Townscape 2016, Cross stitch and oil paint

June 14, 2016

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.

My project centres around a girl who is at Baldwins Hill School today, in an obvious link with the past. I painted a series of studies of her, cross stitching, wearing her school uniform. These studies lead onto a larger piece, which employs cross stitch together with traditional oil painting. A few of the pieces can be seen below but please go to my page to see the full project.

Townscape 2016: Reframing Local History continues at East Grinstead Museum until 4 September 2016.

Cross Stitch Sampler

The sampler

Townscape 2016, Stitched Up

The complete project

The Ways of our Elders, close-up

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

 

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Spring Clean!

March 25, 2016

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?!
https://www.artfinder.com/sheri-gee

DSCN4886 copy

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London Bridge in the rain

March 17, 2016

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.

This latest painting, whilst part of my existing London rainy day commute series, has been painted today, especially for the Daily Paint Work’s weekly challenge, which I was delighted to discover was ‘the rainy day challenge’. I couldn’t resist.

So here’s my new piece, ‘08.41 London Bridge’, oil on primed postcard.

08.41 London Bridge

The collection is building. Drop me a line if you’re interested in having your own little raincloud in your very own home!

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I live in England. We get a lot of rain

March 10, 2016

… 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.

08.49 Friday Street

The second is from an early morning commute from East Grinstead station – so early it’s not light yet, but what blues!

07.07 East Grinstead Station

All of this series have been painted in oils on primed artist quality postcard, and many are available for sale, so get in touch if you’d like to buy one – the full collection can be seen here. All come framed and look fabulous in the home.

18.24 Under the Shard_room copy

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

January 14, 2016

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.

Here are the eight paintings that went on display. A few have sold but do get in touch if take your eye! They’ll be coming to my Artfinder shop shortly!

Rain1 © Sheri Gee copy Rain2 © Sheri Gee copy Rain3 © Sheri Gee copy Rain4 © Sheri Gee copy Rain5 © Sheri Gee copy Rain6 © Sheri Gee copy Rain7 © Sheri Gee copy Rain8 © Sheri Gee copy

And what is more, I am running a competition on my Facebook page to win one! Head on over to https://www.facebook.com/SheriGeeArtist/ before 10pm Sunday night, January 17th 2016, for a chance to win this little beauty below! You’ll need to like my page and comment with an song lyric or title appropriate to the painting (so it could be rain based, London based etc). I’ll be choosing a winner at random on Sunday night – then posting the painting, unframed, signed, titled and dated on the back, to the winner, wherever they may be. Competition details on the Facebook post. Good luck!

Rain © Sheri Gee 2015

Win this painting! www.facebook.com/SheriGeeArtist Terms and conditions apply!

Adventure_Sheri Gee

Adventure 2015 exhibition showing Sheri Gee’s work.

 

 

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Llama Park exhibition, East Sussex

October 06, 2015

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.

I have nine pieces up in the exhibition, all situated in a comfy corner of the café, with delicious smells coming from the baked goods on sale! I think some cheese scones had just come out of the oven when I was there! If you’re in the area, do stop by for a cup of tea and I recommend a browse round the shop (lots of guilty purchases to be made).

Sheri Gee © Llama Park 7 copy

Sheri Gee © Llama Park 6 copy

Sheri Gee © Llama Park 5 copy

Sheri Gee © Llama Park 4 copy

Our youngest wanted to bring her little canvas with her. She paints a lot looser than me. Like Picasso said ‘It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.’

Sheri Gee © Llama Park 3 copy

Sheri Gee © Llama Park 2 copy

Sheri Gee © Llama Park 1 copy

Huge thanks to my lovely husband for helping me hang the work!

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Streetmate – community art project

May 12, 2015

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.

Annie Burrows and I, from Example, both rose to the challenge, agreeing to meet with the young people for two sessions armed with paper, pens and paint!

To get to the final product, a logo, we really wanted input and involvement from the young people and Streetmate leaders. We ran two workshops with the East Grinstead team, talking about visual identity and logos, getting them to guess the famous logos, looking at hand lettered type. In the first workshop we then had them create their own type for ‘Streetmate’, and in the second, they worked on painted textures and hand prints.

Letter workshop

Letter forms

Some of the finished letter forms, above, and painted textures, below.

Wind proofing the wet patterns!

Once we had collected a lot of material – hand lettering, painted textures and hand prints, everything went back to the studio to do the hard part – working out it would all pull together into a logo. We scanned the letter forms and converted them to one colour to make for a more cohesive design, and assembled them into ‘STREETMATE’. I then combined the letters with some of the paint splatted hand prints, into a design which echoed their old logo of overlapped hands within a circle. A final touch, to give an urban street feel, was to underlay everything with a tarmac texture, to link with the ‘street’ of their name.

We desperately wanted the final design to use the artwork from the workshops and for it to be something the young people would be proud to associate with – in design, style, colour and feeling proud of their own artistic input. It was therefore important that before the signs were made, the designs went back to the young people for approval, with two colour options and lo and behold…. we’re proud to present the finished signage:

The finished large sign

Side view large label

The finished small sign

The finished small sign on bus

Now we just need someone handy at removing old stickers from vehicles…

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More rain forecast

May 05, 2015

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.

The Eight-Twenty dash

 

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#TwitterArtExhibit

January 27, 2015

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.

Sheri Gee_morning downpour

Hopefully the painting will be successful in the exhibition – all sales going to Home-Start, in Moss, Norway (where David is based). Home-Start is a non-profit organisation helping families in need. I’m pleased I was able to contribute.

 

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No one calls me chicken!

January 08, 2015

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!

Sheri Gee_Chicken

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:

Sheri Gee_Chicken in progress

I found I couldn’t bear the over abundant brown so tried to bring it more in line with my recent Guinea Fowl paintings, which have a grey backdrop. I think the final painting has much more drama in the heavy greys and almost night view.

Hope you like it.

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