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A Walk Around the Exhibition


This Easter weekend I am taking a much needed breather after last week’s exhibition, “Dad & Daughter”.

I am happy to report I sold 2 paintings, and so did Dad.  We also sold lots of cards and postcards featuring our artworks too.  The guestbook has some lovely comments in as well ☺

Here are a few snapshots of the exhibition:

Here is a walk round video taken on the 2nd day. Enjoy!

Busy in the studio – and I love it!


Well, life has been very busy this last few weeks.  With many projects on the go, my work has been cut out!  I am still networking a lot and finding this a very positive way of promoting myself, as people get to meet me in person as an artist.

I have also been preparing for the exhibition with my dad too – the flyers arrived today, and I’m working through all the artworks I want to be ready by then.  Here are a couple of new ones to show you:


Good Friends 4 ©Deborah Eileen Burrow 2012

woodland with heron

The Twilight Heron ©Deborah Eileen Burrow 2012

These will both be on show at the following upcoming exhibition:

deborah eileen burrow exhibition 2012

I have also booked another exhibition for the autumn in Bury St Edmunds at the Lounge Cafe for 6weeks starting 8th September.  This will be a joint show with Susan Miller.

I’ve also been approached by The Aldeburgh Gallery, on the beautiful Suffolk Coast,  to do a solo show in Spring 2013 which is very exciting.  Always nice to have a show in the diary for next year!

I’ve also been chatting with my mentor, Katie Millard, about doing an exhibition together.  Our theme will be birds, so I have been experimenting with a loose watercolour style.  Katie will concentrate on coastal birds whilst I will coax out some paintings of inland birds.

So, lots going on!

More news soon 🙂

Say Hello to “Archie”


"Archie" ©Deborah Eileen Burrow 2011

Archie was a pet portrait commission painting that I completed and delivered this month.

I haven’t been asked to do a pet portrait for many years, and as you know, my speciality is contemporary landscapes, so this made a nice change to my usual work.  I really enjoyed painting Archie’s portrait, and I am looking forward to doing some more pet portraits. Since doing this painting, I have had a commission request of a family portrait, and if that goes ahead, it looks like I will have a new challenge on my easel, which I am very happy about 🙂

Today I took one of my regular art sessions in Aldeburgh.  Here are some photos of today’s attendees:

Today’s session was all about getting a still life arrangement in proportion, studying the tonal values, and starting to fill in colour using the tonal value drawing as a reference alongside the colours in the still life fruit and veg.

It was a lot of fun, and quite a challenge for the group – I could tell they were concentrating hard as they had very quiet periods where I could have heard a pin drop!!

This weekend I will be completing two new paintings for a Christmas Exhibition, and then getting on with a new commission.

I love my art life! ☼

Thanks for reading, your continuing support and see you again soon!

3 New Paintings, 3 Exhibitions and 1 Book


I’m so happy to tell you some amazing news!  Hence the reason I haven’t blogged in a few weeks.  Everything just turned a corner and dropped great opportunities into my world.  Well, they didn’t just arrive – I’ve been striving for them really, and the hard work has paid off 🙂

So firstly:

The gallery that represents me has been without any of my paintings for a month or two as I promised them some new work ready for their major exhibition throughout May ( and beyond).  I’ve promised them they would be brand new and not seen by anyone until they were delivered.  All the paintings are brand new and not shown in any venue before, although two have been on Flickr for a couple of months.  They’ve been delivered now so you can now see them all together right here.  They will be exclusively available at Chimney Mill Gallery.  They go on show on 1st May.  Here they are:

The Keeper of Fox Wood ©Deborah Eileen Burrow 2011

Sparkling Winter Dusk ©Deborah Eileen Burrow 2011

The Lilac Hedge ©Deborah Eileen Burrow 2011

The following painting is the one that has been “tweaked” and completed.  The main noticeable difference are the windows.

Peaceful Snow ©Deborah Eileen Burrow 2011

And finally and new one this year, but you’ve seen before:

Under the Trees ©Deborah Eileen Burrow 2011

So I’m really pleased with these ones going to the gallery.

On the same day I delivered three paintings to be on long term display at a lovely restaurant called the Fox Inn in Bury St Edmunds.  They are paintings that were completed back in 2009, but they were obviously waiting for their most suitable place to be admired and look fabulous in their place.  They are for sale too, through the Fox Inn.  They have asked for four more artworks which I’ll be delivering next week.

Exhibitions have exploded for me this summer for 3 months.  After the show at Chimney Mill, I have a week with Susan Miller in The Edmund Gallery in the centre of Bury St Edmunds, like the one in 2010.  This is my personal major show this year as there will be around 30 of my artworks on sale.  Here’s the poster:

Then after that I have a Solo Show for the whole of July,  Upstairs at the Tap in Ipswich, Suffolk.  This is very exciting as its the first year that the venue have opened the gallery upstairs.  Its a lovely space, and is used for little functions throughout the month too, so apart from being open everyday, it will provide a lovely decor for events.

