February 3, 2016 Kate

On Friday January 22nd, we launched the Lost Houses Exhibition at Bankfield Museum. I’d seen this photo some time ago, of the last formal function to be held at Castle Carr (the largest of the lost houses in the exhibition). It is a photo of Ronald Murgatroyd’s 21st Birthday party, taken in the early 1930s. So everyone was invited to dress up for the occasion. And oh my! Didn’t they make the effort? Over 200 people came, almost all of them in full evening dress! This is the Swing Cat’s Trio. They played 1930’s Jazz on fiddle, guitar and tea-chest…

January 17, 2016 Kate 4Comment

I finished this painting today. The house was called Harrowins and it stood in Queensbury for about 80 years. No one knows exactly where it stood, or exactly when it was demolished. Only that no one, not even the golf club wanted it in the end!   This is the last one of  14 large paintings for my Lost Houses of the South Pennines  exhibition. The installation begins at Bankfield Museum, Halifax, on Tuesday. It opens to the public on Saturday and runs until April 9th. Please come! There’s also am opening party on the Friday (January 22nd). Please email…

December 15, 2015 Kate 1Comment

Maybe it’s a bit soon to start talking about after Christmas, but I can’t think of much else at the moment. I’ve booked the Jazz trio, Bought the Champagne and I’ve been trying on vintage dresses! I’m planning something a bit different for the opening of this next exhibition, the exhibition being very different to anything I’ve done before: This is Castle Carr, Luddenden Dean – it’s the largest painting in the exhibition. I’ve looked at 10 houses in total. Someone let me borrow this photo. Its the last party to ever take place in the castle before it was…

November 29, 2015 Kate 2Comment

It’s still November, It’s still November, It’s still November… I can’t be in denial after Tuesday though. We will be in December, which means Three Big Things!: 1) I have a children’s birthday party to organise (and though i try, I am rubbish at decorating cakes (though the thieving fingers would suggest that my icing isn’t bad!)). 2) Christmas is near, and I will be closing the web shop over the holidays. I will be taking orders, while stocks last, up until December 17th.   3) It’s nearing the deadline for everything to be complete for my Lost Houses of…

September 7, 2015 Kate

My twins start big school tomorrow. It’s going to be quite a change – the first time in nearly 9 years that I haven’t had a child at home. School days aren’t long, and the school isn’t far. But I  i’ll miss them. One of the many lovely things about having twins is the laughing. When you have someone just your size, just on your wave length; someone who thinks bottoms are just as funny as you do, you’re going to laugh a lot of the time. Squabble a lot of the time too mind. I will miss the clamor!…

June 24, 2015 Kate 1Comment

It’s that time of year again when I have to tidy all the children’s toys and art work away, and pretend that I live in an immaculate house! I am opening up my house as a small gallery for the three days of Hebden Bridge Open Studios on July 3rd, 4th and 5th, from 11am til 5pm. I will be selling cards and lanterns (my new card range should be here in time) Framed and unframed prints (including all the new ones from the ‘Water and Light’ exhibition that recently finished at Heart Gallery). I’ll have extra things too, that…

June 15, 2015 Kate 3Comment

Now that ‘Water & Light’ is almost finished at Heart Gallery, I have been getting on with my Lost Houses project. There’s a separate blog about this here. I’ll just post the paintings here. But the research and the stories in detail will be on the blog. So far I have New Cragg Hall, an Arts and Crafts manor house that stood in Cragg Vale for less than 20 years before it was destroyed by fire… And, more recently, Castle Carr. A grim brass castle in an isolated valley in Luddenden Dean… The castle is all but disappeared, but the…

March 28, 2015 Kate 2Comment

Well I have to confess that Thursday evening stills feels a bit surreal!  With my best dress on i walked down to Heart Gallery to find a steadily growing queue outside.            We’d hung the exhibition the evening before, so i knew it all fitted in beautifully! Once the doors were opened , everyone was welcomed with a little bit of bubbly… I couldn’t get in to the picture room for the first hour! And by the time i did, almost everything was sold. It was wonderful, but i missed the chatting bit. I like the chatting bit! And…

March 19, 2015 Kate 2Comment

This time next week I will be wearing my best dress and proper grown up shoes (and trying hard to cover the scraped up knee from where I tripped over a rock running up Stoodley Pike yesterday!) and standing nervously in a room full of pictures. It’s a small room, and a years worth of work. The theme of the exhibition is ‘Water & Light’, so I’m posting this one today. It’s a painting of Lumb Falls, drawn on a beautiful day last summer when there were lots of dippers, and other water birds i couldn’t name. And another one…

February 27, 2015 Kate 2Comment

That’s it! The countdown style clock is ticking in my head. Only 4 weeks to go til the preview of ‘Water & Light’ at Heart gallery in Hebden Bridge. I took the finished work to the framers yesterday. The delivery included two new Printer’s Trays. This one is of trees: and this one is on an Allotments theme! The preview is on March 26th from 6 til 9pm. All welcome! The exhibition runs til June 21st.