First proofs of my #GreetingsCards as I prepare for my #OpenStudio #gift #LimitedEdition #LimitedEditionPrint #Fareham #Hampshire #Portsmouth #landscapeartistoftheyear #printing #lino #tone #pattern
First proofs of my #GreetingsCards as I prepare for my #OpenStudio #gift #LimitedEdition #LimitedEditionPrint #Fareham #Hampshire #Portsmouth #landscapeartistoftheyear #printing #lino #tone #pattern
Out #sketching #drawing #ink #Fareham # Hampshire #markmaking #tone #pattern
Why not head over to my #OpenStudio November 25th and 26th in #Fareham and see the results? All welcome!
#HappyBirthday to the recipient of this #Snowdonia #mountain #GlyderFawr #cantilever #rocks #Eryri #YrWyddfa #Wales #BritPleinAir other #watercolour #gifts at my #OpenStudio #Fareham #Hampshire 25th and 26th November 10-5pm see kimwhitby.com for details.
Another #pomegranate #StillLife #Oil on #linen #OilPaint #Red #Gold #Copper which will be on #show at my #OpenStudio #Fareham 25th and 26th November see kimwhitby.com for details. It’s a little larger than my more recent oils #BigBrush and a little larger than life size too.
A #pomegranate #StillLife #Oil on #linen #OilPaint #Red #Gold #Copper 41×35.5cms which will be on #show at my #OpenStudio #Fareham 25th and 26th November see kimwhitby.com for details. It’s a little larger than my more recent oils #BigBrush
Lovely to see my #ink @pintarrapido #SaatchiGallery piece on the #wall @lanewaycoffeeleeonthesolent #LeeOnTheSolent #Hampshire #Gosport #yesterday alongside its sister artwork #LanewayCafe #commission.
Also made time for lovely #coffee but held back on #delicious #cake 😇
Thanks for collecting #original #artwork and supporting an artist ❤️
#OpenStudio 25th and 26th November. See website for details kimwhitby.com
And it’s also #farewell to this #Fareham #ink #Hampshire #Viaduct 55x150cms which along with my #LandscapeArtistOfTheYear piece #WhiteParkBay #Ireland #coast #beach #watercolour which is a smaller version of my final #commission work on @landscape_artist_of_the_year in 2016, has gone to a new home. Especially sad to see this one go…#markmaking #tone #pattern…..thank you and enjoy!I updated my website yesterday – new things big and small on my for sale page 🎨 🖼 🎁 🎄?
Or head over to my #OpenStudio November 25th and 26th in #Fareham #Hampshire. All welcome!
#VeryWindy #UpperQuay #CricketPitch looking into the #sun #drawing #ink #Fareham #Hampshire #sketching #trees #PleinAir #FarehamCreek I’ve been itching to paint these trees – I love the way they are framed with a halo of remaining leaves. Only time for a sketch in ink today….whilst battling with the unhelpful wind!
Today in #Fareham #Autumn @rnrmcharity #pleinair #britpleinair #watercolour #sketchbook @royalmarines @royalnavy #fundraising #weightlifting I am willing to donate this to the cause if someone contacts the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and gives them a decent donation and they let me know ???
Thank you to #FairOakArtAndCraftSociety for inviting me to #demonstrate on Wednesday evening using #ink I used my #sketchbook #drawings from my recent trip to #Snowdonia and walk up the #mountain routes of #GlyderFach #GlyderFawr #Tryfan #Eryri #YrWyddfa #BritPleinAir #watercolour #Wales and used my favourite #HPpaper #SaundersWaterford @StCuthbertsMill from my favourite #sketchbooks @moleskine
Good morning all! Another day of @hampshire_open_studios in #Fareham Many thanks to visitors yesterday and of course buyers especially 😍. So sorry if I missed you in the afternoon as I slipped out early to see #stereophonics and @feederofficial and @jakebugg 😱at #victorius. All excellent artists in musical terms not sure if they draw too or not? I’m here all day today and tomorrow. See you soon I hope x
All ready for my first day of @hantsopenstudios in #Fareham. Looking forward to meeting everyone….in fact I met a few yesterday (while I was setting up) who arrived early in error….one an amazing lady of 92 who gained her Art BA at the age of 74!Don’t worry if you are a little more ordinary than that – all welcome!
