Summer Paintings

by Ros Rowlatt 7. July 2017 10:39

Summer Paintings - Depictions of summer in paintings.

This month we celebrate summer. We look at how original art can capture all that summer represents, how it can evoke the laziness of the heat, transporting you to foreign lands, childish innocence, and carefree pleasures.

First, we look at how three paintings have famously captured the essence of summer using three very different styles.

David Hockney’s A Bigger Splash (1967)

This painting perfectly evokes high summer, of a day so hot that the only escape is to plunge into a cool pool. Hockney’s swimmer vanishes into the refreshing depths, leaving only scattered water in his wake.


“It took me two weeks,” Hockney wrote, “to paint this event that lasts two seconds.”


A Bigger Splash (1967) David Hockney


Hockney was one of the first artists to make extensive use of acrylic paint. He felt that, as a fast-drying substance, it portrayed the hot, dry landscapes of California.


Unfortunately, we will never know who the unsung jumper was as the famous painting is based on a photograph of a swimming pool Hockney had seen in a pool manual. He was intrigued by the idea that a photograph could capture the event of a split second, and sought to recreate this in painting.


Tahitian Landscape by Paul Gauguin (1893)


Gauguin uses graceful contours and strong colours to create this superbly atmospheric painting perfectly capturing the serenity inspired by the lush, tropical Tahiti landscape. Gauguin said that he had been “eager to suggest a luxurious and untamed nature, a topical sun that sets aglow everything around it.”


Tahitian Landscape (1893) by Paul Gauguin


The legend goes that the stockbroker turned artist abandoned his family and took the banana boat to Tahiti. He went in search of free food and sex and to escape European civilization, which he felt was artificial and spiritually bankrupt.  


Gauguin painted scenes of sultry girls, strange fruit and celebrated the landscape around him with an unrivalled intensity of colour that has inspired painters ever since.


The Poppy Field, near Argenteuil by Claude Monet (1873)


Perhaps the most iconic summer painting of them all. The heat almost drips off the canvas in this red-led riot of colour. Almost bordering on abstraction, Monet has beautifully depicted this summer's day in all its glory with the vibrant poppies complementing the wispy clouds in a clear blue sky.


This painting perfectly evokes the exhilaration and the laziness of summer. It transports you there, you can almost feel the soporific weight of all that warmth.


The Poppy Field, near Argenteuil (1873) by Claude Monet


Art Gallery artists capturing the essence of summer in original art.


Summer Fields by Graham Evans


Evans, a Bournemouth based artist perfectly captures the nostalgia of summer with his wild flowers blooming on a country riverbank. You can almost hear the bees buzzing as you imagine yourself lying on a picnic blanket under the hypnotic weight of that summer sky.


This painting is taken from Evan’s collection of floral scenes inspired by his river walks.


Summer fields by Graham Evans
Summer fields by Graham Evans


The Shimmering Summer (framed original) by Sarah Gill


This beautiful painting transports us across the shimmering fields of wheat stubble. The coppice leads the eye into the faraway distance under the August sky.  Gill says that she draws inspiration from her travels in Tuscany, the Italian Lakes, Burgundy and her home in the Peak District.

The Shimmering Summer ( framed original ) by Sarah Gill
The Shimmering Summer ( framed original ) by Sarah Gill


Summer time. Happy children. By Olga Koval


Koval cleverly takes us back to the summer of our childhoods perfectly recreating the summer afternoon light. Will the children overcome their trepidation and dip a toe into the waves?


Summer time. Happy holiday. Children on the seaside.  by Olga  Koval
Summer time. Happy holiday. Children on the seaside. by Olga Koval


Skinny dipping by Lizzie Cornelius


Summer art lends itself to cheeky humor which Hayling Island based Cornelius captures perfectly.


She says “I paint from my beach side studio on Hayling Island, where the initial inspiration develops from digital photographic images. From here I deconstruct the image and reconstruct with a pencil sketch. […] The colours are inspired from zooming in on the pixels of the photograph. I keep my images clean and crisp and uncluttered as we live in a very fast pace world and I love the soothing contrast and calmness that they bring.”


