Tag Archives: mixed media

ARTWORKS: Guest Artist Louise Chapman on painting in ‘lockdown’

Louise Chapman was looking forward to exhibiting with Artworks as a guest artist in 2020. The cancellation of our annual exhibition has not deterred Louise from creating new work in lockdown:

New beginnings, mixed media on canvas

Determined to turn ‘lockdown’ into a positive I decided like many artists to use the time to experiment, painting some semi abstract work, developing my interest in collage and marrying the two in mixed media pieces.

On the h, mixed media on canvas

This has proved a very rewarding experience, producing works that I am pleased with in their own right, and leading and teaching me new ways of working.

Everything I love, mixed media collage

Collage practice has assisted significantly in the development of the design and composition of my large abstract oil paintings, inspiring me to get back into the studio as soon as possible following a recent very successful exhibition in Framlingham late this summer.

Keeping the balls in the air, oil on canvas

The results of this successful and exciting phase will, I hope, be evident in the work I will produce and exhibit next year as a guest artist with Artworks at Blackthorpe Barn in Rougham, a long held ambition.

Louise Chapman

ARTWORKS: Gillian Crossley-Holland introduces Nicola Coe and Zoe Rubens

Every year for the last twenty years I’ve taken part in the Artworks exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn. We’re not holding an exhibition this year but I can’t help thinking about all the work, all the excitement, all the anxiety, all the camaraderie, all the splendid art, all our wonderful visitors – and all not happening… so very strange.

However, we are all still working and we’ll be showcasing new work from our artists here on the Artworks blog over the next few weeks and on Instagram @artworkseast and Twitter @artworkseast.

To begin, I’d like to welcome the guest artists who were selected for 2020 but will now be exhibiting with us in 2021.

Firstly, two artists, both of whom have exhibited with us for the past few years but now join on a more permanent basis; Nicola Coe, who was voted to full membership, and Zoe Rubens who has become an honorary guest artist.

Nicola says: ‘My work aims to highlight the details of nature that seems so often over looked in this modern age. The collecting of natural finds is key to my visual work and the resulting images come about from the influences of the place where these objects are found.

Two spoons

These two spoons perfectly illustrate Nicola’s love of found objects and place; the shells (Limpet and Saddle Oyster) and driftwood were found in Porthmeor, Cornwall.

Thorpe Beach Afternoon

‘Thorpe Beach Afternoon’ celebrates the birds that nest on our coast lines and honours the environmment we share with them. A beautiful and unique artwork made with dried seaweed, grass, recycled fishing net, sand, black sumo ink and liquid gold ink representing a memory of Thorpe Beach near Aldeburgh, July 2020.

Zoe also works with found pieces, though of a slightly different nature, she explains: ‘My sculptures are made from a mixture of ceramics, concrete, ferrous and non-ferrous metals and these can be welded, cast and/or etched. I make sculpture reflecting my interest in the effect of politics and power on individuals and on the world around us. I am interested in emotions, jobs, relationships, trust, survival, joy, love, money, what limits us, and how we limit ourselves.‘€™

Pandora’s box

I’m a keen fan of both artists’ work, indeed the spoons are my latest purchase and I own a hanging construction of Zoe’s that hangs above my kitchen sink to cheer me as I’m washing up. I also follow both artists on Instagram and have much enjoyed following Zoe’s lockdown project, a garden wall made, as you would imagine, from all sorts and colourful gin bottles, my only regret is that I’m not the neighbour on the other side, enjoying her wonderful wall and the gin!

Garden wall by Zoe Rubens

ARTWORKS exhibition 2017: Meet the Artists – Daily presentations

The popular ‘Meet the Artist’ series of presentations return to Artworks in 2017. A different artist sets up a mini art studio each day, ready to talk about their work or demonstrate creative art techniques. Other artists will be working at the sales desk or in the Artworks’ café, so there are numerous opportunities to meet some of the artists on any day during the Artworks exhibition.

Below is the MTA schedule to help you plan your visit to Artworks. Pop in any time between 10.30am and 4.30pm as the art presentations are informal – there is no need to book.

Saturday 9 September 2017
Alison Jones: A brush with flowers in watercolour

Sunday 10 September 2017
Alfie Carpenter: Interpreting the land in mixed media


Moonlit reeds

Monday 11 September 2017
Roger Gamble: Artful Acrylics!

Tuesday 12 September 2017
Kit Price Moss: Printmaking: puffins to penguins

Wednesday 13 September 2017
Nora Gaston: Foraging the waves: working through ideas

Thursday 14 September 2017
Val Armstrong: Letting go of realism – building mixed media backgrounds for abstracts

Friday 15 September 2017
Christine McKechnie: Watercolour painted paper collage

Autumn leaves by Christine McKechnie

Saturday 16 September 2017
Julia Groves: Botanical Art / Drawing techniques


Chandos Beauty by Julia Groves

Sunday 17 September 2017
Roger Gamble: Artful Acrylics!

Breckland Trail

Breckland Trail by Roger Gamble

Monday 18 September 2017
Cathy D’Arcy: Making happy faces in clay

Tuesday 19 September 2017
Helen Dougall: Batik: wax resist dyeing on cloth

Wednesday 20 September 2017
Sue Caddy: Seeds and ceramics


Bowl of Earthy Delights

Thursday 21 September 2017
Gillian Crossley-Holland: Oil pastels: A joy to use


Sea study, Scolt Head, August afternoon after rain

Friday 22 September 2017
Lyn Aylward: Painting portraits in oils


Fly Past by Lyn Aylward

Saturday 23 September 2017
Gainsborough’s House Workshop: portfolio presentation showing a variety of printmaking techniques

Sunday 24 September 2017
Chris Hann: Unsighted drawing


Mousehole 4

Monday 25 September 2017
Katie Millard: Watercolour landscapes without a pencil

Tuesday 26 September 2017
Kate Reynolds: Figures in movement

artworks shop

Wednesday 27 September 2017
Alison Jones: A brush with flowers in watercolour

Magnolia by Alison Jones

Thursday 28 September 2017
Val Armstrong: Simple monoprinting using a gelli plate



Friday 29 September 2017
Nicola Coe: Polaroid as art



Saturday 30 September 2017
Hazel Bradshaw: Creating impractical pots

Sunday 1 October 2017
Ruth McCabe: Working loosely with watercolour

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ARTWORKS 18th Annual Exhibition

Saturday 9th September to Sunday 1st October 2017
Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham
Bury St Edmunds
IP30 9HZ

Exhibition open daily 10am to 5pm, free entry, complimentary full-colour catalogue, free parking, barn complex is on ground level with easy access. All work in the exhibition is for sale. Relax in the Artworks Café or browse the Artworks Shop for an extensive range of art cards and a range of smaller artworks to buy and take away.