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Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a wonderfully Creative 2022! Sketching Workshops continue - details below!

Super Starry Stamford
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I hope this finds you well as 2021 races on regardless in a laterally boosting haze! Here’s my little painting marking these long nights that’s also available as a ‘mini-print’…… there’s also a Christmas card version…..

View from the Top of Tower Bridge, London
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist London

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And though my Christmas events are now over, you can always Contact me and visit my studio if you are local to Stamford, or I can post books and prints out to you. Above is one of my originals of lovely London and here is one of my prints - ‘Spring into Stamford’ which evolved from another original illustration commission for 'The Ark' magazine.

Spring into Stamford
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Here’s one of my festive commissions for South Kesteven District Council which appears on the cover of SKToday and is of the lovely area I live in, but the message is universal - ‘Let there be love, light and laughter all over this Land…. wherever you are’……

Please do Contact me if you'd like to talk about ideas you have for a commission, such as painting places with special meanings or an illustration to communicate your project........

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St Paul's scribble sketch!
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And as I always keep saying, it is so good and grounding to simply sketch and scribble – here’s a 10 minute one on a recent family day out to the divine inspiration of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Awesome! And it’s great to share that in my sketching workshops which will carry on in 2022 on most Mondays based at Stamford Arts Centre – Contact me for details.

In 2022 my ‘drawing what is on your table’ sessions for Mindspace also continue in person at the Mindspace Hub- dates and booking details below under ‘Events’, and I’m always happy to lead ‘one off’ sketching workshops for groups and organisations – just Contact me!

So, wherever you are, keep warm, wise and well! Please do Contact me if you'd like any more information about any of the above or want to talk about a commission or illustration project, or just say hello! ...Oh and here’s the Christmas card version that I mentioned at earlier…...

Let there be love, light and Laughter all over this Land 2021
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist Stamford

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Please Contact me if would like a book or a print opening little windows on your wall to that wonderful world out there….. and do continue below for more information on my forthcoming events and about 'me and my work'. You can also see what I'm up to on Facebook.

View from Platform 1 of Blackfriars Station, London, June 2019
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist London

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A wonderful commission from 2019 for Rules - the oldest restaurant in London, Rules Restaurant’s new menu above.
Menu Illustration for Rules Restaurant, London, July 2019
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist London

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EVENTS Winter 2021

• Last zoom sketching session before Christmas on Friday 17th December from 12noon – 1pm - through Mindspace the wonderful local charity, which encourages the improvement of mental health and well-being for all in and around Stamford. book here to join sessions. They are FREE, though a donation is always very welcome! In 2022 Sketching sessions will be 'in person' based at the Mindspace Hub on Broad Street. from 10am - 11.30 on 5th and 19th January, 2nd and 16th February. If Government guidelines change these sessions will move online through 'zoom'.

• Stamford Street Sketching Workshops -  Contact me to join Monday morning sessions - based at the Arts Centre (10 – 12.30). Cost is £15 per session - tea and biscuits included! I will confirm sessions on the Friday before each session depending on numbers and current guidelines......!

Statue detail in St George's Church above -
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist London

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View from the Top of Millbank Tower, London © Karen Neale, watercolour artist London
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There's more about 'me and my work' below and on the other pages, and from other perspectives, here are a couple of 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 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.

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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.

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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.

Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, © 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

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

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