Ann will be exhibiting for two weeks in the Horsebridge Centre in Whitstable from 11th to 23rd August – exciting opportunity to buy direct from the artist oil paintings, prints, cards and calendars
‘Shoreline 2’ – an Exhibition of Oil Paintings in the Horsebridge Centre in Whitstable, Kent 11th to 23rd August 2021. The exhibition features many of Ann’s latest paintings, and certainly represented Whitstable and the wonderful Swale marshes.
My Garden Studio was OPEN as part of the South East Open Studio programme 4th to 20th July. My hours are 10-12.30pm and 2-6pm daily though I am closed Monday 7th, Wednesday 9th and Tuesday 15th. Thursdays late opening 11.30.
I built my Studio during lockdown to give me somewhere to work from home; come and see – work in progress; oil painting with brush and palette knife, canvas building, varnishing (maybe). I have cards and prints for sale as well as paintings hanging on my studio wall.
I prepare my own canvases; the top left picture shows the stretcher bars and my first four assembled. I cut my 12oz cotton duck to size with a good fold over on each size, then I start with a staple in the mid bar on one side. I turn the whole through 180 deg. stretch the canvas and then staple in the middle of the opposite side, I then turn through 90 deg, stretch and staple the middle. Turn 180 deg. and staple the middle. Next stretching as I go I staple along the sides leaving the corners free. I cut across the corners an inch out, fold one side in and then fold the other side of the corners see bottom left.. Next I put hte canvas flat down and paint acrylic / gesso on the back and sides. Turn it over using a cork cut into 4 to balance the underside and paint the flat side. This will take up to 12 hours to dry. I then pint the whole again. 2 coats are generally sufficient but you can use 3. Lastly I rub a base colour on the canvas – I like burnt sienna or brown madder plus white spirit (odourless).