Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Painting wildlife in Acrylics. 23 -24 April 2016 at Nature in Art

I will be running a two day wildlife painting workshop at Nature in Art near Gloucester in April 2016. http://natureinart.org.uk/

On this 2-day course you will be able to work from start to finish on a painting with my guidance and help.
You will tackle the fast drying time of the paint, building layers and adding details, including eyes, fur and textures found in nature to achieve a realistic finish to the painting.
Everyone will be encouraged to experiment with brushes and sponges, and to try the
techniques I use in my paintings.
This course will appeal to those already working with acrylics who would like to learn some new tips and ways of working which they can use in their own paintings.

Course Cost
Members: £80
Non-members: £100
Course Suitability: Improvers

Please book here through Nature in Art:


Monday, 30 November 2015

Mid winter wanderings with a flask and sketchbook in my rucksack.

It is nearly December, the bleakest, darkest month of the year when nature slows its pace to a gentle tick of life just there beneath the ice and grey and dripping grip of winter. These are the days for wrapping up in waterproofs and wind resistant jackets, making a flask and setting off with backpack and art materials and a firm determination to get something in that sketchbook! Watch this space for some winter wanderings in the wind blown, gorsey heathland and softly silent oak woods of the New Forest

Thursday, 19 November 2015

New paintings available as prints...soon!

Having worked for the last three months on paintings for Windsor Art Fair and Hampshire Open Studios, I now have new images available as canvas and giclee prints. I will soon have these on the purchasing page of my website but please email me for details if you would like more information. kim.thompson7@btinternet.com




Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Windsor Contemporary Art Fair 13 - 15th November 2015

I will be exhibiting at Windsor Contemporary Art Fair at Windsor Royal Racecourse November 13 - 15, 2015. Some of my new pieces are quite large and colourful but still on a wildlife theme. I have been painting flat out for the last two months on the artwork for this event and look forward to being part of such an enthusiastic show.  More information can be found on the website http://windsorcontemporaryartfair.co.uk/

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Society of Feline Artists exhibition September 2015

I am very pleased to be exhibiting four big cat paintings at the Llewellyn Alexander gallery, London http://www.lafp.co.uk/ The private view is on September 1st 2015. Please come and say hello if you are in London and want to attend the event. Included in my selection will be these three large paintings; 'Siberian King', 'Snow Spirit' and 'Sumatran Beauty'.

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Hampshire Open Studios August 22 - 31 2015

Only a month to go before I take part in my first open studios event and I am burning the midnight oil in my studio and out in the countryside getting inspired. There is so much to see out there! Wildlife and wild places provide so many great ideas for paintings, it is hard to know what to work on next.
In the winter I moved to a wonderful location on the edge of The New Forest, probably the place where my soul feels most at peace, and now find my days full of so many intriguing wildlife encounters. This week I have been sat by a dust dry marsh drawing willows and waiting for a Little Owl to return to its next site. Bliss in the rustle of the long grasses and the wind blown calls of skylarks. As a summer storm gathered strength on another day I found myself huddled behind a tangle of gorse and bramble sketching New Forest ponies. I must have been an interesting sight because a curious foal soon approached, gave me a good sniff, investigated my sketchpad and bag and then settled down for a sleep. What a thrill to be allowed to stroke his soft warm coat, scratch his neck and receive a friendly groom in return. The rest of the herd scrutinised my actions but seemed to accept my presence and the foal standing beside me. Returned home feeling alive.

So now I have to bring some of those animals and birds and wild places onto my canvases in preparation for Hampshire Open Studios. I will be setting up an exhibition at Courtens Garden Centre, Romsey Road, Whiteparish, SP5 2SD and working there daily at my easel 10 am - 5pm. It would be lovely to see any of you if you are visiting the open studios event. Directions are on Courtens website www.courtensgardencentre.co.uk and in the Hampshire Open Studios brochure. I am listed under the Romsey area. As well as original artwork, I will have a selection of cards and prints available to buy including 'Eagle Owl Gaze' below. Courtens also has a rather lovely coffee shop selling delicious cakes and, if art was not enough, you can browse their plants and maybe pick up something for the garden. I really look forward to seeing you if you are able to visit.

Eagle Owl Gaze

Artist in residence, acrylics workshop and NEWA 2015

Half way through the year already and it's been far too long since I entered anything in this blog. It has been a busy year and lots to look forward to in the next few months.
Having enjoyed a week as Artist in Residence at Nature in Art, Gloucester, in May, I returned there to run a painting workshop July 18 -19. Lovely students who worked so hard to complete paintings of a challenging fox portrait.

At the moment I have three paintings in the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art. A Barn Owl and portrait studies of a Leopard. Check out the NEWA website for details of the event and to buy art!

Evening Light - Barn Owl

Beauty - Leopard portrait