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Join me sketching ‘what’s on your table’ through zoom...details below

Chimneys and Church Spires from West Street, Stamford
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist Stamford

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My passion is sketching the World around me. Here’s a recent covidly-corona-compliant-commission to capture the chimneys and church spires, set in sunny Stamford, where I am lucky enough to live and thank you Stamford Living for making the painting 'Picture of the Month'!

It’s a particularly uplifting and inspiring view, and so I’ve had cards and prints produced too!



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Books and pictures are like opening little windows on your wall, and in your imagination and memory to that wonderful world, which is still out there...... With cards at £2.50 (which can be framed and hung on your wall), and books and prints from £10 through to large canvases and original paintings I hope there is something for everyone.

As most events and exhibitions are still a big 'if' and 'maybe' , I’ve organised my studio (a little bit) so by appointment Contact me you can covidly-corona-compliantly come and collect purchases, and see my collection whether to collect a card or one of my new creations or even chat about a commission……...

Talking of commissions - I've just had the pleasure of being commissioned to create this illustrated map (below) of lovely landmarks in Uffington for the Uffington Village Hall Community. So whether it's a portrait of your home or other special place, or something more of a composite illustration Contact me. Prints and cards will be available very soon.

My tidy (ish) and still creative studio - the paint box is not for sale!



Uffington for the Uffington Village Hall Community -cards and prints available by mid -December
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist Stamford

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My interactive ‘zoom’ sketching sessions of ‘what is on your table’ continue on Thursday and Friday mornings and I am so impressed each week by the drawings participants create. Drawing can be a great soother for anxious and stressed brain cells, and if you can hold a pencil and write your name, you can draw! All you need is a pencil or pen, a piece of paper, and your coffee mug, or other items that you might find on your table.

Pears from my garden on a zoom sketch - and they taste great too!
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist London



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Screenshot of an Arts Centre zoom session - come and join us!
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist Stamford

Thursday’s session is through Stamford Arts Centre, it costs £3.50 session and you can be anywhere in the world -you just need internet connection and that pencil and paper and the only rule is to ENJOY!



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My sunny sunflowers on zippy zoom..... © Karen Neale, watercolour artist London

Friday’s sessions are for the wonderful local charity Mindspace which encourages the improvement of mental health and well-being for all in and around Stamford. Details on how to join both sessions are under EVENTS below.
I’ve also been leading Sketching Stamford workshops back out in the streets! Hopefully I can continue these in Spring, basing the workshops from Stamford Arts Centre on Monday mornings –Contact me if you’re interested.



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So we carry on….. Whatever your new reality is and wherever you are in the World…. keep calm, safe and well, keep creative and carry on doodling, drawing, scribbling and sketching! 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 would like a book or a print opening little windows on your wall to that wonderful world out there…..

An Alium, conkers and those pears again in another zoom session..... © Karen Neale, watercolour artist London



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Hopefully, I'll be on the Brilliant Broad Street Market, with prints and cards of this painting and all my other work on my Pop-up Stall again soon and when I am... please do come and find me and say hello!
Broad Street Market from Browne's Hospital on Market Day, Stamford - Find me squeezed in somewhere along here on Broad Street © Karen Neale, watercolour artist London



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View from the Top of Tower Bridge across the City, March 2021, just before Lockdown 1!
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View from Platform 1 of Blackfriars Station, London, June 2019
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist London

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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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
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EVENTS February 2021

• Thursday mornings 11.30am – 12.30pm – Zoom sketching session through Stamford Arts Centre - Contact Stamford Arts Centre to take part and for more details. It costs £3.50 per session to make it viable for the Arts Centre.

• Friday mornings 12noon - 1pm - Zoom sketching session - through Mindspace the wonderful local charity, which encourages the improvement of mental health and well-being for all in and around Stamford. Contact  [email protected]  to join the session. It is FREE!

• Monday Morning Sketching Stamford Workshops - 9.30am - 12noon , based at Stamford Arts Centre, cost is £15 per session, please Contact me if you are interested . Postponed - hopefully again in Spring

Contact me to visit my studio ( just to collect purchases at the moment due to Tier restrictions) !

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.



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.

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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