Friday, January 29, 2016

New Collection at Beside The Wave

" Night and Day" is the working title for a new collection of my work that has gone up on the walls of Beside The Wave gallery in Falmouth.  It is always one of the rewards of months of hard work to see everything perfectly framed and beautifully hung.
 It is like seeing it all through new eyes and every time it reminds me of how important a good gallery is.  Having people who really understand how to display everything to show it at its best is worth its weight in gold.
 If you are near Falmouth please do go and have a look and tell me what you think!
 For details of all the paintings you can visit the gallery web site Beside the Wave or have a look through my web site Sarah Wimperis

A Cornish Winter sketchbook, 29 double page paintings in one opening frame.

French Roads sketchbook, 29 double page paintings in one opening frame.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Every Now and Then

Every now and then I reveal another side to the things that I do, its not just painting, there are the long Cornish winter evenings to fill and even I find that painting for every hour that I am awake a bit difficult so I need something to do that is relaxing but still creative...
So I make bears, I design them, make the patterns and then find beautiful materials and construct them.  Each one is a unique creation, completely hand made and as traditional in construction as I can make them.  They have English glass boot button eyes, they are fully jointed with cotter pins and stuffed with wood wool which is a traditional teddy bear stuffing and gives them a lovely scrunch.  They are made of mohair or vintage faux fur.  The ears and pads are either faux leather, raw silk,wool felt or silk velvet.  I am trying to use lovely materials throughout.

 Some of them have musical insides, this hairy fellow, who is called Withell ( a Cornish name) and he plays the Teddy Bears Picnic.  I am making little cloth signature tags and they will have calico storage bags because...

They are "Collectors" bears.  They are not allowed to be sold as toys as very small people love to eat glass eyes and apparently will chomp right through to the metal cotter pins, because of that unfortunate tendency of small people I am designing a "dangle" or "walking" bear, one that can be eaten, sucked, sicked upon and put into the washing machine.
Because everyone must want a very special handmade, unique, one of a kind bear for the newest tiny person in their lives...dont they?
I have started an ETSY shop for this kind of thing so please encourage your friends to buy a bear or order one, I will make commission bears.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

"Night and Day" a new collection

I have an exhibition of brand new work opening at Beside The Wave in Falmouth on January 29th.
The title of this show, "Night and Day", as well as being a fantastic Cole Porter song, captures absolutely everything that I am motivated to paint.  Light seen at different times of the day or night, life and lovely times captured and celebrated by the act of painting; The sun shining through glasses on a thick white linen table cloth.  Mist slowly clearing in the early morning.  The heat of an afternoon wandering through a garden in a foreign land, senses alive to new scents and sensations.  Visiting the city and enjoying the colour of a rain soaked sky.
Early Morning in the Garden 40 x 80 cm oil on linen

 As keeping sketchbooks are fundamental to my practice as an artist I have celebrated this aspect by  including two little sketchbooks, “French Roads” and “A Cornish Winter” both complete with 29 little paintings and housed in a special opening frame so that it is possible to enjoy each painting and then to have a new one every day.  Like a slow time slide show!
French Roads, complete sketchbook 29 paintings, 9.5 x 29 cm, watercolour

A collection of new work that I think sits very well together.  I will put all the work on my web site after the 29th, in the meantime a preview can be requested from Beside The Wave.
Morning Table 60 x 40 cm oil on linen