Black History Month Exhibition at Embe Restaurant

Ok, I can't lie.  I've put off posting about this event for the purely silly reason that I was reluctant to display pictures of myself online.  It's partly because of security, partly because I enjoy the anonymity of the internet and partly because I really don't like having my picture taken.  Never like the look of myself in them but I've decided to get over myself already and just get on with it!  It's about the art anyway, right? So here are some photos from the event I took part in:

That's me in the middle with the Nick on the left of the picture and Tony on the right.  Nick is the owner of Embe Restaurant where the exhibition took place and Tony Nero is the lovely and popular Peterborough artist who invited me to exhibit.  Both Nick and Tony put the event together for Black History Month this year and it was much needed in Peterborough since there are not many BHM events at all.  That's my art displayed in the background :-)

I was given a bare wall and told to arrange my frames any way that I liked and this is what I came up with.  These were taken before everyone arrived:

Creativesque Art Display at Embe Restaurant

Close up of art display at Embe Restaurant

Sorry that they're not the greatest quality but below are some pictures showing a close up of my little table where I had my business cards, a couple of greeting cards and a comment book on display.

Creativesque Display Table

Creativesque's Display Table at the Embe Restaurant

The comment book was Tony's idea as he uses one whenever he exhibits.  It was great to read all the lovely comments by everyone who stopped to look at my art and have a chat.

Below is a picture of me and some of the other exhibitors with some of Tony's artwork in the background.  It was very, very cold in those rooms so I kept my coat on as much as I could!

Stacey-Ann Cole, Sonya King and Sam Soxby

That's Sonya King on the left and Sam Soxby on the right of the picture.  Sonya set up a beautiful display of decorative flowers which are perfect for weddings and Sam makes gloriously moreish confectionary.

Sonya King's Display at Embe Restaurant

Above is a pic of Sonya's beautiful flowers and below is a pic of Sam's table of delectable sweets.  I did try my best not to eat too many of the free sample sweets but.....

Soxby's Creations table at Embe Restaurant

Below is a group picture of most of us exhibitors together.  The lady on the far left is Wanja Kimani who sells gorgeous fair trade jewellery but unfortunately I didn't get a picture of her designs.  However, she exhibits at Harriet's Art Gallery in Peterborough so if you visit, be sure to look for her work as well as Tony's and many other local artists.

Exhibitors at Black History Month Event at Embe Restaurant

There was one other exhibitor who only popped in briefly on the Sunday and his name is Anselmo Pelembe whose graphic design work I photographed below.

Anselmo Pelembe's graphic design work

It was a great weekend for me as it wasn't too busy, just a nice slow trickle of people who came and stayed a while.  I learned lots, met some lovely people and even sold a couple of small pieces.  Hopefully I'll get to exhibit again soon but in the meantime I'm happy to have ticked off one of my main goals from my to do list this year :-)

Tony Nero took a lot more photos of the event which you can check out in his Flickr album here

My First Art Exhibit - Ever!

Hello! So the short story is that I'm very excited to have been invited to exhibit my art at a Black History Month celebration event in Peterborough. It will be held on Saturday 8th October to Sunday 9th October at embe Restaurant, 2 Burghley Road, Peterborough, PE1 2QB, UK.

The long story involves me being amazed how just putting an intention out there, declaring it to people, writing it down and believing it will happen can make positive things happen.

I remember deciding one day that it would be a good idea to start connecting with other artists and organisations in Peterborough, since I've only been here a short time and had no artist network.  Tony Nero, a well known Peterborough artist, was one of the people I decided to connect to on Twitter and Facebook because he seemed to be out and about a lot, exhibiting and such and I thought he'd be a good person to follow and find out what's going on.  Not long after that, he contacted me through twitter asking if I'd like to exhibit at the event he was putting on for Black History Month and of course I said yes!

So below is the flyer that Tony created for the event and it would be great to see some friendly faces there if you can make it.  Although don't laugh at me if I embarrass myself in some way.  Just go easy on me, I'll be nervous!

As you can see, there will not only be art but handmade sweets, wedding flowers and live performances, so should be a good variety of things to see and enjoy.

Hope some of you can make it!

My First Framed Watercolour Painting

Hi everyone, Whilst rummaging in my craft cupboard the other day I found a lovely white box frame that I picked up in Ikea a couple of years ago.  I remember vaguely thinking that one day I may want to try framing some of my art to see how it looks.

It turns out that it is the perfect size to frame the painting I did for one of Willowing's art challenges, which I wrote about recently here.  I actually love how the white frame looks with my painting and I think I've come up with the perfect place to hang it up.

Dream Watercolour Art by Stacey-Ann Cole - Creativesque

I must say that I'm very pleased with and proud of my first framed artwork!  What do you think?

Using a Limited Watercolour Palette

Hello all, I've been a lurker at the Willowing & Friends artist community for quite a while now and have always wanted to try some the art challenges there.  The Willowing community is owned and maintained by Tamara Laporte whose mixed media artwork and kind spirit I've always admired.  Last weekend she set herself a challenge, which was to try and create a portrait painting using only muted/pastel colours instead of lots of colour.  Since I've wanted to do something slightly similar before for the same sort of reasons, I thought that this would be a great challenge for me to participate in.

And guess what?  Rather than being scary or uncomfortable, I found this challenge to be really enjoyable!  Tamara asked us to only use: Black, White, Grey, a salmon or flesh tint (but not on the face), Titanium Buff and a bit of Pink. It was a lot of fun and I created the painting below using mainly watercolur paint on Khadi paper:

Watercolour painting using a limited palette

I usually mix my own black paint so it was easy to use variations of grey throughout the painting and just add a little peachy, salmon colour to enhance it. So I didn't use all the colours exactly but I think I still stayed true to the essence of the challenge.  I also tried something I've never tried before which was to include stamped images in the painting.  The swirly florals in the corners were created using a stamp and also the word 'dream'.

For me this challenge was a huge success and has really allowed me to venture further outside my comfort zone.  And I wasn't the only one!  Here is the Willowing forum thread so that you can see how other members did on the challenge and to read more about it.

As well as her sites above you can also find Tamara on Facebook and Twitter.

Pencil Drawing of A Woman's Face

Here is a recent sketch of mine that eventually turned into a drawing.  There is an idea that I've had knocking around my head for a while now that involves me creating some pieces of art that feature Indian and Asian women and eventually women from other cultures.  The drawing below doesn't quite capture the features I wanted and I'm not sure about the hair either, so I think I need to do more research and practise more! I'm quite excited about this new project and I'm wondering whether it will just be a personal project or whether it will turn into a new art series. We'll see!