The last bit of news to tell you this time is about the book.  A few years ago I used to keep a blog called Keeping Creative.  It was well received and an exciting little project.  I always said I’d develop it and release it as a self published E-book one day.  Well, something better happened!  I met someone at a business breakfast last week who’s an author (and it turns out, the commissioning editor of a book publisher, Bookshaker).  After chatting about this and that, we got talking about my blog and my desire to turn it into a book.  Well, the upshot of all this is that she wants me to write this book and they will publish it!  So now I’m just getting the proposal together for her to approve and I’m on my way!  Me…an author!! Very exciting!!

There you have it – all my news I’ve been bursting to tell you all.  Needless to say I’m on a high right now…..

Back soon 🙂

Where am I?


Well, British Summer Time has just begun.  It snuck  up on me and surprised me after a fabulous social night out and staying up late.  When I woke from my lay-in this morning, I was personally impressed that I felt ok after 5 hours sleep.  Then when I left my friends’ to go home she declared that it was really X o clock!  That was a shock!!  But I welcomed the extra hour of sunshine this evening!  On my drive home I saw numerous cherry trees in blossom and magnolias about to burst open their buds.

So where am I in my artworks?

I am in that wierd place of nearly ready for the upcoming exhibition in 9weeks.  I have lots of work ready and some work half done and some works waiting to come to fruition.  I’ve also been having loose visions of how I wish my unstarted works to be when finished and I daydream my way through the processes.  Ideas are forming, and slowing evolving into something I can get a hold of that I can reproduce as a painting.

I am happy with my tree paintings – they mostly consist of a lovely abstract backround with more detail in the foreground – my favourite so far of this is this one:


The Midnight Tree ©Deborah Eileen Burrow 2010


I am now sketching out plans for new painting of barns that are dotted around the Suffolk landscape.  I want to approach this is much the same way as my tree paintings, but I aim to be a little looser and make them more engaging with the use of colour and light.  These ideas are still forming in my head.  I’m on the brink of panicking as I need more new work for the show and for the gallery who represents me, but I don’t want to rush this process.  Of course, in the wierd place I can’t concentrate on the half finished paintings very well because my creative head is elsewhere!!


But this is all part of the painting process, and I feel that this place I am in will be significant for my coming works, so I am trying to be patient.

So, no new works to show you, but some to be revealed soon. 🙂

Meanwhile I have had a few commissions come in through my online shop at etsy, for customised wooden art pieces that I decorate using pyrography, and that keeps me busy for short periods while I’m formulating my new works on canvas.

Finally, I am also keeping disciplined and patient with the advanced watercolour class I am attending.  It’s very challenging but I’m enjoying it immensely.  I have 4 more weeks to go – its only 2 and a half hours a lesson, but my brain is frazzled after and I need a cup of tea break!

That’s all for this week.  Now its time for:

♥ Artist in Focus ♥

This time I’d like to share with you a few of my top blogs that read every week.  They are inspiring, encouraging, informative and interesting ..plus I love their artwork!!

Colour Theory – interesting stuff….


Hello everyone

Today a post of a different kind.  All about Colour Theory.

I would be interested to hear your comments and views.

I, like most artists, have subscribed to the classic theory of the colour wheel that involves Red, Yellow and Blue as the primaries.  The secondary colours are Orange, Green and Violet.  I have loved this palette and it works.  Stephen Quiller’s book has been my bible for a few years, as his explanations have made lots of sense, and when put into practise it never fails.  This was all blown apart when I read February’s edition of Artists&Illustrators magazine with an article stating that the traditional colour wheel was in error!!!  The article puts right the 300 year old colour wheel with the correct, science based, colour wheel with the primaries Magenta, Yellow and Cyan.  Immediately it answered my long held question of why does a printer used CMY ink colours!  However, everything I’d learnt was now in question.  So I proceeded to get out my watercolours and acrylics and try this all out.  Guess what – it works too!  Of course it does – how could I question an article in the A&I!?

But, it left me with another pertinent question – if both work, which one is best??  See, the thing is, the complimentary colours are different in both wheels.  So instead of the Red-Green, Yellow-Violet and Blue-Orange complimentaries, we now have Cyan-Red, Magenta-Green and Yellow-Blue complimentaries.  Mmmm….    The traditional complimentaries do make wonderful neutrals that I love, and I love the complimentaries in paintings.  But apart from liking Magenta-Green in the Scientific colour wheel, I’m not convinced…

By the way, I completely get the science bit, its the results and using them in paintings that I’m trying to get my head round.

So what I’d like from you peeps is your opinions…

Please join me with this discussion  – I find colour theory fascinating.  As well as using it in my artworks,  I have a 20min presentation that I give all about how we use colour in advertising, decor and uniforms.  This new (to me) theory is interesting….

Thanks 🙂

PS – I recently unearthed some watercolour sketches in my studio, and I thought I’d share this one 🙂

My greyhound Jaz - a sketch painting I did a few years ago

Happy New Year and Introducing…..


Happy New Year everyone! Wishing you all happiness, peace and prosperity in 2011. ♥

I don’t want to mention the snow really, but I would like you to check this out – the most common snowflake shapes!


click on me to see original article

Moving on… 😉


As some of you know, especially those who follow me on twitter and FB, that I am in the middle of a new painting of a Suffolk church in snow – as yet untitled.  I used to do many buildings as commissions in the 1990’s, so its not a huge diversion of my recent treescapes and fieldscapes.  The painting is still in progress and I will show you the stages in my next blog by which time it should be finished.
Aside from getting back at the easel, I have had a 2 week break over the Christmas period and it has been lovely.  Of course I went down with a mother of a cold virus.  Not a real surprise, I’d been feeling a bit run down.  But lots of nice food, excellent company and a rest sorted me out!

On to the star of this post now ~ ROBIN MARIA PEDRERO ~ Robin is a fellow artist based in Florida.  I love her work, and have bought a couple of stunning prints.  As you know I will have my next major exhibition in June 2011 and Robin is sending over a selection of her prints to sell.  I decided to interview her last month, so without further ado, I introduce you to the lovely Robin.

1. When did you start making art?
I began making art as a small child. I studied with professional artists beginning at the age of 13 and have continued to make art.  I almost replied “never stopped making art” but that’s not true.  I had a few months when I questioned the use of art, and why bother to make pretty “useless” things, how did that serve mankind? And more so God?  I sought books, and dug deep to discover that although I might not have seen it at the moment, there would be a time when God would use me, as He used the artists like Bezalel the very first artist mentioned in the Bible, but most important was that I had to stay skilled so I would be ready when called upon.  So that is what I have done.  I find that my art makes a difference in people’s lives daily as I build and invest in the treasure I have been given.  I am called to be an artist and have known it always.

2. Have there been any changes in your art-making over the years and could youdescribe them?
Yes there have been many changes.  Early on I studied impressionism and the colorist style of Robert Brackman, working with oils moving towards realism. I  began to create works in pastel out of necessity; washing my hands was easier than the prep and clean up required with oils while being a Mom with little kids. I developed an aptitude for the medium excelling to an elected Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America.  I have worked in fine art portraiture for over 20 years. As well as being drawn to faces, it’s a great bread and butter occupation.  I moved to a new territory and had to remake myself so I focused on landscapes for several years and was often called the “skylady”, after all I moved from Connecticut to Florida to have a bigger piece of the sky.  After several years of traditional landscapes I began to use more ambiguous color in my skyscapes for more emotive works of art. As my circle of art collectors and gallery representation grew I needed to reduce my overhead and explored working in anew medium that would not require framing nor as gentle handling to ship as the framed and matted pastels.  Again necessity played a role in the change, yet deep inside there was this desire to be more spontaneous and acrylic is my conduitto achieve these goals.  I struggled at first trying to treat it like oils, and then learned to go with the flow and now I am loving it!

3. What inspires you to make art?
I don’t wait for inspiration.  I must create.  I get right to work.  I love it yet it is also my job.  I am compelled to make art.  What finds its way into my creations?  Nature, relationships, and other objects of adoration.  I desire to make art that expresses joy, peace, tranquillity, whimsy or mystery.

4. What is the best way you’ve found to raise your artist profile?
There’s a series of ways to gain recognition, an artist just needs to know what’s right for their art and their personality.  One way is that I entered juried competitive shows and won ribbons, placing my art in the public eye inspected by critics, judges and curators. Gaining gallery representation, museum exhibits, and having work in private, corporate and museum collections is what I do and plan to continue to expand upon.  Features on TV, art in movies, podcasts, and in magazine’s like the Florida International Magazine’s naming me to their Florida Artist Hall of Fame 2009, all raises an artists’ public profile.  I believe it is acombination of all of these things whilst keeping quality, integrity and interest of your work in the forefront.

5. What advice would you give other artists to help them stay on their creative journey?
Being genuine is my best advice..yes there’s something to the reason you hear this all of the time.  It doesn’t mean you can’t experiment, or grow or change what you are doing; try new techniques or mediums and make them your own.  For me to stay creative I work every day.  I might not be making art everyday but it is always something art related or part of my business. Sometimes you just need to show up, get the supplies out, and not try to make a masterpiece but just play, and the next thing you know you are caught in the flow of a visual journey.

6. What is your favourite piece of your OWN artwork that you’d like to share here and why?
My favourite changes frequently.  There are pieces that are more dear due to content, struggle and success, or story.  Today two of my children are travelling one by plane the other by car, both encountering delays and foul weather.  So my thoughts are about them being safely guided home, so “Welcome Home”.   I also like this piece as it was a struggle and close to failure at one point and sat on my wall waiting until one day when I decided it was time to let go of what I thought it was supposed to be and just played.

Welcome Home Chair with Birds and Flowers ©Robin Maria Pedrero

It certainly is a beautiful piece!  You can find more of Robin’s art in the following places:

shop : www.RobinMariaPedrero.etsy.com

blog: http://pocketfullofcolors.blogspot.com

website: http://www.gallery523.com

Thanks to Robin for her time and sharing.

That’s all for now folks 🙂