June 27, 2020 Kate

Yesterday there were two announcements made about BIG things in my calendar: Art in the Pen in Skipton was officially cancelled and replaced by a virtual event. And Hebden Bridge Open Studios was further postponed to become another virtual event in October. I quite understand the need for both, but still… It’s all rather late notice, but I was thinking of marking the original weekend of Hebden Bridge Open Studios (which should’ve been this coming weekend (July 3rd, 4th and 5th). If you would like to visit my studio in Hebden Bridge on Saturday (4th July) or Sunday (5th July)…

June 8, 2020 Kate 4Comment

I apologise in advance for this. It’s going to be a long and rambling post. This has kind of been a long and rambling time. Very odd…. That first week of Lock Down I was woken very early by a Nightingale. It was about 4.30 or so; before the other birds were singing. It wasn’t like anything I’d heard before. Now I do realise that a Nightingale so far north is unusual and the first thing my Dad said when I told him was that it must have been a Blackbird or a Robin. But I hear those all the…

March 2, 2020 Kate 4Comment

Happy to annouce a new solo exhibition at The Yorkshire Gallery in The Piece Hall, Halifax. ‘TOFFEE TOWN’ THE BEAUTIFUL BUILDINGS OF HALIFAX Saturday May 23rd – August 16th. I’m an Offcumden you know. I don’t count myself as a Southerner as Suffolk, where I was born and lived til I was 19, is really out on a limb and isn’t connected to anywhere. But Northerners would probably count me a Southerner… I came North to York for University in 1995 and our tutor (Bruce Windle. Lovely man) took us to Bankfield Museum in Halifax. It was the first time…

January 8, 2020 Kate 6Comment

I was thrilled last year when Shibden Hall commissioned a painting for their entrance hall. It’s rare for me to go there without the children, and therefore the pull of the boating lake or the playground. I went in August while they were staying with Granny down in Wiltshire. I played around with two compositions. There’s a lovely view from the orchard above – a birds eye view. Or the view from the lake below, looking up at the house… The Hall requested the second one. The hall is like a treasure trove of beautiful details! There is a window…

December 8, 2019 Kate 2Comment

It can’t have escaped your notice (and if it has – well done) that it’s the countdown to Christmas. Thank you to everyone who’s bought from my online shop, or through one of the galleries that sell my work. Hebden Bridge has been wonderfully buzzy this weekend, and last, with Open Studios and street markets. I’ve managed to avoid Amazon almost entirely (almost! But I needed printer ink and shoe dye, which I couldn’t find anywhere else) instead using my Amazon shopping cart app to list all the books I wanted, and then buy them from the Salts Mill book…

September 23, 2019 Kate 8Comment

I realise that I’ve not posted anything here since just before Open Studios back in July. Everything seems to get a bit chaotic over the summer and my family had some good adventures over the holidays. For the first time, I was a little sad to get back into the studio routine. The twins are eight now, and my eldest is 12. They’re good company! I hope it lasts. Anyway, while they were away for a few days with my lovely Mum in the summer, I took my camera off to Halifax to start planning a new exhibition for next…

July 4, 2019 Kate 1Comment

So we’re in the process of hanging things and clearing out. My wonderful Mum has come to stay and is busy wrapping up all the little prints: Mum: She said a VERY rude word when I took her photo. And yesterday, just in time, my 2020 Calendars arrived! There are lots of prints. Including prints (and little proofs) of the new work currently hanging at Chantry House Gallery. There are also some small originals, including this trio of Northumberland waves paintings, and the little folding book I’ve made using the images: I had a lovely time making these yesterday. It’s…

May 20, 2019 Kate 3Comment

We had a lovely opening day on Saturday. Thank you so much to everyone that came and to Emma and John of Chantry House Gallery. The Fish Pier – Whitby Framed Size: 147.5 x 87.5cm SOLD Autumn at Bolton Abbey Framed Size: 147.5 x 87.5cm £5600 Springflower (Flamborough Head Cove) Framed Size:106 x 87cm SOLD Minster Gardens Framed Size:87 x 106cm SOLD Birdwatching Framed Size:87 x 106cm £4200 Garden Square Framed Size:85 x 85 cm SOLD Newby Hall Framed Size: 147.5 x 82.5cm (aprox) £5400 The Vine House Framed size 57 x 67cm £3200 Seedlings Framed size 57 x 67cm…

May 15, 2019 Kate 1Comment

Everything is being delivered to Chantry House Gallery in Ripley tomorrow, ready for the exhibition opening at 10am on Saturday. This is the last thing I finished: It was on my ‘would love to’ list, rather than my ‘must do’ list, so I saved it til last. I love doing these old printer’s trays. This one came from the US – it’s an American tray lay out. The spaces were large enough to think about a whole, small picture and the theme was trees. I do love to paint trees… I start off with large sheets of stretched watercolour paper…

April 22, 2019 Kate 5Comment

Opening on May 18th at 10am, my new exhibition at Chantry House Gallery in Ripley. This collection of new paintings seem to track my family holidays and days out this last year! I painted these little greennhouses first, from The Lost Gardens of Heligan in Cornwall. We were there in the summer holidays. I had an idea that the title for the exhibition should be ‘Gardens’. But then I went to Northumberland in Autumn Half term and got distracted by castles and beaches, and that incredible Northumbrian light. And then, while Daddy was away I took the children for a…