News

4
Feb
2013

BEAUX ARTS BATH

Summer Exhibition
New Paintings & Sculpture
24 June – 31 August

Beaux Arts is the longest established commercial gallery in Bath and is the sister gallery to Beaux Arts in Cork Street, London. Situated near the abbey in a  listed Georgian building, the gallery specialises in the work of major  twentieth  century painters, sculptors and studio ceramicists.

Beaux Arts Bath   12-13 York St   Bath   BA1 1NG     00441225464850      info@beauxartsbath.co.uk


BRIGHTON ART FAIR 2013

Brighton Art Fair is celebrating its 10th year and is bringing together over 100 of the best contemporary artists from the UK and abroad. Some have exhibited with us before, some are brand new to the event and their work is exciting and exceptional. 2013 is going to be a very special show.

This year I will be on Stand 1 and it’s going to special in more ways than one…!

Corn Exchange, Church Street Brighton, BN1 1UG in the heart of Brighton just around the corner from the Royal Pavilion.

Thursday 19th September 6.00pm – 8.30pm (ticket only)
Friday, 20th September  11.00am – 8.00pm
Saturday, 21st September  10.00am – 6.00pm
Sunday, 22nd September  10.00am – 5.00pm

So hopefully (if I can get it working) this is me hard at work, prepping and painting something extra special for the Brighton Art Fair this year. If you fancy watching paint dry, this is for you!

Live video by Ustream

Watching Paint Dry

26
Jul
2013

If you hadn’t spotted it already, the great Brighton Art Fair 10th Anniversary Project has begun and as with all things revolutionary (well, my chair does spin round) it’s being televised.
The project came about as most things do with a couple of vague conversations about big paintings and has ended up with me trying to paint two (yes two) 6′ x 12′ paintings for display at Brighton Art Fair in September. Being the 10th Anniversary I wanted to try and do something special so this seemed like a good plan and besides, I’ve never painted anything close to this size before and I fancied the challenge!
I knew I had to try and document the process but stopping to take photos or upload YouTube videos every 30mins was to much for my tiny brain but thankfully, I remembered a couple of happy hours I spent watching a live stream of puppies on Ustream so decided to film the painting as it goes.
I’m not doing anything fancy, I just set up my webcam and press play while I’m working so there’s quite a lot of me drinking tea and thinking about stuff, occasionally some painting and once in a while Pickle appears for a cuddle if you’re lucky. I have no fixed broadcast time but post on Twitter or Facebook when I start filming and I think if you follow the channel you can receive an email to let you know I’m on. Also the videos are recorded so you can watch them at anytime from the channel.
So if you fancy watching paint dry, seeing my shameful technique or just a poorly dressed woman stare at a photograph for and hour or so, pop along to Ustream or you can see the feed on my News section of my website
I’m thinking about getting some reproductions of the finished paintings made so let me know if you think that’s a good plan. Happy to receive suggestions or questions about the project too.

Hope you’re all enjoying the Summer!
See you in September.

‘Til next time x

Too Hot To Haiku

19
Jul
2013

The last couple of months have been bedlam. I’ve wanted to post but just haven’t had the time to organise my brain. I’m still not quite organised so I thought I’d just do a quick post in Haiku form to keep you in the loop until I’m back in the saddle.

Then I remembered I’m rubbish at that kind of thing so here’s a list instead…

1. I’ve been moving house. Partly why I’ve been so busy. Also means my lovely studio space is no more and I’m back to painting in a corner. It is kind of liberating though. Back to basics.

2. The Palace Art Fair was brilliant. I was seriously nervous about the new work but everyone really seemed to like it. Very sad that it was the last one but was glad to have taken part.

3. In an extraordinary series of events, my favorite gallery, Beaux Arts in Bath, are currently showing some of my new work in their summer exhibition which runs til the end of August. I was flabbergasted that they asked me and if you get the chance to go along, do! They have some seriously good artists, it’s in the most beautiful spot and they are really welcoming and lovely people. Their website is here.

4. I will be on Stand 1 for the Brighton Art Fair in September. It’s their 10th Anniversary this year so it’s going to be an all singing, all dancing extravaganza!…well, there’ll be art and stuff. They asked a few of us to write some words. You can read mine here.

