Monday, 23 April 2018

Up Coming Events

Mill Green Museum

I will be at Hall of Frames King Street.

Friday, 6 April 2018

Ashbourne Workshop in the Rain.

A couple of weeks ago I ran my workshop at St John Street Gallery in Ashbourne, in my head I had the idea that March would be the perfect time to get outside and do a bit of sketching!
Well as you all know its been brutal weather in Derbyshire and standing outside in pouring rain was not ideal.
Although actually looking back you get some interesting results and memories.
I managed to find us shelter in a doorway and we actually got some decent sketches and funny looks as we tried to capture the scene in front of us.
 Today I revisited the painting I started and totally destoryed it and brought it back again I think this captures how blumin cold and wet and freezing we were!

A Late Winter in Ashbourne by Ruth Gray.

The next date for a street scene workshop is June 12th details here hopefully not pouring down but glorious sunshine.

Id love you to book on so we can have a great creative day together.  Any abilities are welcome.

While you are here I have a brand new mailing list be great if you could sign up no more than six a year! Subscribe Here

Sunday, 1 April 2018

GDPR what Im doing,

Happy Easter to you all.
The EU General Data Protection Regulation is a lengthy read for anyone but what it means for small businesses like myself is that I must ensure that I have consent to keep data on a mailing list.
I have decided to create a new mailing list with double opt ins to ensure I am compling with the new regulation, it means I will probaly lose a lot of old subscribers some of which I have had for four years since I set up my list. 
But I believe the time is right for me to do this anyway as I am planning some big changes to what I do with my art going forward so its important to me that I have connections who really care about my work. Newsletters are a personal connection much more so than social media. 
I use my newsletters to share new work and news before anywhere else, no more than six a year. If you would like to subscribe you can do so here.

Meanwhile below are some of the events I have coming up it would be lovely to see some of you there.
Bye for now Ruth x

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Friday, 16 March 2018

Back street Painting


It was a pleasure to demonstrate a mixed media street scene, for Breaston Art Group yesterday and my subject of choice was a rather bleak photo of Hounds Gate in Nottingham, from this little image I was fascinated to hear all about experiences the group had of visiting the area when it was a warehouse in the 1950s and 60s and the thrill of walking over the little bridge that had so caught my eye. sadly today the road has many to let signs and empty shops.

I have arms!

Hounds gate Nottingham 40 x 40 cm

Monday, 29 January 2018

Ten Small Paintings for January

Below is the results of my labours for January ten small paintings of various street scenes around Derbyshire and the UK. I've been struggling to find a consistent plan of action for a few months what with Christmas shows, birthdays, anniversaries etc.... so I've needed to find something that I can fit in around all the goings on and weekends away and visitors, kids you know life. I'm also struggling with my physical health so short bursts of work has been the plan of action.

These little paintings I am quite proud of  all together as a group I'm happy with them, some I'm not so thrilled with but that's inevitable and is at the discretion of the artist to know which they are.
I've decided for now to keep them unframed and for sale on my website at a cost of £150 each I haven't had a online show of works for sale before so its all new to me, but I figured out how to connect everything to paypal and we shall see. Prints are always available of any of my paintings too. If you are interested follow the link here

Its been nice to revisit some of the places I love and to spend a gloomy January imagining I am there. I've just come back from a weekend in Sheffield my husband is amused at how excited I am for a bit of dereliction and general urban decay!  It was our wedding anniversary treat and I spent it marveling at demolishion sites! I've booked a few days in Cleethorpes soon and I am more excited in a day trip to Grimsby Docks than anything else so I see my year kind of panning out in that sort of direction less pretty landscapes and more grime. Possibly not very commercial but sometimes you have to follow your heart.
Anyway leave me a comment below and let me know what you think of my months work.

George Street Hastings 18 x 24 cm on linen

Henrietta Street Whitby 18 x 24 cm on linen

High Street Rye 18 x 24 cm on linen

Market Place Chesterfield 18 x 24 cm on linen

Millennium Bridge Towards St Pauls 18 x 24 cm on linen

Niddry Street Edinburgh 18 x 24 cm on linen

Pelham Street Nottingham 18 x 24 cm on linen

Victoria Square Ashbourne 18 x 24 cm on linen

Water Street Bakewell 18 x 24 cm on linen

Wood Street Manchester 18 x 24 cm on linen.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Festooned in Plastic

A chance thing happened last year I was incorrectly included in an email that went out to Hertfordshire Artists, it was a call out for artists to participate in Earth Day Exhibition,  Ending Plastic Pollution at Mill Green Gallery Bush Hall Lane, Mill Green, Hatfield, April 22 - May 20th.
I was interested immediately as the subject matter is important to me and I feel quite strongly about plastic pollution. So I replied and have now been included its very exciting.
I decided to submit a landscape that depicts the kerbside as you drive down the A61 into Derby the trees are festooned in plastic bags and debris from the fast food restaurants and general blown in rubbish from the city.
 Plastic now seems to be part of the landscape at first you don't notice it but then you do and when you start looking for it you realise it is everywhere in the trees in the grass twisted around weeds little bits floating about its all over the place. Its something we are all aware of but seem to have put at the back of our minds is only recently due to awareness raising programes on TV and action on social media it is beginning to dawn on us that the problem is bigger than we thought.
So this exhibition is very timely indeed, please take time to read their mission statement below.

