My ‘Sticks in the Smoke’ project began in January 2016: visiting, researching and drawing a different public garden or park in Central London each week (from the City of London, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, and the city of Westminster). This research will lead to a collection of studies and paintings exploring the theme of city green spaces from the perspective of a rural landscape painter, which will lead to an exhibition in London in 2018 (sadly, the original planned exhibition at the Curwen Gallery, London in April 2017 was cancelled as Curwen Gallery has had to close unexpectedly. See the NEWS PAGE for more information.)
Every week I’m posting info about each visit on my blog along with images from my sketchbook (above ‘The Joy of Life Fountain, Hyde Park, London’. Mixed media sketchbook drawing). See more on my ‘london project’ gallery page.
From January 2015, I made weekly studies, based around Stourhead lake and gardens, exploring some of the more secret places in and around this most beautiful and fascinating location, throughout all months and seasons of the year.
The studies led towards my ‘stourhead / fifty- two / twelve / four’ exhibition, held at First View Gallery in the Spread Eagle Courtyard at Stourhead from 15 April – 6 May 2016. On show were 52 weekly studies, as well as 12 paintings, representing the months of the year. There were also be 4 larger pieces, one for each season. Donations and a proportion of exhibition sales raised over £1200 in aid of Alzheimers Support
See a selection of paintings, drawings and studies from this project on the ‘stourhead’ gallery page.