Well that was an interesting couple of weeks! My first solo show has now finished. I wasn’t sure what to expect but it exceeded my expectations. I sold quite a few pieces and got some wonderfully positive feedback. I guess I’ve got to get my head down now and start producing work for my next show……yes there’ll be another!
I couldn’t resist sharing these photos taken by my friend Patrick of a couple of my pieces at the Clayden Gallery on Friday evening.
I’m delighted to invite you all to an exhibition of my artwork at The Earl Mountbatten Hospice Art Gallery at Halberry Lane in Newport on The Isle of Wight. The exhibition is on for the next month or so and is open between 9 and 5pm daily.
I’m particularly pleased to be able to show my artwork here as its such a special place and very important to so many in our Island community.
I’m showing my pen and ink drawings, prints of which are available to buy. The prints are signed and mounted ready to frame, with profits going to the Hospice.
I’m also showing some of my autobiographical abstract rolled paper pieces.
Please pop along to see, and hopefully buy, some artwork. You can have something nice to eat and and drink in the lovely cafe and visit the Chelsea garden. It’s a warm and very welcoming place run by wonderful people who do an incredible job.
On Sunday 13 May there is…..Walk the Wight for Earl Mountbatten Hospice.
The walk raises money which enables the Hospice to develop their services for Islanders and their families. It’s at the very heart of their fundraising efforts and really unites the Island.
There is the long walk all the way around the Island which is probably suited for people fitter than me, but there is also a eight mile walk from Sandown to Shide (from Sandown bay to the centre of the Island) This year we’ve signed up for this shorter walk and we’re hoping for nice weather. It should be a wonderful experience and on a personal level I’ll be walking in memory of my parents.
At Quay Arts in Newport over the 2017 winter period there is an exhibition of ‘winter’ themed work. About seventeen artists are involved and a couple of my pieces are on display. The exhibition opened yesterday and looks terrific, pop along if you can.
It’s rolled up paper and getting bigger, I’m not quite sure where I’m going with this but I like it!
I love it when it’s bright and crisp, I can get lots done in my cosy studio!
I am letting you know that I am re-standing for Shanklin Town Council Elections on Thursday 4th May. I was co-opted onto the Council around 18 months ago and will be a candidate for election in the Shanklin South Ward.
I am standing as an independent. Shanklin Town Council has traditionally not been about party politics. This enables us to ensure that we are able to get things done for the benefit of all Shanklin residents. With the Council elections going on the same day and with some town council candidates also standing as party representatives for the IOW Council there is a danger that this could give the Shanklin elections a political bias which could be detrimental to the town.
With more aspects of the Council’s work being devolved locally the role of the town council is becoming increasingly important. I can offer stability as I am already a council member, enthusiasm and drive to ensure Shanklin continues to thrive. I have spent seventeen years in the tourism industry and know how important tourism is for Shanklin’s success. I have recently sold my guest house to move onto new challenges and I have moved to the Shanklin South area I wish to continue to represent. I am now self-employed as a professional artist. I hope this also gives me a creative vision towards the future of Shanklin. Public money may be tight on the island but with energy, determination and imagination we can get things done.
Please include Karl Stedman in your choices for Shanklin Town Council Election – South Ward. I would be grateful if you could share with Shanklin South voters. I am not intending to produce a leaflet as I do not feel it is appropriate and it is less recycling for you!
Thanks to the Isle of Wight Gardens Trust I spent a very enjoyable day at Lisle Combe a lovely house at the Undercliff just past Ventnor Botanical Gardens. The reason was for a talk by Kate Harwood a garden historian and lecturer. Lisle Combe is an early 19th century cottage orne (no, I’d never heard of one of those either!) and the home of the poet Albert Noyes (no, I’ve never heard of him).
The talk was titled….Gardens of the Picturesque and Recency Period.
I hadn’t known what to expect but in fact it was a terrific day. Amazingly it was sunny and warm. The group were lovely. Kate certainly knew her stuff and how to share it with us in an entertaining and informative way. The house was fascinating and the owners pulled out all the stops to make us welcome and wonderfully well fed.
The gardens are overgrown and in a sad state but it’s still possible to imagine how they once were and hopefully can be again. Like all these old houses and gardens upkeep is a huge job and restoring and maintaining the house should probably come first but it would be wonderful to see the gardens looking fabulous again.￼
I have even been inspired to do a little pencil drawing of the house, something that I’ve not done for a very long time…….
Part of the reason I set up this blog was to share some of my artwork. I used to have a website but I could never find the time to keep updating it….or frankly, muster up the enthusiasm to do it! It was suggested to me that a blog was ‘the future’ and so much easier….. well here goes…….some of my drawings of Steephill Cove, one of my favourite places on the Isle of Wight. It’s only accessible by foot, and all the better for it!
They are pen and ink drawings and perhaps lose some detail in the photos….but you get the idea!