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Season Board Commission for Local Playgroup August 2015

I was asked my a local playgroup to paint a board showing the seasons so the kids can be taught about the changes in the seasons through the year. The board was to be situated on the back of a building and they wanted it split into 4 sections. I suggested that the same scene was used in each picture but depicting each seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. I am very pleased with the result. Here (left) it is in situ.

I wanted to make each scene as interesting and informative for the kids as possible to promote discussion around the subject. So, in Spring, you can see a ploughed field and then in Summer the corn has grown and there are poppies amongst the crop, the rose around the cottage door has grown and bloomed and the swan has had her young, and so on. See individual images left. Can you find the robin?

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South Holland Open Art Exhibition 2-9th March 2017

Delighted to say that three of my boatman's cabin stools (left) have been chosen to appear in the 17th South Holland Open Art Exhibition to be held at the South Holland Centre, Spalding, between 2nd and 9th March. They will sit alongside work from other professional and amateur artists from the East Midlands which range from fine art to ceramic and sculpture.

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Exhibits in 17th South Holland Open Art Exhibition

Cabin stools (above) exhibited in the 17th South Holland Open Art Exhibition 2017

Lincoln Baron's Charter Trail in Summer 2015

I was lucky enough to have a design for a Lincolnshire Waterways Baron accepted by the organisers of the Lincoln Baron’s Charter Trail to mark 800 years of Magna Carta. Artists from around the region were invited to submit designs to decorate 25 two metre statues of Barons which would be placed around the city for the summer forming a walking trail. Visitors are able to collect clues from each of the Barons and win a bag of King John’s gold (chocolate!) coins.

As Lincolnshire is currently investing a lot of money on the restoration of its canals with the aim of reconnecting the county with the rest of the waterways network, I wanted my Baron to pay tribute to that and encourage people to think about the importance and potential of waterways in our county. So, I designed a Roses and Castles Baron which arrived at its plinth overlooking the Brayford Pool Marina by the city’s water taxi.

The trail will be on throughout the summer with the Barons being auctioned at the end to raise money for the Trussel Trust foodbank charity.

Mini Barons Sale 25th March 2016

A pair of "mini-barons" for some keen narrowboaters. Following the success of the Lincoln Baron's trail last summer, the Lincoln Businress Improvement Group has continued the sale of mini-barons, 9 inch high replicas of the statues, to raise money for the Trussel Trust food bank charity. These are sold blank for people to decorate themselves. I was asked to produce a pair of mini-barons in the waterways style and here they are!

MINI BARONS (above) Completed mini barons showing front and back designs

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WATERWAYS BARON Completed Baron on the Brayford Waterfront (above).

 

November 2015 Waterways World feature an article on the Barons.

01-10-15 All 25 Barons were auctioned off in aid of the Trussell Trust Food Bank Charity. My Lincolnshire Waterways Baron sold for £6,800. In total the auction raised £167,000 for the charity.

13-09-15 The Baron sculptures will be removed from the city for refurbishment.

13-08-15 The Waterways Baron is featured in the 'Lincolnshire Echo'.

01-08-15 The Waterways Baron makes the front cover of the county magazine 'Lincolnshire Life'.

01-07-15 The Waterways Baron is featured in 'Journeyman', the magazine of the Waterways Craft Guild.

16-06-15 The Waterways Baron is featured in 'Towpath Talk'.

13-06-15 Launch of the Baron's Trail in Lincoln, part of the 800 year celebrations of Magna Carta. The 'Lincolnshire Waterways Baron' leads a flotilla procession around the Brayford Pool before being hoisted onto his plinth on the quayside.

LINCOLNSHIRE WATERWAYS BARON Baron showing completed front designs (left).

WATERWAYS BARON Baron showing completed back designs (right)

I have now completed all the canal art pieces to go into the Welcome To Yorkshire Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show. Designer Mark Gregory has come up with an amazing garden featuring a lock and lock-keep's lodge and this selection of pieces will "dress" the lodge and "tow path". Mark's back-story is of a lock keeper who loves all things waterways and has collected some canal art items, like the cabin doors and billy cans and painted his own Brightwork picture of Bingley Locks on his hat rack. There is also a milk churn to sit outside his lodge adorned with the Yorkshire Rose and a stylised picture of Skipton Castle. I am really excited to have been a small part of this project and am really looking forward to seeing the completed garden next week.

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Photo above: Anything is canal-artable! I can make ordinary items like watering cans, jugs and vases special treasures in someone's life. Great as presents for birthdays, anniversaries, special occasions and even Christmas!

Crick Boat Show 2019

The Crick Boat Show 2019 was on over the bank holiday weekend and this year some of my planters, herb trays and boatman's cabin stools (left) were on display on the Top Box stand down by the floating exhibits.

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As the artwork I created for the Welcome to Yorkshire show garden at the Chelsea Flower Show was to decorate the interior of the lock-keeper's lodge, it was really only seen by the judges and VIP visitors, show-goers caught no more than a tantalising glimpse of the pieces through the open door of the lodge making them one of the "secrets" of the garden. I am, therefore, thrilled that the Standedge Tunnel Visitor's Centre is going to exhibit all the pieces for the summer season revealing this "secret" to narrow-boaters as they visit the Pennines.

Centre Manager Iain Weston said "It's great to be able to show these pieces which played a subtle but important role in the famous Welcome to Yorkshire show garden and reveal that little "secret" to the canal enthusiasts who pass through Standedge. It is also an ideal way to educate visitors about the historical role traditional art work plays in the story of our waterways as the collection features not only the well known roses and castles style of painting but the unique brightwork style of the `Leeds-Liverpool canal which is not seen much today."

I am very pleased that the work created for the Welcome to Yorkshire garden at the Chelsea Flower Show has now gone on exhibition at the Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre Museum. When garden designer, Mark Gregory creates a garden he pays incredible attention to detail so that everywhere the judges look there is something for them to discover. So, expecting them to look inside the lodge by the lock, I was asked to provide some themed pieces which he thought the lock-keeper may have collected over the years. As the artwork was only seen by the judges and VIP visitors who were actually able to walk into the garden with show-goers getting no more than a tantelising glimpse of the pieces through the open-door of the loge, the collection is one of the "secrets" of the garden now revealed at Standedge. You can find opening times and location details for the Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre at http://canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit/standedge-tunnel-and-visitor-centre or click link. The work will be on exhibition until the end of October. If you have never been to Standedge it's a lovely day out in beautiful surroundings and they do nice coffee in the cafeteria!

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Season Board Commission for Local Playgroup August 2015

I was asked my a local playgroup to paint a board showing the seasons so the kids can be taught about the changes in the seasons through the year. The board was to be situated on the back of a building and they wanted it split into 4 sections. I suggested that the same scene was used in each picture but depicting each seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. I am very pleased with the result. Here (right) it is in situ.

I wanted to make each scene as interesting and informative for the kids as possible to promote discussion around the subject. So, in Spring, you can see a ploughed field and then in Summer the corn has grown and there are poppies amongst the crop, the rose around the cottage door has grown and bloomed and the swan has had her young, and so on. See individual images below. Can you find the robin?