Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Paintings recently SOLD

'Wide Open Spaces' and 'On Reflection' ethereal landscape paintings are now SOLD.

'Wide Open Spaces' by Andrea Farmer

'On Reflection' by Andrea Farmer

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Community Pop-up Gallery EXTENDED

The lovely, lovely man who manages High Chelmer Shopping Centre is allowing us to keep the Community Pop-Up Gallery Shop OPEN for at least another week. Yay! Thousands of people have visited the shop over the last two weeks, so if YOU haven't visited yet, please get on down to West Mall, High Chelmer, Chelmsford (next to JJB Sports). Open daily 10am-4pm.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Paintings recently SOLD

'Sultry Light' and Redeeming Light' ethereal landscape paintings are now sold. I've also sold a selection of button brooches and flower corsages recently from various outlets.

'Sultry Light' by Andrea Farmer

'Redeeming Light' by Andrea Farmer

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

'Nothing but Sea' - NEW work on paper

'Nothing but Sea' by Andrea Farmer
The second in my new series of works on paper. This collection of ethereal landscape paintings measure 355 x 250 mm, created in oil/ink on 240gsm oil paper. Unframed. 'Nothing but Sea' is the second to be released for sale at the affordable price of £49.

 Purchase from my online gallery.

Monday, 5 March 2012

My Life Story, Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Hubby and I went to see 'My Life Story' on Saturday night at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London. The band have re-formed for this performance to celebrate 15 years since the release of their classic album 'The Golden Mile'. Jake Shillingford was on top form bouncing around the stage in his garish costumes ... just as I remember him. All my old faves were given an airing including 'Sparkle', '12 Reasons Why I love Her', 'Strumpet', 'Claret' and 'King of Kissingdom'. :)

The support act was Martin Rossiter, one time front man of Indie band 'Gene' who wowed the crowd with some poignant songs, especially 'Three Points on A Compass' which bought a tear to my eye.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Westfield v's Westfield

Hubby and I were in Shepherd's Bush, London yesterday afternoon. We were going to see 'My Life Story' at Shepherd's Bush Empire on the evening so I decided to spend a few hours shopping at Westfield London.

If you are a regular reader of my blog, you will know that I visited Westfield Stratford City late last year, and was very impressed by it. Westfield London is bigger on scale and on brands. It boasts Dior, Prada, Furla, Gucci, Tiffanys, Jimmy Choo, Louis Vuitton amongst its designer names. WL attempts to make designer shopping accessible to the 'normal person'. I felt no shame walking around Jimmy Choo, stroking the shoes I can't afford to buy. I doubt I would do that on Bond Street. However, there is something a bit depressing about bypassing a lot of shops because you can't afford what they sell. WL still has lots of high street brands to offer though, so if you fancy pressing your nose against the window of Dior and then spending your cash in New Look instead, this is the place for you.

Frankly, I will be sticking with Westfield Stratford. It's closer to Chelmsford, affordable and compact. I also don't recommend Westfield London on a Saturday afternoon just after pay day. It was frenzied to say the least and I lasted just over an hour, credit card very much intact.

Having reconvened with hubby (no way do I take him shopping with me) we decided on an early dinner at 'Ciao Baby Cucina' situated just outside the shopping centre. We found this to be a delightful Italian restaurant, reasonably priced for its location with good service and tasty food. To start, we shared a (huge) garlic bread with mozzarella cheese. Then I ordered the pork belly with spinach and borlotti beans. Hubby ordered seafood pasta. Both really lovely. Accompanied by some decent white wine, the meal came to £69 (including service charge). :)

Satisfied, we then made our way to the Shepherd's Bush Empire ... more on that later.


Saturday, 3 March 2012

Pop-up Gallery Shop now open

The Pop-up Gallery Shop in High Chelmer Shopping Centre, Chelmsford, Essex is now open. Situated next to JJB Sports, near Chelmsford undercover market. An amazing selection of original paintings and handmade items created by Essex artisans. All works are for sale. The shop is open daily from 10am-4pm until 17th March 2012. See you there. :)