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Detail, painting London Marathon


Painting London Marathon detail, Coram

Coram Bear at London Marathon 2011

The South London Women Artists Group will be holding an exhibition at the Bankside Gallery, Thames Path, near the Tate Modern.

The exhibition is from 30 April to 8 May, and my London Marathon painting will be on show there.

The gallery is open from 11 am to 6 pm each day.  This is a group show with the title  “SNAP’.

Here is a link to the Bankside Gallery website.

Detail, painting London Marathon

Coram Bear at the 2011 London Marathon

EDNA RUNS LONDON MARATHON – PAINTING


OIL PAINTING FOR BANKSIDE GALLERY EXHIBITION

This is the completed painting which I have submitted for inclusion in the South London Women Artists exhibition

LONDON MARATHON PAINTING

EDNA RUNS LONDON MARATHON

This painting is oil on canvas. It includes, in a loose and vivid way, the scene of the London Marathon in 2011, when passing near Westminster Tube Station and the Houses of Parliament, London.

You can see I have selected to paint one of the elite female runners, Edna Kiplagat from Kenya.

My working drawings were done in pencil, on the day last April when I visited the Marathon.

Marathon pencil sketch

PENCIL SKETCH LONDON MARATHON 1

PENCIL SKETCH MARATHON

PENCIL SKETCH LONDON MARATHON 2

I also used some of my photographs for extra details, since I could not capture all the activity and the various vignettes of activity going on.

 

Trampoline competition London Prepares Series 2012

OLYMPICS LONDON PREPARES SERIES AT 02 ARENA


O2 ARENA,  NORTH GREENWICH, VISA INTERNATIONAL GYMNASTICS

We went to see the Trampoline competition at the O2 Arena last Friday.

I did these three sketches

We had a great difficulty in getting to the O2 Arena, at North Greenwich, as the Jubilee Line was ‘up the spout’ again, due to a signal failure at Stanmore.   The tube trains were few and very delayed, crushed full to bursting.  So we arrived late, and I was disappointed to find that we could not take cameras inside.

The Arena was almost full on one side, nearest the entrance, and no seats near the front. Nevertheless we could see quite well, as the Trampolines were in the centre of the arena, and the athletes were easy to follow, their jumps and twists quite spectacular.

It was very interesting because I have never seen top class gymnasts before and was not aware how spectacular their movements are.  Of course they compete one at a time, and not together as I have drawn them.  First was the men’s competition and then the women’s.

More details can be found at www.british-gymnastics.org

 

Here is a quote from the brochure: ‘At the 2011 Trampoline World Championships in Birmingham the top eight competitors claimed places for their country at London 2012. Those who missed qualifying at this event will battle for the five places up for grabs at this month’s test event. The FIG will aware a final three places at their discretion at a later date.’

OPEN STUDIOS EXHIBITION – 8/9 OCTOBER AND 15/16 OCTOBER


MERTON ARTS TRAIL, LONDON SW19 AND SW20, OPEN 10.30 AM TO 5.30 PM

Paulina is taking part in this Open Studios event, along with other local artists. She will be opening an exhibition of her own paintings and prints in Poplar Road, Merton Park. Why not bring your children along to see these colourful and representational paintings and prints, many of them already framed?
Please contact her for more details if you need to know to how to get there.

sportsart@hotmail.co.uk

The oil paintings are all those made recently, with a theme of sports-related events. Typical is the painting of Jamaican Beach Volleyball, and the small oil painting entitled ‘Marathon Legs, Emmanuel Mutai’ which is on show at the Bankside Gallery, London South Bank in the LONDON LIVES competition exhibition, until Sunday, 18 September.

GREETINGS CARDS

Paulina will also have some greetings cards for you to look at, from reproductions of her sports paintings.

Some of the paintings you can see are on the main page of this web site, here “https://sportsportraitartist.wordpress.com/”

MERTON ARTISTS

Details of the 80 artists taking part in this Open Studio event, the first to be held in the Borough of Merton, are listed in the catalogue, which we can send you, if you get in touch by email with your address.

This is the web site for Merton Arts Trail  . You can also print off a copy of the Merton map, showing studios that will be open, from this Merton Arts Trail website.

MEET ARTISTS IN THEIR STUDIOS

It is an exciting opportunity to meet artists in their studios, and Paulina is looking forward to your visit. Please note that parking is free in the road at weekends. The nearest station is Morden, on the Northern Line, or Wimbledon on the District line and overhead rail, with links to Waterloo and Clapham Junction. After you have visited Paulina’s studio there are a couple of other open studios within a few minutes walk.

