Affordable Art Show, Smithy Gallery

Yesterday was a busy day at Smithy Gallery’s Private View, and I loved the way my paintings looked. Here are four of them grouped together on one wall.

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While the two below were also on display, I just forgot to take photos – oops.

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Rider, soft pastel on board
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Allium Field, soft pastel on board

You can find out more about Smithy Gallery here. The exhibition runs until the 15th July.

Old Farm Window

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Old Farm Window, gouache and pen on watercolour paper

This painting was inspired by my father-in-laws farm. My husband, as a boy, painted all the woodwork on the farm red one summer. Now the buildings are slowly being replaced with new modern ones and the traditional styles are all disappearing. I had to paint this window before it disappeared too.

For sale on Etsy, Artfinder and ArtGallery.

Bluebells I

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Bluebells I, 16 x 23cm (6 x 9″), gouache on watercolour paper, £30

No matter how often I paint them, I never get tired of bluebells. I think purple has definitely got something to do with it. I have to admit I love the contrasting colours of purple and orange together.

Sunset I is for sale on Etsy, Artfinder and artgallery.

Sunset I

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Sunset I, 16 x 23cm (6 x 9″), gouache on watercolour paper, £30

I’m happily working away on lots of wee paintings just now. It’s not a size I’m used to, but I’m loving the spontaneity of using gouache and just going with the flow, as it were.

Sunset I is for sale on Etsy, Artfinder and artgallery.

 

Yellow Poppies

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Yellow Poppies, 13 x 18cm (5 x 7″), gouache on watercolour paper, £30

Size: 13 x 18cm (5 x 7″)
Medium: Gouache on watercolour paper

I have just completely changed my front garden with the help of donations from my Mum. But. Whenever you get plants from her garden, there are always a few hidden gems among the plants. In this case not only did I gain grasses, I got a number of Californian Poppies which are happily reseeding themselves in their new home.

Yellow Poppies is for sale on Etsy, Artfinder and artgallery.

New Website Design

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I have always created my own websites, but the last one was a nightmare to edit and keep up to date. Now I have new software and I settled to work on something that is so much more manageable.

I’d appreciate any comments you have (especially if you find links that aren’t working), and let me know what you think.

You can visit it here at www.tracybutler.co.uk.

Loch Walk

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Loch Walk, mixed media on watercolour paper, 24.5 x 41cm (10 x 16″), £395

It has been so long since I worked in mixed media – I had actually forgotten how much I love it, and the textures I can create. I have used gouache, and layers of hand made papers  as well as glues, and materials that will affect the paint.

I am now brimming with ideas for the next painting, so watch this space.

Loch Walk is for sale on Etsy and Artfinder.

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Loch Walk close up – here you can see the lines left by the handmade paper
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Loch Walk close up – some examples of my brushstrokes