Open Studios Event

in association with Visual Images Group, Bucks Art Weeks 2022

It’s come round to that time again – and this year I will be able to welcome you into my new studio on the ground floor in the beautiful 17th Century house at Westbury Farm. I am honoured to have taken on what was the kitchen in the 1600’s, with it’s huge inglenook fireplace.

This large, light room has a calm atmosphere and I now have the space to develop my practice, to have models and sitters and to make sculpture again.

Along with 12 fellow members of Artist Collective @ Westbury I will be in situ here to welcome visitors from 11th – 19th June. We also have guest artists The Rookwood Group showing work in the Barn. There will be refreshments (including cake!) and a chance to see and talk to artists at work. Please check the brochure or for details of individual artist’s opening times.

I am opening my own studio 11th – 19th June between the following times:

Sat 11-5pm

Sun 11-4pm

Weds/Thurs/Fri 10-5pm

I have framed and unframed work for sale in the studio as well as pieces in the exhibition around the house. If you’d like to commission a portrait or other piece, this is a great opportunity to have a good look at some of my work and to talk in person about what you have in mind.

Of course it’s also a chance to come and be nosey! I’m happy to chat about my work, and it’s fine if you’d just like to browse…

Hope to see you in the next few days!

NEW! Solo exhibition:


November 6th – 14th 2021, Westbury Arts Centre, MK.

Observing colour is an intense experience for me; each variation in hue resonates so that I hear, taste and feel the subtleties. Conversely, sounds, tastes and emotions have colour.

Only fairly recently have I come to realise this is something called “synaesthesia”.

Although my art isn’t about this, this is the way I see – and because I work almost exclusively from life – it adds another layer of meaning, particularly when making portraits and allegorical pieces.

This exhibition brings together a selection of my most vibrant paintings in oils and watercolours:

If you wish to make an appointment to come and view the exhibition during the week, please use the contact page (above right) to get in touch.

I look forward to seeing you there!


Interview for Westbury Arts Centre Blog

I was interviewed recently for the Westbury Arts Centre Blog

– do please have a read and give us a like!

And the Sun Shone!

Here is a portrait of lovely Emma, made in a friend’s garden on a warm day just as Autumn was making the trees dance…

In The Garden, by Joanna Stone. Pastel pencils, 30 x 40 cms.

The picture was made from life in one sitting of approximately 4 hours, – then the background, dress and hair were finished off in the studio from a photograph.

MK Heritage Open Days at Westbury Arts Centre.

This portrait is on view this weekend 12th/13th September as part of an in-house exhibition by some of the Artists Collective @ Westbury

“The Pink Lady”, oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cms.

For further information please visit

Bucks Art Weeks Online Gallery

Detail from “Juliet” (Shakespeare’s Women Series) See Portfolio

Today we would have been celebrating the beginning of our Open Studios for Bucksartweeks at Westbury Arts Centre, with “Pimms On The Lawn”…

However – you can visit and take a look!

New exhibition with a new group!

10+ Summerlin April 2019

I will be showing recent work alongside fellow artists in a mixed exhibition of paintings, prints, textiles, ceramics and wood. Please come along to browse and buy, or simply to chat to the artists and eat cake!

Solo exhibition next month!

I am excited to announce my solo exhibition at the Eagle Gallery, Bedford, in March, entitled “JOANNA STONE: PORTRAITS”

“I’m fired by the challenges of working from life. This informs all my art.”

This exhibition features works in oils, pastels, ink and watercolours that have all been made with the person there, in front of the artist. Some are portraits that show direct connection with the sitter and include significant objects that are meaningful to them, giving vital clues to their personality. Others are characters re-imagined from fairy tales, folklore and Shakespeare. Also included are nude figure studies from life.

Work is for sale, but you are also very welcome to come along just to have a look! I also undertake commissions.

The exhibition runs from 2nd – 9th March at the Eagle Gallery, Mon-Sat, 10 –5.30pm.

Private View : 1st March, invitation only. Please get in touch if you would like to come along.

“Meet the Artist”: Sat 2nd March 10.00 – 5.30pm. I shall be there all day to talk about my work and show some of my sketchbooks etc.