Skinny Dipping by Lizzie Cornelius
Skinny Dipping by Lizzie Cornelius


At, we’re excited to offer original art from talented artists. If you’re looking to buy affordable art online from inspirational independent artists, we can help you find an artwork you’ll love at a price you can afford.


Image credits

A Bigger Splash (1967) David Hockney


Tahitian Landscape (1893) by Paul Gauguin


The Poppy Field, near Argenteuil (1873) by Claude Monet



From Palette to Painting - Dani Bergson

by Aileen Mitchell 7. July 2017 09:37
Dani Bergson

Some ideas come at the most inappropriate times and I have to jot them down while they’re fresh. I always have my sketch pad sitting next to me as I work, and this way I can continuously refer to it and develop a theme before actually painting.

Next I decide on my colour palette which may come spontaneously or involve creating a mood board with pictures of various objects I cut out of magazines. I usually work on stretched canvas or board with acrylics or oil bars.

The beauty of acrylics is that they are so immediate. I can achieve a host textures by scratching and marking and finish a painting in one day. Once I have sketched the form of the painting and decided on the colour palette I treat it like an abstract piece of work to balance colours and textures. I gain a lot of pleasure in discovering new ways of adding texture to my paintings.

When I worked as a textile designer I learnt how to achieve different finishes by printing with scraps of material and using a variety of implements to scrape scratch and mark. Usually I know when a painting is finished. I do like to assess and reassess days later and make final tweaks if necessary.

I find it very hard to be fully satisfied with every piece I produce and I guess this is what keeps pushing me forward and striving to produce better work. Every new canvas is a means of developing as an artist and will hopefully bring more pleasure to those who see my art.

Flamingo Lovers by Dani Bergson
Flamingo Lovers by Dani Bergson


Artists | Being an Artist

Malvern Theatres Summer Exhibition : 3 July - 20 August

by Humph Hack 2. July 2017 14:46

Inspiration comes from many sources. Often it is the work of great artists from the past. Such an artist is Graham Sutherland; perhaps best known for the huge Coventry Cathedral Tapestry or the portrait of Winston Churchill which his wife destroyed because she found it “too honest”. In 1934 Sutherland visited Pembrokeshire for the first time and was profoundly moved by its landscape, and the region remained a source of inspiration for his paintings for much of the following decade. It was in 1958, that I watched a Black and White BBC TV programme about Sutherland’s work. It inspired me to train as a Fine Artist. His early works from the same period are a major influence of the paintings of Mark Masters. And so it is my great pleasure that he has agreed to show his most recent work in Malvern Theatres. He shares Sutherland’s interest in natural forms in juxtaposition with man-made elements. In the same way, the resulting images are highly evocative. Mark focuses on the inherent strangeness of natural forms, abstracting them to sometimes give his work a surrealist appearance.

Jeanette Faulkner Clarke loves horses and her understanding of their anatomy and temperament shines out of every work she has included in this new exhibition. Like many artists who hone their skills on one subject matter, her technique continues to develop, so that these works are a step on from those she showed in her previous exhibition in the theatres.


Jools Lawley has also shown, very successfully, in Malvern Theatres before. Her calligraphic style renderings of men women and children always produce a smile. She is happy to produce personalised works on both paper and canvas to celebrate a wedding, an important birthday, a favourite team etc. You can commission Jules to produce work similar to one on show or ask for something completely unique.

The exhibiton runs every day from 11.00 a.m. until late into the evening.


How to Choose Amazing Office Art for your Business

by Aileen Mitchell 6. June 2017 11:07

The positive impact of art in the workplace is often underestimated. Whether you want to provide a talking point in an otherwise bland corporate reception, impress clients, motivate employees or simply fill white walls how do you go about choosing the right art?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, is your office art saying the right thing? When choosing office art there are many things to consider. Here we look at buying and hanging tips for office art.

Office art shoud promote your company brand and values

The JP Morgan offices display artwork from every country they operate in, demonstrating global reach whereas LinkedIn uses local artists to convey the message that they support and embrace their local community. BP displays photos of the company’s history promoting a feeling of nostalgia and emphasising longevity and security.

