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Friday 16th February - make a magical metropolis with me on Family Open Day at Stamford Arts Centre........ Sketching Stamford Workshops in Spring 2018........ London in Landscape volume I (second edition) out now......please see below for details......

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NEWS Winter and Spring 2018

London in Landscape Volume I, second edition out November 2017
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My passion is sketching the world around me in my sketchbooks, and I am so pleased that the second edition of my first London in Landscape book (originally published in 2006) is out now! You can get signed and dedicated copies from me along with my other works and contact me for postal possibilities. London in Landscape was a real labour of love for me – I was out sketching in all weathers to capture some of the different and diverse spaces and places of this magic metropolis. You can see more of ‘London in Landscape’ here.

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View from the Top of Monument In London in Landscape Volume I
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I'm hoping Spring is around the corner as I'll be back out on the Streets of Stamford with another series of 'Sketching Stamford with Karen Neale' Workshops starting in April and based at the Arts Centre. It has been a great pleasure to go out sketching with everyone on the workshops last year. So I am looking forward to the next sessions commencing Monday 16th April. If you would like to have a go before then I shall hopefully do a few informal sketching sessions in February and March - contact me for further details.

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Stamford Arts Centre above
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Statue detail in St George's Church below - drawn in sketching workshop December 2017
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As long as you can write your name, you can draw! So whether you are a daydream doodler or already an able artist, everyone is welcome. Join me with a sketchbook and pen or pencil and I'll demonstrate details, share some sketching secrets, and get us sketching. As an added incentive there will be tea and biscuits to keep us going! We'll be based at Stamford Arts Centre and contact me for further details. Art Centre sessions begin Monday 16th April - see below under events for other dates.
Before then come along to the Family Open Day 'At the Musicals' in Stamford Arts Centre. There will be lots of activities throughout the Arts Centre. I will be in the Main Gallery 11am - 1pm and 2-4pm, charting the creation of a Magical Metropolis along the Gallery Wall. It is free, so let your inner architect out and whether you are 4 or 84, design and draw your dream building. Be it a sky scraper, secret sanctuary, or sumptuous shed, have fun, and create while you have a cuppa and cake as the cafe tables will also be in the Gallery too!
And finally for now, if you have a free moment have a look at page 14 of February's edition of Stamford Living.......
Please do contact me if you'd like any more information about any of the above, or if you would like to talk about a commission, whether it is to paint a place with a special meaning to you or bespoke illustrations for a particular project you are working on. Do continue below for more information on my forthcoming events and about 'me and my work' and you can also see what I'm up to on Facebook.

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Friday 16th February - Family Open Day at Stamford Arts Centre - Make a Magical Metropolis in the Gallery with me 11am - 1pm and 2-4pm, Stamford, PE9 2DL - Free entry!

• Monday 16th , 23rd and 30th April - and 14th and 21st May - Sketching Stamford Workshops 9.30am - 12.30pm at Stamford Arts Centre £15 per session or £60 for the 5 weeks.


View from a Barbican Balcony, London 2017
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Reading Room at the British Museum,
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Here are my printed cotton bags . 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, Stamford Georgian Festival, 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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I hope you enjoy looking around the website!
Karen Neale Art
Watercolour Artist London and Stamford.
World Heritage Artist, London

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