Wednesday, 29 September 2010


Inspired by my recent visit to Wivenhoe, I fancied painting a boat. Here's my semi-abstract version of an old blue rowing boat on the shoreline with some wild poppies. I've incorporated some areas of texture and mark making. The poppies add a splash of vibrant colour and balance the composition. It needs a bit more work though.The other painting is an abstract coastal poppy scene on paper.

'The Fallen' - NEW ethereal coastal landscape painting

'The Fallen' by Andrea Farmer
'The Fallen' is the latest addition to my ethereal coastal landscape collection. The paintings focus is on the British coastal landscape - sand dunes, poppies and wild flowers. In memory of the fallen. Created in oil and ink on 610 x 610 mm deep edge box canvas.

You can purchase this painting from my online gallery.

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Wivenhoe, Essex

Hubby and I visited Wivenhoe on Monday. Wivenhoe is a quaint town in Essex, approximately three miles from Colchester. The village is on the banks of the River Colne and Wivenhoe Cross. The town's history centres around fishing, ship building, and smuggling - and is considered to have a bohemian quality, popular with local artists and writers. Much of Wivenhoe is also a designated conservation area, with many streets being of particular architectural interest. We had a lovely day wandering around in the sunshine, stopping for lunch in the Rose & Crown pub overlooking the river. We also liked looking at the fishing boats. I feel a boat themed coastal painting may be next on the agenda.

SOLD - 'Minimal Light' ethereal landscape painting

'Minimal Light' by Andrea Farmer
'Minimal Light' ethereal landscape painting has now sold. Please visit: or to view more of my work.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Chelmsford Arts Trail, Anon Postcard Sale

'Poppy Trail' by Andrea Farmer
I popped into Interior Angle Gallery last night to look at the Anon Postcards Sale (and ended up purchasing two postcards!). I am pleased to report that my donation has SOLD so I can now reveal my postcard to you. It is entitled 'Poppy Trail' and created in oil an ink on 300gsm card.

If you are in the area, please don't forget to visit my Arts Trail exhibition at Goldsmith Webb Opticians, Market Road, Chelmsford. The exhibition runs until Sunday 26th September 2010.

Friday, 10 September 2010

The Shiny Shed

'Ethereal' by Andrea Farmer
I popped down to The Shiny Shed this afternoon and met creator/owner/artist Holly English. Under the slogan 'Your money is no good here ...' The Shiny Shed is an art swap-shop and creative haven where you can drop in and leave your artistic mark on Chelmsford - as well as support others to start using their creative talents. There will be a variety of creative events taking place over the next six weeks including art, live music, dance and magic.

The Shiny Shed is currently situated at Unit 19-20 High Chelmer Shopping Centre, Chelmsford. I have donated 'Ethereal' abstract landscape painting to the art swap-shop. The Shiny Shed officially opens on Monday 13th September and you can join them for an evening of live music and magic on Friday 17th September from 7.00pm 'til late. For further information, please visit: and

NEW - works on paper

'Rain Storm' by Andrea Farmer

'Sand and Water' by Andrea Farmer

'The Sublime' by Andrea Farmer
'Rain Storm', 'Sand and Water' and 'The Sublime' are the latest additions to my works on paper collection. Created in oil and ink on 300gsm oil paper, these 250 x 175 mm artworks are supplied unframed and wrapped in cellophane for protection. These can be purchased online from:

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Chelmsford Arts Trail 2010

My Arts Trail exhibition is now installed at Goldsmith Webb Opticians, 19 Market Road, Chelmsford. Please do pop by and take a look at my ethereal and coastal landscape work if you are in the area. The whole trail looks set to be very exciting with a diverse range of work for sale and lots of special events. You can collect an Arts Trail brochure from any of the venues taking part (look out for the numbered stickers and posters in their window) or from Interior Angle Gallery, 23 Wells Street, Chelmsford. The trail runs until Sunday 26th September 2010.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Art Aid for Haiti, London

In January 2010, a terrible earthquake struck Haiti. Christian Aid immediately began emergency relief work, but more funds are needed to rebuild the country and people’s lives. Organised by Wimbledon artist Susan Mensah, 'Art Aid for Haiti' is the artistic community’s response to the people of Haiti. Artwork donated will be auctioned to raise money for long-term rebuilding. The live art auction will take place at the Cannizaro House Hotel, Wimbledon, London on Monday 27th September 2010 from 6.30pm - 9.00pm.

I am donating the ethereal landscape painting 'Meditation' to the art auction to help raise funds for this worthy cause. If you would like to learn more about the Art Aid event and donate an artwork, please visit:

'Meditation' by Andrea Farmer

Saturday, 4 September 2010

'Cheese Plant' revisited

'Cheese Plant' by Andrea Farmer
I have been re-photographing some older artworks today and uploading the images to my websites. Amongst them was 'Cheese Plant' created in 2008. I've also been sorting through all my paintings, checking their condition and their wrapping before re-storing them. It was a good time for a general sort out whilst I was wrapping my paintings for the Chelmsford Arts Trail.

I'd forgotten how much I like the painting 'Cheese Plant' - it was based on some old pastel drawings from my college portfolio. I think anyone who has attended art college or a still life drawing course has created a Cheese Plant drawing at some point. The shapely leaves and general composition make for a favourable subject matter. The painting above is created in oil and gold leaf on a 420 x 520 mm box canvas. You can purchase any of my paintings from my online gallery.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Counting down to Chelmsford Arts Trail 2010

Counting down to the Arts Trail now, so lots to do this week. I visited my exhibition venue a few weeks back, so now I need to decide exactly which artworks from my collection I am going to exhibit at Goldsmith Webb Opticians. I have been allocated space in the front window display - which will suit my smaller artworks plus a vast amount of wall space inside for my large landscape and coastal paintings.

I have to confess, I have one painting that I need to finish this week to ensure it is dry enough to exhibit in the Trail. It's a large painting which will form a part of my Essex themed coastal collection. I've also been busy preparing my biography, labels, business cards and catalogues for the event. I've got a good idea of which artworks with make the final cut for exhibiting - but nothing is ever certain until the day of installation at the venue! Wish me luck!