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Sketching Stamford workshops commencing Monday 8th May, 'Art on the Market' on Friday 12th and 19th May ......... London in Landscape volume I reprint out soon ....and volume III is being sketched......please see below for details

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Thank you to everyone who made it to my Magic Metropolis exhibition. A wonderful 6 days, catching up with old friends, making new friends and sold some paintings and canvases too. All good stuff! Well done and signed books are on their way to Olive, Lewis and Orla for their very detailed additions to the Metropolis and also to the Bird and Celaya families for making their own flat- pack templates from my instruction sheet on a Facebook post and completing them on site!. Well done to them and all the others who produced some beautiful creations and helped to make it a very magical 'Magic Metropolis' Exhibition. As you probably know, only a decade after the rest of the World, this techno dinosaur finally entered Facebook world in February. You can see more photos from the Magic Metropolis Exhibition and little videos of me scribbling in my sketchbook around London in recent weeks. Sounding very needy, please do 'Like' and 'follow' me as I fumble through the fog and find the fizz of Facebook.

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It is a real joy and privilege to simply stand in a place for a few hours and simply sketch the world around me. Here I am sketching in Clerkenwell last month. Talking of scribbling in sketchbooks, if you are free on Monday mornings in May and June and in the Stamford area, what better way to start the week than to enjoy the peace and pleasure of drawing the World around you? The process of drawing (at all levels from daydream doodles through to the divine detail of Degas and Da Vinci) can be a calm comfort for stress sizzled brains. Beginning at 9.30am on Monday 8th May, join me 'Sketching Stamford with Karen Neale', and bring a sketchbook and pen or pencil . I'll demonstrate details, share some sketching secrets, and get us sketching the world around us! Sign up at The Arts Centre, which will be our base and tea and biscuit supply - sketching essentials!
Full five sessions costs £60, or £15 paid weekly , and places are booked through the Arts Centre box office on 01780 763 203.

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Broad Street Market from Browne's Hospital on Market Day, Stamford
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Sticking in Stamford, I will be doing my pop-up 'Art on the Market' stall again on Friday 12th and 19th May. So as usual come and find me amongst the breads, broccoli and buttons on the brilliant Broad Street Market.
And finally for now, I'll be back at Stamford Arts Centre for a one day workshop with Welland Valley Arts Society (WVAS) on 21st May and with ESCartists Arts event on 11th June. Say Hello if you see me scribbling in my sketchbook on the streets of London or Stamford. 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'.


• 10th -15th April 2017 - Magic Metropolis Exhibition - The Gallery, Craft Central, 33-35 St John's Square, London EC1M 4DS
• Mondays 8th, 15th & 22nd May, 5th & 12th June - 'Sketching Stamford with Karen Neale' - A series of 5 workshop mornings where we will go out sketching with our books and pens in the streets of Stamford - 9.30am - 12.30pm - based at Stamford Arts Centre
• 12th May- 9am - 3pm - Friday Market, Broad Street, Stamford, PE9
• 19th May - 9am - 3pm - Friday Market, Broad Street, Stamford, PE9
• 21st May - Sketching Workshop with WVAS
• 11th June ESCartists event

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
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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