For Bill Smith, a major impetus behind his work is the memory of childhood which, like dreams, is in full colour. So, when looking at black and white photographs from the past, his memories of industrial Britain, vintage motor racing, and railways under steam come to him in colour. A romantic at heart, he then adds a touch of sepia to his paintings to evoke the feelings of yesteryear. Click here for more about Bill.
Here at Green Pebble we absolutely love our latest artist's use of colour. Jenny Hancock's vibrant paintings positively explode from the canvas, spreading joy is all direction.
Two of Jenny's happiest places are her garden and studio. She lives in a rural location and has a studio with doors that open onto her garden, through which she can see the countryside beyond.
'From these I take much of my inspiration,' she explains. 'Painting mainly with acrylics and oils, I also make multi-layered hand-printed lino cuts. I enjoy both processes, so some days it’s a painting day and others I can’t wait to print!'
In childhood, Ellie Ling read Frances Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden and her love of walled gardens was born. Now she creates her own narratives set behind garden walls. This gives her a beautiful excuse to visit other people’s gardens and spend time in her own. Using drawings, photographs and memory as reference material, her paintings depict, through everyday incidents, the ancient idea of the garden as an earthly paradise providing joy, peace, pleasure and intimate moments of communication with nature. When she needs a break, she goes out and gets her hands dirty. She has, she says, the best of both worlds!
Artist Sally Bruce Richards, living on the Isle of Mull in Scotland, has taken the use of silver and gold leaf to a new level, producing eye-catching paintings by layering the gilding with Japanese rice paper onto wood. As she explains, 'Mine is a continuing story of enchanting artworks. Hares wait under windswept trees; bees and humming birds feed on heavy blossom; a silhouette of a fox on the horizon, big eyed owls watching.'
With so many customers asking us if we publish gift tags, we have decided this year to introduce a lovely little range featuring our bestselling winter images. Can you picture these on a gold or silver wrapped gift, the colourful art peaking out from under the Christmas tree? What a treat!
Our pretty little gift tags are printed on uncoated board and come in a set of 5 tags (of the same design) with rustic twisted string. We have 17 designs to choose from, so why not mix n match?