Eagle Gallery, 101, Castle Road, Bedford, MK 40 3QP.

Tel: 01234 346995

“Making a portrait from life reveals much more to me than a photograph. A photograph freezes the fraction of a second and flattens perspective. When looking at eachother we are constantly moving and our eyes take in many thousands of tiny shifts of view, allowing our brains to process lots of visual information to help shape our perception of the person we’re observing.” ©Joanna Stone.

PORTRAITS exhibition flyer 2019

Recent Commission

Here is a photo of a double portrait I did for a lovely lady called Jill, who commissioned this piece as a special thirtieth birthday present for her son, in memory of his father who sadly passed away three years ago this year.

It was executed in charcoal and watercolour on 640gms hot-pressed paper, in order to achieve a subtle grainy effect and to integrate colour in the roses, as requested.


Jill was delighted with the result: “Lawrence loved the picture, it was very emotional again buts that’s down to you and how wonderful you portrayed them both, the whole family were very complimentary.”

Fast and free


First the glow

First the glow,

vermillion accents and a touch of the shadowy blues running down into ochre,

turning into green harmony

deep, warm bass notes in purple thought

a line of melody just heard

just caught

Currently on show…

This painting is currently on show and for sale at the Eagle Gallery


“Rhythm and Blues ii”, watercolour and ink, £225

This work, painted on blue-tinted 140lb watercolour paper, is part of a series in which I am exploring colour (see below for my thoughts on synaesthesia).

Last day of exhibition tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Sat 17th Sept. is the last day of our two-woman exhibition “Terra Mutabilis” at the Eagle Gallery, Bedford

I will be doing another portrait demonstration in the afternoon, 2.30-4.30pm.

To see a short video of the demo from Wednesday, go to


Demonstration portrait of Dave, 14.9.16, Eagle Gallery, Bedford.



New Exhibition this September…

I’m currently busy getting ready for our two-person show at the Eagle Gallery, Bedford next month, in which I will be displaying selected drawings and paintings that reflect my deep-rooted interest in our relationship with the Earth.

Terra Mutabilis_scaled

All my work involves story-telling in some way, and the colours I use express as honestly as I can the way I see who or what I’m painting. I aim to accurately depict the energy I sense.

Kind of Blue, watercolour, 2016

Kind of Blue, Pencil and watercolour.

I’m acutely aware that the chemistry from which human skin has evolved, for example, is also that from which the planet is formed. Even the paint I use comes from pigments and substances mined from the earth!

Our connection with nature goes far beyond recreation or fancy, being fundamentally based on science – but the stories that have been passed down through the ages to explain this chemistry have woven themselves into our history and Psyche. I paint people, landscapes and objects in a re-imagination of some of these myths and legends in order to show their relevance to the way life on Earth is changing now…

The Little Mermaid


Summer Life Drawing exhibition

I am taking part in the Life Club Annual Exhibition later this month (see below).IMG_0801

I’ll be showing this painting…

Kind of Blue, watercolour, 2016

…and some other new works from life.

Exhibition next weekend!

I am taking part in a huge exhibition with 49 other artists over the bank holiday weekend of 30th April – 2nd May at Parkside Hall, Ampthill, Bedfordshire (see poster below).

It will be a really exciting and eclectic mix of paintings, prints, sculpture and craft, with something for everyone’s taste (hopefully!) and all for sale.

I will be in attendance at the Private View on Friday evening and all day Saturday. If you’d like an invitation to the PV please get in touch asap and I will arrange to get one to you.

Hope to see you there!

poster                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I plan to show some of my most recent loose watercolour and line figure drawings which illustrate something  of my intense relationship with colour…


“Rhythm & Blues”, no.3. Watercolour and brushpen on blue tinted paper. Joanna Stone 2016.

Latest exhibition at the Eagle Gallery

All memmbers of the Eagle co-operative have been invited to submit one piece of work each on the theme of “Contrast”.


See for information and booking!