What do you want your office art to say about your company? Carefully selected pieces of art can send a clear, yet subtle, message to those who see it, reinforcing the brand values. Art is a good way to start people talking and can give a powerful first impression.

Office art can help you connect with your clients

Many companies rely on specific types of people or socioeconomic groups for most of their business. Your artwork can help you connect with those groups on an emotional level.

For example, if you are in the financial services industry you may want to display art that reflects the rewards and life style of clever financial planning, perhaps a luxury yacht like the one in Moored for the Evening by Graham Williams, whereas a lawyer specialising in family law may display paintings or photographs of happy families.

Moored For the Evening by Graham Williams
Moored For the Evening by Graham Williams

Office art affects the atmosphere of a room.

Research by the British Council for Offices in 2013 suggested that 61% workers believe artwork inspires them to think and work more creatively. Employees thrive in a positive and optimistic environment and it appears that the positive effects of art work on employee productivity, satisfaction and morale cannot be ignored.

The use of colour can have a huge impact on the feeling and atmosphere of your office. Different colours evoke different feelings so it’s important to decide how you want your customers and employees to feel. If you want to promote feelings of peace or content, why not use romantic artwork with scenes of nature? Sam Martin’s colour block landscapes are a beautiful example of this.

Exciting and fun artwork stimulates creativity and helps to foster motivation. Vibrant colours and pop art could reflect youth and enthusiasm for creative industries such as advertising and design work. Vivid colours evoke energy and spontaneity so could be used in, for example, a call centre where you need your employees to feel energetic and upbeat.

Mike Coffey’s playful paintings of London landmarks would add a colourful contemporary twist to the feel of the workplace.

Westminster over the Thames by Mike Coffey
Westminster over the Thames by Mike Coffey Big Ben and the London Eye by Mike Coffey
Big Ben and the London Eye by Mike Coffey Big Ben, Westminster and London Bus by Mike Coffey
Big Ben, Westminster and London Bus by Mike Coffey

Office art improves employee experiences

Research by Exeter University’s School of Psychology found that employees who have control over the design and layout of their workspace are not only happier and healthier, they’re also up to 32% more productive.

Why not put together a small committee of five or six people to select art for your office? Offering employees a choice in the art they see in their work space is an effective way to give them a say in the aesthetics of their workplace environment and show that the managers care and trust their employees.  Humph Hack - artist, art expert and our Art Gallery Curator - gives some great advice:

“It has become fashionable to display work on canvas without a frame.  In most cases the simpler the frame the better.”

Thinking about choosing art, Humph adds:

“Work for offices or public areas of a building are normally bigger in size and grander in design. Domestic spaces normally require and benefit from work with more modest aspirations. Use our “Try it out – Test Drive” facility to see the scale and change the wall colour to match your wall.”

Finally, does office art need to be expensive?

You may baulk at the idea of art in the workplace since the word itself conjures up images of a hammer coming down and an auctioneer announcing “Sold for ten million pounds to the man in the top hat.”

At, we’re excited to offer original art from talented artists. If you’re looking to buy affordable art online from inspirational independent artists, we can help you find an artwork you’ll love at a price you can afford.


Buying Art

Choosing the Perfect Painting for the Bedroom

by Aileen Mitchell 31. May 2017 11:37

Homes are our modern sanctuaries and the room that should most reflect this is, of course the bedroom. It is the most intimate household space, a place where one should feel relaxed, inspired and safe. Whether your bedroom is a spacious and light minimalist affair, filled with Moroccan fabrics and incense, or a lavish velvet boudoir, choosing art for the bedroom is a detail ridden journey in terms of matching the mood of the room and promoting a harmonious night’s sleep.


Psychology suggests that imagery has a healing effect on mood. According to Elaine Poggi, founder of The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals

The mood changes when our beautiful nature photos are placed on the walls, providing colour, comfort, and hope to patients, caregivers, and loved ones.

It stands to reason, that surrounding ourselves with positive imagery will encourage mental wellbeing. A solitary figure depicting closed-off body language may consciously or unconsciously evoke feelings of loneliness, vulnerability or sadness. Your bedroom is your private sanctuary, and you deserve to feel safe and at peace.

