Spine[Less]: Limited Edition Book Art

An Original shelf portrait painting of the Portico Library spineless books. A special collaboration between Roo Waterhouse and the Portico Library, Manchester, producing two oil paintings inspired by the Library’s 19th-century collection.

25% of the sale price going to the Portico Library Adopt-a-book programme.

This image is a detail of one of my original ‘Shelf-Portrait’ oil paintings ‘Spine[Less]’ available for sale here.

  • Limited Edition Fine Art print on 280g Fine Art paper
  • Numbered out of an edition of 100
  • Signed and numbered under the image by the artist
  • with a certificate of authentication on the back
  • Backed and Mounted (except for United States and Europe**)
  • If in stock: shipped in 2 to 3 working days
  • On back order (or International): shipped in 10-14 working days

The printed image measures 30 x 60 cm.
Total size including window mount approx 35 x 70 cm
Frame not included

**Please note orders for the United States and Europe will be posted unmounted in a cardboard tube, and may incur local taxes on/before delivery**If you wish to ship to elsewhere in the world, please contact me directly.

I love painting the details of the scuffed corners and worn edges – the evidence that these books have been well loved, playing their parts in peoples life stories….

I feel privileged to be able to do what I love for a living, and to have others appreciate it. My book art work brings together my loves of painting, typography and books. I love to paint Bespoke Shelf Portrait paintings: clients gather their favourite editions together for me to paint. As I paint, a picture of their lives and loves grows across the canvas, across the shelf. Which books would you choose for your Shelf Portrait?

Find out more about my bespoke paintings here

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Portico Library: Limited Edition

An Original shelf portrait painting of the Portico Library spineless books . A special collaboration between Roo Waterhouse and the Portico Library, Manchester, producing two oil paintings inspired by the Library’s 19th-century collection.

25% of the sale price going to the Portico Library Adopt-a-book programme.

This image is a detail of one of my original ‘Shelf-Portrait’ oil paintings ‘Portico’ available for sale here.

  • Limited Edition Fine Art print on 280g Fine Art paper
  • Numbered out of an edition of 100
  • Signed and numbered under the image by the artist
  • with a certificate of authentication on the back
  • Backed and Mounted (except for United States and Europe**)
  • If in stock: shipped in 2 to 3 working days
  • On back order (or International): shipped in 10-14 working days

The printed image measures 30 x 60 cm.
Total size including window mount approx 35 x 70 cm
Frame not included

**Please note orders for the United States and Europe will be posted unmounted in a cardboard tube, and may incur local taxes on/before delivery**If you wish to ship to elsewhere in the world, please contact me directly.

I love painting the details of the scuffed corners and worn edges – the evidence that these books have been well loved, playing their parts in peoples life stories….

I feel privileged to be able to do what I love for a living, and to have others appreciate it. My book art work brings together my loves of painting, typography and books. I love to paint Bespoke Shelf Portrait paintings: clients gather their favourite editions together for me to paint. As I paint, a picture of their lives and loves grows across the canvas, across the shelf. Which books would you choose for your Shelf Portrait?

Find out more about my bespoke paintings here

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(Affordable Art Fair Battersea) Spring is Here!

This week I have been busy packing up paintings to send down south for the Battersea Spring Affordable Art Fair
So I thought I’d give you a little Private View of what will be on display at the Fair with Nicholas Bowlby Gallery :

‘By The River’  2022 oil on canvas 30x40cm

 

‘Pathways’  2022 oil on canvas 30x 40cm

 

‘What The Dickens’  2022 oil on canvas 40x40cm

 

 ‘Look At This’  2022 oil on canvas40x40cm

 

‘The Edge of Time’  2022 oil on canvas 30x40cm

 

 ‘Beatitude’ 

You’ll find these paintings of mine on Stand A5 at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park from Thursday March 9th to Sunday March 12th

You can grab yourself FREE TICKETS by using the code NIB-GC at this link:

GET AAF TICKETS HERE

 

 

Best Wishes,

Roo

 

 

When The Going Was Good

When The Going Was Good’ Roo Waterhouse 2022

No sooner had I finished painting this new shelf portrait of vintage orange Penguin paperbacks than it was sold by the powers of social media!! My collection of classic Penguin books is gradually increasing; are you a fan? How many do you have on your shelves?
CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEA No.1
For the art historians and Tuscan travellers in your life, this A4 mounted print from shelf portrait oil painting ‘About Florence’ is the perfect gift.
An evocative bookshelf full of Tuscan and Florentine inspiration from my father’s bookshelves.
I spent many childhood summers wandering the hills of Tuscany and the galleries of Florence, and these books take me right back there, bringing back memories of sun-soaked Italian expeditions….
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I have also been transported back to Florence by the wonderful book
‘Still Life’ by Sarah Winman.
The beautifully descriptive narrative had me wandering the streets alongside the characters. I thoroughly recommend giving it a read. I love this old map too, which I think belonged to my grandmother.

