May Day at UPCO !!

Come and join me at UPCO in Otley this Sunday.
It’ll be the final day of my exhibition, as well as being May Day!!

There will be refreshments and merriment 🙂

These lovely little notebooks are new in my shop this week!
I’ll be bringing some to Otley on Sunday too 🙂
Choose from Jane AustenScience Fiction. the ABC of Bees and Gentleman Jack

Shop Notebooks 🙂

Book Stairs!
The Bookery, a fabulous independent bookshop in Crediton, sent me this great photo of their innovative stair decoration using some of my Book Shelf greeting cards.
Isn’t it fab!!

I hope you all have a super bank holiday weekend.
I look forward to seeing some of you in Otley on Sunday 🙂

Best Wishes,
Roo

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Wishes for 2022

New Year Greetings!

I do hope you all had a cosy and delightful holiday season 🙂

I so enjoyed having various family members coming and going, feasting, playing games and chatting around the fire in my garden 🙂

One of the highlights of my winter break was a winding tour through the back streets of south-east London, with @monicaheeranart finding secret wild gardens and community murals.

This lovely old chap caught my eye, and has become the basis of my wishes for 2022:
To spend more time just being – watching the birds, wandering the moors – mainly to take a step back from the stresses of producing daily social media content and to be more of a real presence!


I will be touring my Calm and Collected exhibition (starting at UPCO in Otley in March /April dates to be announced soon!) and attending more book festivals around the country…


I would be delighted if you would let me know if you have a favourite local book festival, and I may see you there!

What are your wishes for 2022?

This Bespoke Shelf Portrait ‘Remarkable Books’ was one of my favourites this year.
I love the broad variety of titles and the way it reflects a lifetime of reading.


What books would you choose?


You can find out more about how to commission your own bespoke book shelf painting here 🙂

I hope any Scots amongst you found a small way to celebrate Hogmanay, with public celebration events being cancelled…

Here is my own little celebration of all things Scottish, from my painting ‘Scotland the Brave’, this set of mounted print, notebook and art card

Buy Scotland Set Here

Warmest Wishes for 2022 🙂

Roo

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.

 

Big Sky

‘Big Sky’ – a bespoke Shelf Portrait painting for a well known publishing house. No prizes for guessing which of their authors it was commissioned for!!

I felt very honoured to get to paint for one of my favourite authors 🙂

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

The Sisters Bronte

A most welcome addition to my Etsy shop is this detail Art-print of my latest Shelf Portrait oil painting ‘The Sisters Bronte’, picturing each of the novels of the Bronte Sisters. The editions pictured are from the shelves of the library at the Bronte Parsonage, and the wallpaper is from one of the Parsonage bedrooms.

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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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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 🙂

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

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

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