Lost Within Oneself 3  by Paul Turner
Lost Within Oneself 3 by Paul Turner

Though the bedroom is an ideal spot for a nude, this painting carries the risk of amplifying feelings of vulnerability or loneliness.

Away from domestic distractions – loading the dishwasher, ensuring the kids have brushed their teeth, emptying the litter tray – the bedroom may be the only space to enjoy a few moments alone or with a partner. Therefore, it’s a good idea not to select a painting that will be too distracting or discordant (definitely no Where’s Wally!). Although art should make us think, we must also be able to switch off from it.

Finding harmony

The key to creating harmony in the bedroom is choosing a piece of art based on personal taste: what makes you feel relaxed?

If you’re a city slicker, chances are an image of the London rush hour won’t help shut out the stresses of the day. Likewise, though some may find views of the ocean soothing and calming, it may be prove stressful and lonely for others …

Depictions of nature are generally considered to evoke pleasant, relaxed feelings – wild flowers dancing in the breeze, fluffy clouds on a summer’s day, lambs prancing through open fields. Whilst a sunset will help prepare your brain for sleep, a sparkling sunrise will energise the mind and body for a brand new day with infinite possibilities. These natural images may be particularly tranquil, soothing, calming and beneficial to those who spend their days in busy environments with limited exposure to these evocative and atmospheric images.

Sunset Beach by Graeme Robb
Sunset Beach by Graeme Robb

A sunset can put the day’s events into perspective; we can always try again tomorrow. After all Pablo Picasso famously said,

 “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”


Humph Hack - artist, art expert and our Art Gallery Curator - gives some great advice not only on the style of art but making sure it has the best setting,

“The bedroom is a private place. Erotic art will be the choice of some. For others images which offer calmness will lower blood pressure and aid sleep.”

Thinking about the setting Humph adds,

“Works on canvas without frames are quite light, but framed works can be much heavier. Make sure your fixings are secure. Don’t hang works over radiators, canvases in particular don’t enjoy the heat. Similarly, direct sunlight is a no-no. Even the very best of materials will fade in time.”

According to the Feng Shui Society,

‘The idea is that we all respond to our environments… our response to the atmosphere of each room may influence our mood, thinking, energy levels and more.’

Influences can include colours, natural light, plants and images. Whether you believe in this ancient discipline or not, it can’t hurt to keep it in mind when planning and designing your bedroom.

If sharing your bedroom with a partner, feng shui suggests choosing multiple pieces of artwork which relate to each other. This conveys a message of a shared relationship, shared likes and complementing each other’s taste. Of course, it’s essential to communicate with a partner when buying art. What one person simply regards as an interesting piece may unwittingly create a conflict with their partner. 

Spring Equinox #2 Diptych by Lucy Moore
Spring Equinox #2 Diptych by Lucy Moore

This dual-part piece works as two standalone artworks, whilst also complementing each other as a pair.

We are most vulnerable in our own homes at the moments we wake up and fall asleep, so when considering feng shui you may find that your current art isn’t suitable for the bedroom. If you’re particularly attached to a particular piece, consider moving it to another part of the home where it won’t have such a detrimental effect on your subconscious.

According to Twyla Tharp, ‘Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.’ We believe everybody should have access to outstanding art. In addition to creating a harmonious haven in your bedroom, by choosing you art at Art Gallery you will be supporting independent artists - and may even end up acquiring a future auction piece! With over 33,000 works for sale and prices ranging from £50 to £5000, we’re confident you’ll find a painting you’ll love at a price you can afford.


Buying Art

Finding the Perfect Painting for the Living Room

by Aileen Mitchell 22. May 2017 09:32

Where would we be without some art in our lives, a painting perhaps that speaks to us? Art is wonderful. Art is freeing. Art is the essence of life distilled to its purest form, a form that has many different faces and many different outlets.

Art can bring people together, or it can cause debate and discussion. What’s incredible about art is that whilst one person may see one thing, another could see (or feel – much art is about the feelings that are created in the viewer) something entirely different, and neither would be wrong.

