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Walking the Land - The Sandlings Walk

Tuesday 7th May - Sunday 18th May 2024

@ The Sentinel Gallery, Chapel Road, Wivenhoe.  10-5pm Daily.

All pieces shown below are for sale with proceeds being donated to The Rob George Foundation.

 

Days set aside - our Sandling Days - were very precious.  A day off grid - radio silence.

Somedays we were in the woods - shrinking into the undergrowth.

Other days we shared the excitement of being the first one to see the sea.

 

Clutching our sketch pads, making simple responses seemed the best approach for me. My trusty iPhone though was my best friend. The luxury of oddles of photos, some in colour, some in black and white are what I have fallen back upon as I've wallowed in the fun of producing art inspired by the countryside I 've walked through.

 

Whether it's in textiles, acrylics or watercolors - I can never predict where the mood will take me. Different memories come into my mind in different mediums. Its all great fun - and that's important.

 

Eating cake is important too!

EXHIBITION:  Walking the Land - The Sandlings Walk - 7-18th May 2024 - The Sentinel Gallery, Chapel Road, Wivenhoe.  C07 9DX

96kms of way-marked paths starting on the northern fringe of Ipswich, Suffolk and travelling to the pier at Southwold, Suffolk.

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8 kms

Reclining Oak 

50cms x 50cms

Acrylic on wood block - framed in oak

We walked the day after a big storm.  The woods were littered with debris, but this tree had fallen some time ago - and reminded me of a headless lady!       

SOLD

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9 kms

Muddy Lagoon

40cms x 30cms

Collage of hand painted papers and stitch

Just before you reach Woodbridge the River Deben settles in glorious shallow mud pools upon which houseboats settle and the sun glistens on the slimy lagoons.  On a chilly day in early March 2022 the bare trees reflected in the mud alongside the golden brittle reeds.

SOLD

12 kms

The River Deben, nr Melton

60cms x 60cms

Acrylic on stretched canvas with white frame.

The walk along the river side towards Melton is a glorious stretch.  Huge skies entertain and reflect in the tidal river.  On the occasion of my visit the tide was very high and looking across to Sutton Hoo on the other bank the storm clouds could be seen gathering.  

Sailing boats abound and caught the sunshine in the distance.

£400.00

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14 kms

Rustling Reeds

60cms x 40cms - hand dyed fabric with free motion embroidery - mounted and framed in a bespoke oak frame.

After Melton the Sandlings Walk heads into deep reed beds and you walk along board walks.  The reeds soared way over my head (although I am quite short!) but the bird song and the sound of the lapping water and the continuous rustle of the reeds were beautiful.

SOLD

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14 kms

Rustling Reeds - small panels (5)

15cms x 30cms - hand dyed fabric with free motion embroidery and off loom weaving - mounted and framed.

Smaller versions of the large panel above complimented by a little off loom weaving for good measure.                     

SOLD

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Hedgehog with Bumble-bees

22cms x 22cms

Free machine embroidery, mounted and framed.

SOLD

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Blue-tit sitting with Bumble-bees

22cms x 22cms

Free machine embroidery, mounted and framed.

SOLD

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Blue-tit in flight with Bumble-bees

22cms x 22cms

Free machine embroidery, mounted and framed.

£95.00

Flowers with Bumble-bees

22cms x 22cms

Free machine embroidery, mounted and framed.

£95.00

Dandelion with Bumble-bees

22cms x 22cms

Free machine embroidery, mounted and framed.

SOLD

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23 kms

Daffodils

50cms x 50cms

Acrylic on stretched canvas in white frame

or Giclee print

A clearing across the heathland revealed a special place, planted with groups of daffodils, surrounding Rebecca's Bench.

SOLD  (framed original)

£100.00  (Giclee print) + £5.00 P&P if required

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32 kms

Good Vibrations

Size85cms x 60cms

Giclee print 

Walking through the towering conifer plantations, catching the sun peeping through the canopy and considering the world supporting the swaying trees beneath my feet.

Originally painted for family friends, prints are now available.

£210.00 (Giclee framed)

£100.00 + £5.00 P&P if required

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32 kms

Puddle Reflections

60cms x 60cms

Acrylic on board in white frame

Imagine walking through the woods after a big rain storm.  The sun comes out, the birds start to sing and the puddles are deep, muddy but like glass.  The reflections of the trees and colours of the skies were stunning.

£400.00 (original)

£100.00 (Giclee print) + £5.00 P&P if required

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32 kms

Patchwork Puddle 1

30cms x 40cms

Mounted and framed

Inspired by time spent gazing into puddles observing how reflections get fragments and displaced.

This piece is made of hand painted canvas, cut, displaced and patchworked back together, then embroidered.

SOLD

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32 kms

Patchwork Puddle 2

30cms x 40cms

Mounted and framed

Inspired by time spent gazing into puddles observing how reflections get fragments and displaced.

This piece is made of hand painted canvas, cut, displaced and patchworked back together, then embroidered.

