Drawing Near…blog update

Although the last few days have seen blue skies and sunshine there is definitely an autumnal feel to the early mornings. Sad as it may be to feel that 2014 is slipping away, I do love the changing seasons; blue skies, crisp brown leaves, and, just lately, we have been blessed with skeins of geese flying to and from their nesting/feeding grounds, honking loudly as they go!

The ‘drawing’ in of the evenings also means that the ‘Making A Mark’ exhibition at Blue Owl Art is ‘drawing’ closer – apols for the pun overload! The invites for the Private View are being sent out and the delivery and hanging of the work is in full swing!

Blue Owl Art Invite

I feel very honoured to have been asked to take part in this exhibition, one of eight artists showing their work as part of The Big Draw event. My work will hang alongside that of Steve Dargavel, Amir Ghazy-Noory, Linda Holloway, Barbara Karn, Mary Romer, Kate Robotham and Sam Smith – hoping I’ve got all the links to the correct sites (apols if I haven’t!) Have to admit to feeling more than a little apprehensive. My previous exhibitions have been big site-specific installations; this one feels much more intimate and personal.

Silver Birch TriptychSilver Birch I





The Private View is on the 19th September, 7-9pm at Blue Owl Art at the Grantham Tennis Club, Gonerby Road, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 8HU. The exhibition runs until mid-January 2015.


In other news – I was highly delighted to be selected as Creative Leicestershire‘s ‘Artist of the Week’ for this current week! An image of my work appears on the header of their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages!

Creative LeicestershireIn contrast to my charcoal drawings, I am, at present, really enjoying working with pastels and……colour(!) …something I haven’t done a lot of since my Foundation Course days!

AuchencairnI have now framed the view of Auchencairn – I will get around to taking a photo… Mmmm, I feel a series of pastel landscapes coming on…watch this space!

New Directions…?…blog update

My blog is like buses at the moment, nothing for ages and then two posts in as many days!

Having produced and delivered work for the ‘Making A Mark’ exhibition later this month at Blue Owl Art (based at The Grantham Tennis Club), I felt the need to move away from only drawing trees!

A childhood spent living on a farm riding ponies in rural Lincolnshire has left me with a love of the great outdoors. Much as I love visiting big cities and enjoying all they have to offer, I can’t wait to get back to the green fields, woods, trees, birdsong…you get the picture!

So, in an attempt to seek new horizons, I decided to have a go at not only drawing the trees, but the surrounding countryside as well! Landscapes are not something I have done a lot of, so this is a bit of a departure for me to say the least!

Two areas of the UK that particularly inspire me are Dumfries and Galloway and the Yorkshire Dales; so I decided to work some of the watercolour sketches I did whilst visiting these parts into more finished pieces. This first one is of Wharfedale. Having ‘rediscovered’ charcoal whilst drawing the trees, I thought I would try to produce a landscape in charcoal, if only to help me see the different tonal values.

WharfedaleThese next two are of Auchencairn, a very beautiful, peaceful place in Dumfries and Galloway. Having produced a charcoal version, I decided to have a go in pastels – taking artistic liberties with the colours because it was quite a dull, grey day when we visited – it was March after all!









Like all artists, I am my own worst critic, humming and haaing(!) as to whether they are okay, are they finished – you know the drill I’m sure!!

Regardless of whether I mount, frame, exhibit or, gosh, sell any, I have enjoyed producing these and feel this is an area I will continue to develop.

The PV for Making A Mark is the 19th September 7-9pm.

Making One’s Mark…blog update

It’s been a quiet summmer for me so far, just working on my drawings for the ‘Making A Mark’ exhibition at Blue Owl Art based at The Grantham Tennis Club. This exhibition is part of the nationwide event ‘The Big Draw‘, and not only is there an exhibition of drawing by various artists at Blue Owl Art, there are also events/activities complementing and celebrating the medium of drawing.  Go to the Blue Owl Art website for further details.

I posted images of some of the work I have produced (all framed and now delivered to the gallery) in my previous post ‘Driven to Draw.’ Below are some more images of work I have done for the exhibition – this time unframed pieces, again inspired by silver birches and The National Forest.

Carolyn J RobertsCarolyn J RobertsCarolyn J RobertsCarolyn J RobertsCarolyn J RobertsThe forest is a constant source of inspiration and seeing it in all it’s various guises is a delight!

We delivered the work to Blue Owl Art last Saturday and enjoyed a catch up over coffee and a delicious flapjack and scone from the Rainbow Cafe!

The PV for the exhibition is the 19th September 7-9pm. The exhibition then runs until the end of December.

I am now working on some charcoal landscapes – pictures to follow….Contemplating whether to work them up into acrylics…decisions, decisions!!!!!!!!!!!