Jane Austin

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There is a beautiful grade listed building standing empty less than a mile from my home. I worked with the Churches Conservation Trust to secure two days for an art exhibition with free demonstrations running throughout. This was my first solo exhibition in over a decade so a massive deal for me and it proved to be everything that I could have wished for. It ran alongside the National Heritage Weekend and hundreds of people came through the doors. All Souls is a beautiful setting designed by George Gilbert Scott of St Pancras Station fame for local industrialist Edward Ackroyd in 1856. The building gives limited access due to steps and uneven floors, there are no facilities, heat and little lighting but all the more charming and challenging to use the space.

It was a stunning backdrop in which to display my paintings, which cover a very wide subject range, reflecting the way my eye is caught by colour, pattern, light and texture. The challenge to me is then how to portray them using watercolour paint.

'From Beacon to Pike' was a very popular lithograph of mine showing the vista across Halifax. The town and the way in which I paint have gone through many changes over recent years. I revealed a new painting for new times at this exhibition 'Halifax Morning Light', a limited edition of giclee prints are now available to purchase.

Here is a little clip of a wonderful weekend. I am looking forward to working with the Trust again soon.

Music courtesy of DonnoSongs.com

Meanwhile I have been very busy building on the success of last year, becoming involved in several exhibitions. East Morton Biennial was lovely and I am returning in the new year to give more workshops. I took part in the Art and Photography Exhibition at Dean Clough for Ravenscliffe which was a great success. In July I exhibited at the Holmfirth Artweek and also The International Buxton Spa Prize, held at The Green Man Gallery, Buxton for the whole month of July. There is a huge amount of art and culture in the town, so well worth a visit. Painting en plein air has become a feature of my work this year.

When Woodmansterne Publishing Ltd took up the image of my painting 'Smell the Roses' last year the card was first available in Australia, New Zealand , Turkey and Italy which led to the sale of the original, now residing in Scotland. The card is now available in the UK so look out for it in the shops, it sold amazingly well for Yorkshire Day.

My public facebook page, Jane Austin Watercolour, is the place to keep up to date with regular news. I upload images of work in progress, lessons and much more, with explanations of painting techniques. You can also chat with me and ask questions.

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