Flower Paintings – a Triptych in Acrylic

Three Flower Paintings on Small Canvas – a Triptych

Three Flowers – a Triptych

What’s a triptych ? Basically , it’s a group of three paintings shown together and sharing aspects of subject matter , colour or style – or all three ! Originally, I think it described three paintings usually above or on the altar in churches. It’s a really popular way of presenting artwork at the moment in galleries and some artists are very creative in the way the pieces are linked together .

Anyway , this is my version of a triptych disguised as floral art. I had to come up with something for an art group I belong to and I was a bit stuck. Then I remembered that I had decided to paint a series of flowers in acrylic on small canvases a while ago , but life got in the way and I had only completed two .

Oriental Poppy

So I decided to paint one more – for the art group theme , a triptych of flowers.

Easy ! One triptych delivered .

More of my flower paintings

I must just mention that I have entered ‘Bluebells’ ( and two other paintings) for an open call for an exhibition .Bluebells was accepted ( hurray ! ) and to my delight, chosen for the publicity image – two reasons to be cheerful, I think !

A sea of  bluebells in a wood with the sunlight streaming through , a traditional landscape painting
Bluebells in Silkstone Woods

I do love painting flowers – there’s loads more in my Gallery – ‘Still Life and Flowers’

Flowers and foliage in a vase - impressionist flower painting.
A Bunch from the Allotment

So, to finish up with, here’s my favourite – going to a new home when my solo exhibition finishes today.

There is all kinds of floral art – on canvas, on paper , in vases , in a landscape , as a triptych or stand alone . I wonder which kind you like best ? Or , do you like them all , like me .

A tree in full creamy white blossom in the  Welsh hills , a springtime landscape painting.
Spring Blossom in Wales

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
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

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

Christmas Paintings in Acrylic on Canvas

Ideas for Christmas Artwork

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Small box canvases painted in acrylic- Robin,  Christmas tree  and  snow covered village scenes.
The box canvas Christmas decorations

I love this time of year but the downside is not having enough time to paint as well as get the house Christmas ready, buy and wrap the pressies, decorate the tree and so on.

So it’s a good idea to : 1] Paint pictures and Christmas card designs the year before and then have them printed in time to send this year.

A watercolour painting of a boy dragging home this year's Christmas tree in the forest. A forest landscape.
This year’s tree

And the second strategy is to recycle artwork from previous years, dust them off and arrange them somewhere different in the house.

Mother and child walking through the snow  to the  Christmas service at church
Going to Church

Last year, I took part in the Angel Festival of Hoylandswaine church with my art group. The church looked brilliant – full of beautiful angels.

A traditional angel  walking down the path from Heaven to Earth .
Angel of Peace

I got so enthused this year that I arranged an angel painting evening at Barnsley and District Art Society. It was great fun. See more angels in my January post ‘ Warning – Mythical Creatures About ‘

Angel in a golden robe

And I did it all before the festive season to cut down on creative stress.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Bright Nights – Light Installation

Christmas Light Show at Barnsley Town Hall 2019

Barnsley Town Hall at night with red, purple and blue light installation
Moody Blue and Purple
*The silhouette of the  Unknown Soldier against the red and blue light installation.
The Unknown Soldier

I went to Barnsley Bright Nights Festival at the weekend. It was very spectacular – there were lots of installations around the Town Hall area. Barnsley Town Hall itself was used for a stunning laser light display, focusing on the windows in this splendid building. My photos don’t really capture the beauty of the changing colours but, even so, they gave me some inspiration for Abstract Art compositions. The two photos above made me want to create a painting based on the idea of extra bright blocks of colour against a jet black background. ( Keep an eye on the Abstract section of my Gallery – you never know what might turn up ! )

The Unknown Soldier against the blood red light
Blood Red
The tower of the Town Hall in silver and the Christmas tree in blue - a really Bright Night !
Silver, Red and Blue

The floodlighting of the building in a deep red was particularly effective. The idea of blood dripping down over the scene was quite moving. Especially so as the First World War monument, showing the Unknown Soldier on a tall plinth, was silhouetted against the red.

I think I might combine some of the elements of both of the photos above into one painting. So many ideas, so little time !

A photo of the Earth  in the  Gaia installation at Barnsley  college  , taken from the  balcony above it
The Beautiful World

The Gaia installation in the Barnsley College was ‘out of this world ‘ if you know what I mean. It was suspended in space from the top of the huge atrium. As we walked up the winding staircase, we could see it from all angles. And if that doesn’t convince people of the urgency of our situation, I don’t know what would.

But quite apart from climate change worries, the beautiful globe of green, blue and quite a lot of brown ( taken from NASA photos ) set me thinking about swirling shapes, wispy clouds and the Deep Blue. Quite a lot of inspiration for one day.

Acrylic Paintings in an Art Cafe Exhibition

Abstract composition of a vase of sweetpeas

Acrylic Paintings in an Artcafe in Rotherham

A photo of my oil pastel painting Apples and Fantasy Apples  showing bright red apples in the art cafe .
Apples and Fantasy Apples
My acrylic painting  Harbour Lights  on the wall in the art cafe.A coastal landscape
Harbour Lights

This is the first post on my new blog. I’m just getting this new blog going. Stay tuned for more.

When I was in Rotherham for a meeting on Friday, I popped into a lovely cafe “Fitzwilliam and Hughes” to have a look at 2 of my paintings that they have very kindly displayed – one right next to the counter! The cafe is close to the impressive Minster and you get really good views of it through the large windows.

A photo of the arched doorway of Rotherham Minster  - great artists' inspiration.
Rotherham Minster
A photo of the art cafe doorway  in Art Nouveau style
The Art Cafe

The Floods in South Yorkshire 2019

After enjoying good coffee and seriously good brownies, we walked back to the car parked next to the mighty River Don, which has thankfully now gone down after last week’s floods. But it still seems to be flowing at a slightly alarming rate.

A photo of the River Don in full flow after the floods,  taken in the town centre
The Mighty River Don
A photo of counter, the till and my  painting of apples in the  cafe
Art Cafe

There was lots of lovely artwork on the walls in the café, so I felt very pleased to be included in their current exhibition. You can see these 2 paintings along with others in my Gallery

There’s loads more of my acrylic paintings on show now in Skelmanthorpe Library Gallery – have a look at the ‘ My First Solo Exhibition ‘ https://margarethallfineart.com/my-first-solo-exhibition-of-acrylic-paintings-a-review/

Oil pastel painting - red apples in a woven basket on wooden floorboards
Apples – in oil pastel
Harbour Lights – in acrylic