Some recent quick #Athens #Greece #pleinair work of the #Acropolis #Parthenon #TempleOfZeus #watercolour #sketchbook #AncientAgoraOfAthens made during our lovely holiday to an amazing place. It was really challenging to work in such hot dry conditions in watercolour and difficult to do justice to the fabulous setting and its history. The colours from the sun were really complex to represent especially on the marble rock formations, and the vegetation too took a while to colour match. Anyone who would like to see these in real life – why not pop along to #hampshireopenstudios over #bankholidayweekend in #fareham 😉
Thanks for a fun weekend @pintarrapido and great to spend time with all the other artists. Here are my two both on 55x75cm sheets of watercolour paper. Thank goodness for my golfing umbrella- just about kept everything dry. Thanks too @DalerRowney @Aandlmagazine @CASSART See you next year #pleinair #britpleinair #ChelseaTownHall #KingsRoad.
Just setting up for the last Watercolour and Ink in Hampshire session before our #Summerbreak Some really bold things developing on full sheets of watercolour paper last session. Well done guys for being brave! Looking forward to seeing you again in September. Have a fab Summer!
New September teaching and workshop sessions on my TEACHING PAGE OF MY WEBSITE NOW – Drawing Strategies Workshop Sat/9/9/17 Colour Theory and It’s Application Workshop Sat8/9/17 Art Basics Weekly Mon pm starts 12/9/17 and Watercolour and Ink Mon eve (remaining sessions11/9/17).
From last week in #hot #Exmouth @britpleinair #PleinAir #watercolour #Sun #Devon I need to work here again. What great #chimneys ! #TheBeachHouseExmouth Some passers by suggested I tagged #pebblebedvineyard Video – The Beach House Exmouth | Devon | The Beach House Exmouth http://www.thebeachhouseexmouth.co.uk via @pebblebedwines
A #watercolour #sketching trip to #Wallington to the #WallingtonVillageFete this afternoon #Fareham #Hampshire. It was the perfect #SummersDay and a traditional #British #fete with all the trimmings…..donkeys, Punch and Judy, stalls, games, marching band, ice cream, dog show, duck racing, food, flags…..you get the idea ☀️🍺🐶🐴🐓🦃🌸💐🍔🍦🏆🎪🎼🚂🎡🖼⛱🎯🥁👯♂️👯♂️👯♂️
I’ve now got a bit of a Blogging backlog….things to post and not time to do it…☹️
#Hampshire #OpenStudios #August I collected my brochures today for @hampshire_open_studios I am really pleased to be taking part in this event for my third year…although my openings will be limited to the Bank Holiday weekend…I am really looking forward to meeting you and showing you all my stuff! Things from #Chawton @JaneAustenHouse earlier this year and #LandscapeArtistOfTheYear 2016- last year our Summer was really hectic with lots of secret filming #LAOTY at the same time as HOS!! So I am taking things at a slower pace this year….and even having a little holiday with my husband too! 🏛☀️See you in August 😉
#DaylightPhoto #detail #updated #OilPaint #Stocks #Scent #Flowers #AllaPrima #Night #evening #DaylightBulb I wish I could paint the scent for you…my favourite type of flower – white and scented! Thanks Justine. Don’t usually paint by daylight bulb….might be terrible in daylight and with my glasses on 😬😱 – Phew – it’s not too bad – thought the colour might be ropey!
Well – this really is the end of the commission posts. Here are some small versions of the six selected peices- I will let you know if the intended merchandising is realized incorporating them!
Watercolour of The Copper at Jane Austen’s House Museum 76x102cms Kim Whitby ©2017
Ink on paper View into Jane Austen’s Breakfast Room and Writing Table 75x55cms Kim Whitby © 2017
Oil on canvas, View into Jane Austen’s Breakfast Room with Kettle and Writing Table, Kim Whitby © 2017 40x30cms
Watercolour, Snow drops at Chawton; Jane Austen’s House Museum, Kim Whitby © 2017 20x30cms
All that remains to say is what a special and unique experience it was to work and create in such an influential place….Jane Austen has been my favourite writer since my A levels many years ago. So you can imagine what a great honour it was to be invited to work there.