SOLD

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34 kms

Cascade

12cms x 12cms

Inspired by the falling leaves of autumn, made from recycled toothpaste tubes, adorned with fresh water pearls.

£95.00

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Tulips

50cms x 50cms

Giclee print framed or unframed

Beautiful, tall, powerful though delicate pink tulips.  This is an older painting of mine, but I thought it fitted well into this exhibition so I'm showing it again!

£150.00 (Giclee print framed)

£ 80.00  (Giclee print) + £5.00 P&P if required

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Summer Fields

35cms x 50cms

Hot wax batik, mounted and framed

A piece evocative of walking along the edge of a summer fields, enjoying the verges of wild flowers.

SOLD

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Florence Lily

50cms x 50 cms

Giclee Print

The original was gifted to a dear friend on the safe arrival of Florence Lily.  I've decided to include this painting as it's never really been seen in public before.

£100.00 (Giclee print) + £5.00 P&P if required

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54 kms

Snape Maltings - "through the eye"

40cms x 40cms

Collage of hand painted papers and stitch, mounted and framed.

Snape is such a strangely beautiful place.  A huge sky with miles and miles of horizon, punctuated by the concert halls.  The old Maltings stand proud and anchored to the windswept reed beds.  A clean, stark and sculptured aged construction given a modern life.

£180.00

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65 kms

Wild Meadow Picnic

30cms x 30cms

Acrylic on stretched canvas with natural oak frame

Imagine finding yourself - mid walk - in a meadow with the dense carpet of wild flowers up above your head.  The gentle humming of bees and the glorious soft palette of nature - a wonderful picnic spot.

£220.00

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68kms

"House in the Clouds" Thorpeness

80cms x 30cms

Oil on stretched canvas in white frame

An iconic holiday destination - surely the best view around?

£290.00

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74kms

Sizewell Beach

60cms x 60cms

Acrylic on board framed in white

The contrast between the wild beauty of Sizewell Beach, with it's expansive beach, crashing waves and fishing boats in the one direction and the Sizewell Nuclear Reactor in the other is quite strange.  Crashing waves with a slight hummmmm!

It's well worth a visit with a fabulous tea shop amongst the dunes.

SOLD

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75 kms

Dog Roses

50cms x 40cms

Oil on board in a white frame

Growing wildy on the beach, being buffeted by the wind blowing our heads off.  The delicate though tenacious Dog Rose bushes with a gorgeous perfume too.

£300.00 (Original framed)

£60.00 (Giclee print) + £5.00 P&P if required

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77kms

Dunwich Heath - Sunset on the Heather

80cms x 60cms

Acrylic on board framed in white

We never meant to still be on the heath when it was getting dark.  But the golden glow on the purple heather was spectacular.

SOLD

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Big Swell

35cms x 35cms

Hand painted silk with free machine embroidery, mounted and framed in white

I love the ocean.  I am time and time again drawn to trying to capture the power of the waves.  Here is another attempt.

SOLD

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Waves

28cms x 28cms

Completed under the tutorage of Alex Waylett - this is one of her bright ideas!

SOLD

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Waves (2)

45cms x 28cms

Completed under the tutorage of Alex Waylett

SOLD

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Waves (3)

28cms x 28cms

SOLD

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96kms

Southwold - the finish line

Oil

40cms x 40cms x 3 (triptych)

The landmarks of Southwold: Lighthouse, Pier and Adnams Brewery.  The glorious sandy beach with both sunshine and showers in the air.  The end of a memorable Sandlings Walk.

£425.00

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Sea Horses

35cms x 35cms

Hand dyed fabrics, patchworked

SOLD

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Sometimes you need to trust the universe. If you listen it might well be sending you a message, an opportunity. Does that sound nutty? How often have you been thinking about something and then you haphazardly bump into someone who just says that something 'out of the blue' that resonates with you?

That happened to me.

Historically I have felt connected to the landscape. Our family had enjoyed regular trips 'out' - it was normal for us.

Life then threw me into a family trauma which lasted many years. Hours spent next to a hospital bed left me unfit, with soft feet and 'cabin fever'.

Haphazardly I bumped into Margriet on an art course in Dartmouth, Devon. We were 'drawn' to each other - maybe you have experienced a similar thing when in a group of strangers?

It turned out Margriet lived in stricking distance of me, Colchester to Ipswich. She had the beginnings of an idea in her head, 'Walking the Land'.

It totally resonated with me - the right time - the right place. The Sandling's walk here we come!!!

The positive repercussions of time spent in the landscape are well documented. As a 60 year old woman what did I hope to find whilst slowly plodding through fields and along foot paths armed with my sketch pad and my picnics?

Filling your mind's eye with a clear view of the horizon is something I felt to be very powerful. Aiming for a destination - walking in a straight line - felt like a metaphor for the inner journey I was attempting - helping my soul repair after the pain of losing a child to cancer. Breathing deeply (sometimes panting too), expanding my lungs to their full capacity rather than the panic stricken gulps I had fallen into the habit trying to live with.

Sometimes even the pain of the blisters felt good - they were real.

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