Starting this weekend...!
My artwork will be displayed at the glorious National Trust Killerton near Exeter, alongside works by other Devon Art Pop artists. Original pieces inspired by Autumn will include stunning paintings, woodwork, sculpture and fabric art.
I will have ten pieces on display including a very large, framed statement piece. More will be revealed once the work has been hung!
The exhibition will be running from 25 September until 30 October. Please pop in if you are going to the Killerton Cider and Apple Festival on 15 and 16 October! What day will you be visiting?
P.s. I'm just starting to pick things up again following the birth of my second child in May. Normal service (including a chance to win an original watercolour) will resume soon!
P.p.s. For your chance to win an original watercolour sketch, please sign up to my mailing list.
Here are a few images of my painting 'Spirit of Buckland' being hung in the Georgian Dining room at Buckland Abbey....hanging where the Rembrandt portrait used to.
Such an honour!
Devon Art Pop's 'Spirit of Place' exhibition will be running at National Trust Buckland Abbey from 17 June until 17 July.
To keep updated please check into the Devon Art Pop Facebook page.
Since the Rembrandt portrait was confirmed to be an original by the master, it has been given it's own museum-like room at Buckland Abbey.
There you can find out what paints were used, how the artist built up the paint in layers and even shows how he changed his mind about some parts of the painting.
I found this show fascinating!
Having this along with the Devon Art Pop exhibition gives even more reason to visit the abbey this month.
Exciting times for Devon Art Pop!
We will be exhibiting a collection of works at National Trust, Buckland Abbey, along with an original Rembrandt self-portrait and an early portrait of Sir Francis Drake.
It is such an honour to show our artwork in such a beautiful and historical place, alongside such important pieces of art.
Further information is on the National Trust website linked below:
Devon Art Pop presents: The Spirit of Buckland
The show is called 'Spirit of Place', and will run from 17 June to 17 July. Please visit if you can!
On some of the days there will be Devon Art Pop artists running workshops and doing painting demonstrations - for dates please see the Devon Art Pop Facebook page.
Thanks to Artfinder we have recently been in the news as well!
To be part of the show, we had to visit the abbey for inspiration before we worked on our submissions.
At Easter I went with my family to do some plein air painting and sketches. It was mostly a bright and crisp day (only got caught in one downpour!).
I took lots of photos and painted a couple of miniature landscapes while soaking up the atmosphere of the place.
I completed one painting for the show, as working with the baby bump was rather tiring! I named my piece 'Spirit of Buckland'.
'Spirit of Buckland'
24 x 20 inches
Oil, acrylic and pencil on framed deep edge canvas
'Spirit of Buckland' was inspired by a visit to Buckland Abbey on a crisp Spring day at Easter. As we walked through the Abbey and around the grounds, I felt a real sense of timelessness. The view of the Abbey nestled in the valley, among formal gardens which spread into grassland and woods; this was the scene which really caught my attention. The atmosphere was calm, ethereal even, and these are the feelings I wanted to capture in my painting. Created with acrylics and oil paints, I chose traditional colours to reflect the history, and dramatic lighting to give a sense of the stories Buckland Abbey holds.
As this is such a special show, I got my painting professionally framed by The Frame Shop in Braunton.
I'm sure you'll agree they did a fantastic job!
Enjoy the show if you are able to go.
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Things have been a little quiet on here for a while...and here's the reason why!
This lovely little bundle took an awful lot of time and energy to create, so not much painting has been happening lately.
However I'm feeling so much better now. She is already four weeks old (newborn in this photo) and I don't think it will be too long before I feel in the mood for painting again.
I will try to keep the updates going, but keeping this little lady happy and content is my main priority at the moment.
In the meantime we are enjoying ourselves adjusting to life as a family of four.
"She had a revolutionary idea: she would make more time for life's truly important things.
First on the list: breathing."
Amy Rubin Flett
Amy Jobes 2016
Mixed media on deep edge canvas
16 x 12 inches, unframed and ready to hang
£290 including delivery
For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you're like me and see Winter in England as something to endure, you'll join me in breathing a great big happy sigh of relief.
However we have been treated to a number of chilly but gloriously sunny days over the past couple of weeks.
I've been enjoying all of them!
And as a result I've been inspired to paint some brighter pieces.
This mixed media piece; 'Breathe Easy' is the first of my new Spring series.
It's Saunton Beach in North Devon, on a day so fresh it makes your nose tingle.
Life feels good with a view like this.
It's something you deserve to see more often...
If you love this image and would like to own the original please contact me at email@example.com
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Mixed media on deep edge canvas, 16x12 inches, £290.
Here is an image of Woolacombe Beach on a cold Saturday afternoon in January.
After a lazy lunch at the Red Barn, we took in this scene on the way back to our car. It was so still. Serene in fact, with a soft light and a gentle breeze.
It was only about half three but the light was already fading. What really captured my attention was the rusty reds in the sky. It was as if someone had sprinkled cinnamon around the clouds.
The painting itself was created with layers of acrylic scraped over the canvas. Then I used a big brush loaded with water to allow some of the pigment to lift and swim about, creating beautiful and interesting patterns and marks.
