Indulge Your Imagination In Every Possible Flight!

”Indulge your imagination in every possible flight.”
– Jane Austen,
 Pride and Prejudice

Most excellent advice!
Have you had a chance to relax and let your imagination take flight this summer?
My Jane Austen painting image is now available as a mounted print, ready to pop into an A4 frame and up on your wall to help your thoughts wander into the realms of fiction and fantasy as autumn approaches….
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I nipped over to North Wales for a few days last week, where I relaxed and let my thoughts wander: resting up a tree above Dorothea Quarry; floating about in the beautiful
Llyn Nantlle (not for long- it wasn’t warm!!)

”To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.” – Jane Austen, Mansfield Park

This time in 2 weeks I will be setting up my stall at the fabulous Wigtown Book Festival. It will be so lovely to be back there again after two years of postponement 🙂
The festival runs from Friday 23rd September to Sunday 2nd October. There will be some fabulous author events including Anna ReidLauren ChildJohn Boyne and many, many others..
Also a performance from The Bookshop Band, a folk duo singing songs inspired by books 🙂

I will be on my stall in the Kist Marquee from Wednesday 28th to Sunday 2nd and look forward to seeing some of you there 🙂

 

Best Wishes,
Roo

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New Shelf portraits at Green and Stone Gallery, London next week :-)

I’m proud to be one of the artists exhibiting new work in next week’s
‘Come As You Are’
exhibition with Nicholas Bowlby Fine Art
at Green & Stone Gallery
Chelsea, London

You are hereby most cordially invited to attend the private view on
Tuesday 21st June 6.30 to 8.30pm

Please RSVP to thegallery@greenandstone.com

The exhibition runs from
Mon 20th June to Sat 25th June
open from 10am to 5pm
Green & Stone Gallery, 251 Fulham Road, London SW3 6HY

Here is my new painting ‘Every Grain of Rice’ in progress. The finished article will be on show at Green & Stone next week 🙂

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

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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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Spring is in the Air :-)

My thoughts are turning towards the garden this morning, now that I can feel a bit of spring in the air, and in the ground, with bulbs all starting to peep up 🙂

I was a bit late with my winter manure cover (February😮) but I’m sure it will be a while before sowing temperatures are reached up here in Yorkshire!

This ‘Down to Earth’ greeting card reminds me to take care of the soil and start planning my crops for the season ahead…

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My son and I had a busy and successful day yesterday setting up my exhibition at UpCo Arts in Otley. It’s looking great (if I may say so myself!)
I’m very much looking forward to the open day this Saturday, and hope to see a few of you there 🙂

Here is my son, Rory, using a drop-knee climbing move to do some extreme hanging over the stairwell!

Best Wishes 🙂

Roo

Book Shelf Art Up at UpCo!

BOOK SHELF ART at UPCO

I’ll be taking my Book Shelf Art over to Wharfedale for an exhibition at the new Otley Arts hub that is

UpCo

7 Courthouse Street, Otley, LS213AN

The exhibition starts with an

Opening Day event on Saturday 5th march 11am-4pm

and ends with another

Open Day on Sunday 1st May 11am-4pm

If you’d like to visit the exhibition any time between these dates please ring Josh on 07549 531449

Snowdrops, Starlings and Jane Austen…

I had my first snowdrop sighting of 2022 yesterday on a very blustery coastal walk in Silverdale, also including snow, rain, sunshine, hail and a rainbow!!

After a quick paddle in the sea (trying and failing to stay upright in gale force winds!), joy of joys, my very first experience of a murmuration of starlings, at Jenny Brown’s Point, which settled just 50 yards from my feet before swooping off again, and later coming straight over our heads – what an astounding show!

My incredibly moving starling experience has encouraged me to dig out my binoculars and seek out some more bird focused walks.
Any recommendatio
ns most welcome!
You can bring a touch of the Wonder of Birds into your own home with this ‘Bird Life’ art print from my shop 🙂
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I am very happy to have finished my new ‘Jane Austen’ Shelf Portrait last week, so it will be framed and ready for the Battersea Spring Affordable Art Fair in March, with Limited Edition prints being available from my exhibition open days at UPCO Otley on March 5th and May 1st.

Last of the Summer Flowers…..

I am happy to see that the Calendula flowers in my garden are still going strong despite the downward spiral of the temperature.
There were still a few insects buzzing around in yesterday’s glorious sunshine too!

Brand new in my shop this week is the ‘ABC of Bees’ A4 print.
This wonderfully honey-coloured image comes mounted and ready to pop in a standard A4 size frame 🙂
‘ABC of Bees’ is also available as a Limited Edition large-format print, and as an Art Card.

Something to suit every budget:-)

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And yes, it is time to start thinking about Christmas!

I do hope all of you will be trying your best to buy your gifts from Independent makers and sellers this year!

A great opportunity is coming up to do just that, at the
Northlight Winter Fair
December 4th and 5th!

There will be a super selection of Northlight creatives with a wonderful range of gift ideas. But you don’t have to be there to buy – you can take a look at their wonderful work by clicking on their names below 🙂

Rach Red Designs
Kate Boyce Art
Katch Ceramics
Red Mouse Design
Toby Cotterill Jeweller
Jane Revitt Mapworks
…and Roo Waterhouse Art, of course!!

Happy Browsing!!

Best Wishes,
Roo

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A Virtual Tour….

For those of you who weren’t able to make it to my Calm & Collected exhibition (for either geographical or ridiculous weather conditions!!) I thought you might like a little virtual tour of images…..

‘Down to Earth’; ‘Leonora’s Fairy Books'(sold); ‘Scotland The Brave’.
‘French Linen 2’; ‘French Linen 1’; French Linen 3′; ‘Hug’

I was very pleased with the way the exhibition looked – thanks to my dream team of assistants 🙂  It was pouring with rain all weekend, so a big thank you to all the visitors who braved the weather!

For you lovers of all things Renaissance and Tuscan; new in my shop this week is this Limited Edition print form my recent painting
‘About Florence’

Buy About Florence Print Here

I do hope you are enjoying some glimpses of Autumn sunshine between the rain clouds 🙂

Looking forward to December here is a date for your diary:
Northlight Winter Fair
December 4th and 5th!

Best Wishes,
Roo

(Reasonably) Calm and Collected!

 Hello 🙂

Phew! It’s been a busy old week…

Preparations for my Calm and Collected Exhibition this weekend are well underway and I’ve been buzzing about collecting paintings, framing prints, writing blurbs, and generally trying to pull everything together! As well as still working on a painting I would like to show (there will be a Wet Paint warning!!)

I had a great afternoon browsing around the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea while collecting some paintings. Such a variety of art on display. The highlight for me was the wonderful seaside light and atmosphere reflected in the colours of the buildings in the paintings of Camille Dowse

I managed to find time for family and nature too with a Thames-side walk in the morning sun, admiring the autumn colours in the park in the afternoon and a family feast in the evening 🙂

In celebration of my own architectural heritage (my great-great grandfather being the prolific, much admired Victorian architect Alfred Waterhouse) I have now published a series of 100 Limited Edition Mounted Prints of the original shelf portrait painting ‘Architectural Heritage’ and they are available to buy in my shop 🙂
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There will be a preview evening of Calm and Collected
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 🙂

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 🙂