Thursday, 29 September 2011

Beach buttons

I created this cute button necklace whilst lazing on the beach in Zante, Greece. I had hoped to weave some shells in with it, but the beach is mostly sand and so none were to be found.

Holiday sketches coming soon. :)

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Alykanas, Zante, Greece

Hubby and I have just returned from a lovely week in Alykanas, Zante, Greece. Still very hot at this time of the year we relaxed on the beach and in the local tavernas. We also hired a boat for a day to see the Blue Caves. The first photo is the view from outside our apartment. Lush.

Travelling sketch book returns later this week, plus I have some new paintings to share. :)

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Essexgirl Bride visits Essex Record Office

I'm so pleased that Essexgirl bride has visited my Ethereal Landscape and Expressive Abstract exhibition at Essex Record Office. She's also written a lovely piece about my work on her Essex Life blog

My exhibition runs until the end of October 2011, so please do go and have a look.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

NEW - works on paper

'Over the Border' and 'Upon the Green' are the latest additions to my ethereal landscape works on paper collection. Created in oil/ink on 250 x 175 mm 300gsm paper. Unframed. These paintings make excellent affordable gifts.

Purchase from my online gallery.

'Over the Border' by Andrea Farmer
'Upon the Green' by Andrea Farmer

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Make, Do & Mend

I had a great time last night at Make, Do & Mend in Byron Road, Chelmsford. Georgia Coote was running two workshops as a part of the Chelmsford Arts Trail.

The first was a tile decorating workshop and the second a vintage paper dolls workshop. Georgia provided all the materials plus some lovely chocolate homemade brownies. You can see my tile in progress above, and the rest of the tiles other participants made. Georgia had created the paper doll templates too, and provided some of her surface pattern designs to be used to make the clothes. Mine turned into a collage as I was inspired by the bunting hanging in Make, Do & Mend.

In the second photo above, you can see Georgia's wall of tile transfers which she created for the arts trail. I think every home needs to have some of these tile transfers. The third photo shows Georgia's lovely sister Allie, hard at work with her paper dolls. The final photo is of a super handmade sausage dog brooch that I purchased from the shop, created by Nastassia Player. Make, Do & Mend is owned by the multi talented Hannah Elgie and is an absolute haven for creative types. Lots of exciting events and workshops take place there, so please visit their website for further info.

Many thanks to Georgia, Hannah and all for a lovely evening. :)

Tuesday, 13 September 2011


Some more work in progress for you. Continuing with a muted palette, this will be an ethereal woodland scene. Created in oil/ink on 51 x 51 cm deep edge box canvas. I'm still finding the works of William Wordsworth very inspiring. Inky sketch book will be returning soon. :)

Monday, 12 September 2011

Follow the Trail

Hubby and I walked some of the Chelmsford Arts Trail yesterday afternoon. Starting at my venue, Barda Restaurant, we wound our way around the streets to the Shiny Shed HQ and the collective exhibition at the old Barclays building in the town centre. 

The top photo shows my ethereal landscape painting 'Dream and Vision' in the collective exhibition. 

In the second photo, you can see Cherry Hall's 'Doris' standing proud in the far corner. Doris is created from mosaic and found objects. She's amazing! There is lots more work from various trail artists in the collective exhibition, but I couldn't photograph them all. 

The last four photos show some of the work by artists at the Spray Can Gallery. These are situated around the old university buildings behind the Railway Tavern on Duke Street. The fumes from the paint made me dizzy. There are various trail events and workshops going on all this week as a part of the trail and the Altogether Now festival.

For further photos and info, please visit:

Friday, 9 September 2011

'Dream and Vision' - NEW ethereal landscape painting

'Dream and Vision' by Andrea Farmer
'Dream and Vision' is the latest addition to my ethereal landscape collection. Created in oil/ink on 510 x 510 mm deep edge box canvas. Through dream and vision did she sink, delighted all the while to think, that on those lonesome floods, and green savannahs she should share, his board with lawful joy, and bear his name in the wild woods.

See this painting in the Chelmsford Arts Trail group exhibition at Trail HQ, Chelmsford Town Centre, Essex.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Chelmsford Arts Trail 2011

My artworks are now installed at Barda Restaurant, 30-32 Broomfield Road, Chelmsford CM1 1SW. Four ethereal / coastal landscapes are on display on the main wall, which you can also see through the front window. The paintings are 'Bring Hither', 'Pursuit of Happiness', 'Oer Woodland Air' and 'Immortal Sea'. Chelmsford Arts Trail runs until Sunday 18th September 2011 at various venues around the town centre. All artworks are for sale. For further information and to download the trail map, please visit:

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Essex Record Office Exhibition

Here are some photos from my Expressive Abstract and Ethereal Landscape exhibition, which was installed at Essex Record Office last night. Sorry for the badly lit photos, but we didn't finish putting the exhibition in place until 8.30pm so there wasn't any natural light left. It took just over 3 hours for hubby and I to hang as the paintings needed to be screwed into the display boards. I'm pleased with the results though. The exhibition is open throughout September and October, so please do pop down and take a look if you are in the area.

Monday, 5 September 2011

'Bring Hither' - NEW coastal landscape painting

'Bring Hither' by Andrea Farmer
'Bring Hither' is the latest addition to my coastal landscape collection. Created in oil/ink on 510 x 510 mm deep edge box canvas. Looking into the distance at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex.

Purchase from my online gallery.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

London and War Horse

Hubby and I had a lovely day out in London on Friday. Starting with a wander down Bond Street looking in Mulberry and Tiffanys we then went on to The National Gallery and Trafalgar Square. Outside the gallery, until the end of October 2011, you can see the living wall, which is created from over 8,000 plants and is based upon Van Gogh's 'A Wheatfield, with Cypresses'.

We also saw 'Nelson's Ship In A Bottle' on the forth plinth by Turner Prize-winning artist Yinka Shonibare and the Olympics 2012 countdown clock. After a visit to the gallery, we went for a yummy long lunch in Cote Brasserie in St. Martin's Lane.

Lunch was followed by a walk to Covent Garden where we saw some very bizarre street entertainment!

 Then we made our way to the New London Theatre to see War Horse, which was totally amazing. I confess, I blubbed through most of the performance and was utterly captivated by the puppets and how real the horses mannerisms are. War Horse is based on the novel by author Michael Morpurgo and tells the emotionally charged story of a boy and his beloved horse. At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. Joey is soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey. Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to the trenches to find him and bring him home.