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

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….

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 🙂