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More Sketching Stamford workshops commencing Monday 18th September, Stamford Georgian Festival 23rd-24th September, Draw 17 Exhibition in London in October......please see below for details on these and more

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Sketching at Cley next the Sea, Norfolk
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My passion is sketching the world around me in my sketchbook. Here is a detail of a very quick little sketch I had the pleasure to do a couple of weeks ago of Cley next the Sea in Norfolk, just keeping that holiday feeling a little longer, as we get back to school/work/the washing up......
It has also been a great pleasure to go out sketching with everyone who has been on the 'Sketching Stamford with Karen Neale' workshops over the past few months. So much so that there will be another five sessions commencing Monday 18th September. 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. Full five sessions costs £60, or paid weekly £15, and places are booked through the Arts Centre box office on 01780 763 203.

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View from a Barbican Balcony, London
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I am delighted to say that the three drawings I submitted (one shown above and another below) have all been accepted for the Society of Graphic Fine Arts Exhibition entitled 'Draw 17' at the Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU, from 2nd October - 14th October, 11am -6pm. Looking forward to seeing some outstanding and diverse works by some wonderful artists!

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View from New Change, London
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Also I've been accepted to become a member of the Welland Valley Arts Society (WVAS), so there might be one or two of my works in their October Exhibition at the Arts Centre in Stamford from 2nd - 14th October . And staying in Stamford come and find me on my stall on Broad Street at the Stamford Georgian Festival on the 23rd and 24th September. A great event with lots going on all in the fabulous setting of the 'Finest Georgian town in England'.

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Broad Street Market from Browne's Hospital on Market Day, Stamford
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And for now, as you probably know I am a Churchill Fellow - (see more on the other pages of my website). Being awarded my Fellowship really was life changing. So if you are passionate about making a difference in your field and inspired by projects you know of abroad check out the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Website and apply before 19th September - good luck!

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.


• 18th & 25th September, 2nd, 9th and 16th October - 9.30am - 12.30pm - 'Sketching Stamford with Karen Neale' based at Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St. Mary's Street, Stamford PE9 2DL
• 23rd and 24th September - 10am - 4.30pm - Stamford Georgian Festival, Find me on the Market on Broad Street, Stamford, PE9
• 2nd - 14th October - Draw 17 Exhibition at the Menier Gallery in Southwark, London.
• 26th November - Stamford Christmas Fair - 10am - 5pm - Find me on the Market on or around Broad Street, Stamford, PE9

Venice, Italy
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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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Karen Neale Art
Watercolour Artist London and Stamford.
World Heritage Artist, London

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