So it’s finally here! Newbury Art Fair and the PV held this evening! Heaps of gratitude to all who travelled especially to see me 🙏 and lovely to meet other fair visitors too. Thank you new collectors ❤️ So looking forward to tomorrow and Sunday….😍 I’m rather tired after a long set up day and PV….beauty sleep required now before my Ink demo tomorrow afternoon ✒️💕 1-2pm @contemporaryartfairs @princestrust
A chilly shady spot but really like the boats poking into the sky!
Well it’s rather grim here today…rain and wind…but if you are brave enough to venture out, it’s cosy here at my Open Studio! And the kettle is on! See you later!
Please remember to prebook your place. #SketchesAndSips 7-9pm-ish this Friday!! and last Fridays of the month.
Just for fun – teaching and advice on an individual basis IF WANTED – or come along and draw with other artists. Bring your own sketchbook. Email email@example.com to book or ask questions. Central Fareham. Bus stop X4 and 3 right outside the door or walk to Fareham station. £15 per session.
#sketchbook #sketching #drawing #art #artist #Fareham #Hampshire #landscapeartistoftheyear #hampshireopenstudios
Last two days of #hampshireopenstudios for 2018 Really interesting visitors yesterday. Good to meet @b.ramsey1973 – en route to France! Happy hols both!
I’m open August 20-26th 10-5pm Sat and Sun! 11-13 East Street, PO16 0BW
Really hope you can pop by!
#watercolour #watercolor #painting #ink #timelapse #sketchbook #landscapeartistoftheyear #oilpainting #pleinair #drawing @britpleinair
A warm welcome an invitation to my Open Studio starting now! I am part of #hampshireopenstudios for the 4th year since my MA; it’s a FREE county wide annual event so please tell all your friends. Come and meet me – maybe see me work or any of the other 249!!!! artists taking part at
I’m open August 20-26th 10-5pm 🌝 but 23rd August 11-9pm 🌙! 11-13 East Street, PO16 0BW
Really hope you can pop by!
A lovely reminder and mention at the start and end of this article on my Cass Art email yesterday. Thank you @CASSART and @SkyArts #landscapeartistoftheyear #Athens #Parthenon #Agora #Pnyx #nocturne @HantsOpenStudios
#TheOldVic #theatre #sketching #HighStreet #London #WaterlooStation #plienair #britpleinair #sketchbook #watercolour #art #townscape #artist @oldvictheatre
Yesterday’s evening #sketch in #Athens #Greece of the #Parthenon #Acropolis #watercolour #pleinair #britpleinair @HotelByron #LongWeekend #MoreToPost …
#skiing in #Tignes #tignesaddict @tignes_ski #ski-lift #skiers #skiing #ES9092 Extreme #watercolour #sketching this #morning. @SeawhiteOfBrighton @Seawhiteshowroom Again warm enough to not the #watercolour #freeze but slow to dry! #Tignes2100 #LangleyHotelTignes2100
Still #snowing #snow in #Tignes #tignesaddict @tignes_ski #ES9092 Extreme #watercolour #sketching #yesterday morning. Warm enough to not #freeze but slow to dry! My afternoon efforts were disrupted by snow clearing vehicles but managed a quick #oil #nocturne of #night #tobogganists. Looking better weather today 🤞
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!
#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 ???
#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
#ActionShot #Athens #Greece #pleinair work of the #watercolour #sketchbook #Corinthian #CorinthianColumns #AncientAgoraOfAthens
Here’s a shot from a previous visit …I wonder if there will be any time for a quick watercolour later on?
#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 😉
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 Jane Austen’s writing table top – actual size. 60X60cms Kim Whitby © 2017
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
Ink on Paper, Winter Sun at Jane Austen’s House Museum, Kim Whitby © 2017 150x55cms approx
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.
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!
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 🤞
A perfect day for watercolour – so I will post another sketch. Our new house has fab chimneys – sometimes they make great shadows too but that’s for another day…
A perfect day for watercolour – and sleeping outside on the grass if you happen to be a dog!
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…
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!
Wednesday 1st February!
Wet wet wet!
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!!
Many thanks to my new friends at Solent News TV for popping this on YouTube!
One of the dogs this evening – soft pencil.
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.
Sadly I then had to wait all week before a chance to finish the watercolour – the decorator arrives to paint the room and I have to work elsewhere.
February 17th will see the table leave for a period of protective renovation. I hope to spend as much time with it as possible before then, after the decorator has had his turn.
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.
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.
