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Christmas baubles now on sale!

Discover my range of artist edition baubles now on sale in my shop!

To mark Christmas 2019 I’ve launched a range of individually painted artist edition baubles. There are 50 individual hand painted baubles numbered and initialled from 1-50.

Here’s a sample of some of them

Brighten things up this year and add a little pop of colour to your Christmas tree with a unique piece of art.  Create a neon and pastel theme or add a hint of bright, white and fresh colour and make your tree a colourful and contemporary work of art.

The first batch is now online!  Each one is ceramic painted with artists acrylic paint in a range of fluorescent and pastel tones, transparencies and opaque panels to mirror my latest works.

The Christmas baubles are tied with neon yellow elastic cord and packaged in a white gift box.

Delivered in time to give as a Christmas present or to decorate your own Christmas tree.

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Hello world and welcome!

Welcome to my super cool new website!

It’s been years in the dreaming, weeks in the building and eventually I bit the bullet to get on with a new site to showcase my paintings and my new start in Cornwall, view on mobile, buy more easily online and see all of my key information in one place.

I’ve had a custom website built by Sallie-Ann at Hype Digital for probably 15 years and she’s been, and continues to be, a great web developer to look after my website needs.

Sallie’s capable of looking after all of your website hosting, set up, e-commerce and web design whether you use Wordpress with a template and are a savvy user or a complete website phobe, or if you need bespoke coding and database needs. (Just a little plug here as I have been with her for a long time and she’s been awesome, responsive and accommodating and I know people go to her because of her skill and friendliness).

I started a blog on the side of the website for my art interests at Blogspot (which I have kept live for now as I won’t be importing all of the posts are at the moment) and so this site means I can chat art and link al my inspirations through into my website so that you can see how what I see inspires me to practise the contemporary abstract painting style that satisfies me.

If I go to an exhibition, gallery or view then this will be written about here alongside with showing you my latest practice, new paintings, working process and the critical theory that goes into my paintings.

So for the first post, welcome and I hope you fin the site easy to look around, please let me know if you have any feedback on it that I can accommodate to improve it!

And while you’re here, why not take a look at my portfolio!

Trudie


Barbara Hepworth Studio

A rainy day in St Ives.

I once visited the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden in St Ives with my Mum but it was such a distant memory that now we are living in Cornwall and I have a local’s pass for Tate St Ives that this would be a great little hangout with a toddler in tow – if we could get there walking …

So after a trip around the gallery this summer, we walked over the cobbled streets and took a look around.

Finding Trewyn Studio was a sort of magic.. here was a studio, a yard and garden where I could work in open air and space.

Barbara Hepworth

Trewyn Studios.

Once you’ve gone through the museum you can go straight into the garden (safest bet with a small live wire). It’s not immense but it is well packed with hardy tropical plants which thrive well in the humid conditions in Cornwall, and Barbara’s substantial sculptures. Clearly the sculptural nature of the plants sits well with the sculptures themselves.

Now please bear in mind that with a toddler in tow I’m not stopping to have the opportunity to read the blurb and critically assess each piece (and it’s raining), I’m casting a swift impression and grabbing a few moments to take some photos as it’s really photogenic!

Sculpture Garden and studio.

The garden is a lush green space with a rooftop view and the studio placed towards the top by the house. There’s a simple loop around the garden with planting that creates vistas to enjoy the sculptures which make for a good photo composition. The bronze and stone pieces fit so naturally within this setting.

If you peer into the studio, you can see a large white piece and all Barbara’s tools laid out. This isn’t how they would have been placed while she was working, it’s definitely been lined up to look good as a museum piece to viewers as the placement is far too composed to be a realistic work station, but what is clear is that this was a large space in which to accomplish grand plans.

And grand plans take some money, which Barbara must have amassed some of over her career, I can’t imagine someone without great sales success (or being bankrolled) could have dreamed of getting a 3m or so high bronze sculpture (Four Square, 1966) cast and craned into position anywhere, let alone their garden.

So with the rain now parting we escaped back home – I feel lucky to have this so nearby even though it’s an exhibit that won’t change much over time.