I entered the Summer Open Exhibition at the Sock Gallery Loughborough this year, and these two newly finished oil paintings were accepted. The gallery occupies the entrance of the Town Hall, and it is a beautiful building with great big rooms, high ceilings and big sweeping staircases, Like a theatre or cinema really. I am excited to go back and view the whole exhibition , which runs the whole month of August. These boys are: ‘Midsummer Messenger’ owl painting , oil on canvas size 60 x 60 cm, and ‘ Woodland Keeper’ deer painting at 60 x 76 cm, oil on stretched canvas.
Oil paints are so 'squidgy' and nice to blend. Before I started videoing, I had already placed light and dark paint on top of the dry underlayer. Here Im doing some blending with a cleanish brush. Once Im happy with this layer, Ill leave it to dry and next time Ill add some more detail and textures.
Im using: Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cadmium Orange, Magenta, Cadmium Yellow Deep and Lemon Yellow and Titanium White. Cad Orange and Cerulean Blue mixed makes a nice sheep colour.
Yesterday I visited this lovely gallery on one of their open weekends, and took my new Highland Cow painting, titled ‘Highland Colours, to join my other paintings on the gallery wall. I had time to have a good look round at all the new work that I havent seen before, by some brilliant local artists.
The gallery is well worth a visit, they display a really well curated collection of beautiful wall art, sculpture and decorative pieces. Part of the space is occupied by a very welcoming cafe, complete with large and gooey cakes (vegan and gluten free options). They open Saturday and Sunday the first weekend of every month, 11-4
White Dove Gallery is at: The Old Village Hall, Shenton Nuneaton, Warwickshire
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Above Left: Some recent acquisitions. Permanent Orange, Indigo, and Quinacridone Gold from the range of Michael Harding Oil Paints. Above Right: Detail from an image painted incorporating the new paints.