Many thanks to Hampshire Cultural Trust, Jane Austen’s House Museum and all the lovely staff and volunteers at Chawton. ❤️
I will be opening my studio as part of Hampshire Open Studios in Fareham on August 26,27,28th if you would like to see some of the peices and sketchbooks in real life. All welcome.
See my News and Events page for full details.
I’ve ONLY JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS!! Many thanks for selecting me Cass Art! Apologies I’ve not responded sooner – but no one had let me know – but having said that – rather like a late Christmas present 😊
Our favourite upcoming watercolour artist #watercolour @CASSART #ThsnkYou #cassart #flattered #NationalTrust @MottisfontNT #mottisfontabbey #gardens @nationaltrust #LondonPlaneTree
Our favourite upcoming watercolour artists | Cass Art
The sea went out!
It’s not hot anymore – just normal Summer!
Lovely Georgian buildings in this old part of Fareham.
February 28th 2017
The last chilly trips to Jane Austen House Museum, with the review and selection from my time here by Hampshire Cultural Trust and the museum in partnership.
I spread all my things out in the education room ….and a few weeks later a final selection of six works was made. These are intended as merchandising starting points….let you know next week what was selected!
#Fareham #PleinAir #britpleinair #OilPaint #GeorgianArchitecture #FarehamRedBrick #Summer #Sun #EastStreet I began the top one Thursday when the wind was surprisingly chilly – I had intended to finish it but decided to start again….I finished it at the end but the composition is not quite right. #Australia – Hello guys! I see lots of activity on my website stats from down there – I’m guessing #LandscapeArtistOfTheYear is going out there??
How tardy am I posting a whole day late!!! Apologies! – doubtless some clever person at JAHM will know a Jane Austen quote about lateness to properly chastise me with!!
Saturday 18th February
The weather has been unhelpful for water based stuff (i.e. not suitable/possible for drying things like washes in ink or watercolour either outside or in unheated outbuildings) so the weather forecast of dry – with possible afternoon sun today, is a real bonus. I have only a few sessions left to work here at Chawton and so far done very little ink or watercolour. I will be selecting to work here only on the better weather days from now on.
Indoor working has given me the opportunity to have a initial look at the jewellery connected with Jane Austen too.
Fingers crossed for tomorrow’s weather also 🤞
#camping #watercolour #artlessons #painting #hmsdaedalus @aspexportsmouth Looking forward to teaching an introduction to painting in #oil #Portsmouth on Sunday 4th 12-3pm. Found this link on @VisualArtsSW Thanks guys Hope it links!!kim-whitby-hms-daedalus.php
Sunday 12th February
This Blog was written in very cold February….how different the weather is today....😉
Even in a warm house it has taken the better part of the day to work up some of the washes and dry them on these peices. I have my initial work and sketchbook images to work from – incidentally NO PHOTOGRAPHS – but they will all be double checked on site too for colour and tonal values. I can’t work from photos – it just doesn’t work for me. There’s not enough reference. I’m not clever enough.
Gum Arabic washes have helped me build up the luminosity of the colour and depth of the ink without muddying the colours.
#watercolour #seawhiteshowroom #SeawhiteOfBrighton #WatercolourPaper #teaching #WatercolourAndInk #value #ColourTheory Getting to grips with applying simple colour theory with primary, secondary and complimentary colours last night here in #Hampshire in my Watercolour and Ink group. Still a chance to join us – catch up session possible!
Friday 10th February
Really getting going now with the Bake house and Donkey Carriage (not a cart as I had rudely referred to it before correctly reading the information plaque!)
Whilst drawing the carts 10 wheel spokes I had rather a mathematical challenge to establish the correct number of degrees between each. However the interesting thing is……along with counting the 13 back spokes on the seat and 5 either side of the seat (there’s lots of real maths involved in drawing) ….I discovered that the triangular angles to set out the spokes is mirrored on the triagular decoration on the arrangement of spokes outside the axle. I’ve placed the photos in the wrong order but I think you can work out the spooky relationship – clearly no accident by the carriage maker though.
Very damp cold conditions (it tried to snow too) so drying my watercolour washes was a proper challenge today.
Maybe a bit of off site work required….