SMITHFIELD NOCTURNE CYCLING

SMITHFIELD NOCTURNE CYCLE RACING – JUNE 11


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I went to Smithfield, in the City of London, on Saturday to watch the cycle racing.  The Smithfield Nocturne is an annual event, and attracts crowds, quite of few of whom have cycled up there so bikes everywhere.  Last year I also went along and made three oil paintings from sketches and photos.  This year I did a few sketches but drawing cyclists in a race is difficult, to say the least!  The fun event which I saw during the evening was the vintage penny farthing bikes in a race.  They go surprisingly fast and so even my photos were blurred.  I have put the photos on my Flickr page.

OLYMPIC STADIUM AND ARCELORMITTAL ORBIT, LONDON OLYMPIC SITE


Wanted to see London Olympic Stadium and ArcelorMittal Orbit. I found that The View Tube is the place to visit.
It is a square green building made of shipping containers, and according to the website, includes a cafe, education, arts and information spaces.

In the friendly cafe, called The Container Cafe at the View Tube, you can sit with your coffee or ginger beer (in our case) and eat bacon baguettes (excellent) and admire the building site, with the dark red, half-finished steel sculpture of Anish Kapoor, the ArcelorMittel Orbit, on view through the big windows.

To get there, go to Pudding Mill Lane station on the Docklands Light Railway – one stop from Stratford. It’s a few minutes walk from there.
I can recommend a visit. There are lots to see, particularly if you like watching lorries and excavators, trains and cranes, (boy’s toys). Outside is a pleasant garden with benches, with passing trains and a canal for additional interest. Apparently it gets very busy at the weekends now. You can buy beers after 4 pm, an added bonus! The Greenway is a path going past the View Tube which is a footpath for those wanting a longer walk. We saw a few cyclists too.

I made a couple of pencil sketches, which are here

View Tube London Olympic

View Tube, London Olympic Site

ArcelorMittal Orbit sculpture Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor steel sculpture sketch

BEACH VOLLEYBALL LEAP -OIL PAINTING FINISHED


This is the second new painting, oil on canvas, 30cm x 40 cm. I call it Beach Volleyball Leap.

Beach Volleyball Leap

VOLLEYBALL LEAP, OIL PAINTING

The reference for this painting is pencil sketches made when on holiday in Jamaica last year. The beach volleyball was very popular and I enjoyed sitting in the sand, drawing the players, who were a different lot each day. It was always mixed girls and guys, and some players were very good. All were enthusiastic! I took a lot of photos too. I tried to capture the luscious greens of the trees and shrubs growing in the grounds of the resort, with the beach sand bright from the setting sun.

beach volleyball, detail painting

BEACH VOLLEYBALL PAINTING, DETAIL

NEW OIL PAINTINGS COMPLETED – VOLLEYBALL AND IRISH GUARDS


I have now photographed my new paintings in oil.

Irish guards band and girls at the Polo

Irish Guards Band and Girls, Windsor Polo

Polo in Windsor Great Park, and Beach Volleyball in Jamaica.

The largest oil painting I have given the title Irish Guards Band and Girls, Windsor Polo, it was a really difficult painting! I used sketches which I had made of the Cartier polo match of 2008, when Dubai and Broncos were the teams involved. In addition to this, I used photos taken last year, 2010, at the same Cartier match, but with the band of the Irish Guards playing, and showing some of the spectators, including the very pretty girls, with their cameras. The uniform of the Guards Bandsmen was particularly difficult to paint. What interested me was the brilliance of the colours at this spectacle, the atmosphere of an exciting sporting event and the dynamism provided by the contrast between the highly disciplined guardsmen and the excited spectators (who no doubt had had some ‘bubbly’, as is usual at the polo event of the year)

OIL PAINTING OF IRISH GUARDS BAND AND GIRLS, POLO

IRISH GUARDS BAND AND GIRLS, DETAIL

BEACH VOLLEYBALL IN JAMAICA, NEW PAINTING NEARLY FINISHED


My new oil painting is nearing completion.

I have used sketches from my vacation in Jamaica last November, when we stayed near Dunn’s River Falls, Ocho Rios.

The beach there was ideal for beach volleyball as it was flat and cleaned everyday.

The other people and the staff at the resort were keen on the game.  There was a change in teams everyday, depending on who was around.  Most people wore bikinis, swim suits or baggy shorts and tee shirts.

Everyday they played and most days when on the beach, I sat and sketched in the shade. The best time was late afternoon when the light was muted and shadows long.  It was a friendly time, with people watching but nobody getting too stressed if the game went the wrong way.  I took a lot of photos too and they are on Flickr.  A nice drink with clinking ice cubes made all the difference.

Pencil sketch beach volleyball

Pencil sketch in Jamaica, beach volleyballBeach volleyball players, pencil sketch in Jamaica