Extract from my sketchbook. This is an oil pastel sketch made soon after the tulip petals had fallen. As you can see, it is drawn over two pages. I chose not to crop the image but show the authenticity of the decision making experience when drawing from life outside. I guess I could have picked the tulip stem and take it indoors but then where is the fun in that? Colour and speed of recording would have been altered by the fact of a more relaxed drawing experience.
These artworks of ink paintings and linocut prints have been developed from oil pastel and felt tip pen sketches. Fungi and the charcoal Snow Gardens, (too cold, too fleeting or too low), were recorded with a camera, then sketched.
Ink paintings: – In a process similar to a watercolour technique, where masking fluid is used to block out/protect areas, I masked large areas with a thick water based paint before brushing black ink over the acrylic colour ink.
When dry, the entire painting is washed. A bit of jeopardy as occasionally the black ink does not stay where you want it to remain, but when it does it can have an appearance of a printed line. As a painter/printer the overlap of appearances between different art forms expands my creative thinking.
For anyone, of any ability, who wants to build upon their colour skills.
A practical course over two Saturday mornings investigating effective colour mixing, colour bias, optical mixing and colour relationships. No more unintentional muddy colours.
Bring any paints and equipment that you want to use, but if possible should include white, two yellows, two reds, two blues. Paper, brushes, palette knife, (if using acrylic), palettes/plates and water jars, will also be necessary.
Additional materials will be supplied to help you achieve.
Fee £15.00 each session. Pay on the day. Car parking available. Doors open 9.30am.
Mundon Village (Victory) Hall, Main Road, Mundon, Essex CM9 6PB
Curious? There is story to tell.
The mostly disused station building, (apart from a nice cafe and a part time ticket office), is almost derelict. The windows have been boarded up with chipboard and the peeling paint tells you how long they have been there. It was a sad state of a building and when travelling by rail, is the first impression arriving in Burnham on Crouch, Essex. Beyond the platform and out to the car park and Station Road, are thriving gardens, planted and developed by volunteers who have already made this a more beautiful place.
The 10th anniversary of the Burnham Art Trail and 125 years of the railway to the town, became a celebratory community art project and refurbishment of the station.
Young people age 6-18 were asked to put forward a design they would like to see on the boarded windows on the theme of Travel – past, present and future. Winning designs could be painted by the designer or if very young, the painting was done by a volunteer artist.
I painted this board from a design drawn by a six year old girl. The expressions on the faces were a delight and I was conscious not to change essential elements so it could remain as close as possible to her original idea.
If you would like to see more images of painted window boards visit http://www.burnhamarttrail.co.uk
Burnham Art Trail 2014 Venue no.32. The trail map can be seen at http://www.burnhamarttrail.co.uk
Jacaranda in Station Road, is my allocated venue for this years art trail. It is a beautiful florist shop created and run by Sam Adams who generously gave up window space for the art trail week 21st June – 29th June.
If you would like to see what has been happening and upcoming events please visit
Spring is here and the promise of a warm weekend this early in March makes it easy to forget how cold it will still be over the next couple of months. In past years there has been freezing blasts of weather just when the apple tree blossoms.
Ink painting Apple blossom no.2 is in my exhibition ‘Anticipation and Recognition’ at Colchester Library’s Les Livres Gallery, 2nd March – 31st March.
Online catalogue visit
My exhibition ‘Anticipation and Recognition’ was hung last weekend in Colchester Library’s gallery space Les Livres, and continues until 31st March. The paintings selected for display are part of a seven year focus of work recording seasonal changes. Most library visitors would probably not know my earlier work but as you would expect there are connections – clearly the subject matter as a narrative, use of colour, but also of equal importance, line, painted, drawn or printed.
A cabinet at the top of the library stairs gave me an opportunity to communicate a back story with a few words allocated to each postcard size image. Alongside these I included one sketchbook and an oil pastel sketch to demonstrate my visual research and potential for development.
Visit http://jennyhillartwork.tumblr.com for the exhibition catalogue.
PS Behind the railing on the stairway wall is a relief sculpture, Connor Barrett’s Crucifixion of Mankind. I will post a full image in another blog post.
It has been so wet this winter, the wind twisted poppy seed heads stayed whole. In previous years the freezing weather skeletonised the seed heads, leaving open basket structures. This month the soggy plants evolved into their own aerial sprouting seed pot.
The painting “Sprouting poppies’ is more subdued than my usual expressive use of colour. It could be a reflection of the weeks of rain, or the raw umber in the mix.