Posts tagged ‘Painting’

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 –

August 28, 2012

Julia Everett

Another enthusiastic Pop-up Gallery owner, artist Julia Everett.

About Julia

Julia is an abstract landscape painter and her studio by the Thames in West London is a location that inspires a lot of her work. Her use of vivid colours, combined with the influence of music, produce vibrant and dynamic paintings. Julia graduated in Fine Art at Brighton University and has successfully exhibited in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Southampton and New York.  Julia regularly exhibits at the Affordable Art Fair with Art Star and many of her paintings are in private collections.

Artist Statement

“I am moved by the sky and sea and am trying to capture the feelings one can experience from being in a wild and dramatic landscape or watching the sunset into the sea. I am inspired by the British landscape and its coastline and I love being able to work by the river in London. My paintings are concerned with the reflective aspects of natural beauty as realised in water, landscape, light and pure colour.  I paint from memory rather than life and each painting is an emotional response to a sensory experience and an attempt to recapture how it felt to be in a particular place at a certain time. I always listen to music when painting and feel that this has a strong influence on the finished work. Many of my paintings are named from song titles and lyrics.”

Julia’s Pop-up Gallery URL is

July 26, 2012

Patricia Arts

We are pleased to introduce you to the paintings of Patrica Palmer…

My art training in the 70’s in Leeds (Teacher Training College, Headingley), was graphic based: the following years of teaching developed my abilities in a variety of art and craft skills. After 22 years in the classroom I decided to return to study.  I started the first full time course in 2000 at Cambridge Regional College and continued there for the next 5 years: Foundation, HND, Diploma and finally BA Hons, I graduated from A.P.U. Cambridge in 2005 achieving a high class degree in Fine Art, specializing in painting.

After years of being trapped in a reality that didn’t meet my needs, through art I have regained control over my life. My artworks have become a representation of my life with the concepts of freedom, control and escapism regularly appearing in the form of grids, windows, doorways and spaces.

My Themes

Themes for work come into my head when they are ripe and ready to explore: the starting points are from references found in the landscape. I spend a lot of time In Aldeburgh, Suffolk. I love the ever changing skies, and sea. I enjoy warmer climates too, so holidays are spent in regions where the sun shines.  Sunsets are usually dramatic and I love sundried buildings and ancient churches with their beautiful stained glass. I love going on trips to more mountainous regions where round each corner there are breath taking views: lakes like mirrors, deep valleys, glowing deserts and tall trees. It is these experiences which give me inspiration.

My Process

At first, I explore the ideas through drawing, painting and collage, on paper (postcard size) using all mediums.

I work from memory in order to sift away the unessential revealing only the typical, although, I do refer to photographs if I need to check a specific detail/ colour/ shape/ position in space etc.

I try out different formats, scale and size on paper to see which is appropriate for my theme before going on to canvas. Colours are softened or intensified, perspective flattened and features simplified. These methods help me to create an impression of the landscape, which is both believable and imaginary. My work, though abstract in appearance is for me representational and my paintings are how I see the world and how the world makes me feel.

I hope that the viewer will respond freely to my work and make connections with her or his own experiences.

Patricia’s Pop-up Gallery URL is

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!