When Life Gives you Lemons... Paint them?

 A take on the famous 1915 proverb coined by Elbert Hubbard. When life gives you lemons …paint them.

A take on the famous 1915 proverb coined by Elbert Hubbard. When life gives you lemons …paint them.

"Life handed him a lemon,
As Life sometimes will do.
His friends looked on in pity,
Assuming he was through.

They came upon him later,
Reclining in the shade
In calm contentment, drinking
A glass of lemonade." 


Clarence Edwin Flynn 1940

Southend Art Trail: 12 JULY - 15 AUGUST 2018

Excited to be showing work at the Southend Art Trail which opens next Thursday 12th July.  I'll be at Trespass opposite River Island on Southend High Street.

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Southend Art Trail is a free event that provides a democratic platform for local artists, using the High Street to exhibit their work to bring together a range of media, including digital art, sculpture, painting, performative and crafts. From artists who have never shown before to seasoned exhibitors, around 40 artists will be displaying amazing artwork in town centre businesses.

 

James Quinn - Body's Opticians
Louie Symons - Revolution
Zoe Howe - Revolution
Andrew Cotterill - South Records
Mark Wadeson - Il Pescatore
Laura Mills - Slug & Lettuce
Andrew Kenyon - Molo Lounge
Michael Allars - Oxfam
Mark Phillips - Oxfam
Project 49 - Victoria Shopping Centre
Victoria Sills - Trespass
Roaslie Bottley - Trespass
Callum Robins - Pipe of Port
Lily Bond - Pipe of Port
Nicola Cornish - Escape Live
Audie-Shaka Series - The Railway Hotel
Hattie Mitchell - Hush Bar
Ewan Barr - The Alex
Michael Wheeler - The Alex
Mia Stannard - The Alex
John Bulley - McDonald's
Sophie Thomas - Waterstones
Karen Apps - Clarence Yard
Sophie Faraway - Clarence Yard
Tom Tadman - Clarence Yard
Beata Csanadi - Bearta Tattoo
Steven Lawes - Legend Deli
Bonnie Blueman - Pulp Kitchen
Eloise Birnam-Wood - Legend Deli
Sharon Stone - Havens Hospice
Bronwyn Oldham - Royals Shopping Centre
Seven Artists Collective - The Royal Hotel
Kerry Davis - Grosvenor Casino
Leanna Moran - Gleneagles Guesthouse
Tia Howell - Gleneagles Guesthouse
Art of the Village - Adventure Island
Laura Trevail - Adventure Island

 

'Ley of the Land' exhibition

This exhibition, set up by Leigh Art Trail as part of its year long residency, will run until 6th April 2018 at Leigh Community Centre. I'm pleased to be showing a couple of paintings and some preparatory sketchbook work. 

 

*Limited Time Only* Regal Bananas Print available on vegan suede Cushions

UPDATE January, 2018
Cushion sales on Wraptious have now ended.

I'm excited to be a part of the Wraptious Art competition for Winter '17.  They now offer FREE delivery on all UK orders and are now available as giant 95cm square floor cushions too.

BUT... they're only available to buy for a limited period at this special price. Sales close on the Saturday 2nd of December, just in time for Christmas!

The cushions are all made from Vegan Suede with an optional plump duck feather or fibre filling interior. The cushion fabric has a sumptuously soft matt velvet texture.

Now you can bring the imperial life to your own interior with a touch of Regal Banana luxury!

Every sale gives the artist 50 points in the competition, and every Facebook like/share 1 point. The winning artist will be promoted by Wraptious for 2 years.

 Regal Bananas in Imperial Purple

Regal Bananas in Imperial Purple

 Backing colours available 

Backing colours available 

PRODUCT FEATURES

  • Printed on Vegan Suede 
  • Choice of 4 Vegan Suede backing colours
    (Black, Stone,  Charcoal or White)
  • Concealed zip closure in side seam
  • Machine washable at 30°c
  • Printed & Handmade in the UK 
  • FREE delivery from Wraptious

COMPOSITION & SIZE

  • Square faux velvet exterior (cover ONLY from £23.95)
  • Fibre filling (from £28.95)
  • Duck Feather filling (from £34.95)
  • Available in 3 sizes
    W: 45cm; L: 45cm
    W: 60cm; L: 60cm
    or *NEW W: 95cm; L: 95cm FLOOR CUSHIONS

(Please Note that colours may vary slightly on different monitors)

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100% Southend - Private View at Twenty One

Was great to see such a diverse range of work last night at the launch of Twenty One, the new culture venue opposite Southend Pier.  A great renovation and can't wait to sit outside when the weather gets back to 'normal' for a sunny Southend summer.