I am posting this after a return visit to Chawton this morning this time as a visitor. What a difference two months makes to the weather and garden. Lovely to see you today. 😉
#FarehamArtGroup #GreatAbshotBarn #teaching #ink #workshop #Hampshire #IdyllicLocation #sunny I had a fun day with Fareham Art Group on Saturday working inside and out and learning about working large in ink. Well done to all who attended and top marks for your efforts and focus. Thanks for having me Fareham, and in such a super teaching location.
Wednesday 8th February.
Today I am making use of the arrival of the larger paper (which will fit a full sized watercolour of the Bakehouse copper and full size Donkey Clark wheel. Both of which are 24″ across).
I am struggling with the composition – which I thought I’d planned. So I spent some time re looking at that…..which is what the sketchbook circles are all about, and the drawing on my board…all very important to my process but nothing I am precious about – a bit like breaking eggs to make an omelette – but I keep the shells…..all smashed up…it’s called a sketchbook….maybe there an abstract artist in me somewhere?
So I bought some marked down peonies in #Tesco – they were a very bright lipstick pink. Thought they might go brown and die. Amazingly they have lasted ages and opened out into the handspan stunning blooms, slowly fading from pink to cream. They have fabulous middles. I am sketching first – might go into oil next…
All set for the start of Watercolour and Ink this evening. Spaces available if you’d like to join us this evening in Fareham? Message me ASAP or look at Hampshire and then Teaching on my website kimwhitby.com
I popped over to the Seawhite Outlet Showroom last week to pick up a few supplies and say hello to the efficient staff there! Looking forward to trying a few of these products out tonight. 😀
Tuesday 7th February… So here I am in action…in the sun!
Whoops – looks like Darren the decorator has inadvertently ‘bombed’ my photo sanding the window inside! ….I’ve edited him out!
I am working outside today (good colours and tonal contrast) on the views looking into Jane’s writing room (the dining room) where I can see her table and the hearth where she made the breakfast tea. It is strange to know that she sat here in the sun too; watching the world she knew well and writing about it. Very special to look back into where much of her art was created and make some about that myself.
At home in Wales the older rural houses were built and positioned on sites which caught the maximum sun light. This breakfast room has lovely sun and heat from the sun. It can’t be an accident this room was for mornings.
Today I am also waiting for an order of very large paper to arrive from RK Burt!
Friday 3rd February.
The Donkey carriage has been unsettling me. It is sited in a barn – not unrealistic in the way it would have been stored but as it is no longer used or moveable it had little compositional scope. Having drawn it a few times – I am now interested in a watercolour focussing on it’s wheel. (I’ve a few reasons for this…) However – today in oil I am opting for a very simple composition inspired by Whistler’s Mother…except for me the carriage is pointing the wrong way. I’d rather it was right to left. The carriage is sitting on a blank wall. The white wall picks up other reflected colours….but this barn is so dark. I am using a view which is more level and side on than this photo suggests.
APOLOGIES FOR NOT POSTING YESTERDAY – we are still in the throes of a house move 😱
Wednesday 1st February!
Wet wet wet!
I have three watercolour table tops on the go. Today I wanted to put more, deeper, and some brighter washes with wax resist on to them. It took longer than expected but drying washes takes time. I’m interested in the wax on the surface – also think I need some Gum Arabic in a few washes too. Can’t decide about including or omitting the ink bottle and quill.
Next I worked on the Donkey Cart again. I’ve been doing a measured drawing (sightsize) to work out how it is constructed. It’s a fairly standard (and to me boring ) composition that I have been working on, but working it through; looking at its relationships, mathematical elements, and patterns have given me an idea of where to go with it next. As it has some provenance to connect it directly to Jane Austen (as with the table) I would like to make it part of my final work.
More art materials required too – a significant shopping list of items became necessary today.
During the afternoon it dried up enough to begin some of the planned oil pieces (see thumbnail sketches beneath) which I hope to do; looking back into Jane’s working room through the window and including the hearth and kettle. This was a room where the family had breakfast and would make tea. Breakfast was frequently a chore which fell to Jane, and including both the practical and occupational aspect of the room seems appropriate.
I see the weather forecast for Friday is very poor. (wet) – Oil paint (outdoors only in this special and historic setting) will be a challenge.