Best Wishes,
Roo

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Scotland The Brave: Limited Edition

Celebrate all things Scottish with this Fine Art Print. This collection of books was found in the wonderful 2nd hand book shop Well Read Books in Wigtown – the book town of Scotland.

This image is a detail of one of my original ‘Shelf-Portrait’ oil paintings ‘Scotland The Brave’.

  • Limited Edition Fine Art print on 280g Fine Art paper
  • Numbered out of an edition of 100
  • Signed and numbered under the image by the artist
  • with a certificate of authentication on the back
  • Backed and Mounted (except for United States and Europe**)
  • If in stock: shipped in 2 to 3 working days
  • On back order (or international): shipped in 10-14 working days

The printed image measures 12 x 24 inches.
Total size including window mount approx 17 x 29 inches
Frame not included

**Please note orders for the United States and Europe will be posted unmounted in a cardboard tube, and may incur local taxes on/before delivery** If you wish to ship to elsewhere in the world, please contact me directly.

I love painting the details of the scuffed corners and worn edges – the evidence that these books have been well loved, playing their parts in peoples life stories….

I feel privileged to be able to do what I love for a living, and to have others appreciate it. My book art work brings together my loves of painting, typography and books. I love to paint Bespoke Shelf Portrait paintings: clients gather their favourite editions together for me to paint. As I paint, a picture of their lives and loves grows across the canvas, across the shelf. Which books would you choose for your Shelf Portrait?

Find out more about my bespoke paintings here

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Paperback Painter

What The Dickens……!

Click on the image above to view a little film of me painting along to a Dickensian theme tune 🙂

Full steam ahead….

I’m currently nose to the grindstone getting new paintings ready for an exhibition with Nicholas Bowlby Fine Art at Green and Stone in Chelsea. The exhibition runs from 20th to the 27th June, so do pop in to see my latest work alongside some other inspiring artists’ work 🙂

It has been a revelation for me to listen to  Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities on my headphones as I paint  ‘What the Dickens!’ (pictured in progress above) – so much more interesting than one badly recited sentence at a time in school lessons!!

I am excited to have this Jane Austen mini notebook up in my website shop now, and I will soon be announcing the addition of Jane Austen Limited Edition prints – so watch this space!
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Stage Two:

Here’s a view of what my paintings look like before I get to the typography stage….

Beatification: work in progress

I’m enjoying researching the best of the Beat generation for this painting. I’m currently listening to On The Road by Jack Kerouac as I paint….

And now back to the grindstone…….!!
Best Wishes,
Roo

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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Inspiring Gift Ideas From Yorkshire Artists :-)

Christmas is coming…….

This year I’ve been inspired to give my lovely family and friends treasure trove shoe boxes full of little gifts, rather than one big gift.

It is so much more fun choosing them 🙂

I’m also opting to shop independent and support my fellow artists and makers.

I would love to share with you my top 25 gifts inspirations for £25 and less from creators around West Yorkshire to give your Festive present ideas a boost!

Mistletoe Hanging Decoration
from Hannah Nunn

2022 Printmakers Calendar
from Rach Red Designs

Fairy Books Art Print
from Roo Waterhouse (that’s me!)

Yorkshire Winter Scene Hanging Decorations
from Kate Boyce Art

Carousel Tea-Light Lantern
from Kate Lycett

Joy Care Bundle
from Java Bere

Jane Austen Little Cup
from Katch Skinner Ceramics

Yorkshire Map Apron
from Jane Revitt

Jewellery Gift Card
from Kate Rhodes

Penguin Rainbow Notebook
from Roo Waterhouse Art (me again!)

Golden Plovers Nest paper fold-out
from Angie Rogers

Golden Moon Bag
from Julia Ogden

Trinket Dish
from Sue Gunn Ceramics

Funky Zip Pouch
from Amy Mellis

Burrows screen-printed containers
from Folded Forest

The Encyclopedia of Unbelievable Facts
from The Printed Peanut

Agate Cup
from Gary Thomas

Cheerful Tea Towels
from Maggie Magoo

Red Squirrel felted Decoration
from Ladybird and Leaf

Explore! Look! Collect! Create! download activities
from The Egg Factory

Chameleons Greetings Card
from Geckoman

Space Mug
from Crow Nest Pottery

Rainbow Necklace
from Miss Dot Designs

Robin Lantern
from Katfish Designs

and finally, another one from yours truly (anyone would think I was biased!!)……..

Pick of The Penguins Gift Box
from Roo Waterhouse Art

Happy Shopping!!

I’ll be taking a break from sending you news and inspiration until 2022 is with us, so I wish you all a…

Very Merry Festive Season 🙂

Warmest Wishes
Roo

Here’s me at the recent Northlight Winter Fair!

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:-)

Shop for Bees!

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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