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Anthuriums

Anthuriums

Anthuriums.
Arches acid-free deckled paper
22.5×30” 57x76cm, 300lb 650gm

Grainy, solid organic wood chosen for the frame

Grainy, solid organic wood chosen for the frame

Anji and Rick bought one of my large, deckle-edged watercolours of Anthuriums on one of their frequent visits to Antigua. They took it back with them to their apartment in England, and Anji explains the framing process:

“Our home is situated on the water’s edge in a harbour, south-facing, with an amazing amount of light. Highlighting colour and  the essential elements of the Caribbean was very important. The accent wall is lime green, which brings out beautifully the less obvious centre of Gilly’s beautiful watercolour. The mount proved more difficult. I wanted to complement the picture but also the texture of the heavy (650gm 300lb) Arches paper it is on. Traditional cardboard matting did not do it justice and I could not source the right colour. Frustrated but not beaten, the idea of using raw silk came into my mind. The resulting combination of the three different but complemenatry textures was perfect: the weave of the green raw silk, the grain of the dark solid organic wood frame, setting off the rough finish of the paper and the colours of the painted image.

The textured weave of the raw silk

The textured weave of the raw silk

We feel we have honoured Gilly’s watercolour in the way it deserves. We live and love it every day.”

Anthuriums, in the home

Anthuriums, in the home

By |October 10th, 2013|Around the house|0 Comments|

Antiguan Art in Los Angeles

Tall palms

Tall palms.
Acrylic on canvas
24×48″ 61x122cm

Tall Palms, at Norah's

Tall Palms, at Norah’s
Acrylic on canvas
24×48″ 61x122cm

Antiguan art was on Norah’s mind when she last visited Antigua. Norah bought ten of my paintings for her colourful house in Los Angeles, where the decor and the Antiguan art are in perfect harmony, as is shown in the examples here. The larger canvasses were removed from their stretchers, rolled up and inserted in small, protective mailing tubes for travelling. Everything fitted perfectly into Norah’s suitcase and she enjoyed choosing the frames for them upon her arrival home.

 

Humming birds & hibiscus, at Norah's

Humming birds & hibiscus
Watercolour/Arches
24×18″ 61×45.7cm,140lb/200gm

Humming birds & hibiscus

Humming birds & hibiscus
Watercolour/Arches
24×18″ 61×45.7cm, 140lb/200gm

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Cat watching the sun go down

Cat watching the sun go down
Acrylic on canvas panel
11×14″ 28×35.6cm

Cat on red chair

Cat on red chair
Acrylic on canvas
24×36″ 61×91.4cm

 

By |September 29th, 2013|Around the house|0 Comments|

Art Exhibition

Art Exhibition

I participated in a joint Art Exhibition on the theme “Dancers” at the Clifton Gallery, Memphis Tennessee in September 2010. These paintings are examples of the watercolours I painted for the show. They range from 12×16”, 14×20″ to 24×18” (unframed sizes), all on Arches  or  Lanaquarelle acid-free 140lb NOT paper. The Art Exhibition lasted three months and the images below are what I still have available – except for the  ballerinas.

Flamenco dancers

Flamenco dancers
Watercolour/Arches, 12×16″ 30.5×40.6cm, 140lb/300gm

Single flamenco dancer

Single flamenco dancer
Watercolour/Arches, 12×16″ 30.5×40.6cm, 140lb/300gm

Grand jeté

Grand jeté
Watercolour/Lanaquarelle, 20×14″ 50.8×35.6cm, 140lb/300gm

Clifton Gallery Exhibition 4

Tango
Watercolour/Arches, 20×14″ 50.8×35.6cm, 140lb/300gm

Ballerinas

Ballerinas
Watercolour/Lanaquarelle,24×18″ 61.4×45.7cm, 140lb/300gm

Can Can

Can Can
Watercolour/Arches,16×12″ 40.6×30.5cm, 140lb/300gm

A client sent me an image of the painting she bought, beautifully mounted and framed, hanging next to her desk.

Clifton Gallery Exhibition home

By |September 25th, 2013|Art Exhibitions|0 Comments|

A Canine Christmas Gift

Stewart, Teddy, Samson & Delilah

A canine Christmas Gift: Stewart, Teddy, Samson & Delilah
Acrylic on canvas panel, 16×12” 40.5×30.5cm

A Canine Christmas Gift

In October 2012, Don & Judy Klovensky,  a charming couple staying at Sandals Grande Resort and Spa, Antigua, came into the Art Gallery there and bought one of my paintings (the gingerbread house shown here – a typical example of local Caribbean architecture). They admired a painting of two dogs which I was working on and wondered if their Mother/Mother-in-Law’s four beloved dogs could be painted for her as a canine Christmas gift? Upon their return home, they emailed me a number of single, separate images of the dogs, all rather small and very low res. However, following their approval of the initial group sketch I did, putting them all together, I completed the painting in acrylic on a canvas panel and FedExed it to them in time. The dogs’ owner was absolutely delighted, particularly as the eldest, Stewart, died shortly afterwards.

Gingerbread house

Gingerbread house
Acrylic on canvas, 36×24″ 91x62cm

Oscar and Felix: Antiguan Dogs

Oscar & Felix

Oscar & Felix. Acrylic on canvas panel.
16×12” 40.5×30.5cm

This painting is of my neighbour’s dogs, father Oscar (on the right) and son Felix.

Oscar was a very adventurous dog and sometimes turned up unexpectedly in our garden. We could not figure out how he got in until one day, his owner saw him climbing a tree next to the fence and creeping along a branch that leaned over into our yard. Sadly Oscar died recently at the ripe old age of 14. He is sorely missed and his portrait, together with his son, hangs above an old photograph of the owner’s parents.

Oscar & Felix Portrait at home

Antiguan dog

Yula with her portraits

Antiguan dog Yula with her portraits

Antiguan Dog 

Antiguan dog Yula is typical of the type of dogs generally found in Antigua. The black muzzle and tan coat seem to be the basis – with origins both varied and intriguing.  Yula also has lovely white markings and a feathery tail. She was adopted by a couple at the Mill Reef Club, Antigua, who absolutely adore  her playful but very gentle nature. She lives in their beach front house and loves the sea, which features in the paintings of her. I did two watercolor portraits of her – one full size and another of just her head (both can be seen in the Portfolio section of this website, in the category Dogs & Cats). She is pictured here with her two paintings behind her on the couch.

Art Exhibition, Abracadabra, Antigua – November 2009

Boatyard

Boatyard
Acrylic on canvas, 30×30”, 76.2×76.2cm

This Exhibition was held in the Abracadabra Restaurant, English Harbour, Antigua. The paintings were hung in the restored section built from sailing ships’ ballast bricks dating back to the 19th century.

Earlier that same year, my 26-year old son Francis was tragically drowned off the British Virgin Island Tortola, whilst working on a yacht. This Exhibition celebrated his life, his love of the sea and the Caribbean, where he grew up.

 

Great Egret taking off

Great Egret taking off
Acrylic on canvas, 30×30″ 76.2×76.2cm

Nesting Brown Pelicans

Nesting Brown Pelicans
Acrylic on canvas,15×30″ 38×76.2cm

Late afternoon, facing west, with Great Egrets

Late afternoon, facing west,
with Great Egrets
Acrylic on canvas, 5×30″ 38x76cm

Jabberwock Beach

Jabberwock Beach
Acrylic on canvas, 30×30″ 76.2×76.2cm

By |September 20th, 2013|Art Exhibitions|0 Comments|
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