5. Next week I embark on an enormous project. and when I say enormous, I mean ENORMOUS. I will let you know how its going when I have some visuals for you.

There’s lots more to tell.
Summer is hot like my Mac.
It burns through my leg.

Told you wasn’t good at it

Til next time x

Start of the Summer

5
May
2013

So my  good intentions of keeping up with the blog obviously have got smooched under the weight of work and living life in the last few months but also, who knew May would be here so soon! Our six month long winter has pushed off to let the spotty summer begin and I couldn’t be more grateful and motivated to do stuff. It’s damn cold in that studio. Anyway let the good news begin!

May is here and with it the Brighton Festival and the Open House Trails. AT Open House very kindly asked me once again to put in some work and I am so happy to be back there, showing a couple of paintings and my brand new, never seen before drawings. Let me know what you think once you have seen them. Feedback for the new stuff is always welcome. Well, almost always.
Anyway, if you haven’t been to AT Open House yet, you really should. April and Tim have managed to curate an amazing show of really great artists and crafts people. Have a look at their website (and the online shop) and Facebook page for a sneak peek and then get yourselves up there for a warm welcome, lashings of tea and cake, and on Sunday 5th (today) performances of music and poetry by some truly fab folk. It really is one of the best open houses in the festival and I’m not just saying that because I’m in it! Just make sure you take some change to donate to the tea fund. They have a card machine for the art. It’s all very organised.
Three other super things happened this week. But…I can’t talk about two of them yet. Just watch this space and I’ll let you know when I can. Lets just say I’m very, very excited about them both.
The one super thing I can talk about is that I received a letter to say that both of the paintings I entered into the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition have passed through the first round of selection. If you don’t know about the process, about 12,000 works get submitted and the committee take a look at every one, deeming them either not suitable, or ‘doubtful’ – to be considered for hanging. They’ve changed the selection process a little this year, Previously, you would just get a letter to say you were in or out at the end of May but it seems that this year, they are letting people know after the initial selection if they are doubtful or not. I’ve been hung once and had a couple of doubtfuls but this is the first time I’ve got two paintings into that doubtful room and I’m just so pleased. From here it’s just luck as to whether my stuff fits in with the rest of the hang but even if I get them back, to see those lovely white chalk ‘D’s on the back of the paintings makes all the hard work worth it.
So overall it’s a pretty good start to the summer! If you want to be the first to see my new work or work in progress, find out about the RA or the other super stuff that’s happening, or indeed, see videos of my dog snoring in the studio, you should know that as bad as I am at doing this blog, I do tweet on Twitter everyday. And if you don’t like that, those tweets magically find their way to my Facebook page so you can see them there too if that’s more your thing. Of course, if you really desperately need to know something you can email me, and I might actually get back to you before Christmas. But let’s think warm, organised thoughts for now. Enjoy the sunshine! x

…in the Winter, when it drizzles…

20
Jan
2013

So the second week back in the studio has been fun, if not slightly curtailed by a couple of snowdays that happily (?) coincided with me catching a cold. I’ve tried to convince myself that doing ‘research’ on the internet whilst snuggling under a warm Lemsip still counts as work but I think I’ve eaten too many chocolate biscuits to really feel like I’ve had anything but a couple of days off, watching people paint on YouTube!
It meant too that I was unable to get to Eastbourne for The Linchpin Gallery’s private view on Saturday for the new Winter Revolving show. The permanent artists have been invited to ask a guest to show alongside them from now until March so I have a couple of works up with Cat Ingrams and another 18 artists of various disciplines. Thankfully, there’s another PV on the 16th February so I shall be hoping to get to that one, barring more snow or train-related malarky.
On a happy note, the commission that I sent off last week seems to have been received well. I’m so nervous painting anything as a gift, as art can be such a personal thing so I was on tenterhooks for a couple of days waiting for the birthday boy’s reaction. It was all good though and I think he was as happy with it as I was.
Getting down to the first oil work of the year next week. So looking forward to it! And so relieved to feel this excited about work too. I’ll let you know how it goes! x

