Today, 6th September 2016, is Art Drop Day
Art Drop Day was started by Jake Parker, a cartoon artist in America "to feel a little more connected to each other through the act of creating and giving". The idea being that we create art, post hints where it has been left on social media and wait for it to be found.
I wanted to do it last year but had missed the date. So this year I painted a little picture, dropped it off in the countryside and now I am leaving you a clue as to its whereabouts so you can rush off and find it.
Hint:- I climbed high up over boulders to a windy cliff edge. I then crawled through a wet cave on my hands and knees to place the painting there. Now off you go....
OS grid reference SK 244 835
I am doubtful that it will ever be found but I am assured there are more adventurous people than me!
Exhibition to run until the end of March
A varied selection of original Paintings, Prints and Greeting cards will be on display at The Pheasant in Gestingthorpe throughout March.
Small original paintings or prints make affordable and thoughtful gifts. My original paintings are often impossible to repeat and my print runs are kept deliberately small, adding to their uniqueness and value. Prices range from around £50-£350 for a framed original painting.
Each Limited Edition print is signed and numbered by me. The cost is £35 for a framed print. Alternatively, if you would prefer to have a print framed yourself the cost of a Limited Edition Print mounted ready for framing is £25.
If you are unable to see the display at The Pheasant prints are available to buy via my website (by clicking the image in any of the Galleries) contact me directly if you wish to collect them in person.
Prints can be ordered in many standard sizes. Here on my website I have listed print sizes as fitting a 10" x 12" standard frame. If you would prefer a smaller, or larger, size please contact me to discuss your requirements.
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How to Paint Anything
The WATERCOLOUR Book : How to Paint Anything is based on my six week course. Having been painting for some time I identified six key areas in which beginners to watercolour struggle, only to realise that these key areas remain a challenge to all artists to a greater or lesser extent.
The book covers all aspects of watercolour painting, from choosing and buying essential equipment to exciting ways in which ordinary inexpensive household items can be adapted to produce amazing results.
Watercolour has the reputation of being the most difficult medium to work in but with this book you will quickly achieve successful results.
I concentrate less on teaching how to paint a particular subject and more on teaching technique, giving you the ability to paint any subject you like. There are exercises to help you gain confidence and better understand the paint and its unique qualities. This is the secret to painting in watercolour. Everything has been broken down and explained to help you build up a workbook of reference material which you can refer back to in the future. There are step-by-step demonstrations with photographs of my own workbook.
This is a reference book filled with comprehensive information, advice and explanations for both experienced artists and beginners.
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A review of 2015
In my review at the end of 2014 I said I'd not be setting myself any new challenges - that I'd be taking 2015 "one day at a time". I lied. I immediately set myself numerous challenges, as is my way.
Feeling a sense of failure about six months into the year I moved my own goal posts and am ashamed to say that I have still not succeeded in accomplishing some of my goals for the year.
One would think I'd learn from this, but no. I now feel in order to regain some self esteem I must finish the tasks I set myself this year as well as the new (probably unrealistic) targets for 2016.
Exhibition runs throughout September 2015
Original paintings, Limited Edition Prints and Greeting cards will be on display in The Blue Room at The Bell Inn, 10 St James's Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3EJ throughout September.
My new paintings have been reproduced as Limited Edition Prints. In many cases the Edition has been Limited, by me, to 50 or 100 prints adding to their uniqueness and value. Each one is signed and numbered by me. They cost £35, framed, and will be available from The Bell Inn during September.
Alternatively, if you would prefer to frame them yourself the cost of a Limited Edition Print is £25 mounted, ready for framing.
They are available to buy via my website (by clicking the image in any of the Galleries) or contact me directly if you wish to collect them in person.
Prints can be ordered in many standard sizes. Here on my website I have listed print sizes as fitting a 10" x 12" standard frame. If you would prefer a smaller, or larger, size please contact me.
The Society for All Artists asked me if I'd be willing to do a product review for MaimeriBlu watercolours.
I was sent a set of five, 15ml tubes to test. The colours sent were:- Cadmium Yellow Deep, a rich opaque colour with an orange bias. Cadmium Red Light, again opaque with an orange bias. Cobalt Blue Light, a semi opaque colour, and two earth colours; Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber both semi opaque.
(Right to left in the example below.)
At The Pheasant in Gestingthorpe
James and Diana Donoghue, owners of the The Pheasant in Gestingthorpe, hosted a watercolour workshop following the BBC's recent series,"The Big Painting Challenge". As one of their resident artists I was invited to tutor it.
