This month I had a play with oil pastels for the first time. Experimented with a few fun preparatory sketches before embarking on this acrylic painting The Floor is Yours.
Love the vibrancy of the colours. Oil pastels are high in pigment so keep their intensity well but apparently they never really dry, no matter how long you leave them, so not sure how practical they will be for multimedia pieces. But fab for quick sketches and chucking around ideas and themes for now.
Started this original during a mentoring session with a budding artist about to start her art GCSE who has a flair for gymnastics. Worked away on it some more the next day, accentuating the movement and swooshiness, and within a few hours it had already sold to a lovely collector.
Was a pleasure to create in the company of fresh, young talent and always a boost when my stuff gets snapped up so quickly.
Best get thinking about the next exhibition soon. I'm returning to the wonderful Dove Gallery in Winchcombe with Clare Gadsby for the first week in October.
Our show coincides with Cheltenham Open Studios, so hopefully there will be lots of art lovers out and about who will pay us a visit on their travels.
More to come on that nearer the time, but there could well be some kind of Sudeley Castle creation in the offing if I get inspired enough between now and then!
Junction 12 Art Group members are featuring at the High Street pop-up gallery over three weeks, including one of our newest members Debbie Smith, who brings fused glass to the variety our little collective has to offer.
That's the great thing about pop-ups and collectives - there's always something different to draw you in.
The original painting maybe grazing in pastures new, but my characterful cow Natalie has taken on new life, as a mug and a cushion.
A sight to make you smile as you sup your morning brew or a happy hug to snuggle up to on the sofa.
A couple of other new designs have also been added to my merchandise range, including Apollo and Quench cushions and a Ready For Take Off mug.
A coupe of new landscapes to show you too.
Created Atop Three Cliffs and Deeper Into Three Cliffs at the same time as I wanted them to complement each other.
Dusted off the cold wax and oils for these, although they both had acrylic underpainting to get them started before the layers went on.
Texture and tactility in abundance. Used palette knives, cotton buds, sponges, rags, fingers and even the occasional paintbrush!
This pair definitely need to be seen in person to get a proper sense of their colour and texture.
Don't you just love the memories that pop up on Facebook? It was all go at Tamsin Stuart Art HQ this time last year too.
My Little Dipper original completed its journey to the other side of the world for a birthday surprise in South Australia.
Scruffy the cat's hard stare was immortalised on canvas for ever more, putting a smile on his owner's face for another special occasion, on UK soil.
And my feisty kickboxer Don't Mess came into being, selling in just two hours I think it was.
So many fantastic highs for me. Moments spent reflecting, remembering and taking stock of achievements are never wasted.