Mid-month madness – landscapes sale

Landscapes sale! Somehow July always gets the gig for this feature. It’s mid-way through the year and summer feels so far away. It just isn’t as easy to be outdoors painting landscapes right now. OK, call me faint-hearted.

This year I am starting a little earlier. Mid-year, mid-June. That’s why I am calling it mid-month madness.
Perhaps it’s the winter solstice that sends me a bit crazy? Anyway…
The website is set up for you to find a little painting to love.

From Tuesday 19th June to midnight Monday 16th July I am giving you a chance to start your art collection. Modestly.
If you have already started a collection, you have a perfect opportunity to add to it. Modestly.

So, what are these landscapes?

These little beauties have not been openly exhibited before.
Take a peek here.

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Harton hedge. 12.5×17.5cm; acrylic, framed.

They have been seen in calendars and an Open Studio weekend, but all in all they have not seen much daylight. Except as they were being created – these are outdoor paintings after all. Most of them were painted on a recent trip to the UK and yes, there was sunlight.
They mark my change last year to a much more colourful palette. There is a certain joy about these. And a directness.

That’s a good start.
Now, all they need are….

New homes to settle in!

New homes can be old places of course. They can be flats or rooms or even a desk.

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Whitewater Hotel, Cumbria. 12.5×17.5cm; acrylic, framed

One of the special features that makes these paintings easy to live with is their size.
They start at 10x15cm. The next size is 12.5×17.5cm. Still easy to live with.
They don’t dominate your space, but they do make it more interesting.
The image above of Whitewater Hotel is shown framed. The length of the pen is actually the height of the painting.
Hence propping on the desk IS a possibility.

So, their small size is a big plus!

Are they affordable?

You may already know that my prices are reasonable. My high end items reach over $1,000 but not much more. They measure up to 100cms in any direction.

And these littlies? They are normally $120 and upwards but – and this is where the madness comes in – during this landscape sale they will be selling at 10% off that price.

Very small prices.

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Marion’s Florist, South Shields; 12.5×17.5cm, acrylic, framed.

It’s a great way to start your collection (or add to it). Or it might even be time to put a gift away for your “special someone”.

Any hidden extras?

Only good ones!
At the moment I am only selling within Australia and the postage is FREE.
The paintings are framed and ready to hang. Look again at the Whitewater Hotel painting above. This very neat wooden frame is shown. It has a simple profile, is box-style and finished in a charcoal colour. And they are all covered by my guarantee.

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Inside Sheffield

Just a few Mondays ago I wished I was still in paid work. Really?
Well, only for the early morning conversations. “What did you do on the weekend?”

I had had the BEST weekend, so probably better that I didn’t go in to work that Monday. (Murdered with Paper Cuts by Jealousy in the Photocopying room).

You have already heard about our unhappy experience in Rome. This was the weekend before…

There are hidden sides to most cities, some that even locals don’t see.
For about a year and a half I have been following a handful of blogs arising from Sheffield – Postcard Cafe, Little Bits of Sheffield, NeoWatercolour and more recently Shopfronts of Sheffield. You might think with that blog roll I could probably show someone around Sheffield. No, but you can be sure I know someone who could!

My once-virtual now-real friend PC from most of those blogs recently took me and my fellow traveller on a walk around the city. Within a hundred metres of our central hotel we found a huge painting of Harry Brearley by Faunagraphic we had walked right past the day before. In our defence, we had been facing uphill and were a bit lost.

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

I won’t steal PC’s thunder on these as his photography is top-notch and his links to information are spot-on. Visit his sites Little Bits of Sheffield and Postcard Cafe for the real deal! I will include a couple of quick snaps taken as we walked around.

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

We entered some fairly forbidding looking territory, close to the centre of Sheffield. It was partly arty, with studio spaces and a few small galleries but many buildings looked derelict or deserted.

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
I hadn’t realised my parents had been here before me!

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Phlegm’s telescope

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a collaborative work

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia
Even the tagging looked spectacular!

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Ausstralia

Our friend and guide PC knew lots of background information about the artists and the architecture. He introduced us to EMA (just visible above, on the scaffolding). We stopped in at Site Gallery. Although their current sound and light exhibition didn’t work any magic on me, they were selling Phlegm’s recent book of drawings (which did). It is difficult to note all the other artists we saw, but think Kid Acne, Rocket01, Malarky, and Phlegm

The weather was fine with bright spots as they say in the UK. Our guided walk was full of bright spots! On reflection, PC seemed to allow us to do the discovering as we turned corners or walked to the end of an alleyway. He was a skilful guide with a vast local knowledge and interest in the buildings as well as the art.

It is a strange transition between the virtual and real worlds and this was my closest encounter with the borderline to date. It was almost magical to see the imagined become real and what better way to see it than with a really lovely fellow who stepped out from ‘behind the screen’ into the daylight.

To round out the morning PC took my partner and me out to Sharrowvale Road, a very hip part of town, to meet my other Sheffield blogging friend, Victoria from NeoWatercolour.

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Photo by Postcard Cafe

What a delight that was! Victoria was just as I had expected, brimming with quiet wit and fun and surrounded by glorious colour – her beautiful work on a street stall. You too can find her outside Gilbert & Sons on Sharrowvale Road on sunny Saturdays. Snap up a print, quickly! We did.

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Austtralia
These two photos by Postcard Cafe (on my equipment). Nice reflection and note the Pete McKee cartoon on the gallery window.

We strolled up the street to visit “A Month of Sundays” the gallery featured in our new print before stopping at the Bakery for coffee and buns with PC. How perfect is that? Well, you were busy Victoria. That would have been the icing on the buns, I agree.

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Here we are with our friend (and guide) PC, photo by Victoria from NeoWatercolour.

Hence my suggestion, in the photocopying room with papercuts etc…. for having such a good time.

And there was more. That afternoon my partner and I attended the wedding of a young friend who had visited us in Australia 12 years ago. It was a marvellous occasion at the Millennium Gallery whose outdoor courtyard is flanked by Phlegm’s work! Echoes of our seemingly unreal movement between worlds. What a day.

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There were lots of swinging kilts, wild dancing and antics which would probably worry your mother.

Philippa Robert, Adelaide South Australia

I wouldn’t have done much work if I had attended on that particular Monday. Memories are best savoured quietly. Work colleagues would not have understood.

But, here’s to PC and to V. See you down here sometime soon! Many thanks for your great kindness and for igniting our love of Sheffield.

And thanks for the feel-good story. I didn’t realise how much I would need it. We should have come home that Monday. We could have flown home on the ‘high’.