Festoon Kerbside 10 x 14" Acrylic on canvas board.

 22.April 2018, Earth Day Mission Statement
EarthDay takes place on 22 April every year and celebrates the value and beauty of the natural world.
More than one billion people in 192 countries take part in Earth Day events, ranging from community
fayres and film festivals to this impressive exhibition by local artists.
This year’s Earth Day theme is ‘Ending Plastic Pollution’.
Plastic is seriously bad for our environment. It is seriously bad for our health.
The first Earth Day was held on 22 April 1970, a year after the infamous three-million-gallon
Santa Barbara oil spill off the Californian coast. More than 10,000 seabirds, dolphins, seals
and sea lions died because of the pollution.
The stage had been set by the publication in 1962 of Rachel Carson’s bestseller, Silent Spring.
With awareness heightened, thousands of people, horrified by the Santa Barbara carnage, were
spurred into action.
Environmental regulation, environmental education and … Earth Day followed.
Initially activists envisaged a teach-in day for US college students but the concept took on a life
of its own. Earth Day is now celebrated across the world with events demonstrating support for
environmental causes.
A number of environmental treaties have been agreed on Earth Day, most notably the Paris
Climate accord of 2015, which was backed by 195 countries.
It was the world’s first legally binding deal aimed at tackling climate change. It obliged signatories
to limit global warming to below 2°C.
Earth Day is widely recognised today but what does ‘protecting the environment’ or ‘celebrating
Earth Day’ actually mean to us as individuals?
Is it enough to recycle our rubbish? Is it enough to ban glitter and microbeads?
Does it count when we enjoy a stunning sunset or marvel at the swans in the park?
Does it count when we let the end of the garden become a bit of a wilderness to provide a home
for hedgehogs and insects?
The answer of course is yes and no. Everything counts yet is never enough: our environment is as threatened
now as it was when Earth Day was conceived.
Species are going extinct at a faster rate than ever before; the pace of temperature rise is
unprecedented – all because of human activities.
While it’s important to enshrine environmental protections into our laws, it’s also important to
contribute ourselves to protecting our Earth and everything that lives on it.
We can act individually. We can act collectively. We can pressure those with influence and those
in power to act on our behalf.
Let’s not wait for another disaster before doing so.
Local Artists Ruth Goodman, Suse Nielebock, Susan Chester, Chloe Valerie, Audrey
Bowling, Dana Mallon, Judith Menges, Fiona Chaney, Mitzie Green, Ruth Gray, Priscilla,
Chantal Ridings, Jill McMaster, Vanessa Byron , Deana Kim Page , Natalie Mills, Stephen
Hill, Peter Fraser and Richard Wheeler are reflecting upon our natural environment in tribute

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Some Thoughts on Loyalty

Its half way through January and I've weaned myself of mince pies and am learning what vegetables are again, we have had Angus's birthday and this week is my 15th wedding anniversary of which I am rather proud.
The first seven years of marriage was all about who could wear the other one down and dominate as well as have some children and build buy and sell about five houses we crammed in a few losses too parents, aunts, uncles and our own son, as well as moving abroad and back oh and I did a degree started around six different jobs and gave up a career.

It was exciting but also exhausting and we came back to the UK a shadow of our former selves.
Here we were back in the UK freezing to death in one of the coldest winters living in a house on a steep hill having to push a screaming baby around being smacked on the head by a toddler too.

Unhappy oh you bet we were it was like war of the roses on steroids everything was bloody difficult.
We had some time apart about 18 months but we saw more of each other than when we were together and the distance gave us space to recoup and work out how we wanted our life to be.

The thing is we never gave up on each other at all not once we could easily have killed each other many times over but we never gave up and these days I see so many people give up.
Its easy to imagine that the grass is greener that if you run away everything will be solved, that if we knew this person instead of that person it will make your life better, but sometimes you already have everything it just needs work and understanding.

No body is perfect I've never met anyone who is we all have our ups and downs I cherish friendships and feel grateful to those that stick around through thick and thin, life has a way of bringing people together when the time is right. Loyalty is something I am really into my Dad has been a shining example of loyalty being dependable and honest. Its something I try very hard to be loyal to those I care about.

Its a rather boring trait but something I try to maintain, obviously there are occasions when you are tested by people, pushed around demanded of and even rejected but I always think if I have been true to myself loyal and honest then I have no obligations of guilt.

We can only do what we think is right and we have no responsibility for another persons happiness we make our own happiness and it is for us to share with others to bring them joy.

In the early days of a marriage we think it is our responsibility but it is not, it is our responsibility to lift each other up and support but we cant change a person or demand of them. These are the things you learn if you stick something out, so although we have fought like cat and dog we have come to some sort of unspoken agreement that we are now fairly equal in our dealings with each other and I'm happy to say 15 years together is brilliant we still fight over stuff mainly the washing up, but these are the small things in life.
So here's hoping we have many more years to come life is not predictable but only you can decide whether you are loyal.

So what has any of the above got to do with art?
Well the same principals apply to your work as it does to your relationships if you keep at something remain true to yourself and loyal to your craft you will reap rewards a plenty. If you chop and change reject, make demands , let down ,wallow in misery and think the grass is greener it will all be very hard indeed and often very lonely.