask

Over the years I have painted a variety of property types in watercolours and oils from cute tiny terraces, barn conversions to the grand old residence in it's own grounds.


this was for a special lady's 70th birthday from her family



I've also now got a new website purely for my illustration work



I'm still working to commission (can't show you latest as surprises)



Also busy time of year for Purple and Grey (I'm Purple)
and meeting lots of new artists at our Derbyshire Art Group
- we meet regularly at Tansley Village Hall, at other galleries and venues 
and have two"on the road in Stan" en plein air trips 
and many demos and workshops coming up too



I'm also getting ready for this event as part of Derbyshire Open Arts 
as I have been invited to join MEDLEY group of artists and makers




think I've bombarded you with enough blurb so I'll sign off
and wish you a Happy Easter and Bank Holiday weekend

Love Karina x
and Bruno 🐶





Tuesday, 21 March 2017

A day trip to Whitby!

I couldn't be further from the sea in landlocked Derbyshire so whenever I can escape to the coast I do.  

My latest painting was inspired by a day trip to the North Yorkshire Coast.  A long way to go for the day I know but we go often go to Cayton Bay where we park up in Stan on the headland and hubby sometimes surfs it it's working.  This time it was as flat as a pancake so a ride up the coast to Whitby and a bag of chips it was, followed by a long drive home in the moonlight

Moonlight Series: Whitby

"Moonlight over the Bay" 

a semi-abstract oil on 50 cm x 40 cm canvas and framed in a white wood frame



I am heading back up to the North Yorkshire coast very soon so watch this space

Karina x


Thursday, 2 March 2017

four weddings and a punch up

I'm starting March with a less hectic diary.  February was manic but a great time for family get togethers; my daughter's 21st celebrations, an 80th do in Nottingham, a big family 80th bash in Bath, my mum's more sedate birthday meal, my hubbies even quieter birthday and a mad dash to Heathrow to collect my son who's returned home after a year travelling in New Zealand.  

Standing waiting for my little boy (6' 5") to come through arrivals and reflecting on recent family events made me think of two of my favourite films "Love Actually" and "Four Weddings and a Funeral".  Richard Curtis, the writer, must have gained inspiration from such hectic family life whether his or observational.  Either way both films were amazing and thankfully none of February's shenanigans resulted in a punch up!


March is promising to be a very busy month with lots planned and already I've had time in the studio, finished a commission which has now been collected and I've started two new ones.

March also sees my first exhibition for this year

MOONLIGHT, MIST AND MOORS - Featured Artist at Cromford Studio and Gallery -

11 pieces of my work will be on display throughout March with four brand new framed oils 


Meet the Artist - I will be at the gallery painting on Sunday 12 March 2-4 .it's a fab gallery full to the rafters with an array of art, jewellery and ceramics


Be lovely if anyone wanted to pop along on the 12th or visit the gallery beforehand to look at my work.  The owner of Cromford Gallery always offers a warm welcome

Anyway as it's approaching wine o'clock I'll sign off now and catch you soon.  Thank you for reading

Take care

Karina x

ps Bruno's nowhere to be seen.. think he's gone and got bedded down for the night.  Not daft cos it's gone so cold here






Tuesday, 7 February 2017

The Clampets had landed...

I've just received photographs of the most beautiful house and I now have the pleasure of drawing this up and then adding a splash of colour to bring it to life.  I love doing House Portraits and over the years have painted a variety of property types in watercolours and oils from cute tiny terraces, barn conversions to the grand old residence in it's own grounds.

If I can, in addition to working from customer photos, I like to visit or at least drive by to have a nosey and also get a feel for the property and see how it sits in it's surroundings.  Some I have had the pleasure of visiting and on many occasions have turned up in my old white campervan with my dog and the neighbours must have thought The Clampets had arrived or I was sussing out the joint. I was in a way but not for nicking anything other than ideas and the atmosphere

On two occasions I had to wait for the electric gates to be opened to let old Stan the Van in but having said that more often than not I have been commissioned to paint what I call normal properties such as the suburban semi, the row of terraced or a middle terrace "but let's pretend we have no neighbours" and we did.. their house was the main star with the others fading out.

So I'm really looking forward to starting my current commission.  I am working to the customers budget and colour palette but obviously in my style.  It won't be photographic, that's not me at all, but hopefully will capture the essence of their lovely home with it's sweeping drive and beautiful gardens.

That reminds me,  I once did one where they wanted it wonky and the lovely garden the main feature.  I was also asked to paint their two cats, which I did... one was in a tree and the ginger one was just about to dive into the bushes!



More info is on my  commissions page which also mentions other types of commission works undertaken

so please shout up if I can help..

Take care  Karina xx

Thursday, 2 February 2017

welcome February

So pleased that we are into February and on today's muddy walk it was great to see snowdrops and new growth as Spring draws nearer. 😀

A nice start to February for me was seeing one of my paintings on the front cover of Country Images Magazine after being asked to send a selection to choose from.  They chose "On Blueberry Hill" which is a watercolour available framed or as a giclee print.



I've also noticed that the evenings are getting a bit lighter which is just great.  I don't mind the cold but it's the wet damp weather and anyone with a dog will know that walks mean muddy paw prints ....everywhere!  🐾


I have however been warm and cosy in my new studio and got quite a few paintings "on the go" for my new series called "Ramble On" inspired by walks with Bruno.  (I'm hoping these will be dry for my exhibition in March at Cromford Studio and Gallery)


Wednesday February 8th 10.30 to 12.30 sees the start of my new Derbyshire Art Group which I am running with artist friend Ruth Gray (we are www.purpleandgrey.co.uk)  


  

Our Art Group is open to all creatives who want to meet likeminded people in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere so pop in and join us

Ok I'm off to get the kettle on and answer a few emails..keep dry and warm

Love Karina xx
and Bruno x 🐶

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Thank you Elaine Paige

Sundays are my walking days and together with Mr G and Bruno we either walk from our home or venture further into The Peak District discovering new places or revisiting our favourite walks.  We usually end up somewhere high up on the moors or along the edges and always think it would be rude not to call for a pint!




However today the rain hasn't stopped so we've had a day pottering and I've spent a lovely day in my studio with the heater on and my mug of coffee topped up.  Bruno chose to stay with me (not daft as it's warm and cosy) and I've managed to crack on with the three canvases I'm still underpainting for the tryptic commission and prepping lots of new canvases listening to Michael Ball on the radio.  As soon as Elaine Paige came on so did my own music! 

It was whilst listening to one of my favourite songs by Led Zeppelin that the name for my new series of paintings for 2017 was finalised. I'd been struggling with a title for ages. 😀  I knew what the content would be as I am doing a series of oils and watercolours inspired by my Sunday walks.  

So with more of a focus I had another few hours working on the first one of the series and had an idea for the second

Ramble On Series #1 - Beeley Moor
Ramble On Series #2 - Padley Gorge


So a big thanks to Elaine and apologies to her fans.

Keep you posted

love Karina  x

...and Bruno 🐶 x
(who had to be woken for a quick run in the woods between showers #itsadogslife)