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Magic Metropolis Exhibition in Clerkenwell 10th-15th April, Sketching Stamford workshops in May and more events for 2017 coming soon......... London in Landscape volume I reprint out in March....and volume III is being sketched......please see below for details

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My passion is sketching and painting the world around me in my annotated sketchbook diaries. Above is an 'in progress' detail of my sketch from a lovely office near Waterloo in my current London sketchbook. My first published sketchbook 'London in Landscape' volume I has now sold out, so if you have a copy, treasure it, as it could be a future collector's item !!! I'm delighted to say that Methuen is reprinting 'London in Landscape' with a different cover and on different paper to better bring out the colours of my original sketchbook. Look out for this second edition in spring 2017.

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London in Landscape Volume II is still available (get your signed and dedicated copies from me) and as shown above Volume III is in progress! So If you have a favourite view of London from your office, kitchen, pub or park and would like a painting of it that could appear in Volume III then let me know.
The Stamford Sketchbook now has only around 25 copies available of this edition so grab your copy before they're gone too. Here is the front cover of my most recent published book 'A Fellow Traveller - A Sketchbook Journey Inspired by World Heritage Cities and Sites'! You can find out more about all the books here.

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The 'Discover Rutland' print is at last available. For those not in Stamford and Rutland, the area is a great place to visit for a wonderful day out. I'll be doing more of my 'pop-up' stalls at the brilliant broad Street Market (as shown below) in Stamford. Dates will be confirmed soon. So come and find me amongst the scarves and spices, currant buns and cushion covers. I'll have my greeting cards, bags and books, (prices £2.50 - £15) which make special smaller presents and are also easy to send through the post, and of course I'll have my prints (prices £12 - £45) and one or two canvases to fill those wall spaces......

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Broad Street Market from Browne's Hospital on Market Day, Stamford © Karen Neale, watercolour artist London
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I've also been 'up north' to produce three paintings out on the streets of gorgeous Chester, which were on show and sold at Sarah Samuels Fine Paintings Gallery...and prints of this particular view are now available. It is a real joy and privilege to simply stand in a place for a few hours and capture a little corner of the world around me in pen and paint.

So if you are looking for unique, special presents from sets of greeting card views, to signed and dedicated books, to limited edition prints or even a very special canvas or original painting, then come to one of my events, and if you can't make it in person I can always send items through the post.

As always you are very welcome to visit my studio by appointment to view and purchase paintings and canvases or pick up a signed book for a special present. Please do contact me if you'd like any more information about any of the above and continue below for more information on my forthcoming events and about 'me and my work'.


Awaiting final confirmation of dates and venues........but look out for exhibitions and events in London and Stamford in March and April.......
10th - 15th April 2017 - Magic Metropolis Exhibition in Clerkenwell Craft Central Gallery - full details soon.....
May 2017 - Sketching Stamford - A series of 5 workshop mornings where we will go out sketching with our books and pens in the streets of Stamford - more details soon....

Venice, Italy
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Reading Room at the British Museum,
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I've just received another batch of my popular printed cotton bags in time for Christmas. There is a colour, detail picture from my 'Broad Street Market' and 'Top of All Saints' Church paintings, on each side of the bag. The bags are made out of natural cotton (38cm wide x 42cm long x 10cm deep) with long cotton handles. They are durable, washable and are great for the environment. At £8 each they are a great investment as charges for plastic bags are now here.

There's more about 'me and my work' below and on the other pages, and from other perspectives, here are a couple of the current press articles from Wanderlust Travel Magazine, Frost magazine and The Culture Trip - though there is a slight error in that I never have time to see Downtown Abbey or Doctor Who - just Danger Mouse with my little boy! There will be more press articles to follow very soon......

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And for now, a shameless 'Look at me, look at me and The Queen!' But it is all in a very good cause. Her Majesty The Queen is the patron of the WInston Churchill Memorial Trust(WCMT) and generously hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace on March 18th 2015 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sir Winston's living legacy - the Churchill Fellowships. Being awarded a Fellowship not only enabled me to undertake a journey of a lifetime, it also opened so many doors to wonderful opportunities in my subsequent work, such as commissioning me to produce a painting which we presented to the Queen in 2006. WCMT award Fellowships in enormously diverse subjects, so if you are a British Citizen and passionate about your subject keep this in mind - it could be for you!

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Karen Neale Art: 'Me and my Work'

That's me braving the winds racing across Waterloo Bridge. My passion is sketching and painting the world around me in my annotated sketchbook diaries. I stand ‘in situ’ and draw with an ordinary black biro as much as I can of what is going on around me in my book. Then, I add colour with my small field box of watercolours. The notes I make around the perimeter are observations I’ve made whilst I’ve been sketching. It is a great privilege and pleasure to simply spend time in a place and draw, and it is a wonderful way to get to know a place and its people.

San Gimignano,Italy
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Avignon, France,
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I’ve kept sketchbooks since leaving school, throughout my architectural studies at Newcastle and Sheffield Universities, subsequent move to London and eventual qualification as an architect in 1999. My sketchbooks have taken me on some wonderful adventures. In 2001 I was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to undertake an artist’s journey inspired by World Heritage Cities and Sites, from France travelling eastwards through eight countries to Nepal, recording it all in the pages of my sketchbook diary. Subsequently I spent time in Cuba, culminating in a solo exhibition of my work at the British Ambassador’s residence in Havana.

Havana,Cuba © Karen Neale, World heritage artist London
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Closer to home I continued the World Heritage theme with a community project along Hadrian’s Wall. Then in London, I was privileged to sketch in and around the Palace of Westminster and was artist in residence at the Athenaeum Club in 2004. Rather auspiciously I was appointed ‘MCC Young Cricket Artist for 2005’, based at Lord’s Cricket Ground, and subsequently artist in residence at The Queen’s Club for the 2007 tennis season.

View from the Top of Millbank Tower, London © Karen Neale, watercolour artist London
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I’ve had some fabulous commissions. In 2006 The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust commissioned me to produce a painting to present to Her Majesty the Queen. I’ve also worked with Bob Wilson’s charity, The Willow Foundation, sketching in and around Arsenal’s football stadiums.

The Old Highbury Ground, Arsenal, London © Karen Neale, watercolour artist London
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In October 2006 my first London sketchbook diary was published by Methuen, entitled ‘London in Landscape’ with Winston Churchill’s daughter, Lady Soames generously writing the foreword. In 2009 ‘London in Landscape Volume II’ was launched with an exhibition of my paintings in the Barbican Centre, London. Both books are available through Methuen, Amazon, and me. Since 2010 I have resided in Stamford in Lovely Lincolnshire. In 2011, Walkers, Stamford’s local bookshop published my Stamford sketchbook. And now in 2015 A Fellow Traveller!

Broad Street Market from Browne's Hospital on Market Day, Stamford © Karen Neale, watercolour artist London
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These books have been a real labour of love for me as I’ve been out in all weathers, on tops of buildings, along the streets, in various wonderful institutions, sports grounds, churches and cathedrals, markets, museums and so on. It is an utterly uplifting experience to be able to just sit and draw in a place and become a part of that place for a few hours. If you would like to contact me for further information, please click here to e-mail or call me on
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Karen Neale Art
Watercolour Artist London and Stamford.
World Heritage Artist, London

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