Posts tagged ‘Art Gallery’

January 17, 2013

Ruth McCabe – The grace of the ordinary

Spring Landscape McCabeI’ve spent 30 years working as a Group Analyst. I’ve grown to like ideas about mess and “difficulty” that emphasise what I believe to be an inherent paradox in all our lives. H.A.Williams says it very well: “Error can be the mediator of truth.”

I think that hints at my approach to painting, now my full-time occupation. I like to find out as I go. I take risks. I make lots of “mistakes”. I watch and wait until the next idea comes.

LandscapeAs a Group Analyst, its been a privilege to witness the journeys people make towards recognising the beauty of their own ordinary grace, qualities which had previously been hidden and overlooked, masked by what they saw as their “problems”.

Although I am not conscious of these themes as I paint, I am sure that they are there. In the words which follow I offer some thoughts on what informs my painting.

I walk the Suffolk fields around our home. Rain seeps, distant horizons dissolve, tractor tracks fill with water. Sweeping curves pick me up in their movement and rhythm.

After the deluge

Newly turned furrows: deep, dark, textured, monumental. Sticky clay, cut and heaved by massive ploughs, transformed into a great serpentine creature, twisting and writhing over vast areas.

I have fallen in love with ewes, cows and piglets. Their rounded, weighty forms. Their substantial flesh and impossibly bulging bodies feel sturdy and resilient. Beautiful elegant ankles, great sagging bellies and craggy haunches present paradox: beauty in unrefined forms. I celebrate their creamy udders and woolly warmth, images of uncomplicated, unselfconscious fecundity, and protection from the cold.


At the coast I am drawn to boats beached on the shoreline. Worn, stranded, vulnerable objects. But they persist. I also see in them something about intimacy: close, alongside yet apart, in conversation or comfortably solitary.

Southwold Harbour 1

In all my work there has been something about loving, honouring and celebrating the significance in what may appear ordinary and unremarkable. What really matters to us, and in us, is not always obvious. It can be overlooked.

Ruth McCabe, with the help of friends.

November 9, 2012

Mihaela Damian

Mihaela Damian grew up with painting and drawing in her life – her father was an artist and encouraged his daughter to follow in his footsteps.

Painting is Mihaela’s escape from the stressful daily life. Like many of us she is not a full-time painter, and takes to the brushes when inspiration is chasing her.  All her paintings are therefore ‘not just random…they are a drop of passion.’

Mihaela say’s ‘I would like my art to make people happy. And the first step in achieving this is to make myself happy. If I’m smiling when the painting is finished, I have achieved my first goal.’

If Mihaela’s work makes you happy then take a look at her Pop-up Gallery here.

September 29, 2012

Amber Caspian Art

Sarah Turpin paints witches with a little kink in their personality, along with other magical characters and delightful creatures. She now sells them under the name Amber Caspian Art having sold a number of paintings, bookends and mirror frames under her pseudonym in the past.

Born in Folkestone, Kent and brought up in Thaxted, Sarah studied Art in Bristol, worked in London for several years in bookselling and then marketing for Penguin Children’s Books. While there she indulged her passion for art, books and stories and amassed a considerable collection of wonderful children’s illustrated books.

Sarah has loved witches and fairy tales since early childhood, enchanted by the drawings and silhouettes of Arthur Rackham and Jan Pienkowski. Later she turned creatively to this subject painting them in watercolour and ink.

I am inspired by folk and faery stories, dreams, nature, spirit, ancient landscapes and beautiful words, I write poems as part of my creative process. My recent travels across flame-coloured deserts in North America and frozen lakes in Arctic Sweden also greatly influence my work.

You can visit the Amber Caspian Art Pop-up Gallery here –

September 25, 2012

Pat Collingwood (pjc gallery)

Pat Collingwood retired last year after more than 30 years working in an office environment. A keen amateur photographer for many years, she recently turned her attention to learning painting and drawing skills at local classes.

It was during one of the classes that someone explained about encaustic art (hot wax painting), which sounded so interesting that she decided to give it a try. Pat was hooked from the moment she created her first picture using this technique.

Due to the large amount of art materials Pat has accumulated and the lack of a dedicated work space in the house she started off working on the dining room table. She has now moved onto better things having had a lovely studio built in the garden where she can create whenever she wants.

I enjoy visiting art exhibitions but most of my inspiration comes from nature.’

You can see more of Pat’s work in her Pop-up Gallery here –

September 20, 2012

Anthony Hopkinson

A long time painter, Anthony took up printmaking about eight years ago and is now his main artistic activity. He began by exploring screen-printing a cheap, simple and non-toxic form of printmaking that can easily be carried out at home.

He tends to use only a small number of colours, often just a basic blue, red and yellow. The colours are transparent so a wide range of hues can be produced by printing one colour on top of another, varying the strength of each colour. Anthony will usually produce editions of 10 to 20; as the screen or plate is re-inked for each print in the edition there will be slight variations.

In the past year he has turned to other forms of printmaking, particularly drypoint and collagraph. Some recent prints are monoprints or monotypes, still using printmaking techniques but as one-offs, not editions. This is an exciting area for experiment and a lot of fun.

You can see more works by Anthony Hopkinson in his Pop-up Gallery here –

July 26, 2012

In the Picture – July 2012

July 17, 2012

In the Picture – June 2012

July 17, 2012

Artist Corner

Introducing ‘Artist Corner’, the Pop-up Gallery exhibiting works by Barbara Harlow.

I have always enjoyed painting ever since I was at school and promised myself that I would come back to it one day. That day was a long time in coming, what with marriage and two children and all that that entails, but eventually I found time for myself and took lessons to give myself the feel again. I was lucky enough to meet a lady who was an extremely good artist and she kindly took me under her wing and gave me one to one tuition. I learnt a great deal from her and also how to walk and look at my surroundings and absorb the feelings and atmosphere of the Fens where I grew up and still live. This has held me in good stead. A while later I met another excellent teacher who took me a step further. They both gave me great inspiration for which I will always be grateful.

I enjoy trying to create atmosphere, my favourite types of pictures are East Anglian skies and landscape. Living close to Wicken Fen has inspired me to paint there quite often and I really enjoy painting the Fen in all its moods. A keen gardener, flowers quite often feature in my paintings as well. I paint in Oils, Watercolours and Pastels.

Running an Art shop and Gallery for fourteen years, gave me a great insight into the art world. I semi retired a few years ago to concentrate more on my own art work. I exhibit a great deal locally and also belong to the Cambridge Open Studios.

The URL for Artist Corner is

June 29, 2012

Welcome to the i2Pop-up Community!

A big hello to all you Artists and Art Lovers out there!

We would like to introduce the brand new i2Pop-up Gallery blog for The Online Art Marketplace!

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We’ll be regularly posting about our i2Pop-up Artists and curating exhibitions of their works.

Happy Creating!