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SGFA Exhibition at Barbican 5th - 27th February, Family - Arts Around Town 21st February, Monday morning Sketching Workshops in March and more….. please see Events and details below!

View from a Barbican Balcony - and a short walk from here to St.Pauls!
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist London

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View from the Top of Monument, London
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Hope you are all well in 2020! The views above and below will be on show in the Barbican Library, at the Barbican for the Society of Graphic Fine Arts Exhibition from 5th-27th February. Works by 30 artists. will be on show so if you’re in the area pop in!

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My passion is sketching the World around me and here is a little extract of extreme sketching from a wintry, windy rooftop for a commission I'm working on at the moment and more on that (when I've warmed up) soon!
Detail of sketch in progress near the Tower of London.....
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Below is a recently completed commission of the View from Platform 1 of Blackfriars Bridge Station in London.
View from Platform 1 of Blackfriars Station, London, June 2019
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The Circus Comes to Town Guide sheet
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Talking of sketching, the Monday Morning Sketching Stamford Workshops start again on 2nd March 2020 , and at the moment, we are meeting up at different cafes each week as our starting point. Sessions generally run from 9.30am-12.30pm, and depending on numbers, so do contact me for details if you'd like to get drawing!

And on 21st February it is Arts Around Town again. So if you are 2 or 92 or anywhere in between and beyond come into the Stamford Arts Centre Gallery and help me create a colourful, Circus Comes to Town, community masterpiece, a bit like the amazing Magical metropolis we created below last year!

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Magic metropolis at Stamford Arts Centre 2019,
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Detail extract from Illustration along Spalding Riverbank ,
© Karen Neale, Watercolour Artist , Stamford

So for now, above is an extract from another recent commission showing some Spalding landmarks.....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.

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
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• 5th - 27th February 2020 – Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA) Exhibition at The Barbican Library, The Barbican, London, SE1 1RU - FREE ENTRY

•21st February 2020 - Arts Around Town - Family Circus Day - in Stamford Arts Centre and around Town. - I'll be based in the Art Centre Gallery! FREE ENTRY

• ONGOING - