The balloons did the trick and bought in so many passerby that I am opening my studio again this weekend December 2nd and 3rd 10-5pm 11-13 East Street Fareham #ink #watercolour #OilPaint #sketchbooks #Handmade #OriginalGifts #cards #gifts #Fareham #Hampshire #Portsmouth Gifts for all budgets, all unique and handmade 🎨#landscapeartistoftheyear
Why not head over to my #OpenStudio #Fareham Just past Soothills Bakery. All welcome to browse and chat!kimwhitby.com
Well these balloons 🎈🎈🎈did the trick and bought in so many ‘passerbys’ that I am opening my studio 🎨 again this weekend December 2nd and 3rd 10-5pm 11-13 East Street Fareham #ink #watercolour #OilPaint #sketchbooks #Handmade #OriginalGifts #cards #gifts #Fareham #Hampshire #Portsmouth Gifts for all budgets, all unique and handmade 🎨#landscapeartistoftheyear
Why not head over to my #OpenStudio #Fareham Just past Soothills Bakery. All welcome to browse and chat! #Hampshire #Portsmouth kimwhitby.com
Amazingly busy #artist #OpenStudio #today -5pm Here are the best sellers – Please contact me to also order them! or NEW EXTRA DATES NEXT WEEKEND DEC 2ND + 3RD #ink #watercolour #OilPaint #sketchbooks #Handmade #OriginalGifts #cards #gifts #Fareham #Hampshire #Portsmouth #landscapeartistoftheyear
Why not head over to my #OpenStudio Sunday 26th in #Fareham 11-13 East St. Just past Soothills Bakery. All welcome to browse and chat !kimwhitby.com
Revealing my #unique new printed #gifts #GiftsForGuys #ArtistGifts that will be available first at my #OpenStudio #Handmade #OriginalGifts #cards #gifts #Fareham #Hampshire #Portsmouth #landscapeartistoftheyear
Why not head over to my #OpenStudio November 25th and 26th in #Fareham ITS THIS WEEKEND!!! Really hope some of you can make it. All welcome!kimwhitby.com
So the theme for the day is #landscapeartistoftheyear as I’m delighted to say my comrade @Tom Voyce from our @AberUni @AberArtSchool MA fine Art will appear on the @Sky Arts show tonight. He’s a proper contestant …not a wildcard like me. Good luck Tom!
Ps the picture is a still from his MA #exhibition from a video of mine 😉
#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.
On the easel #pomegranate #WIP #StillLife #Oil on #linen #OilPaint #Red #Gold #Copper and the #flyer for my #OpenStudio #Fareham #Hampshire 25th and 26th November 10-5pm see kimwhitby.com for details. And #details from recent pictures I might use for something….
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!
Well it’s #farewell to this #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, as it is off to a new collector first thing in the morning! Goodbye and thank you!
Some of you have joined me for my introduction to painting using oil paint, either privately, in Aspex Gallery in Portsmouth or in Aschcroft Arts Centre in Fareham.
I have been asked to offer this Workshop, and a general taster session in ArtSway (Sway, New Forest) for Inspire And Create, on November 13th.
If you would like to join us, or know someone else who would like to try oil painting, please share or look at the links to Inspire And Create’s website below….Inspire and Create offer predominantly craft workshops but they have been asked to offer more art teaching and this is where maybe I come in…..
I have been recently looking at #pomegranates #watercolour #pomegranate #Fareham #windowsill #Autumn #drawing I find the multiple #shadows interesting …and the spiky shadows from the flower end of the #fruit
#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!
Bought my milk for breakfast yesterday at @aveburycommunityshop then had a great day @Avebury_nt #Avebury #drawing #ink #watercolour #Wiltshire #sketching #stones #stonecircles #AveburyRing #Autumn …more to follow once I’ve rephotographed 😉
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 ???
#Fields #Autumn #WestSussex #trees @sindlesfarm @stanstedpark It’s been an odd time – lots of smaller projects – but here’s two very quick things from the weekend #pleinair #britpleinair #ink #watercolour #shepherdhut
Had a great trip to #dulwichpicturegallery to see the #Sargent #watercolours #exhibition on Sunday. My favourite? The swimsuit suntanned man on the bed 😍Missed seeing? Any #pomegranate watercolours ☹️#fabulous regardless 👍
It’s been #StillLife #watercolour and #oilpaint here this week with plenty of #’s to add…#welshcakes @TanYCastell1 #honey #jam #BaraMenyn #bread #butter @LeCreuset @burleighpottery Inspired by great artists @Adam_Ralston and @MichaelW450 😉
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
#ItsAWrap #Cheers 🥂@hampshire_open_studios in #Fareham 2017. Thanks to all who bought and supported an artist and visited 😍. Great to meet you all and also many of our new neighbours! Already looking forward to my Winter #OpenStudio 25th and 26th November! #DateForYourDiary 👍
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!
A trip to #Snowdonia and walk up the #mountain routes of #GlyderFach #GlyderFawr #Tryfan #Eryri #YrWyddfa #BritPleinAir #watercolour #Wales Can you #SpotTheArtist in the last shot – I am there if you look closely enough😉
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.
Today was Pintar Rapido…the plein air art competition on the Kings Rd in Chelsea Town Hall. I worked besides Sloane Gardens and later the Saatchi Gallery. Hello to all the nice people I met. Hope to see you tomorrow for the exhibition 12-5.30pm!! Until then…goodnight I’m shattered!
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…☹️
#Exmouth @britpleinair #PleinAir #watercolour #Sun #DawlishSands #Teignmouth #Devon is very sunny today – it has been necessary to deploy the fishing umbrella as a #sunshade ! That’s the #BritishSummer for you! Lots of barking dogs and Royal Marines practicing their shooting!
#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!
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.
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 😊
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??
Here are my students finished pieces from ‘An Introduction To Painting’ yesterday after only 4 hours! The best picture of the day? Their faces when they stood back and saw how well they had all done! #Portsmouth #Hampshire
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.
#Sketching #Architecture #GeorgianArchitecture #drawing #ink #Fareham #Hampshire A small drawing from today in ink. I took my watercolours and ink out locally in the old #HighStreet. Dull/bright/dull/damp….#BritishSummer
#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
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!
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.
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…
A new delivery of R K Burt blotting paper arrived from Jacksons today. Here’s what happens to it when I get hold of it….and I had some lovely framing back too from Steve. Fingers crossed it makes the selection🤞after submission Saturday.
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. 😀
Visited Thats Solent TV newsroom yesterday to talk about my HMS Daedalus exhibition in Portsmouth Guildhall cafe with Aspex Gallery and the taught painting session I will do for Aspex in June, and the work I did at Jane Austen House Museum with Hampshire Cultural Trust. Thanks for having me guys 😊
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!
Lovely flowery table covering protection for the path too…(which I inherited from Mum – used to be on her kitchen table.) I have to make sure the oils don’t leave any drips on the historic path!!
Blocking in….A fabulously sunny day at last. ..and by lunchtime actually quite warm. I was in only one jumper at one point!!!!
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!
Earlier start – terrible wet forecast- pessimistic about achieving a full day as I need to work outdoors in oil colour……window cleaners are here too!
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 😱
Where is the sun to help with some good colours and tones? Never mind – table top beckons…
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.
A sketch on board – colour far too ….wrong! Can’t think what I mean – but I know it’s wrong.
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.
I use the front and back covers of my Moleskin watercolour sketch books for pencil thumbnails….working out drawings for compositional stuff!!
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.
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 ti