Grafitti street art mural painting

There are many interpretations of ‘art’.

Art is a way for us all to be equal; if no interpretation can be wrong, then they must all be right.

Yet there is a big difference between interpretation and aesthetics, and choosing the right painting for your living room needs to be done on something more than a feeling – although this will, of course, come into it.

Humph Hack, Artist, Art Expert and our Art Gallery curator gives some great advice.

"The choice of a piece of art is a very personal matter. Visitors will always admire work of great skill. Others will be wowed by a striking image. However, by definition, the things you wish to “live” with might be calmer and offer a reassuring view of the world, nature and humanity."

Define your goals - why do you wish to hang art?

Understanding what you want to get out of the painting you choose for your living room is really important.

Are you planning to use art to express your personality to your friends and family? Are you installing the painting simply because you love art and want some in your home? Are you using the art to cover up some issue with the wall in your living room (it happens)?

Thinking about why you want the painting will help in working out what you want it to look like and, perhaps, say.


Getting down to the practicalities of installing a painting in your living room, size will need to be considered - the size of the room vs the size of the painting you are planning to hang there.

Too big a painting will usually dominate your room, but there are some exceptions - if the purpose of the artwork is to create a huge statement then a dominant piece will work. Typically, however, the art will want to blend in and complement the space rather than "being" the space itself. 

Too small and it will barely be noticed which, when it comes to a great painting, is a travesty. There is little point in hanging art in your living room if no one is even going to spot it there.

The space in which the artwork is to hang is key. The more "white space" there is around a painting, the calmer, more relaxed the feeling in the room will be.

If it is too crowded, too big for the area of wall you have chosen, hemmed in by a TV or bookshelves or other pictures then the room will feel too busy - the art itself will be subsumed and the room will feel busy and cluttered.

Living room apartment graphic with large piece of abstract art

A huge artwork can dominate a room - which needs careful planning. 

A big painting in a small room will be difficult to appreciate as you won’t be able to see the full effect. Some paintings are made to be admired from a few feet away, and if you don’t have the square footage to do that, you will need to look elsewhere for your art.

Humph also adds some other points to consider,

"Don’t hang works over radiators or frequently used fireplaces. Canvases in particular don’t enjoy the heat. Similarly, direct sunlight is a no-no. Even the very best of materials will fade in time."

Subject matter

Your living room is a public space when it comes to friends and family. Bedrooms, studies, they are another matter, but your living room needs to be a place where people feel comfortable and welcome.

So picking a painting that is suitable for all should be at least something to think about. You don’t need to find something that everyone will like – art is entirely subjective, after all – but something that won’t offend, upset or frighten guests is a good idea. But don’t be afraid to pick a painting that matches your personality too.


As with all things, your available budget will also point you in the direction you need to head in to find the ideal painting for your living room. Unless your funds are unlimited, your interior design ideas may need to be watered down somewhat. But that shouldn’t mean you have to compromise on your art.

There are some truly beautiful paintings for less than £50, and their effect in your living room will be no less impactful just because they cost less than you might think.


Choosing the right painting for your living room should be fun, not stressful. Make sure you stick to your budget, that you’ve measured the space you want to hang it in, and that you’re not going to clash with your colour scheme, and your living room will soon look stunning.

So what’s stopping you? Art should be in every home, and a painting in your living room is an excellent start. Use our search facility to find the piece that is perfect for your living room and budget.

Burning Bright - a tiger in a glowing forest by Gill Bustamante
Burning Bright - a tiger in a glowing forest by Gill Bustamante




Buying Art

Malvern Theatres - May / June Exhibition

by Humph Hack 14. May 2017 14:30

The one thing I have learnt from curating exhibitions at Malvern Theatres, is that the theatre-going public will always take the time to study the works on show. They come to see a play, watch a film or just use the popular Bistro, although increasingly, some come just because they know there will be new work to look at. To encourage customers and support practising artists it’s possible to buy via an – OWN ART – interest free loan; an Arts Council initiative. The choice of artists on show tends to be a mixture of works from artists never seen before in Malvern and other paintings from those with a proven following; nothing too “way out” or too “traditional”. All the works are intended to encourage dialogue.

