Happy New Year!

Sarah Douglas Dog Breed Watercolour painting Collection Exhibited at The Brewery, Cheltenham

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a good break over Christmas and are starting your new year well! I’ve got lots of plans for the new year to work on for my business and I’m looking forward to getting stuck into some more pet portrait commissions too! I was very busy over the holiday period painting new portraits of some gorgeous pets for Christmas commissions and would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has ordered from me! Thanks, I really enjoy working on commissioned pieces and it makes me happy to see people so pleased with the finished pieces. Please do share photos of my work with your friends and family if you like it as this will really help me to get noticed more and keep going with more commissions.

I’ve also still got some of my work exhibited in The Brewery, Cheltenham (above Arcade Artisans) until the end of January so anyone who is nearby and wants to see some of my original work, do pop in. There’s other local artists there too and I’m selling some prints and cards there. My calendars will be put on Sale tomorrow to £5 each so anyone who hasn’t got a calendar for the new year you can buy from the exhibition or online at my etsy store SarahDouglasArt.

 

Sarah Douglas Dog Breed Paintings calendar

I am in the process of starting a mailing list, so if you’d like to join there is a link on my home page / portfolio page where you can sign up. I’ll be using this to send out updates on my work, painting processes, exhibitions, new products and letting followers know when I’m free for commissions first, I’ll also send out details of deals on my work so it’s worth signing up to get the best prices on my pieces and hear about new work first! I promise you wont be inundated with spam emails from me, I’m not like that!

I’m hoping to start some new projects this year, to expand upon my dog breed collection (which will is pictured in the photo and will be making it’s way to my website soon) and to start some more cat paintings as well as horses and rabbits! I also very much like painting street scenes and buildings, and I hope to do some images of Cheltenham and other places too. So look out for those!

Thanks again to everyone who has supported me and I hope you all have exciting plans of your own for the new year!

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The Wilson Art Gallery, Cheltenham

Linlin Cui - Falling. Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2014

This weekend I visited The Wilson which is Cheltenham’s museum and art gallery. Since it has been refurbished I have really enjoyed making visits to see exhibitions. It is completely different to what it used to be and has really been brought up to date. Instead of the stuffy, old, creaky rooms with only the arts and crafts and museum items on display it is now big, bright, airy and contemporary. Not only is the space so much better but the gallery is really making the most of it and putting on some great exhibitions. I have been to a few including a Photography Portrait exhibition, Glass Sculpture and they even had Rodin’s The Kiss. Coming up next year are watercolours by Turner! Not bad for the local art gallery!

Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2014

The Beekeeper, Dan Des Eynon. Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2014
The Beekeeper, Dan Des Eynon. Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2014

The gallery is currently exhibiting entries and winners from the recent Cheltenham Illustration Awards. The illustration awards have been going on for a few years now and this year they had some well known guest illustrators; Shaun Tan and Lara Hawthorne. Shaun Tan is an illustrator I looked at during my university study and it was great to see his work on display. This years theme is Being Human and the illustrations on exhibition had all tackled the brief well and from unique perspectives.

Linlin Cui - Falling. Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2014
Linlin Cui, Falling. Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2014
Ian Tiseo, Being Human. Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2014
Ian Tiseo, Being Human. Cheltenham Illustration Awards 2014

Ahead of the Curve

Ahead of the Curve is another exhibition currently on at The Wilson, which I saw this weekend. On show was a selection of contemporary china work from Chinese artists. China is something I find particularly beautiful and the striking contemporary ideas created in traditional porcelain were wonderful.

Wan Liya, Birds Twitter and Fragrance of Flowers 2010
Wan Liya, Birds Twitter and Fragrance of Flowers 2010