Monday, 31 May 2010

Lady Gaga, Monster's Ball, 02

Went to see Lady Gaga at 02 arena, London last night. Hubby and I had dinner at Gaucho before the show - an amazing Argentinian steak restaurant located inside the 02 arena.

Hubby is sadly no fan of Gaga, so I left him at the restaurant bar (with a gin martini) whilst I went to see the Monster's Ball. Two hours passed very quickly, with Lady Gaga changing costumes many times whilst she belted out most of the songs from her album 'The Fame Monster'. Amongst these was 'Telephone', 'Just Dance', 'Teeth', Poker Face', 'Lovegame' and 'Paparazzi' - finishing with 'Bad Romance'. All of which sent the crowd crazy. The white costume (above) was one of the more outrageous outfits worn. There was also many changes to the stage set throughout the evening. Also, I was lucky enough to have a ticket that gained me access to the VIP bar area. Fabulous.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Sandon Open Gardens

Visited the Sandon Open Gardens yesterday. Sandon is a small town near Chelmsford, Essex. Many of the residents had opened their beautiful gardens to the public for one day only, which you were welcome to wander around. You could also purchase homegrown plants and vegetables. Many residents were also selling tea and homemade cakes, that you could sit and eat/drink whilst admiring their vast gardens. The event was in support of Farleigh Hospice.

One resident owns a small meadow (above) that overlooks her back garden. Several houses are Grade II listed buildings, one has a swimming pool, another a huge lake at the end of the property and another a paddock of horses. There is also Sandon Rectory, which is a very impressive building with it's sweeping driveway, landscaped gardens and allotment area plus Sandon Church. I particularily enjoyed visiting Butts Green Pottery: and purchased some handmade ceramic cane toppers for my own garden.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

SOLD - 'Lowland Pasture' ethereal landscape painting

'Lowland Pasture' by Andrea Farmer
'Lowland Pasture' ethereal landscape painting has now sold from my works on paper collection.

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Tuesday, 18 May 2010

'Sand Storm' - NEW ethereal landscape painting on paper

'Sand Storm' by Andrea Farmer
Recently featured on my blog as a 'work in progress', here is the now completed painting entitled 'Sand Storm'. This the latest addition to my ethereal landscape works on paper collection. The paintings focus is on the British rural landscape - a turbulent sand storm. Created in oil and ink on 250 x 175 mm 300gsm oil paper. Unframed. You can purchase this painting online from:

Monday, 17 May 2010

Rogue Gene Exhibition at Cookham

A fabulous weekend was spent in Cookham, socialising and exhibiting with other Rogue Gene artists and their partners. Saturday night was dinner and drinks in the Swan Uppers pub in Cookham. Sunday was the exhibition at Pinder Hall, organised by Amanda Hunt.

 It was great to see Amanda and her husband Mark again plus Rob Kirbyson. I was particularly excited to meet Helen 'Aitch' Davison (plus hubby Keith) and Kosana Marton for the first time though. Despite us having been members of Rogue Gene since 2006, I hadn't met Aitch or Kos in person until this weekend. We all got along famously and a had a good laugh over the weekend.

Below are my paintings and the Collaboration Project.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

MORE sketchbook work

Here are two more sketches from my sketchbook, this time created in pen and watercolour. Continuing with the coastal landscape and weathered post theme. The broken crooked posts in the sea would probably be from an old pier, so you could call this a deconstructed seascape.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Sketchbook beach huts

Here are a couple of quirky watercolour sketches from my sketchbook, based on the Brightlingsea beach huts. Currently, I'm not sure how these sketches are going to translate to my usual style of oil painting - but it will be fun experimenting and finding out.

Sunday, 9 May 2010

Brightlingsea beach huts

Yesterday, I visited the coastal town of Brightlingsea and took some reference photos for my coastal landscape paintings. I found the hundreds of beach huts situated along the shoreline totally adorable. Painted in cheery colours and in various shapes and sizes, they made me smile despite the dull and wet weather. Brightlingsea in a tiny, quaint town in Essex with a population of around 8,500 people.

I'm so inspired by the beach huts, that I plan to create a collection of small paintings based on them. I think they will make a colourful addition to my essex coastal scene collection. I've already started sketching some ideas in my sketchbook, which I will share with you shortly.

Friday, 7 May 2010

'As the Tide Turns' - NEW coastal landscape painting

'As the Tide Turns' by Andrea Farmer
'As the Tide Turns' is the latest addition to my ethereal coastal landscape collection. This painting is based upon a view of The Strood, Mersea Island, Essex as the tide turns. Created in oil and mixed media on a 400 x 150 mm deep edge box canvas.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Exhibition News

The next exhibition to include my work will be on Sunday 16th May 2010 with the Rogue Gene Collective. We are holding an art and craft exhibition at Pinder Hall, Lower Road, Cookham, Berkshire SL6 9EH. There will be a wide selection of affordable and original art and craft works for sale by members of the group, five of whom will be attending in person. The event also features local Berkshire artists. Entrance is free and the event is open from 10.30am - 4.30pm.

The Rogue Gene Collective is a small group of artists who are committed to helping each other attain a higher level of visibility for their work. We do this by networking, pooling resources, information, knowledge and contacts. As a group we hold exhibitions all over the country acting as agents, couriers and publicists for each other. Our aim is to offer a wide variety of quality original artwork to the collector, occasional buyer or corporate buyer.

This exhibition is a rare opportunity for the group to come together in person to exhibit a comprehensive collection of original quality work, representing some of the best competitively priced contemporary artwork available. There will also be a special stand showing a selection of collaborations between the group members. This is a new and unique idea where two artists have worked together to create an original artwork.

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As often happens, I start new paintings before finishing others. Here are two more examples of works in progress, which I started during the gloomy weather of the Bank Holiday weekend.

I've used a lot of blue and grey in paintings recently, and so decided to use some bright and uplifting colours for a change. These two coastal landscapes are being created in yellow and magenta oils with a touch of white and gold. The box canvas painting needs a lot more work, but the oil paper painting is nearly complete. What you probably can't see from my photograph is the interesting areas of texture and mark making on both artworks - which I create with various tools and medium.

I will post the complete artworks very soon.