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Friday, 20 October 2017

I'm Stepping Out of my Comfort Zone.

Mary Kemp Escape From the Crowds. Oil on canvas
Escape from the Crowds
©Mary Kemp
The real reason I'm stepping out of my comfort zone is I'm taking part in an artists market in November at Stamford Arts Centre. with a group called ESCartists
It's been ages since I did such a thing, though at one time you could see me manning a stall somewhere or other nearly every weekend with my spooky dragons and mysterious landscapes (another life).
I don't know quite why I decided to do this , I think the fact that it's indoors helps and also it's part of a gallery exhibition I'm participating in.
Here's the info:

ESCartists Gallery Exhibition – 25 Oct – 5 Nov 2017.  

at Stamford Arts Centre, Stamford.

Artist Market - 5th November. Entry is free.

Mary Kemp Prints
Loads of prints ready waiting to be packaged up
in luxurious mounts.

This week my studio has been knee deep in frames, and mounts and packaging for greetings cards.

Today I wonder why I'm doing it but when it all gets going I shall enjoy it, the hustle and bustle and the camaraderie.
Autumn Trees
©Mary kemp
Hunstanton Beach
© Mary Kemp

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Thursday, 28 September 2017

Small Paintings Versus Large.

Dear Seaside Friends,

I am a small person, at least next to the rest of my family who are all taller than me (except the one year old grandchild), so I like things petite and delicate.
You can understand that to me a small painting is a delight, especially as it is often an immediate response to the things and scenes around me.  And of course a small painting is a way of owning original art for not a lot of money.

But I also adore a big picture, the sweep of a large composition, and the excitement of a plan coming together, because believe me a big painting needs a lot of planning.

Then of course there's the all important question of where you're going to hang your art. If your wall is full of family photos there's no space to hang a gigantic landscape, but a small perfectly formed oil painting? now that will look good.

Here's the two paintings I'm working on at the moment, both almost complete. They're at the stage where I think they're almost finished, but I need to put them away for a few days and then look again to make sure.

To be honest I'm feeling pretty good about the pair at the moment........ but I'd love to hear your thoughts, (in the comments box below) and whether you prefer a large or small painting.

Best wishes

Mary

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Friday, 15 September 2017

I Love Autumn!

This morning I stood on a hill top outside my home town and felt the wind whipping my face as the first autumn storm ripped into us. It wasn't too bad, just exhilarating, giving me an appetite for warm soup and wooly jumpers.

Of course I love the colours of autumn, the warm russets and coppers and feel compelled to paint a few pictures that celebrate the season. Once I got painting I couldn't stop!
Here are a few:




I've called these simply "Autumn Tree" and numbered them. Have a look on my website.
This is just the beginning! There are more to come.

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Jaunty Tail of Grace the Border Collie.

Just when I think I've come to the end of a series of paintings another idea hops into my mind!
Grace the border collie is as varied as Cleopatra and quite as beautiful so it was no wonder that after a jolly day out at the seaside earlier on in the year another painting or two hit the canvas.
"Jaunty Tail"
© Mary Kemp
Oil on canvas panel.
Available

We'd gone over to the Norfolk coast, us and the rest of the population of East Anglia, and Grace had been so good and patient stuck in the traffic.
We managed to get parked, and all hot and sweaty decamped onto the beach.
Whoosh! Grace was off, being sociable with whoever she could find, then haring off to an empty part of the beach, and then back again. Is there no end to her energy? It seems not.

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Thursday, 3 August 2017

How an Idea Became a Painting.

I've never got used to the buzz I get whenever a person likes my paintings.
And it gives me an even bigger thrill when I get instructions to paint a picture specially for someone, knowing they trust me to do a good job.

I'm quite a practical person, so enjoy the challenge of working to a brief.
"Two People on the Sea Edge,with Birds"
Oil on canvas
© Mary Kemp
This particular commission arrived through summer's open studio event, from a couple who came to visit. In truth I think they had studied the Peterborough Open Studio website carefully and targeted a few artists they liked the look of.

They had a new, plain grey wall to fill.......

They looked at the paintings I had, at work in progress and particularly liked my latest seaside collection.
But nothing was big enough, so this is where the commission part came in.
We looked at images of some sold artwork and they settled on something similar, "not too much pink". We agreed size and price, and a timescale for the project. I asked for a non-returnable deposit of a third and it was all systems go!
 It's so much easier to make changes at this stage
 than when the painting is almost finished
.







As part of the commissioning process I like to show a preliminary sketch. And this is the one I sent.

The next part of the plan went very smoothly. Over about a month I painted the picture, building it up in layers, standing back, thinking about it, adding more, taking away some but always staying faithful to the vision we had.
Then it was finished. I left it for a few days allowing it to dry, and silently worried.

On the third day I looked at the painting again with new eyes, and decided I quite liked it. I asked my husband. "It's alright" he said. A man of few words.
There was nothing for it but to contact the lovely couple who had commissioned it.
I'm pleased to say they were full of praise, and came round the very next day, whisked it off home and sent me a photo of it looking resplendent on their grey wall.
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