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WVAS Spring Exhibition ON NOW until 12th May, next Sketching Stamford Workshop on Monday 14th May............ and much more......please see below for details......

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My passion is sketching the world around me in my sketchbooks and here is a little ‘extreme sketching’ in progress- all the fun and chattering teeth on a freezing Friday night at the recent Mid Lent Fair in snowy Stamford! I shall return when it is not snowing or sleeting to add a little more of the buildings backdrop to the fabulous carousel.

Sketch of Carousel at Mid Lent Fair, Stamford, March 2018
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist London

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Stamford Arts Centre above
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I hope to have this and one or two other pictures ready for the Welland Valley Arts Society (WVAS) Spring Exhibition, at Stamford Arts Centre. Talking of Spring (sunshine please come out) I'll be back out on the streets of Stamford with another series of 'Sketching Stamford with Karen Neale' Workshops starting Monday 16th April. We'll be based at Stamford Arts Centre (above) and contact me for further details. It was a great pleasure to go out sketching with everyone on the workshops last year, and I’m delighted that sketchers new and returning have already signed up. 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!

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Sticking at Stamford Arts Centre, thank you so much to everyone who came along to the Family Open Day in February. Here is how the gallery wall looked at 11am and below is how it looked at 4pm! WOW! A Magic Metropolis full of amazing buildings, rockets, balloons, bridges, monuments and so much more. Each individual creation was fantastic and all together they have made a massive, magnificent and most magical metropolis! Brilliantly well done everyone and thanks to all the Arts Centre staff too - A great day had by all!

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

• 30th April-12th May - Welland Valley Arts Society Spring Exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre

• Monday 4th, 11th, 18th 25th June and 2nd July - Sketching Stamford Workshops- 9.30am - 12.30pm based at Stamford Arts Centre £15 per session or £60 for the 5 weeks.

• Sunday 24th June ESC Artists Market at Stamford Arts Centre

• 5th - 9th September- Arts4Africa Exhibition Kimbolton -further details to follow

• Monday 22nd October – Sunday 4th November – ESCArtists Exhibition with Artists’ Market on Sunday 4th November at Stamford Arts Centre

Statue detail in St George's Church below - drawn in sketching workshop December 2017
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist London

View from a Barbican Balcony, London 2017
© Karen Neale, Watercolour Artist London

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Reading Room at the British Museum,
© Karen Neale, Watercolour Artist London

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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
© Karen Neale, Watercolour Artist London

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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
07710 406967

I hope you enjoy looking around the website!
Karen Neale Art
Watercolour Artist London and Stamford.
World Heritage Artist, London

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