Palace Art and Craft Fair 2013

13
Jan
2013

The first week back in the studio after the long festive break has been rather lovely. A little hard getting up in the dark mornings but it’s so nice to be back painting again.
And even more cause for celebration came with the news that I will be showing at the new and improved Palace Art and Craft Fair on the 17-19th May!
I’m really looking forward to the new format, just 58 craft spaces within the Palace itself and 65 Art spaces housed in the heated marquee on the front lawn, curated as always by Jon and Sarah. I’ve been in the last (or should that be first?) two shows there and the venue is fantastic. Add to that the extremely fun and friendly atmosphere that the team create, and it becomes one of the best weekends of my year.
I’m also especially pleased to be participating as it means that I will be able to showcase the new body of work that I intend to develop this spring. It feels really exciting to be trying something new, not necessarily a radical change in subject matter but more a change in my approach and medium. I shan’t be chucking out all my acrylics but I feel that concentrating on painting in oils will help me avoid the stagnation that I could feel myself slipping into at the end of last year. If I do the same thing for too long my brain starts to shut off and seven years has been long enough.
So, fresh start, fresh work and a fresh venue to present the fruits of my labour at the end of it! Lots and lots to look forward to. Yes, as first weeks back go, this one has been rather lovely x

BBQs here we come!

7
Jan
2013

So we survived the Festive Season and yet another apocalypse, which means another 12 months before we get to do the whole thing again! Which is something to celebrate, I think, most of all because we get to experience that special brief phenomenon in between, Summer Time!
I’m planning on making the most of any sun that comes vaguely near me this year but in order to do that, I’ve had to kick my behind into gear early and get back in the studio with a punishing painting schedule in front of me for the next few months.
And this evening, I’m feeling quite chuffed with myself.
My nemesis, the Blank Canvas, which usually has the power to incapacitate my brain rendering me helpless for several days, crumbled in the sight of my desperate need for a tan and I’m well under way to finishing the first painting of the year.
Which bodes well for the schedule. Now if I can keep it up til May, I’ll be on the beach before you can say, ‘Is it hot enough for you?!’ x

Never to early to start the Xmas Shopping!

27
Dec
2012

So the end of the Festive Season is almost upon us and we’re stuck in that weird place between Christmas and the New Year. So to pass the time I thought I’d throw an extra piece of good will to all men out there and do a 2 for 1 offer on the giclee prints found on the Reproductions page.

To clarify, order a print between now and midnight on the 31st December 2012 and then let me know (via the other information box on the order form or email) if you would like another print of the same or lesser value and I’ll include it with your order. All other ordering stuff applies, 28 days, blah blah, you know how it works.

It could be an interesting alternative to doing all your 2013 Xmas shopping at the last minute!

I hope you all had a superb 2012 but that it pales in comparison to the year ahead. See you there! x

Imminent Architexture.

9
Jun
2012

Architexture is just days away from hanging and as usual, I’m not quite ready yet!

The lovely folks at Cultural Quarterly have done a fantastic article about the show which does make us sound ever so professional. They’re magicians, I tell you.

If you haven’t received your invitation yet, it means you are not on my mailing list and/or facebook/linkedin connected, so it’s your own fault.

I will be at the gallery, barring accident or injury, as follows…

All day – 29th, 5th.       10.30am-2pm – 27th, 30th, 3rd.       2pm-5.30pm – 23rd, 26th, 28th, 1st, 4th.

…so if you’d like to come and see me specifically, that when I’ll be there. Handy, of course, if you’re trying to avoid me too!

See you there! x

Love me, Love my Pinterest.

26
Apr
2012

Wow, it’s nearly May already and I haven’t written a thing all year. Well, to tide you over I thought I’d put up a link to my Pinterest boards. People often ask where I get my inspiration from and I’m never too sure what to say. I feel that everything in my life influences my work and as the things I put on Pinterest are a pretty good reflection of things that I love, you’ll get the jist of where my brain is at. There is bad language, nudity, things you may find offensive and gratuitous Batman references…you have been warned.

http://pinterest.com/nataliemartinuk/

Enjoy and I’ll see you soon x