David Shiers, has a proven track record of sales over a number of years. He has shown successfully in the theatre before. He travels from the Wirral, where he lives and has his studio. He has worked in various studios as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator, exhibiting widely around the country. The only tuition he ever received was from attending Liverpool College of Art life drawing classes. He now paints mostly landscapes, and architectural subjects. The paintings are all about capturing the light, atmosphere and essence of a subject. Although he works in a wide variety of media, all the works in this show are in oils.

Jill Lloyd has also shown in the theatre before. Based in Herefordshire, she paints avidly and with passion and says she feels 'driven to paint'. Her works are a celebration of the joy of nature and of colour. This liveliness is very apparent in her work. She uses brush and palette knife to produce her pictures. She has a great love of colour and whilst she likes to paint traditionally, finds herself drawn to abstracting her work and painting in an Impressionistic style. Her interest in the coast is influenced by her upbringing in Lytham St. Annes. Jill’s work is now owned by collectors across Europe and further afield.

Nineke Havinga was born and brought up in the Netherlands, but has lived in the UK for more than 20 years. Her passion for painting actually started when she moved to England. The beautiful landscape, very different from the land of her birth, inspired her to begin with watercolour. She then moved to work in acrylics, which are a very versatile medium. They dry quickly, which means she can overpaint again and again, adding new colourful forms and shapes. She says that her paintings can be of any subject as long as the end result is colourful and often abstract. Her aim is to provide a starting point from which the viewer can follow his or her own imagination to a personal interpretation. This is Nineke’s first exhibition in Malvern.

For an artist, being in an exhibition is not just about sales. For many, it is also the opportunity to see their own work displayed together, and for the chance for their art to be seen by the public. In both cases, there are few better places to exhibit. Thisexhibition is open every day, throughout the day, until 1 July.


Ery Burns - Special Promotion

by gordonsmith 18. April 2017 09:00

There was excitement in the gallery this Friday as up-and-coming artist Ery Burns was being filmed for a new special promotion (more details coming shortly). 

Ery's style is an energetic mix of pop art/abstract and have a wonderful dreamlike quality. 

Ery Burns art

Ery Burns art

Mineral Garden by Ery Burns
Mineral Garden by Ery Burns


Artists | Exhibitions

Stephen Williams - Creating Art with the iPad

by gordonsmith 7. April 2017 12:35
Stephen Williams

On my retirement from parish ministry the move from a vicarage to a smaller house meant that space was limited for storing all the art materials and canvases. I have always been interested in working with various media and took the opportunity to acquire an iPad when the parish presented me with a cheque. I have had the iPad for about six months and have been experimenting with various drawing and painting apps.

My initial inspiration came from David Hockney and his book 'Drawing in a printing machine'. My interest grew more and more when I saw the iPad drawings in the book of his exhibition 'A bigger picture'. There are lots of artists now producing work on the iPad and I have found it a very good tool to work with.

I began experimenting with drawing directly on to the iPad and to help me to do this I bought a rubber tipped stylus. The finger works very well after all the iPad was designed to work with the finger however the stylus gives me little more accuracy. My initial concern was that I didn't have a desk top computer to transfer my work so that it could be printed. By by doing some research I discovered that a desk top is not necessary, everything can be done from the iPad wirelessly.

I invested in a good colour printer which also scans and copies and have been able to print my drawings this way. The scanner facility on the printer also enabled me to scan all my A4 fine line pen drawings onto the iPad and with the camera I can photograph my larger pen drawings. The apps that I use for my drawings have a copy function so that I can transfer my scanned drawings from the photograph storage facility in the iPad.

It is early days yet but with time and patience and a great deal of practice some worthwhile work can be produced.

Summer in the Country by Stephen Williams
Summer in the Country by Stephen Williams

The beauty about working with the iPad is that it can be taken anywhere. I can also work without having to have a larger space in which to paint. My wife had a stroke two years ago and that together with a busy parish meant that I had no time for painting. The iPad has changed all that and I can now produce my art work while keeping my wife company. It has given me a freedom and a new medium with which to work and in some ways in greater detail than before. It is possible to use individual pixels to pick our highly detailed features in the drawings.

