What a Fabulous Weekend!

We are having such a great Open Studios weekend here in Hebden Bridge!

It is wonderful to have so many visitors and to be chatting with people ūüôā The whole town is buzzing!

We all had such a busy day yesterday – and studios are open again today from 11-5.


Insect Ways on Summer Days….

Insect Ways On Summer Days…

¬†This week it’s all about bugs!

My youngest and I have just had a relaxing couple of days in West Wales, where we spent one happy half hour watching this little stunner¬†go about it’s business…
We also saw an abundance of large bumble bees enjoying the flowers¬†around our¬†cosy little wooden shed¬†near the banks of the River Teifi. The most beautiful location for a break, with a perfect balance of castles, ancient monuments, beaches and river swims ūüôā
I hope you have all had a chance to be outside enjoying the sunshine and the bees.

This recently finished Shelf Portrait ‘Insect Ways On Summer Days’ was such fun to paint! All the beetles and bees made me smile, but I think the damsel-fly has to be my favourite. Big thanks go to¬†Toby Cotterill¬†a fellow studio holder at¬†Northlight Art Studios¬†for the inspiration of his book collection. Toby makes¬†unique articulated jewellery inspired by the natural world and by arthropods in particular..

The original painting has already been snapped up, but ‘Insect Ways On Summer Days’ is newly available to order as a¬†Limited Edition Print¬†– just follow the button below to find out more….

Insect Print: Shop Listing


Hebden Bridge Open Studios
9th,10th and 11th July

I will be joining a fabulous range of local artists and makers in opening my studio (within current guidelines). We are so looking forward to welcoming visitors into our studios once more ūüôā
I will keep you informed of our Covid Policy nearer the time, but I imagine we will have a limit to a single-group in each studio at one time. There will be outdoor seating (and some refreshments!) in the yard to hang out in if you need to wait your turn !!

Helena Whitbread’s Blog

A lovely write up in Helena Whitbread’s Blog about how the ‘I Know My Own Heart’ bespoke Shelf Portrait painting came about….

Gentleman Jack A4 prints notebook and greeting card

A detail from the painting is available as a ‘Gentleman Jack’ A4 prints, notebooks, greeting cards and mugs, all available from my Etsy Shop: RooWaterhouseArt

Belated New Year Greetings!

Just about got this newsletter out before the end of January!!

‘Sarah’s Room’ ¬©RooWaterhouseArt2019 12×16″ oil on canvas

2019 was a very busy year for Roo Waterhouse Art, with bespoke Shelf-Portrait paintings for clients in London, Derby, and around Yorkshire, including a couple of extra special ones commissioned through publishers at Penguin Random House (but I can‚Äôt yet tell you who for!). For more information about Bespoke Shelf Portrait take a look here. Great Shelf Portrait painting sales at the Affordable Art Fairs in Battersea and Hampstead last spring and summer, many thanks to Nicholas Bowlby Fine Art, also at Frivoli Gallery, Chiswick and The Yorkshire Gallery, Halifax. Very pleased to have some large scale ‚ÄėBelongings‚Äô painting sales too, including one to the USA.¬†

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New work racing to the finish line for Affordable Art Fair Battersea

‘Shackleton’s Hut’ ¬©RooWaterhouseArt oil on canvas 16×16″

This new Shelf-Portrait ‘Shackleton’s Hut’ was inspired by a shelf of battered Penguin books I came across in the reconstructed Antarctic explorers’ hut in the penguiin enclosure at London Zoo!! I’m very happy to say that it is finished and ready for showing at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea this March, with Nicholas Bowlby Fine Art.

Racing to the finish line is a Shelf Portrait for the keen gardener ‘Saturday in my Garden’. I’m enjoying painting in some classic William Morris wallpaper in the background ūüôā

‘Saturday in my Garden’ ¬©RooWaterhouseArt – work in progress…

Another one on its way is ‘Whizzer and Chips’…….

‘Whizzer and Chips’ ¬©RooWaterhouseArt – work in progress….

Happy Customer!!

A very happy looking Kerri, on being presented with ‘Daily Greatness’, her surprise birthday present! Her best friend Sara commissioned this bespoke Shelf-Portrait oil painting of the most significant books describing their friendship – including a favourite mix-tape and the lip-balm which she is never without…
Lovely to be able to make people smile ūüôā

Another Happy Family :-)

This Happy Family were very chuffed with their new Bespoke Shelf-Portrait oil painting. A lovely reminder of the books that have been most significant in their lives together.
I love the way it matches their wall!