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NOW ON - 'A Jubilee Journey Jamboree' Exhibition 23rd May - 17th June, drop in workshops Monday 30th May 11am - 4pm, and 1st June 1.30 - 4pm, come along, create and celebrate- details below!

A Jubilee Journey Jamboree Exhibition - please come along!
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I was asked only two weeks beforehand to put together an exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre opening on Monday 23rd May..... so.....'A Jubilee Journey Jamboree' has arrived! The Arts Centre Gallery could not be left empty, especially over the Jubilee, so with contributions from 11 other amazing artists, and ‘all age welcome’ drawing workshops to create 'A Jubilee Journey Jamboree' along the gallery wall (a bit like the Magic Metropolis previously and below), I want our lovely Stamford Arts Centre to be vibrantly full of life, art and creativity. Good things happen when you start drawing and when you come together as a group great things happen. We want your wonderfully detailed individual creations so that together they make a marvellous masterpiece of communal creativity! So please come along to see some lovely art and help create some too! More details will follow imminently!
Magic Metropolis creation on Family Arts Day
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Here I was in London dropping off my work to the Society of Graphic Fine Arts Annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries 17th May until Saturday 21st May!.... The paintings have now returned from the Mall ( now decked with Union Jacks) and are in the Jubilee Journey Jamboree exhibition - come along and jubilate!
Me on the Mall
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist London

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….. And if you want to find out more I will be ‘popping-up’ somewhere on the brilliant Broad Street Market this Friday 20th May and next Friday 27th, with my usual books, prints, cards and canvases and my new very limited bags and mugs, very practical arty items.
Bags and Mugs, but I've eaten the chocolate eggs now
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So yes, it is good and grounding to simply sketch and scribble – be it in the Reading Room (below) or your living room! And if you want to brave it out come and join my sketching workshops which carry on most Mondays based at Stamford Arts Centre – Contact me for details. Also my ‘drawing what is on your table’ sessions for Mindspace 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!
Old Reading Room of British Library in The British Museum
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I’ve mentioned before how I love the diversity of commissions I undertake – here’s one ‘in progress’ for All Saints’Church, from the top of St. John’s Church looking across to All Saints and sunshiny Stamford!
All Saints Church and Stamford from St John's Tower
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist Stamford

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So wherever you are in our worried, weary and wondrous world, I hope you are as well and wonderful as can be! 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!….. 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 below.
Menu Illustration for Rules Restaurant, London, July 2019
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist London

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EVENTS Spring 2022

• Pop-up Stall on Stamford Friday Market – 20th and 27th May- my stall will pop up either along Broad Street or down Ironmonger Street -find me!
Society of Graphic Fine Art Annual Exhibition at Mall Galleries, London 17th - 21st May 2022
• A Jubilee Journey Jamboree at Stamford Arts Centre 23rd May -17th June 2022

• 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 confirm sessions on the Friday before each session depending on numbers and current guidelines......

Mindspace sketching sessions based at the Mindspace Hub on Broad Street. from 10am – 11.30am on alternate Wednesdays. Mindspace is 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!

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

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