End of the Road Festival 2017

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I have just been looking through my photographs from this year and thought I would share my End of the Road Festival ones with you. It was my second year visiting and it has fast become my favourite music festival. Here is a little run down of this lovely event…

Getting There

The festival is located at Larmer Tree Gardens, near Blandford, in Dorset.

There are lots of good links from the South to the festival, but it is quite tricky from the North, so I drove. It was my first time driving since January so needless to say I was apprehensive about the mammoth journey. I tooks some Bachs Remedy and braced myself. I felt so much better driving than the year before mainly due to my friends encouraging me. It was good to just know I could do it!

Camping

The camping is an easy walk from the carpark and the stages are really accessible. I really like the size of this festival; easy to navigate and everything in walking distance.

There are hot showers that took 30mins to queue for at about 8ish in the morning, probably less time if I had got up earlier!

The toilets are the best festival toilets I have experienced.I was in shock the first year I went as they always had toilet roll and hand sanitiser and were clean!

I slept well at the campsite but I did wear ear plugs and I would recommend that as my friends were disturbed by noisy neighbours.

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Music

I was really excited to see the headliners, particularly Slowdive and Bill Callahan and they absolutely did not disappoint. Slowdive played on the Thursday night, so it was straight into amazing music, visuals and a very personable, down to earth delivery from Rachel Goswell. Bill Callahan played on the last night and it had been raining all day and continued to do so throughout his whole set, and it was still amazing!

One of the main things I like about EOTR is that I always discover new music. I really enjoyed: Moses Sumney, Nadine Shah, Allison Crutchfield ( now I really wish I had seen Waxahatchee too!) and John Moreland.

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I made a little playlist to share some of the music with you..

Food

The choice of food at the festival is top notch. My favourite was the Pizza Tabun. Not only was their “Greek Pizza” delicious, there was something about the atmosphere there that made it special. They played music that everyone tapped their feet to in the queue, the staff were welcoming and they had lots of seats and tables (so nice at a festival), or am I showing my age?

I also had a lovely (hot) chilli and a very good paneer curry at the other stalls.

Highlights

Watching Breaking Away in the cinema to shelter from the rain. A funny, heartwarming film; just what was needed!

Adam Buxton’s Bug David Bowie special in the woods. Hilarious, affectionate and ended with everyone dancing and singing, what could be better?

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Sitting in the sunshine and listening to great music.

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Sketching at the Garden Stage.

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Stumbling upon impromptu things in the woods. Labyrinth re-enactment anyone?

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That the festival had a ferris wheel!

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Prettiness…

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Tickets are on sale now for End of the Road 2018 and I couldn’t recommend it more highly.I hope this has inspired you to visit!

Happy Sunday!

Inspiration..Francoise de Felice

I cam across this artist’s paintings when looking for portrait examples for my classes on Pinterest. I really fell for her rich colours and multi layered images.

Francoise de Felice was born in Paris and lived there until she was 20. Her move from France to Sicily prompted her to move away from Impressionism too. She developed her own way of working, focussing on narrative and layers.She returned to France and continued to paint dream like portraits.I just love the light and shade in them. The contrast between loose brushstrokes and neat detailed faces are really lovely. I obviously use blending techniques in my own paintings so it is a joy to see it done so well.

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Songs for Painting

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1.belle and sebastian-lazy line painter jane

2.joni mitchell-a case of you

3.teenage fanclub-every picture i paint

4.billy bragg-must i paint you a picture?

5.red house painters-grace cathedral park

6.andy summers and robert fripp-painting and dance

7.ultimate painting-central park blues

8.peter bjorn and john-blue period picasso

9.david j newton-don’t leave me in the dark

1o.daniel johnston-the story of an artist

 

New Prints!

My last post was all about drawing so I thought you might like to see the screen prints I made from my drawings. Brace yourself, they are quite bright!

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I had lots of worries about the tree overlapping York Minster, (whether it took away from the image) but I am really pleased about how it has turned out. I used a photograph I took on my birthday to draw from. It was a cold but really bright winters day and I wanted to print the Minster in these sunny colours to reflect that.

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I was hoping to create a gradient pattern with the colour on this print, I haven’t used this technique before but I like the painterly quality. I really love this view and I have painted it many times, so it has been nice to make something that makes a little bridge from drawing to painting.

square chapel blog screenprint

This is Square Chapel in Halifax. Halifax was my neighbouring town when I was growing up in Brighouse. It was much visited, particularly in my teenage years! I had recently read about the kestrels nesting in the spire next to the building, so they get to have a fly  around in this picture.

It is really exciting to watch the developments to Square Chapel and the Piece Hall going on at the moment.To put a spot light on these fantastic buildings and spaces is a wonderful thing.

These prints are the first steps to creating a collection called “A Nothern Sky” and will feature all the places I love in Yorkshire. These prints are listed in my shop if you like them.

Any feedback on the colours or places you would like me to draw would be much appreciated!

 

New Drawings

Stoodley drawing

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I have been trying to stretch myself a bit with my drawing lately, so I have been looking at buildings and landscapes. These drawings are me figuring out how to describe these with just black ballpoint pen and ink; with a view to screen print them.  So no grey scale, just dashes!

Another back of my mind niggle is to try and bridge the gap between my paintings and screen prints-(which are very different much to my worrying), so I am hoping these will pacify that little voice.

Anyway I am working on one which I feel really happy with, so I will share that when I have finished. In the meantime these are the steps towards getting to grips with angles, perspective and shading!

Open Studios…Preview

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This is a view of Stoodley Pike from Heptonstall. I took a photograph of it one summer evening last year. I loved the view so much I painted it. The original is sold but I have a giclée print of it available at Open Studios. The colours are lovely and rich (I had it printed locally at Knights Graphics) and I am really pleased with how close it is to the original.

I hope you can come and visit the Open Studios this weekend. I look forward to meeting you!