Mythical Creatures – including Dragons !

Dragons , Monsters and Angels – a Ceramics Exhibition Review

Dragons , Monsters and Angels

William de Morgan plate in blue and white with Medieval dragon motif .
De Morgan dragon plate

We went a couple of times to our local stately home Cannon Hall http://www.cannon-hall.com to look at the “Mythical Creatures” display, taken from their famous ceramics collection.

The Blue Vase with Green Dragon
The Red Dragon

It was really very impressive and I felt quite inspired by the fascinating dragon vase and the plate upstairs in the gallery produced by the famous Victorian designer William de Morgan who married Evelyn , whose family lived in Cannon Hall. ( She is , of course a famous artist in her own right ). This particularly caught my eye as it was a medieval depiction of a dragon, looking like a huge worm or serpent, with no wings. So I painted my own version, first in watercolour [ see above] and then acrylic.

Acrylic painting of a green dragon with no wings surrounded by flames , in a mountain landscape.
The Green Dragon

I modelled my acrylic painting on this style of imaginary beast – it still took me a while to figure out how to make the body look realistic without the wings.

Pencil drawing of the head and shoulders of a ceramic statuette of the  Greek God Pan
Pan , the Greek God

I had a great time sketching the ceramic bust of the Greek god Pan that was also displayed upstairs. The porcelain piece was very delicately coloured – the flesh was quite convincing ! I enjoyed the challenge of drawing his crown of leaves, pointed ears and horns.

Greek style  plate in orange and black with angels
Greek style plate with angels
Black and orange bowl with sphinx motif
Sphinx Bowl

Back downstairs, you could see all the mythical creatures you could think of – and a few you never would have thought of – fairies, gods, dragons, angels, unicorns, sphinxes and other strange hybrids of human and animal origin. I was even inspired to paint my own angel this Christmas. To see more angels, look at my December post ‘Nearly Christmas ‘

An Angel for Christmas
Salt Cellar

This is a real treasure house of plates, sculpture, vases and tableware. I’m looking forward to the next display that the curators will, no doubt, put together.

A beautifully illustrated page from an old journal with illustrations of imaginary creatures
Imaginary Beasts at Cannon Hall

The image above with the imaginary beasts is from a sketchbook kept by one of the residents of Cannon Hall in the past.

There was loads of inspiration for creative work, if only I had the time ! I hope you enjoyed my little exhibition review .

Sunshiny Days – Colourful Paintings

A Colourful Mediterranean Coastal Scene in Watercolour

Colourful watercolour sketch of a harbour and a castle on the  Mediterranean coast .
The Med

This is my latest – a fairly quick watercolour sketch of a harbour scene. I was so fed up of all the dark , damp days we were having that I chose something light and sunny to paint. It really worked ! My mood lifted straight away and , as an added bonus, everyone else who looked at it cheered up too . I don’t know about you , but what I work on always affects my emotions. Art Therapy, anyone ?

An orange and blue abstract composition.
Sunshiny Day

This acrylic painting is another one I painted to brighten up dark November days . But this was put together in a completely different way from the harbour scene which is carefully detailed . Sunshiny Day was painted quite instinctively – I really had no idea before I started and it evolved gradually. It was a surprise to me , but I liked it ! I must say , I don’t often produce work this way – but I feel a series coming on. Are there any more Abstract Expressionists out there? ( I added the words afterwards to make it into a poster for my current exhibition – see previous post for details. )

You can find this abstract painting with a few more in my gallery , just click on Gallery for the drop down menu to select the Abstract section .

My First Solo Exhibition of Acrylic Paintings – a Review

Abstract composition of a vase of sweetpeas

A Walk Round My First Solo Exhibition of Acrylic Paintings

A semi-abstract acrylic painting in red and green showing apples falling from the tree at harvest time.
Apples Falling
Browsing
A photo of plates of biscuits and delicious homemade cakes
The Refreshments

Well – we had a blast at the opening of my exhibition this morning at Skelmanthorpe Library Gallery.

Hanging the Exhibition

Labelling the Paintings
The curator hanging up my exhibition in gallery style
Gallery style hanging

It didn’t take us too long to put the exhibition up yesterday – we were well organised and Mike Roberts[ organiser and curator] was pretty nifty up and down the ladders.

Update – Spring Blossom in Wales – SOLD !

Spring Blossom in Wales
Elephant Festival

The Abstract Paintings

The Spiral
Sweetpeas

I was thrilled to be invited by Mike to exhibit at this fabulous gallery for the month of January. At last – an exhibition all to myself ! I was also really pleased because Mike had seen my paintings on this new website – so , quick result ! This gallery is a new idea for the Community Library and it is really well worth supporting. The library is closed on Tuesday, Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

Reggae Reggae

A big thank you to all my family and friends for their support this morning. It really means a lot. It was great showing off my work to you all.

2 acrylic paintings from the Landscape section - Still Standing  and Ladybower Reservoir
Boat People and Hadrian’s Wall
Ladybower Reservoir

The exhibition is open till February 1st.

These are all original artworks , painted in acrylic on paper or canvas, with the occasional watercolour and mixed media piece. They are all for sale, with prices ranging from £30 – £150 . Please contact me if you are interested. I’m based in the UK.

Have a look in my gallery to see more of my acrylic paintings. There’s also a more in-depth report on my exhibition in the Exhibition section on the main menu .

I hope you have enjoyed my exhibition review .

The Exhibition Poster

Margaret Hall World of Colour exhibition poster
A World of Colour