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Find me Friday 11th and 18th June on the brilliant Broad Street Market......Sketching outdoors again on Mondays and some Wednesdays....details below

Spring into Stamford!
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist Stamford

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It's Spring and to celebrate here's my 'Spring into Stamford'! With some of the lovely local landmarks we've appreciated even more in Lockdown, as well as heaps of hope for the things we can (hopefully) enjoy again soon and an alliteration avalanche, this is my prototype as I'm sure there'll be variations of this to come along. I've produced prints and cards, and will have them, along with my other work, on my pop-up stall on the brilliant Broad Street Market on Friday 11th and 18th June. So Spring into Stamford!

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

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I'm also back out leading sketching workshops on the streets of Stamford, in these boots made for walking! Mondays are my normal sessions, and some Wednesdays also for Mindspace and The Place - See below under ‘Events’ for details. The ‘drawing what is on your table’ zoom sessions continue, and you can be anywhere in the World (just need an Internet connection) to join.
My Boots were made for Walking!.... on a zoom sketch session
© Karen Neale, artist Stamford

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Thursday’s session is through Stamford Arts Centre, Friday’s sessions are for the wonderful local mental health and well-being charity Mindspace for all in and around Stamford. Details on how to join both sessions are under EVENTS below.
I’ve also done some ‘one-off’ sessions for individual organisations and clubs, so Contact me if you’ve a group which might enjoy the calm and relaxation of drawing! All you need is that pencil and paper and the only rule is to ENJOY!

Delightful daffodils through zoom
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist Stamford

As things open up, and all being well, three of my works including the one below will be in the Society of Graphic Fine Arts Annual Open Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London 5th-10th July.

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

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On Friday 21st May, I gave a talk ’A Fellow Traveller Returns’ as part of the Stamford & Rutland Amnesty International Festival of Social Justice. It was recorded and you can enjoy it here - (link to be added very soon).

A Fellow Traveller - see more on my next web page!..... © Karen Neale, watercolour artist London

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Detail of Burgh Island © Karen Neale, watercolour artist London

So hopefully it won't be too long before we can leave our four-wall islands and visit others........
Here's a little detail of Burgh Island (sadly no site visit) from a recent commission for someone's significant anniversary....… Contact me if you'd like to talk about a commission or illustration project, or want any more information about any of the above, or would like a book or a print opening little windows on your wall to that wonderful world out there…..

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Highbury - the Final Salute
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist London

With a spring and stretch of sinewy sporting steps, here as requested by an ardent Arsenal fan (and skip this bit if you’re not an Arsenal fan), is a more affordable option to my footballer signed prints, Highbury in the form of a greetings card.

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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
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist London

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EVENTS Spring 2021

• Thursday mornings 11.00am – 12.00pm – Zoom sketching session through Stamford Arts Centre - Contact Stamford Arts Centre to take part and for more details. It costs £3.50 per session.

• 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! The sessions move to a Tuesday 11-12, when I am on the Friday market. Outdoor Sketching session on Wednesday 16th June (10-12) It is FREE too and book your place Mindspace!

• Stamford Street Sketching Workshops - Contact me to join Monday morning sessions - based at the Arts Centre (9.30- 12) on 14th and 28th June. Cost is £15 per session - tea and biscuits included!

• Stamford Street Sketching Workshops or The Place (1.30-3.30) on 16th, 21st and 30th June. Cost is £15 per session. Contact me to book a place or atThe Place for sessions there...

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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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