Today at ARTWORKS 2015: Valerie Armstrong – mixed media backgrounds for abstract painting

Meet the Artist: daily presentations at ARTWORKS 2015

Saturday 26 September 2015: Valerie Armstrong – Creating mixed media backgrounds in paintings


Valerie Armstrong is the artist in residence at the ARTWORKS exhibition today, Saturday 26 September 2015. She will be in the demonstration area of the ARTWORKS exhibition from 10.30am – 4pm, sharing tips and techniques in mixed media painting.

The ‘Meet the Artist’ daily event is free, no booking required!


An introduction to mixed media from Valerie:

I am going to begin work on a series of starts, taking them as far as feels right. To begin I am planning to create a stash of coloured and textured papers ready to tear and to cut up for the collage elements of my work. I shall also be working on background beginnings using gesso, moulding paste, collage texts, textures, and playful markmaking. At this stage it is all play and anything can happen and emerge. It is a matter of shutting off the structured logical brain and looking for the child within.


I dream of sacred places

Valerie Armstrong on her new series of mixed media paintings:

My latest, more abstract work explores the intangibility and ephemeral nature of the mysterious world we enter when in sleep… I always paint with music as my muse, combining collage, words and textures, obscuring then working back, so barely visible traces can be glimpsed through layers of transparent glaze.

Artworks 16th Annual Exhibition
Saturday 5 – Sunday 27 September 2015
Open daily 10am – 5pm

Blackthorpe Barn
Rougham Estate
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ

The Artworks exhibition is open daily, 10am to 5pm, admission is free, ample parking, wheelchair accessible. Free exhibition catalogue.

We also have the ARTWORKS shop for visitors to browse: original handmade prints, small paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass and metalwork, large range of greetings cards and artist postcards. There is also a café selling light refreshments.