Thursday, 15 February 2018

A Wild Card on a Wild Day

Last year I decide to take the plunge and enter 'Sky Landscape Artist of the Year'. I submitted  a painting and waited.....I then found out although I didn't make the short list I was able to apply to be a 'Wildcard' which I did and got in.
Hosted by Joan Bakewell and Frank Skinner, the competition is judged by award-winning artist Tai Shan Schierenberg, independent curator, Kathleen Soriano and art historian Kate Bryan.

Each of the locations that are chosen have the shortlisted artists and an additional 50 'Wildcard' artists. We were able to choose which location we applied for and although I would have preferred 'the Gower Peninsular' I felt it was probably better that I went to a nearer location on this occasion. This was 'Paddy's Hole' a small harbour apparently named after the many Irishmen who helped build 'South Gare', an area of reclaimed land and breakwater on the South side of the River Tees.

A few days before I thought I had better try my hand at 'Plein Air' painting as I usually paint from the comfort of my studio.
I visited Seaham Harbour, did a small sketch and then went on to do a very large scale painting shown below:)

That was it my preparation for this momentous occasion!!

When I knew I was definitely going to 'Paddy's Hole I decided to check out the location to hopefully calm the old nerves. The area was along a rather foreboding private road. When I arrived, talk about being exposed to the elements! It was an extremely brisk day and definitely blew the old cobwebs away.

I took lots of photos and felt a little more prepared for the next day if only knowing where it was!
Early the next day the weather was extremely changeable. I headed out not knowing what to expect and took everything but the kitchen sink. We were filmed carrying all our gubbins in groups and led to one of the view points.
Thankfully I had a far less industrial view. I had the lovely sand dunes and sea view with a group of wind farms in the distance. I chose a spot a bit further down from the road and boy was I glad as I found we were thankfully sheltered from the elements. One minute it would look like the heavens were going to open, the next it was beautiful blue sky.

The industrial view point.

The Fishermen's Huts.

I had some brilliant company to my left and right which really made the day fun and calmed the nerves.  Brenda Ward was painting to my right and Sarah Watson was to my left. 
Every now and again the judges would do their rounds and talk to various artists.

Beginning stages.

Progress being made.

 We only had four hours but I seemed to paint a lot faster on this particular day.

'Wild at Heart' by Linda Vine

At the end of the day we were invited to go and have a look at the shortlisted artists. Shortly after this Brenda and I were asked to comment on camera about one of the artists work. You can see this highlight of the show for about 2 seconds on the series.  If you day 2 of the episode from Paddy's hole about 45 minutes in you will see our debut performance:)

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Snowy Scenes

It's that time of year again, busy busy!! Lots of Christmas Fayres have come and gone and lots of snowy cottages have journeyed to their new homes. 
This years offering is 'Prebends Cottage' with its cute red door and shutters, what a lovely way to add atmosphere to your Christmas decor.
We have had snowfall in Durham already and apparently there could be more on the way. I prefer to look at it from  inside a cosy dwelling :)
Prebends Cottage is available in various size prints and can be framed for those in the local area.

Friday, 10 November 2017

Christmas Shopping starts here at Wynyard Hall

I'm really excited to again be taking part in the Wynyard Hall Festive Shopping Fayre this year. 
There will be lots of wonderful stalls packed with all sorts of goodies such as decorations, children's toys, artisan spirits, yummy food, jewellery, fashion and lots of other gifts. There will also be live entertainment and an ice rink!!
My snowy cottage paintings and prints are a favourite at this time of year as they add that something extra special to the normal Christmas decor.
There are now four different cottages to choose from or as some people do why not start a collection!
I will have lots of Original Paintings, Mounted Prints and Greetings cards available to purchase, you will find me in the Grand Marquee just near The Walled Garden.

Click on the link below for more information.

Friday, 1 September 2017

Berties of Bay

What a view!! This is what you encounter as you walk down hill from the car park towards the quaint fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay. It is within the North York Moors National Park, a few miles south from Whitby.

As you walk down the extremely steep hill into the village you will encounter a quaint little store to the right, full of delightful gifts and goodies.  I came across it last year on my travels and was delighted to find out from a friend that they were going to exhibit the work of several artists throughout the year. Hence throughout September you can peruse a selection of my paintings, prints and cards. The shop is open 10am-6pm every day except for Tuesdays.

'BERTIES OF BAY is a beautiful little store that offers unique gifts, indoor and outdoor homeware, art and hints of happiness to fill any home.'

The village has lots of really interesting nooks and crannies, shops, pubs and tea rooms. Not to mention the quaint houses with their terracotta rooftops and of course the lovely bay itself.

One of the many tasty teashops to try! Just remember on your way out of the village you have to climb back that extremely steep hill. Of course you can disguise your heavy breathing by occasionally stopping to look back at that gorgeous view!!

Nearby is the stunning North Yorkshire Moors presently covered with great swathes of purple heather. What an amazing place to live or to visit ....... Yorkshire :) I think it's time for a visit.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Last Chance to View Exhibition

 Well, it's nearly the end of my solo exhibition at Allendale Forge Studios. It started off with the preview at the beginning of June and has continued throughout the month, closing on Friday June 30th at 4pm. It's the last chance to see all my recent work there 'in the flesh'. I have been extremely pleased with the response to my work which will spur me on until my next exhibition.
I just wanted to share with you some of the memories from the exhibition, thank you to everyone who came to the preview and others who visited throughout the month. It was lovely to catch up with old friends and also to show my work off to a new visitors.
My next exhibition will be in Richmond, Yorkshire in 'The Station'. This will run form October 7th-19th 2017.
Please check out my website for further details.

'Andy and I enjoyed a delightful afternoon viewing Linda's paintings and chatting to like minded admirers of her work. We are now fortunate to have a few of her pieces around our home. They exude a beautiful tranquility that just causes us to pause and rest. So if you have some wall space in your home that needs something beautiful to fill it and or If like me you love natural beauty, landscapes and architecture, a skilled use of colour and texture that beckons you in to look at the details. I recommend a trip to the gallery before the exhibition closes and please have a look at Linda's website too.' Fiona T

 A glimpse of the stunning scenery you can travel through surrounding Allendale.

Artsy weekend

I have just recently had a very Artful weekend, a creative feast for the eyes. Every year Alnmouth have their own Arts Festival over a weekend when lots of places open up to exhibit lots of beautiful arts & crafts.
If you haven't visited Alnmouth it is a quaint coastal town in Northumberland and thankfully on Saturday the weather was glorious. Various venues and homes; some tucked away down various alleyways are given over to the festival.
Lots of lovely artwork and crafts can be purchased, if you didn't make it this year then maybe next as it is an annual event.

I particularly love the venue called 'The Old School Gallery.'
It houses the stunning work of Artist Sue Fenlon and many other talented artists. It also has a delightful cafe and is definitely worth a visit. 

One of the quaint homes with very cute steps.

Beautiful day on a beautiful beach.

Well, that was my Saturday treat then on Sunday I went to one of Mary Ann Rogers Open days that she holds at her lovely property in Northumberland. I was not disappointed, lots of her stunning watercolours were displayed around her wonderful home of hares, hounds, ducks, ewes and her eye-catching tulip paintings. 

After all the perusing one is of course in need of some  light refreshments - voila a marquee had been erected in the garden and it was there you could partake of tea and lots of extremely tempting cakes.

The beautiful Northumberland countryside surrounds Mary Ann's studio giving lots of artistic inspiration.