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More Magic Metropolis Exhibition February 2019, Family Day 22nd February at Stamford Arts Centre, Sketching Workshops and much more….. please see details below!

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An 'in progress' - View from Platform 1 of Blackfriars Station, London, January 2019
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My passion is sketching and painting the world around me in my sketchbooks..... and above is what I sketched on a teeth chatteringly cold Thursday this January – the amazing view from Platform 1 of Blackfriars Train Station in London. This view along with a selection of my other recent works will be on show in my ‘More Magic Metropolis’ Exhibition in the Anteroom at Stamford Arts Centre for the month of February…… so come in from the cold, cradle a coffee and chomp a cake from the Cafe and cosy up in cultural creativity!…...

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Magic Metropolis above
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And talking of creativity it is Family Day in Stamford ‘Arts around Town’ on Friday 22nd February, and I hope lots of you, whether you are a family of 1 or 9, aged 2 or 92, will come along to the Arts Centre and enjoy creating your dream building to add to the Magic Metropolis which will grow on the Gallery Wall. Here is the fantastic achievement from last year – a real community masterpiece!

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It is sleeting as I write, but it won’t be long before Spring, hopefully with a little sunshine, will herald more sketching Stamford Workshops….The next formal five session series commences at Stamford Arts Centre on Monday 29th April, 9.30am-12.30pm, £15 per session (or £60 for the five)… tea and biscuits included..... just bring a sketchbook and pen or pencil. There will be a few informal Monday workshops in March and April too. contact me for further details, times and dates. Above is a selection from a recent workshop….

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Stamford Arts Centre,
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I’m also looking forward to participating in the Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA) 'Paper Works 2019’ Exhibition at RK Burt Gallery in London in April and the SGFA Centenary Exhibitions in Birmingham and Bankside london in May and June ……. more details to follow soon!

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Reading Room at the British Museum,
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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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EVENTS February – May 2019

• 1st - 28th February - More Magic Metropolis Exhibition in the Anteroom at Stamford Arts Centre, St. Mary’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2DL. Open 9am– late, Monday - Saturdays.

• Friday 22nd February - Family Day - Arts Around Town ……...help make a Magic Metropolis in the Gallery at Stamford Arts Centre, St. Mary’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2DL. 11am – 4pm.

• 2nd -12th April - SGFA ‘Paper Works 2019’ Exhibition at RK Burt Gallery, 51 Union Street, London SE1 1SG. Open 11am–5pm, Monday - Friday.

• 29th April - 11th May - WVAS Spring Exhibition in the Gallery at Stamford Arts Centre, St. Mary’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2DL. Open 10am– late, Monday - Saturdays.

• 3rd - 18th May - SGFA Centenary Exhibition at RBSA Gallery Birmingham
• 3rd - 16th June - SGFA Centenary Exhibition at Bankside, London

• ONGOING - Monday Morning Sketching Stamford Workshops - 9.30am-12.30pm based at Stamford Arts Centre £15 per session, commencing Monday 29th April 2019……. though please contact me as there will be some informal sessions taking place in March and April depending on the weather!


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

View from a Barbican Balcony, London 2017
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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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