I was interviewed recently for the Westbury Arts Centre Blog https://www.westburyartscentre.org.uk/post/interview-with-an-artist-joanna-stone
– do please have a read and give us a like!
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…
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.
This portrait is on view this weekend 12th/13th September as part of an in-house exhibition by some of the Artists Collective @ Westbury
For further information please visit https://www.westburyartscentre.org.uk/heritage-open-days
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 https://www.westburyartscentre.org.uk/bucks-art-week and take a look!
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!
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.
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.”
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
This painting is currently on show and for sale at the Eagle Gallery www.eaglegalleryartists.co.uk
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).
Tomorrow, Sat 17th Sept. is the last day of our two-woman exhibition “Terra Mutabilis” at the Eagle Gallery, Bedford www.eaglegalleryartists.co.uk
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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qNk269Xfaw&feature=youtu.be
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.
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.
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…
I am taking part in the Life Club Annual Exhibition later this month (see below).
I’ll be showing this painting…
…and some other new works from life.
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!
I plan to show some of my most recent loose watercolour and line figure drawings which illustrate something of my intense relationship with colour…
All memmbers of the Eagle co-operative have been invited to submit one piece of work each on the theme of “Contrast”.
See http://jostonearttutor.wordpress.com for information and booking!
Following the success of last week’s exhibition at Parkside Hall, Ampthill ( see review at http://BecomingAnArtist.wordpress.com ), 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:
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.
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).
Another recent page from one of my sketchbooks – a five minute drawing made during my Portraiture class.
Contemplating the turn of the year…? My festive angel has paused for thought…….
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…!
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.
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).
I will be taking part in a “pop-up” show at Moat Farm Gallery, Stoke Hammond, 29th/30th November. Watch out for further details……..
This portrait was commissioned to celebrate an important milestone in a very special relationship. It took 13 sittings, as well as many extra hours working on the background and surrounding objects, all of which are significant. Great hilarity was had in the process!
Please view my “Portraits” page for more examples.
NEW FOR SEPTEMBER: Keep up to date with any changes to classes in September on my “Classes and Workshops” page.