Gothic Towers by Stephen Williams
Gothic Towers by Stephen Williams

One concern was the printing clarity of the finished art work. Would the definition be clear? Would the pixels dominate the finished print? I need not have been worried, the A 4 prints are very sharp and distinct even printed on standard printing paper. The definition and colour is even better with glossy photo paper and I am about to try printing on high quality art paper. The definition is so good that I have produced a collage print as I call it.

I have a publisher app on the iPad which enables me to transfer my drawings, not only that but I can enlarge each drawing section by section. By doing this I have been able to produce A4 prints of enlarged sections of the drawings to produce large scale separate prints which have then been put together to produce large scale prints from an iPad drawing which measures no more than 4 inches by 6 inches on the iPad itself. The larges multiple print of A4 sheets so far is 46 inches by 35 inches made up of 24 individual A4 sheets of paper.

As I said it is early days yet and there are many artists working in this medium, but for people with limited space and time the iPad is a tool well worth considering.

Aspects of Britain by Stephen Williams
Aspects of Britain by Stephen Williams


Artists | Being an Artist

Malvern Theatres - April - May Exhibition

by Humph Hack 2. April 2017 14:47

Some years ago, the Royal Academy in London decided to make the initial selection of artworks for their annual “Summer Exhibition”, from digital photographs submitted online. The establishment were horrified! The selection of works to be shown in Malvern Theatres has been made in the same way for even longer. The artists all sell through this online gallery. The fact that the paintings are nearly always better than the photo has proved right, yet again. The new exhibition in Malvern Theatres, brings three artists from across the country to show here for the first time.

Marc Todd is a contemporary landscape painter, living and working in the UK City of Bath. Much of his work is based on subjects and locations in and around Bath, London, and the South West of England. He takes his primary inspiration from structure, texture and composition, and has a love for the application of vivacious colour palettes, dramatic and contrasting light effects, and dynamic mark-making to create aesthetically captivating surfaces. Much of his work is conceived 'in situ', and is always based upon real places observed first hand.

Originally trained in graphic design, Marc previously worked as a Creative Director for a number of large London based advertising agencies, before setting up his own creative consultancy advising clients including the BBC, Dow Jones International and Hearst Publishing. Marc became a full time painter in 2014 and has since sold work to collectors internationally, both private and corporate, and exhibits his work on a regular basis.

Marc's works cover a range of subjects including cityscapes, trees within the landscape, and expressionistic floral compositions. All the works in this exhibition draw their inspiration from the natural world.

Martin Leighton was born in Montrose, Scotland in 1951. A self-taught traditional artist, he now concentrates on painting in oils on canvas at his studio on the South Coast. He paints a variety of subjects including landscapes, seascapes, wildlife & still life, but he is passionate about portrait and figurative subjects having undertaken many commissions. Painting with oils is his favourite medium and he aims for his paintings to look realistic yet not photographic. Lighting is an important factor so he paints from life models. Achieving skin tones is such a challenge. He becomes totally engrossed in the painting until satisfied with the finished work.

His work has been shown in the UK and South Africa and paintings are now in private collections worldwide. He is happy to undertake commissions.

Anna Cumming lives in Malvern and walks the hills for a couple of hours a day with her dogs. Some days are unremarkable, but on others it’s breath-taking. Just before or after a storm; or when the mist is in the valley, and we have a white rainbow in a cobalt blue sky above it; or the October sunsets; or just an odd cloud formation and interplay with the sun or moon. All this feeds into her paintings.

She loves the hills, but is also drawn to the sea. Her works shows an interest in moody skies, turbulent seas, interesting reflections and the play of light. Her paintings are based on experiences from St Ives to Scotland, but the intention is to capture a mood or energy. The location doesn’t really matter if it evokes something for you.

The exhibition is open every day until May 13th – 38 works in total.

As ever, all the works on show can be purchased via an Arts Council sponsored interest free loan. There’s no excuse not to own something truly original.


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