Winter newsletter – December 2018
 
It’s been a little while since I last managed to write a newsletter, what with all the building work in the new gallery space, a new website and several new painting projects, it’s been a busy year!
 

New space!
The reaction to the new space has been amazing! Particularly now that the nights have drawn in, with the woodburner blazing away and the Christmas tree up, it’s added a real atmosphere to the place. With the new ground floor windows, it’s also meant that the gallery has become very visible from outside and people who might not have come in before, can now see what we do! As always, it turned out to be a much bigger project than expected, but it’s definitely worth it.
Inside the Mill House Gallery.
 
New gift vouchers now available
People often comment on how difficult it can be to choose one of my paintings or prints for someone else. More often than not, the element of surprise is given up in exchange for the certainty of letting the person choose for themselves.
 
Since vouchers are the obvious answer to this problem, providing a ‘best of both’ solution, I am pleased to now offer these new vouchers in three alternative designs (sheep, breaking wave and Venice scene). These high quality vouchers are an attractive gift in themselves, and are presented in a lovely grey envelope. Without any further charge, we will also tie the envelope with red ribbon, wrap it in cellophane and include a message from myself if required. Please ask for more information.
 
The vouchers can be made for any value and are valid for 12 months.
First class delivery is also free.
 

New Award
In October, one of my paintings won the Kenneth Denton Award at the Royal Society of Marine Artists Annual Exhibition (Mall Galleries, London). This was a real honour and I was thrilled to be presented with the award in London last month.
The award winning work ‘Atlantic blue 4’, painted in acrylic on canvas.
 
Lake District work
During the autumn I have made trips to some of my favourite parts of the Lake District and produced a series of new pieces. The River Kent (Kentmere Valley) and sheep, with their new thick fleeces, have both figured quite heavily in these paintings, which include a few on a smaller scale.
 
London work
I love subjects where we are looking directly into the light, against the sun, with much of the fine detail diffused. On a stunningly bright autumn day, I found three new subjects that were exactly this in London. The paintings that resulted were smaller than my usual size but I thought worked out really well.
 
Other new work
 
Christmas opening hours
Although we are normally closed on a Monday, the gallery will be open from 9.30am until around 2pm on Monday 24th - Christmas Eve. We will then be closed until Wednesday 2nd January.
Which just leaves me to say, Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy 2019, from David, Gaby and myself here at the gallery!