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Browsing Archive: August, 2018

Rose and Butterfly

Posted by Margaret Shaw on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, In : New Artwork 
I seem to be on a role with completing paintings and have finished the red rose and a third butterfly stone.





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Butterfly Stones 1 & 2

Posted by Margaret Shaw on Monday, August 27, 2018, In : New Artwork 
Having a day spare because Prom Art was cancelled ( too wet and windy ) I got to work on the latest batch of stones and completed butterflies 1 & 2.  Now for sale.


Butterfly 3 didn't work out so is in the waiting to be painted queue.

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River Walk in Pictures

Posted by Margaret Shaw on Saturday, August 25, 2018, In : My Cumbria 
After a busy day in the gallery I decided to do a river walk ( the river in question being the eden ).  It was fine and sunny and I decided to don my wellingtons with the intention of going in the water.
I set off in Stenkrith Park where the sunlight danced through the dappled trees.

Then onto the river rocks to watch the water winding through the gaps.

And even peer down a hole to see the river flowing under my feet.

Up from the river and across the fields to view the distant mountains through t...
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Rose and Butterflies

Posted by Margaret Shaw on Friday, August 24, 2018, In : What I'm working on 
My pastel rose is making nice progress as I've finished the petals blocked in the background and started to blend.


I've decided on another theme for my small stone artworks of butterflies.  

Pebbles gessoed and butterflies drawn - based on my butterfly close up photos.


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Highland Light 2

Posted by Margaret Shaw on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, In : New Artwork 
Highland Light 2 is finished and ready for framing:

For sale £75 when framing completed.

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Pastel Priorities

Posted by Margaret Shaw on Monday, August 20, 2018, In : What I'm working on 
At the moment pastels are on my mind.  I'm preparing for 2 sessions at the Penrith Arts Festival
1. A workshop where I'll be guiding people through the production of a sunset similar to my "fire in the sky"

2. A drop in session where I've decided to show my approach to a monochromatic work in pastel based on 2 artworks done in other medias:
Storm clouds over Ullswater ( done a few years ago ) in water-soluble pastel

and more recently Highland Lights 1 in acrylic


Will be interesting to see how th...
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Parrot Photos - Proving Popular

Posted by Margaret Shaw on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, In : Photos 
The photos I took of the Kirkby Stephen parrots seem to be popular so I've edited the last 2 and produced some new prints and cards - heading to the Taint Modern gallery later.



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SAA Poppy Challenge - A poppy for Jim (my dad)

Posted by Margaret Shaw on Thursday, August 9, 2018, In : New Artwork 
I've painted a poppy for the SAA Poppy Challenge using Inktense bars.  Called "A Poppy for Jim (my dad)".  
He fought in the 2nd world war and his most harrowing task was the liberation of  a concentration camp.  He told me the horrors of that just a few weeks before he died.  
With loving memories from your daughter.


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Grange over Sands to Arnside

Posted by Margaret Shaw on Wednesday, August 8, 2018,
One of those clear, sunny/cloudy days giving great views across the bay from Grange over Sands to Arnside.





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Highland Light 1 Complete

Posted by Margaret Shaw on Monday, August 6, 2018, In : New Artwork 
After a re-start on this one, things went along quite smoothly - I knew what I didn't want.  Now signed, varnished and In process of framing.

For Sale £50

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Higland Light Progress

Posted by Margaret Shaw on Friday, August 3, 2018, In : What I'm working on 
I decided that I didn't like my Highland Lights 1 painting so made a re-start on a smaller canvas along the lines I originally had  in mind.  Here's where this new version is now at.


With paint on the pallet ( using the same colours ) I did the under painting for Highland Lights 2.

Quite liking where these are  going.


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Bee, Butterfly, Bloom and Faces in the Woods

Posted by Margaret Shaw on Thursday, August 2, 2018, In : My Cumbria 
Enjoyed a trip to Acorn bank yesterday.  The Bees were profuse.

There were some white butterflies ( although I was hoping to see some others )

I found one particular water lily grabbed my attention - and it was the most difficult one to photograph.

And in the woods I thought I was being watched



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Margaret Shaw My blog summarises my life as an artist. It's a bit like a diary: New artworks completed. Artworks in Progress. Photos I've taken. Things that inspire me. Where I'm exhibiting. Things I've learnt. And anything else that I think blogworthy.
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