Thursday, 28 February 2013

Essex Life, Farleigh Gallery Exhibition

Three of my paintings are currently on display at Farleigh Gallery, Farleigh Hospice, Chelmsford, Essex in a group exhibition entitled 'Essex Life'. The hospice will receive a donation from each painting sold. The exhibition runs until the end of April 2013.

'East Anglia: On the Borders' by Andrea Farmer

'Wild Dunes' by Andrea Farmer

'Forever Waiting' by Andrea Farmer

Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Upcycled wine box shelves

I had been thinking what to do with two wooden wine boxes that had been in our shed for ages. Inspired by projects on Pinterest, I decided to make them into storage shelves for my vintage pomander collection.



Firstly I removed the covers and rope handles from both boxes. Then I painted the boxes in a lovely lime green emulsion. Wilkinsons tester pot, shade 'Apple Crush'. Once dry, I took some vintage wallpaper scraps purchased from Etsy and collaged them onto the boxes with some PVA glue. When the glue was dry, a layer of varnish was added to the collaged areas. Two hooks were then fixed to the reverse of each box for hanging. The larger box had a wooden divider which, once painted and fixed in place, became an additional shelf.

I fixed the finished shelves to the wall with rawl plugs and screws, however, I wouldn't advise loading them up with anything of a great weight. Small knick knacks, ornaments, that type of thing. This project took around two hours to complete, not including drying time.

I adore the vintage wallpaper scraps and will be using the pieces I have left on two more craft projects. More soon.

Saturday, 23 February 2013


I will be spending the next few weeks working on this large 90 x 90 cm canvas. It will become an ethereal rural landscape map painting of the Lake District. I am also contemplating entering a small map painting into the RA Summer Show.

Lots of craft projects on the go too, more on those later this week. :)

Friday, 8 February 2013

Handmade and Vintage Emporium

My crafty friend Keren and I have opened a little Etsy shop. "A&K's Handmade and Vintage Emporium" sells a variety of goodies either handmade or handpicked by us. We will be adding to the shop on a regular basis, so please keep dropping by as something is bound to catch your eye!

Monday, 4 February 2013

Manet: Portraying Life

Hubby and I went to see 'Manet: Portraying Life' at The Royal Academy last Saturday. This exhibition is the first ever retrospective devoted to the portraiture of Edouard Manet. Consisting of more than 50 works, some of the paintings were not exhibited in Manet's lifetime. Many were unfinished, and I wonder if Manet would ever have meant them to be exhbited in that form. Some of the works resembled giant daubs with muddy colours and unfinshed apendages (one gentleman sitter was left with hands like pig trotters). However, there were a few paintings that really caught my eye, 'Woman Horserider' being one of them, but that may just be as I am always drawn to the colour blue. There is also lots of information on Manet's life including a huge map of Paris listing places he lived, worked, visited.

We attended on the opening day so the gallery was very busy and some of the paintings were hard to get a good look at. Worth a vist right now though, especially as the 'Mariko Mori: Rebirth' exhibition is still running. Tickets for Manet are £15 for adults, concessions available. The exhibition runs until Sunday 14th April 2013.

Edouard Manet, 'Woman Horserider', 1882.
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Saturday, 2 February 2013

Race for Life 2013

I signed up for the race yesterday. This is my fifth Race for Life. I am hoping to better my 40 mins race time - but more important is that I smash my £300 sponsorship target. This will bring my total raised for Cancer Research UK to over £1,500 from all the races I have completed.

Once British Summer Time begins, my friend Tina and I will start training, usually a few evenings a week. The Race for Life website offers a training plan to ensure you are fit and prepared for the big day, so we will be following that.

We are taking part in the 5k at Hylands Park, Chelmsford on Sunday 7th July 2013. Follow our training progress here on my blog and if you have some pennies to spare, please sponsor me:

Wish us luck! :)