Once the acrylics had dried, I used generous layers of velvety oil paint, applied with a painting knife to create smooth and textured areas.
The glow behind the headland, the sparkles on the sea, and the light dancing on the winter foliage were added at the very end.
Do you enjoy visiting the beach in Winter?
If you'd like to know more about this piece please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
'Through This Iron Sky'
Mixed media on deep edge canvas, 16x12 inches, £290.
The original has been sold to a returning collector.
However, high quality prints are available from The Frame Shop in Braunton
This piece is a view of Saunton Beach, North Devon, viewed from the parking bays along the road to Croyde. It was a cold day in January and the sky was absolutely incredible.
We didn't venture onto the beach that day, but a few minutes being blasted by the wind and watching the light trying to break through the clouds was incredibly refreshing.
The whole scene looked metallic, as if it were created from iron and steel.
Lyrics from the song 'Iron Sky' by Paolo Nutini inspired the name of this painting.
'And we’ll rise
Through this iron sky that’s fast becoming our mind
Over fear and into freedom
Heady and heavenly....enjoy a view of the wonderful Woolacombe Bay on a hazy evening in August
'High Tide in August'
Oil on canvas
20 x 16 inches unframed
22.5 x 18.5 inches framed
£390 including frame and delivery
We'd spent the afternoon exploring rock pools at Barricane Beach, a gorgeous little bay in North Devon, tucked in between Woolacombe Bay and Morte Point.
On this particular afternoon in August, as well as the regular beach-goers, the bay was filled with a merry party of wedding guests, shortly followed by the bride and groom.
We had ordered a curry from Barricane Beach Cafe. It was quite a surreal experience - sitting with sand in between our toes, eating a plate of curry and watching a wedding reception we hadn't been invited to!
Before we headed home took a stroll around to Woolacombe. The light that evening was superb - shafts of sunlight were streaming down onto the Atlantic which was the most beautiful greeny-blue. The clouds were thick and the evening was warm. Everything felt peaceful and lazy.
The tide was high, and the view of Woolacombe over the glorious summer foliage was the image I took away in my mind. I knew I had to paint it!
'High Tide in August' was created using oil paints, a palette knife and a fan brush. Finer details such as the doors of the Woolacombe beach huts were painted with a size zero brush and lots of patience!
As with many of my paintings, I started with layers of really vibrant colours. In the distance these are painted over to give the hazy and dramatic atmosphere. On closer inspection there are pinks in the sky and purples in the sea. The foliage in the foreground is a rainbow of colour jumping out from a dark undergrowth.
I used thick and generous dollops of oil paint to create the leaves, particularly for the striking red/orange plant right at the front of the painting. There is great texture and depth to this piece and I really hope you like it.
Does it remind you of any late afternoons spent by the sea?
Email me at email@example.com if you'd like to know more!
Love Amy xx
I've been meaning to show something like this to you for a while....Ever wondered how a painter goes about turning an empty canvas into an original work of art? Here's your chance to have a little insight into my process!
Recently I've completed a commission of Croyde Bay in North Devon, and during it's creation I attempted to capture all of the various stages just for you.
Please note this is just to show the painting bit. Lots of research and communication with my customer (to decide on colours for example) happened before I made a start on the actual painting.
Stage one: pencil to mark out composition and texture paste for rock formations.
Stage two: once texture paste is dry splatter vibrant acrylic all over rock formations!
Stage three: Acrylic underpainting for sea and sky. Note all warm colours used here. Each layer has a purpose even if it gets mostly covered up - these warm colours will glow through the cooler blues and greys, adding warmth to what would otherwise be a cool piece (in reference to colour!)
Stage four: Adding the beautiful blues! Still acrylics and acrylic inks used here for colour blocking and adding the dark areas of the sea and sky. This is useful for an underpainting that will be finished with oils, because with oils it's best to work from dark to light (i.e. paint in the dark areas first). It's the opposite to painting with watercolours.
Stage five: Adding really dark areas to sea and foreground rocks. And the strips of collage go on too. For this piece I used text from a story about Croyde in the North Devon Journal.
Stage six: My favourite bit! The oil paints go on...here I can start to focus on the details of cloud formations in the sky, the waves, the rocks, and finally the spray crashing against the rocks.
And here's the finished piece: 'Of Salt and Sea', mixed media on deep canvas, 24 x 20 inches.
Once touch dry I varnish the painting with retouching varnish. This allows the oils to oxidise and dry completely, whilst protecting the painting and giving a unified finish.
The sides are painted white and I add a hanging kit to all of my canvases, so the painting can be hung with or without a frame.
I sign my paintings with subtle colours in the bottom right corner. I also sign, date and name the piece on the back of the canvas.
Hope you found that insightful! Will try to get a time-lapse video done in the future.
In the meantime if you have any questions simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm delighted to announce that the winner of this season's original watercolour sketch is Kim Miller.
This little 7x5" watercolour painting is taken from my sketchbook, and is currently in the post to Kim, framed and ready to hang.
It was created on location at Saunton Beach in North Devon, on a bright and sunny day in Autumn 2015.
The list randomizer on random.org chooses the winner from my mailing list so it's a very fair selection process.
Best of luck to you for the Spring draw! To enter all you have to do is sign up to my mailing list.