Another damp winters day, but although I set out to paint the greyness- there was quite a lot of colour in the sky so I painted that instead.
I sent these two sketchbook copies off to their new home last week. More great frames from Steve at Trafalgar Framing!
Well this is where my two worlds collide! Sketching the only Royal Marine memorial in London, which sits directly outside the Mall Galleries….which was my next stop yesterday as I went to see the fabulous RIO exhibition which is currently showing!
Really enjoyed seeing work by Adam Ralston, Maria Rose, Helen Davison, Tom Stevenson, Andrew Farmer, Michael Weller, Haidee-Jo Summers (bought charity cards😉) and Tim Benson…. (wanted to touch the texture of his paint but behaved myself!)
Really excited to be getting to know the work of Julia Hawkins (thinking she might be a reincarnation of several magnificent French impressionists all rolled into one), John Walsom (tug👍🏼), Amanda Coleman (Iced Bun 👌), Helen Lloyd-Elliot, John Dobbs, Sarah Spence (how did she paint those scones without eating them?), Kate Giles, Rosie Copeland, Roger Ferrin, Rosalie Watkins, Aiden Hornby….. So much great stuff and artists to search out on social media platforms and keep me inspired in 2017!
Ps slight technical hitch – pavement too wet to sit down and arm not long enough to take full photo. Many thanks to Mall Galleries front desk team for looking after my sketchbook while it dried!
Many thanks for all the support and messages from everyone over recent weeks. 😍
Lots of memories and anticipation today from the Summer – What a lot of diverse weather we had during the filming and fabulous opportunities to see great new places and landscapes!
Tune into Sky Arts @ 8pm to see the final!!
Please share this reminder with anyone you think will be interested, as it’s almost time for me to hide behind the sofa – my wildcard heat of Landscape Artist of the Year is on Tuesday at 8pm!
Here’s a photo of two lovely current commissions in production; reproductions of two double sketchbook pages from my time in the Naval Historic Dockyards in Portsmouth in 2014.
It is quite a strange exercise reproducing your own work. Already in that time my process has changed considerably. There are ways of using watercolour which I know lots more about and I might have approached the whole subject differently but at the same time my commissioners have chosen views that they have a special attachment to, so I need to keep as close to my original work as possible. Really hope they like them!
Remembering an eventful Summer….here’s a sketchbook page from my trip to Stowe- so that’s a clue for what to look for on Tuesday on TV – a crazy woman working in ink in the wildcard area! – and next to it some notes from the great Marc Dalessio workshop I went to in Wales at the Welsh Academy of Art.
Save the date guys, to see me take part at the Stowe wildcard heat….and all the other brave competitors -Tuesday 15th November at 8pm on Sky Arts – but I will be watching via Now TV!!
….and all the other heats too of course on Tuesdays at 8pm 🙂
Here’s an Autumn seasonal photo of some outdoor sketches from last year – I’m sure you don’t need a caption to know what the subject is!
Proper fast sketching in Portsmouth yesterday. Here’s just one of them.
An old page from my MA sketchbooks for #inktober- from when I drew onboard HMS Victory. The long planks on the deck are fabulous patterns and there are great patches of light, which pour in through the gun ports.
I’ve been updating my website and I came across this photo – small quick drawings made from the train, developed in oil paint on cereal box cardboard…..a surprisingly nice thing to paint onto. Of course – not a museum quality surface….but unlikely my work will need to last that long….and its free! Note to self – must do more.
What? Why? How? Where? When?
Answers to these questions, and how to make your own sketchbook from scratch this Saturday !
I’m all prepared for Saturday and looking forward to making sketchbooks, and talking about keeping them, with people at Ashcroft Art Centre in Fareham.
Some places still available if you are free. This link should get you to the right part of the booking website 😀
I’ve been really enjoying some drawing out and about lately with a very soft pencil. Sometimes it has to be very quick and at other times you get a bit longer. eg when your models are trapped on the plane!
Included are…..St Katherine’s Dock at night, Waterloo Station entrance at rush hour, view from a window at Premier Inn, rear view on the plane and preparatory sketches for larger pieces.
Some time to work in London on a lovely day. Light changing very quickly this morning and a few anatomical errors!! Seem to have set up in a builder’s canteen area!
Thanks to the Portsmouth News for running this article about my recent activities – entertainingly written in the first person 😊
Lovely chance to draw people in secret 🙂
I’ve spent the last day (or so) rehanging my work at Ashcroft Arts Centre for my exhibition there. We are now all ready for the first visitors later this afternoon when we open – and the cake is made!
