Down to Earth

This summer I spent a wonderful few days with my grown up children in a beautiful wooden yurt at Henbant Farm in Caernarfon. Plenty of wandering about the land, watching the birds and the bees, and browsing all the inspiring planet-friendly books on the shelves of the common room outbuilding.

Our time there inspired these two Shelf Portrait paintings: ‘Down to Earth’ and ‘ABC of Bees’, which are now heading down to London to be on show with Nicholas Bowlby Gallery at The Autumn Affordable Art Fair in Battersea, October 21st-24th

Down to Earth ©2021RooWaterhouse 12×16″ oil on canvas

 

ABC of Bees ©2021RooWaterhouse 12×16″ oil on canvas

I’ve used the beautiful nature-inspired wallpaper patterns of Hannah Nunn for the backgrounds, which help set the mood perfectly 🙂

Look out for Limited Edition Prints coming soon!! Hopefully in time for ‘Calm and Collected’, my solo exhibition of recent paintings at Northlight Artspace in Hebden Bridge…..

Calm and Collected

There is a definite change in the light and the colours up on the moors this week.

Things are starting to feel more autumnal as October marches on, towards…….

A solo exhibition in Hebden Bridge 🙂

Things are hotting up in my studio as I focus on getting a series of new paintings ready for my solo exhibition Calm and Collected at Northlight Artspace at the end of this month.

My Shelf Portrait paintings of collected possessions (not just books!) hold a reassuring stillness and calm. Conjuring up memories, they give us a chance to reflect upon what is important to us in our daily lives and histories.
In my bookshelf paintings I celebrate a love of books – their power, their magic, the joy and the heartbreak they can give us.

There will be plenty of new bookshelves to browse and a series of new domestic shelves (sneak peek below!).

There will be a preview evening on Thursday 28th October from 6pm to 8pm to which you are all invited.
The exhibition is then open on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st from 11am to 5pm.

I look forward to seeing you 🙂

Open Studios Open!!

The artists and makers of Hebden Bridge and the surrounding valleys welcome you into their studios this weekend 🙂

You can find out more about the individual artists on the Hebden Bridge Open Studios website

I will be in my studio at Northlight Studios alongside Kate Boyce Art; Toby Cotterill Jewellery; Juliet Blackman Ceramics; Alex Harwood; Sue Turner Ceramics; Red Mouse Designs; Rach Red Designs; Jane Revitt, Catherine Long and Don Myers…. where we will be looking forward to seeing you between 11am and 5pm 🙂

Thank you to The Yorkshire Post today for a lovely feature all about Open Studios..  You can read it here.

And also…

Here is a lovely short film about me and my work made by Sebastian Jennings….

 

A Lovely Busy Open Studios :-)

Open Studios July 2021

A big thank you to all the lovely, chatty people who visited, and a big WELCOME to all the new subscribers to Roo’s Mailing List!

It was so fabulous to have such friendly faces and enthusiastic book-related chats in my studio. The whole of Hebden Bridge was buzzing with visitors from near and far, and for once the weather was perfect too 🙂

AND… we get to do it all again in October!! The second Hebden Bridge Open Studios weekend of 2021 will run from October 1st-3rd with artists all over Hebden Bridge and the surrounding area opening their doors and welcoming visitors.

 I also had a successful weekend at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea (not in person though, as it was the same weekend as Open Studios!) where Nicholas Bowlby Fine Art  showed my newest paintings.

‘Architectural Heritage’ and ‘About Florence’ (above) have gone to their new homes…

My creative energies have been boosted by all this lovely enthusiasm and I am ploughing it in to lots of new work. Here I am painting in a background using Hannah Nunn‘s gorgeous Daisy Meadow wallpaper for inspiration 🙂

I am now busy working on series of paintings for ‘Calm and Collected’, my next solo exhibition at Northlight Studios at the end of October. Details to follow!…..

 There is a new greeting card in my shop for anyone who enjoys a dose of 1960’s/70’s nostalgia 🙂

Take yourself back to memories of these classic childhood comic and TV show annuals! I used to spend hours and hours poring over these annuals as a child. We had one shelf full, and I must have read them all a hundred times! Whizzer and Chips, The Beano and the Blue Peter Annual were my favourites. Which were yours?

Shop Whizzer and Chips Card Here

I’m sad to see the back of the lovely hot, sunny spell – though I have had to take regular dips in the river to stay cool!

I hope you enjoy these magical glimpses of evening sunshine in the woods yesterday…

Best Wishes,

Roo

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 🙂 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 🙂
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

COMING UP SOON……….

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 🙂
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….

https://www.annelister.co.uk/shelf-portrait-what-would-yours-be/
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’t 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 ‘Belongings’ painting sales too, including one to the USA. 

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