View of Stockgrove Lake, Rushmere. Joanna Stone 2014

View of Stockgrove Lake, Rushmere.
Joanna Stone 2014

“Midsummer Madness” exhibition

Detail from “Soldier”, Joanna Stone 2015, watercolour and charcoal.

Following the success of last week’s exhibition at Parkside Hall, Ampthill ( see review at ), it’s time to tell you about the next one at Moat Farm Gallery next weekend 6/7th June.

I will be showing some new work along with a small group of fellow artists from the Artists Network Bedfordshire.

This is a lovely small gallery space in a rural setting, – with room to park nearby (though please not in front of the house!) or on the road outside.

We’ll all be at the preview on Friday 7-9pm to greet you, with drinks and nibbles!

I shall also be there all day on Saturday.

For venue address and opening times, please see below:

Reverse of ANB MM exh flyer 2015

Face of ANB MM exh flyer 2015

Exhibition News

ANB Spring Ampthill posterANB Ampthill Spring PV invitation

I will be taking part in no less than THREE exhibitions over the coming weeks and will be showing different work at each venue!

The first is at Parkside hall, Ampthill, Beds. on 23rd and 24th May.This is a massive show of 50 artists’ work organised through Artists Network Bedfordshire comprising a huge mix of disciplines, including sculpture, printmaking and furniture. Entry is free.

Please click on the right-hand image above for a printable invitation to the Private View, which is on Friday 22nd May at Parkside hall, from 7.30-10.30 pm. Drinks and nibbles will be served!

The following two exhibitions take place at Moat Farm Gallery, Stoke Hammond:

“MIDSUMMER MADNESS 2015” is on Sat 6th and Sun 7th June, with a Private View Friday evening 7-9pm. This a small group show of work by members of our Artist Network Bedfordshire Mid-Beds Hub. Entry is free.

“A SLICE OF LIFE” is an exhibition of drawings and paintings inspired by the human figure, by a group of fifteen artists, all of whom live in and around Leighton Buzzard. This will be on over two weekends, 4th/5th and 10th/11th/12th July, with a Private View on Friday evening from 7-9pm. Free entry.

Exciting work happening in art classes….!

Loose watercolour 4 Joanna Stone 2015 Watercolour and brush pen

Loose watercolour 4
Joanna Stone 2015
Watercolour and brush pen

Here is one of my demos from a recent Life Drawing session. I have been demonstrating some different ways of using watercolours which offer a “looser” style of working. The results have been really exciting!
To see some examples please navigate to my “Classes and Workshops” (see menu at the top of this page).

Panto time again…!

Another recent page from one of my sketchbooks – a five minute drawing made during my Portraiture class.

Panto time again! Brushpen

Panto time again!

A page from one of my sketchbooks…

Contemplating the turn of the year…? My festive angel has paused for thought…….

Contemplative Angel, sketchbook page Dec 2014

Contemplative Angel
sketchbook page
Dec 2014

I always have several sketchbooks on the go at once, and rarely a day goes by without drawing or writing

in at least one of them. They are vital for clarifying my thinking and testing ideas.

Sometimes it’s just a way to keep practising…!

This Weekend!

Our ‘pop-up’ exhibition “Spoilt for Choice” is this weekend – Sat 11am till 4pm, and Sunday 10am till 4pm at Moat Farm Gallery,Stoke Hammond, MK17 9DD.

I will be showing some of my paintings produced in the Landscape-on-Location workshops this summer as well as portraits and life drawings.

August in the Watermeadows, Old Linslade 2014. Joanna Stone. Pastel

August in the Watermeadows, Old Linslade 2014.

There will be mince pies and tea/coffee on offer while you browse the art work on view, and the Artists will all be there most of the time for a chat. Please come along and join us..!


If you feel like making it into an “Art weekend” there are also two other exhibitions happening this weekend within striking distance (see below).

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Pop-Up Exhibition coming soon!

I will be taking part in a “pop-up” show at Moat Farm Gallery, Stoke Hammond, 29th/30th November. Watch out for further details……..

Photo of exhibition at Moat Farm Gallery, courtesy Di Parsons

Photo of exhibition at Moat Farm Gallery, courtesy Di Parsons