Looking forward to meeting you all later on at the PV. Or call in before 21sr October 😀
A fantastically bright day for watercolour painting. Great light for shadows and colour.
Remember there is a warm welcome, for you to bring along your sketchbook and work here too, as well as visiting the Open Studios event 🎨😃
Thanks to all the lovely visitors today ….and here are two (almost) finished pieces ….
Looking forward to seeing some more people tomorrow.
Here are two recent Dorset sketches,from Chapmans Pool, on a very hot day. Why not come and see my sketchbooks while I work at Ashcroft Arts Centre today as part of Hampshire Ooen Studios 2016!!
Now and then….spot the difference! X
Here’s my campsite view this evening. Cooler and more comfortable weather. Very calm.
FREE WORKSHOP AND DEMONSTRATION tomorrow (Tuesday 5th) 7-9pm. Drawing using ‘sight size’. All abilities welcome to come and draw together! Meet outside Prospect! Bring your own choice of materials – see website for more info. http://www.leefestivalofthearts.org.uk/
……and as Lee Festival of the Arts is well underway; today I drew St Faith’s church where two local art groups are exhibiting; along with many other artists, hosted in shops and businesses throughout the village. Well done to all the hosts and exhibitors 😍
Amazingly bright orange poppies. Very difficult to do justice to….but had to have a go 🙂
I was lucky to see the original D day landing map, at nearby Southwick Park a few days ago. If you look carefully at the photos I am reflected, and the map is behind me filling the entire wall. Facing the map is a massive oil painting by Norman Wilkinson recalling the scene on the day – but what really caught my eye were the framed up sketches made in his small books at the time (5×7 inches I guess)- I have photos of just two. Hope you can make this all out.
So much history surrounding the map. It was secretly made by Chad Valley, as part of a whole N Europe coastline, and the relevant section not constructed until onsite; whereupon the construction workers were retained at Southwick to preserve the secret location of the exact landing site until the landings had taken place!
Detail – from a larger study – silage in the corner of a field – amazing variety of colour. I could paint this many times.
Some happy Scottish memories back from the framer!
Back from the framer last evening – (well done again Steve) – are these two ink drawings from my sketchbook mounted together; I rather like the double approach which I’ve not done before. They are a gift to some longstanding friends to mark several significant dates in their lives this year, and to thank them for a great time in Scotland last month. ❤️
You know how it is when you make lots of work but you don’t get anywhere ….(part2) – Gunwarf Quays, Portsmouth. It’s been one of those weeks!
On a more positive note I think I might now know where I’m heading next 🙂 – artistically – not geographically!
You know how it is when you make lots of work …but you don’t get anywhere….(part 1)- Lee on Solent. It’s been one of those weeks!
Today a much bigger watercolour sketch (double A3 size) outside the Roman ruins of Porchester Castle.
Tiny sketchbook watercolour in Gunwarf Quays.
Sometimes my work is very long in a ‘panoramic landscape direction’. The huge Scots Pine and Douglas Fir trees in Scotland, made for work that is very tall rather than very long.
Spring is a little later there too; daffodils are still emerging 🙂
Here are a few sketches from a fantastic weekend with friends in Scotland.
A quick sketch of our dogs having a walk; looking out towards the Isle of Wight (28x9cms).
Congratulations to today’s hardy ‘plein air artists’. We had a windy and chilly afternoon but we’re not defeated. Well done 🙂
Fingers crossed for better British weather next time.
I arrived at Burseldon Windmill today to find a cherry picker and new lightening conductors being installed 🙂 – Oh….and the sun was back for a while.
I managed a full page drawing at Burseldon Windmill today using Bockingford watercolour paper and ink; the paper is ‘off’ white. The patterns of the shadows from the sail and platform were very striking.
Hello to all the lovely people I met today 🙂
Terrible weather today. A great day to hide inside of the Ashcroft Atrs Centre and do a watercolour sketch of the fabulous London Plane tree.
I thought I might try and finish the larger drawing today – it was quite misty this morning so I wasn’t that hopeful. However Britain being what it is, the weather made an unexpected improvement! Wish I’d had a picnic with me as it got so warm.
I enjoy the canopy and supports on the mill and the shadows and spaces 🙂
After school sketchbook trip out, and yet another great sunset.
Fabulous bright spring day here at Burseldon Windmill.
Had a few minutes before dark on my way back from ‘Dodge the Shredder’ in Towner Gallery to do a few speedy watercolours. It was a lovely sunset.