Subject: The Stour Valley in watercolour
I run twice yearly workshops in Henny for those wanting to learn how to paint in watercolour, improve their painting skills, or just have some ‘me time’ doing something they enjoy with like-minded people.
My aim is to teach different techniques at each workshop. I hope the various techniques covered will enable students to have a set of skills that are transferable to any subject matter of their choice.
I chose the Stour Valley as the subject matter for this workshop. I chose it because it's local to us and lends itself well to different interpretations, styles and colours. I try to choose a subject that is not too demanding to draw, leaving students free to concentrate on painting.
The students went home with one large and one small painting.
The techniques in this workshop included:-
Other workshops at Henny include Painting Autumn Wreaths
"Thanks very much Eleanor, excellent day – thanks too for your patience and understanding not to mention really helpful thought and preparation, can’t wait for the next time!"
Current Exhibitions by Eleanor Mann
My studio/gallery is open for visitors.
Address: Stone Cottage, 6 Church Street, Belchamp St Paul, Suffolk, CO10 7DJ
Open by appointment or on specially arranged weekends.
Blank Greeting cards and selection of Limited Edition Prints are also available for sale at The Tourist Information Centre in Sudbury.
Address: Sudbury Tourist Information Centre, The Library, Market Hill, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2EN
Opening times: Mon – Thurs 9.30am – 4.30pm, Fri 9.30am – 4pm, Sat 10.00 – 3.30pm
Telephone: 01787 881320
Original framed paintings and unframed prints are being exhibited for sale at Ne-Lea's, a traditional café set in a newly expanded business centre.
Address: Stour Valley Business Centre, Brundon Lane, Sudbury CO10 7GB.
Opening times: 8am-3pm.
I have a permanent display of framed originals and framed prints at Buckley's Tea Rooms.
Address: 7A, St.James Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3EJ.
Opening times: Tuesday-Saturday.
Another permanent display of framed originals and framed prints can be seen at Equilibrium Therapies.
Addresses: Dorrington House, Rosemary Lane, Halstead, Essex, CO9 1HW
Oak Lodge, Station Road, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2SP.
The Bell Inn, 10 St James' Street, Castle Hedingham, Essex, CO9 3EJ has a selection of my paintings as cards for sale on display permanently.
Blank Greeting cards are also available for sale at The Art and Framing Centre.
Address: 8 Friars Street, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 2AA.
Opening times: 9-5:30pm, Monday-Saturday.
Telephone: 01787 310900
The Pheasant in Gestingthorpe are organising a "Big Painting Challenge" day with me as the tutor. Follow the link above or visit their Website for further information. Address: Gestingthorpe, Essex, CO9 3AU.
A sneaky peek inside...
...although it is subjected to a daily re-arrangement at the moment. I expect the novelty will wear off and I'll get back to painting pictures again!
Opening days and times will be sorted out shortly but VIP's will receive a special invitation.
Brixton Hill, London. Cable Tram c1890.
I was invited back to do another workshop at Henny last Tuesday. It was my third workshop with this lovely group of ladies, many of whom only get the chance to paint at my workshops.
My workshops are for those wanting to learn how to paint, improve their painting skills, or just have some ‘me time’, doing something they enjoy.
I provide all the materials needed for the day. Concentrating on teaching different aspects of painting at every workshop, so no two are the same, I demonstrate techniques giving people a set of skills that are transferable to any subject matter.
Helpful Harry, known also as Hairy Harry, assists Eleanor to package up her first original painting for shipping to Australia.
Unfortunately that didn't go well. The package had to be unpacked and re-packed at The Pi Hut for a more professional finish!
8th September 2014. Today is the start of Invisible Illness Awareness Week. I've been living with an autoimmune disorder since 1994. Instead of dwelling on the (many) negative aspects of this I am going to post one positive way that having AIH has changed my life during the coming week. (Or try to anyway).
"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain." ~ Vivian Greene.
At the end of 2013 I was taken on a trip to Venice by a friend in exchange for a painting!
I was so inspired by the magnificent buildings there I was unable to settle on one single scene. I have now painted a series of around 20 watercolours.
The original paintings (and framed prints of those that have sold) will be on display at The Pheasant in Gestingthorpe until the end of August 2014. The gallery of Venice paintings can also be viewed on my website.
The same friend, who wishes to remain anonymous, has offered to make a donation to The Butterfly Group, a charity providing information and support for people with Autoimmune disorders.
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