Townscape 2016, Oil and cross stitch on linen

June 14, 2016

The Ways of our Elders, close-up

‘The Ways of Our Elders’, oil and cross stitch on canvas, close-up.

Following on from Example‘s Townscape 2014: Contemporary Art Trail in East Grinstead, we have just unveiled Townscape 2016: Reframing Local History, a new exhibition at East Grinstead Museum, running until September 4th.

As an Example artist, we all had to choose an artefact to inspire a new body of work for the exhibition. For my project, I chose a cross stitch sampler, by a 10 year old girl from Baldwins Hill School in 1878. It’s an unusual project for me – I tend to be inspired by what I see, then represent it in a straight forward sense, resulting in a portrait, or a painting of a passer by etc, so to take an object and create a piece of work that isn’t just a painting of the object was a bit of a departure for me.

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Spring Clean!

March 25, 2016

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Happy Easter Everyone!!
This Easter I’m rolling up my sleeves for a spring clean! My paint brushes have been treated to a lovely new bucket (don’t you just love Easter Egg hunt buckets!!) and I’m making room for lots of fab new artwork in the studio. If you want to grab a bargain in the process why not get yourself over to Artfinder for my 20% sale! They also have a free shipping weekend. What’s not to love?!

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London Bridge in the rain

March 17, 2016

08.41 London Bridge

‘08.41 London Bridge’, oil on primed postcard

Today I’ve been covering a new blank canvas, well, postcard, with another in my series of commuter rain paintings. I’ve been working on the series on and off for a year now – the first piece was submitted to the Twitter Art Exhibition in 2015 in Norway, and one of the latest ones has been submitted to the the same show in New York, with exhibition coming up at the end of March.

I love to listen to podcasts while I’m painting, especially the Savvy Painter podcasts. Antrese has introduced me to so many new artists and ideas while I’ve been putting paint to paper or canvas. One such artist was Carol Marine, over at Daily Paint Works. Carol is part of the daily painting movement and has a fab book on just that subject which I’m really enjoying reading. Now, I can’t paint every day, I commute 3 days and have two little girls, so I paint when I can, which is at least once a week, if not more.

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I live in England. We get a lot of rain

March 10, 2016

08.49 Friday Street

… and rain makes me happy!! I’ve had great joy painting further into this series of commuter rain paintings. Here are the latest two. The first is inspired by a reference image taken in London, around the St Paul’s area. I love, love, love the colours and patterns in this one. It was so lovely to paint, so I’ll be looking out for more brightly patterned fabrics as I make my way to London and back! There’s something about this piece that I’m really pleased with – I like the spontaneity of the marks, the level of detail – it says enough without saying everything and has a level of narrative that I enjoy.

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Rain, rain and more rain (paintings) and a competition!

January 14, 2016

Rain © Sheri Gee 2015

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Art imitating life, what with the incredible downpours we’ve had in the UK lately, I’ve been working on a series of rain paintings, more specifically London-based commuter rain paintings. What all started with one postcard sized painting for the Twitter Art Exhibit 2015, earlier in the year in Norway, has resulted in a collection of rain paintings!

I commute to London a few days a week and whilst there have rather taken advantage of capturing fellow commuters on foot in the rain – mostly from around the London Bridge, Canon Street area but sometimes further afield. Each piece is painted in oil on primed art postcard, all then mounted and framed. The 8 paintings have recently been on display in the 2015 Adventure Exhibition at the Jubilee Community Centre, East Grinstead which comes down today, alas.

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Llama Park exhibition, East Sussex

October 06, 2015

Sheri Gee © Llama Park 5 copy

Oops, it’s been a while since I posted. To be fair, it’s been a hard year of juggling but as September swung round, I’ve found a bit more time to dedicate to my artwork, which is so lovely, I can’t tell you! I’m working on a very large piece at the moment which I’ll show in due course, and is taking up a lot of my painting time. In the meantime I have a little exhibition up, which I’m really excited about. With HUGE thanks to Bobby and the team at the Llama Park for hosting an exhibition of my horse and bird paintings in the café area. The painted birds are all direct references of Llama Park birds, so it’s lovely that they’ve come home to roost, if you’ll pardon the pun! Every time I visit, I get really captivated by the guinea fowl, peacocks and chickens roaming around that I have to take loads of reference photos for painting back in the studio.

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Streetmate – community art project

May 12, 2015

Side view large label

A short while ago Example art group were approached by Mid Sussex District Council asking for involvement in a community art project to create a logo or sign for one of their young people initiatives, Streetmate.

The project takes its mini-bus into various communities around Mid Sussex after school, providing a safe point of contact for teenagers, giving them youth services information, the occasional activity from invited experts and most importantly, a hot drink and a friendly face.

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More rain forecast

May 05, 2015

The Eight-Twenty dash

I know down South we’ve actually had pretty good weather during Spring – no downpours over Easter and whilst blustery at the moment, I can see blue sky! But since the Twitter Art Exhibit piece, I’m beginning to get a thing for the rain paintings. I’ve only done one more so far, but have lots more reference images to work from. I’m longing for a bit more rain for more though! ha. Watch this space for a little series!

Here’s my second London commute rain painting – oil on primed art postcard.

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January 27, 2015

Sheri Gee_morning downpour

For the last few weeks I’ve been working on a tiny piece of work – postcard sized. I was kindly asked by artist David Sandum if I’d submit a piece of work into his Twitter Art Exhibition, raising funds for charity through art sales.

Each artist is asked to work to postcard size, doing work on any theme. I chose to do a small oil painting based on a London rainy morning – from photos I took on London Bridge during a very wet commute.

I primed the postcard first, to make it suitable for oil paint, then tried to keep the marks fresh, but with a feeling of rain and retaining a sense of movement – which is hard when your style is basically about static marks of paint. It was hard to paint, to get the movement especially, but mostly painting something so small and yet trying to keep it expressive.

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No one calls me chicken!

January 08, 2015

Sheri Gee_Chicken

Happy New Year, to one and all! Hopefully you’ve kept the colds and flu bugs at bay and are enjoying the feel of warm woollen mittens and the like.

This is my first finished painting of the New Year – another from my recent visit to the Llama Park, near The Ashdown Forest, but I like to think it’s heavily influenced by Back to the Future reruns over Christmas!

The painting is around 20 x 20cm, oil on box canvas and will soon be added to my Artfinder gallery.

The painting at the end of the first session was very different from the final – much more factual to the reference in terms of backdrop:

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