If you get a chance to have a look, one of my pieces on The Shore apartments in Westcliff is part of the exhibition. Image #23.

‘100% Southend’ is a Focal Point Gallery 2014 project, which explores how people engage with culture. The exhibition has brought together a diverse range of over 110 two dimensional works from both established and emerging artists across the SS postcodes to launch Twenty One as a venue for Southend’s community.  

'100% Southend'
Twenty One
Unit 21, Art Venue & Cafe, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2EH
27 July to 1 October 2017

Silent Auction - Leigh Art Trail fundraising event

How the Leigh Art Trail auction will work in 2017...

This year each Leigh Art Trail artist must donate one of piece to be included in a silent auction.  Instead of having one central location where all the work will be displayed and auctioned off, each artist will exhibit it in their own venue.

I have selected a Limited Edition Giclée print of my Purple Pirouette 1.   Printed by professional Fine Art printers on Hahnemühle German Etching 310gsm paper it is the first edition of 75 prints.

Bid cards and a box will be provided with an explanation of how it all works.  Any visitor who wants to place a ‘silent bid’ on work simply fills out the card with their details and bid and puts it in the box provided.

As well as raising much needed funds for the Art Trail, the auction will provide an opportunity to donate money to the local charity Peaceful Place.  This is a charity who help and support people with young onset dementia and those that care for them.  More information can be found at www.peacefulplace.co.uk

Leigh Art Trail opens TOMORROW!

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The Leigh Art Trail opens tomorrow, Saturday the 10th June and finishes Saturday 17th June.

This year the trail is CELEBRATING 20 YEARS of CREATIVITY
Leigh Art Trail is a not for profit, volunteer run, community engagement organisation,
showcasing the work of local contemporary artists & designers.

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Cushion designs from the Seaside collection have arrived!

The designs from my Seaside collection have now come into realisation and are on vegan suede cushions. They will be available to order at the Leigh Art Trail 2017 - which is only a week away and commences 10th June!

Cushions printed by Wraptious during Spring 2017 competition. This year I didn't make it as a finalist (over 700 artists this year) but thanks so much everyone that voted and purchased cushions!

The Spring Wraptious cushion competition has begun!

The Spring Wraptious cushion competition has started... If you would like to vote for or buy any of my designs that would be fantastic :D
Last year, thanks to your support, I was a finalist! 

The winning artist will be promoted by Wraptious for two years, and they will also proudly display their entries at the Harrogate Trade Show in July!!

8 artists will be shortlisted based on points gained from either:
a) Cushion sales (50 points per sale)
b) Facebook likes of either: i) The FB like button on your entry page on Wraptious, ii) The FB post they create of entries, iii) the individual photos they also post on FB. (1 point)

Points will count as soon as work is visible below, through to 28th May. A further 5 shortlisted entries will be chosen by Wraptious. Shortlisted entries will then be shared with a panel of over 50 industry experts from trade and retail across the UK.

All 3 designs can be viewed here: https://www.wraptious.com/search?q=victoria+sills

3 patterns from the Seaside Collection entered into a competition!

I've just entered 3 pieces into the Summer Wraptious competition. Last year I managed to get into the final with 533 entrants taking part.  This year the competition is open to countries all over the world, the winning artist will be promoted on their site for two years, and will have the opportunity to display their work at the Harrogate Trade Show in July!

Winter 2016 competition: https://www.victoriasills.com/victoriasills/very-excited-have-just-discovered-im-a-finalist

Greeting cards are almost ready!

Crow Stone - Collage print pattern
The Crow Stone is a boundary stone which formerly marked the limits of London city law.  Also known as Crowstone or City Stone it stands on the mud at the bottom of Crowstone Avenue in Chalkwell (Southend-on-Sea). 

Redcaps  - Collage print pattern
The Redcaps print takes its name from the Chalkwell Redcaps, an open water social swimming group based in Southend-on-Sea.  This collection plays with the Dada concept of chance. An initial random placement of collaged photography offered a way of letting go of conscious control.

Beach Hut Lollies - Black  - Collage print pattern
This print features a photograph of the pastel coloured fibre-glass changing huts located along Chalkwell Esplanade. The Seaside collection plays with the Dada concept of chance. An initial random placement of collaged photography offered a way of letting go of conscious control.

Shapes - Yellow  - Collage print pattern
The Shapes print uses offcuts of other collaged elements alongside a photograph of a beach groyne and its reflection near The Leas in Westcliff-on-Sea. The Seaside collection plays with the Dada concept of chance, a way of letting go of conscious control.