More table watercolour and Donkey Cart afternoon. A positively balmy day to work – mild enough to go hatless indoors! Yes that’s right! That warm!!
(Last week required thermals, trousers and overalls, with 5 layers on top!) – and a hat at all times – and a scarf. Indoors and out!
Early washes on a table top watercolour. For the watercolorists out there – wet in wet. You have to look for colour – not assume colour from what your perception of wood has already taught you. Fresh eyes and no preconception required! It shines much bluer than you would imagine.
Really been thinking about my markmarking again. Lots more to do here.
Table top watercolour. Start of the day Tuesday 31st January.
Thinking about the writing table top.
Beginning again with colour mixing, wet in wet, dry brushes, mark making with tools to show the marks! and looking at darkest and lightest tones on the surface in my sketchbook prior to a larger piece. I could do with time to edit images but am anxious to get on with work.
The Well, Friday 27th February.
A shorter working day today with the first review in the morning and Songs of Praise filming in the afternoon. The light went very quickly too – on what was a rather gloomy end of afternoon. I had painted outdoors initially as we had had a bit of brightness following on from the flat foggy light earlier this week.
Boy it’s been cold. Barely a break in frost and freezing temperatures till today, and still rather dull – hoping for more sun and colours soon!
See you next week.
Ps – using hand stretched linen with rabbit skin glue primer…how traditional is that! A lovely surface which takes the paint really well from the brush, so its great for detail!
The Bake House and Kitchen, Wednesday 25th January.
The kitchen is interesting – to me especially as I like to cook – but I worry it is rather twee! Haven’t quite got inside its visual interest yet – but the bake house ….used by the whole village ….has a fabulous ‘copper’ where water would also have been heated for laundry etc – great colour – great shape – great patterns inside. Are they like rivets ? Must find out! And I will need much larger paper – the copper is 24″ across –
Thank you to my friends at Strong Island for spreading the news about my exhibition. http://strongisland.co/2017/03/14/hms-daedalus-kim-whitby/
How lucky am I? Being invited to exhibit in a venue with a wall long enough for my 9.5 metre panoramic painting of HMS Daedalus? It hasn’t been exhibited in Hampshire before, or since my first MA exhibition in Aberystwyth School of Art. It is now on view at the Aspex exhibition space at the Guildhall cafe in Portsmouth and can be seen until June 2nd.
Ink and first watercolour of the Writing Table. Tuesday 24th January.
So sorry to post late! A busy day today.!
All my images have loaded in reverse order! I’m a technical genius!
A day of sketches – (not shown) – and colour mixing – and finding out! Looking is a crucial stage of any artwork.
Studying the table top carefully, so as to be able to draw and paint it, is fascinating.
The tiny scratches, rings, holes, splits and subtle colour variations tell a story themselves. My imagination runs riot about who, when, how and where the marks were made. Unfortunately the tale top marks are written in a language I don’t speak, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to imagine the events which may have lead to the tables condition.
It’s history. It’s surface is magnetically attractive, and aesthetically appealing. I began to work first in ink, and then in watercolour.
The weather is very cold and drying wet work is a challenge. The room is a heritage setting and heated minimally. I finished with my first table top watercolour half complete.
It’s so early in the year that by the end of the afternoons the light has mostly gone, and evening is well on its way.
Hanging Saturday 11th! I will be exhibiting my 9 metre long panoramic painting of former naval base HMS Daedalus, at the Guildhall cafe in Portsmouth with Aspex Gallery very soon! I’m excited to see it all hung together for the first time since my MA exhibition in Aberystwyth, and to be sharing it with Hampshire for the first time! Come along and take a look! Starting next week till June! Also lots of my other Hampshire work to see too 😊
A WEEKLY BLOG OF MY TIME AT CHAWTON; EVERY THURSDAY.
See full site page for the whole story as it unfolds too…
Thinking about ink, on my first day at Jane Austen’s House Museum. Tuesday 24th January 2017.
Fabulous light on a frosty morning on the Jane Austen Trail walk into Farringdon.
I spent an illuminating morning in Jane’s breakfast (and work) room. The table sited near the window catches both the light and warmth from the morning sun. What a pleasant places to sit and work -It certainly makes me reflect upon the special opportunity, that working in the house, as she did, is for me. Drawings, colour sketches and looking, filled the day.