Well, I’m back from the seaside! The exhibition, The Enchanted Earth, finished last week at the Aldeburgh Gallery.
I had some painting sales and sold lots of cards. I spent the Bank Holiday weekend sitting in the window working on a new painting and talking to people who came in, which was nice.
Here are a few photos I took during the week:
The painting I was working on is now complete:
The Approaching Storm ©Deborah Eileen Burrow 2012
I’m now taking a well earned rest this week, and then I’ll be back in the studio with some fresh ideas for some new paintings.
Back soon with something to show you 🙂
For one week only, The Aldeburgh Gallery, on the Suffolk Coast, is proud and excited to display a selection of artworks by Deborah Eileen Burrow themed, “The Enchanted Earth”. There will be brand new artworks, alongside some favourites, featuring her autumnal trees and white birches.
The exhibition name, Enchanted Earth, has come from a solo show I did back in 2009 in the depths of winter. That show was poorly attended due to excessive amounts of snow. So we’ve decided to use the name again.
I’ve been busy this week finishing some brand new paintings for this solo show. Here is one of them:
Morning Light 2 ©Deborah Eileen Burrow 2012
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I’m really pleased with how this painting turned out. It is based upon a large painting I did in 2010. I was going to put a stag in that painting, but decided against it. This time I thought I’d put a pair of deer in, and it has worked really well.
You can keep up with the other new paintings here
Here is the flyer with all the details you need to get to the Enchanted Earth exhibition:
PS Also had a fab day on Wednesday meeting up for a cuppa with fellow artists Megan Chapman & Stuart Bremner in London. Megan lives in Arkansas, and Stuart lives in Edinburgh, so it was a rare treat to meet up. Wonderful it was too – really nice people.
I’m so amazed at the opportunities that keep coming my way – the road is certainly rising to meet me these days.
So, lots of news to tell you!
In no particular order, here are the 3 main things that I’m so excited to announce, all from events happening in the last few weeks.
- As of tomorrow, paintings of mine are on display for sale at the lovely Church Street Gallery in the beautiful town of Saffron Walden in Suffolk. The owner is a lovely lady called Helen Baynham who is a pleasure to deal with. The gallery sells contemporary art and gifts. Well worth a visit. I loved it.
- Very soon my images will be used on some beautiful cards at ArtCove. They are based in London and sell quality blank art greetings cards. Again, really lovely people to do business with. Each month they do a wallpaper for your computer, and this month they have gone with the Mad March Hare theme and used one of my images 🙂 You can download it and have it for yourself by clicking here http://artcove.co.uk/blog/march-2012-desktop-wallpaper.html
- As part of a package sold by Oaklore Ltd, my cards will soon be sold alongside trees for gifts and special occasions. Oaklore is a venture to create new woodlands for East Anglia. By doing so they provide opportunities to improve wildlife habitats and enable you to offset carbon emissions. The company is funded by providing individuals the opportunity to sponsor tree(s) for a wide variety of occasions.
They are also involved in the tree planting project for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Lovely earthy people and a pleasure to deal with too.
So as you can see, I’ve had a busy few weeks connecting with these lovely people and I’m so thrilled to be part of all of it.
Now I will be spending time working towards the exhibition with my Dad as it launches on the 31st March!
I have several new paintings to go in the show, here is a new watercolour:
The Orange Tree ©Deborah Eileen Burrow 2012
Back soon with new canvas paintings to show you 🙂
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
The Twilight Heron ©Deborah Eileen Burrow 2012
These will both be on show at the following upcoming exhibition:
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 🙂
I’ve had a very busy time recently. I’m pleased to be up to date, and finally working on the last commission to be completed by Christmas. I’m really enjoying working on it. Its a painting similar to one I sold recently this summer. Its on a larger canvas, based on this one:
"Summer Is Here" ©Deborah Eileen Burrow 2011 (SOLD)
and will possibly be featuring some young children playing in the sand according to my customer’s request. The beach huts are taken from a photo I took in Southwold, Suffolk. This particular row are quite famous and easily recognised by many. Because the new canvas is a different size and aspect ratio, it will look different and I will be changing one of the beach hut’s colour too. No two paintings by me of the same subject are the same anyway, and this is no exception – I want it to be different. I think the person who owns the original would want it to be too.
The sky was a bit of a challenge this time – constantly changing with lots of manipulation of paint! My father is a realist painter and he couldn’t help butting in whilst I was doing it (we were on one of our regular painting days together) and kept pointing out that the sky was far too continental in color in my painting compared to the British blue sky! So I had fun discussing with him that the colours were important in my painting so they go together well, and make the beach huts pop out in the painting. Dad paints what he sees, I use a lot of artistic license! (Unless of course I’m doing a pet portrait.) We enjoy our discussions 🙂
Whilst I’ve been working on that, and waiting for paint to dry, I’m working on a smaller painting featuring my orange, burnt sienna and gold autumnal trees on a tintoretto deep edge birch painting panel. I love using these panels, and probably do about 70% canvas and 30% wood panel paintings these days.
Alongside the work in the studio, I am planning for 2012. 4Networking has been exceptionally helpful with this. I have received business advice as well as galleries recommended to me from all over the UK. I am still really enjoying my role as Area Leader for 4Networking, and have recently given talks on my story in the last 18months, and on the relationship between working on a painting from start to finish and how it compares to customer care. All very positively received. Some lovely testimonials here.
Well that is all for now. Thanks, as always for your continual support.
Back soon 🙂
"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!
I’ve had an enjoyable experience working on “Earlwood” the commissioned painting for a lovely lady called Angela.
She has been kind enough to send me some photographs of the painting in situ, and has written me a wonderful testimonial which I shall now share with you.
“I have known Debs for over twenty years but not in the context of her life as an artist. I bumped into her by chance and, over coffee, she told me about her painting. What a good day that turned out to be. From that accidental meeting I ended up commissioning Earlwood. Debs was great at crystallising my rather incoherent thoughts and ideas about what I wanted in the painting and delivered the completed work within a couple of months. As the painting developed Debs kept me informed of its progress, consulted me frequently and made me feel included in its creation. With each update, I became increasingly excited and have to admit to feeling pretty emotional when I saw the finished painting. Debs’ passion for colour is obvious and yet the vibrancy of the palette does not detract from the overall sense of tranquillity of the garden. I love that Debs experimented so successfully with copper leaf for the orchard and appreciate the care she took with every detail – she even told me which were her favourite two apples! The brief was to evoke an impression of the garden which Debs has done but, at the same time she has incorporated faithful details of parts of the garden such as the summer house and the shapes of the trees which are instantly recognisable. I am absolutely delighted with “Earlwood” – It’s everything I had hoped for and more. It has been a pleasure to have Debs paint this for me and the photo book she gave me of the work in progress will be treasured as much as the painting itself.”
Many thanks to Angela for the photos and the lovely words. It has been a pleasure working with you on this project. 🙂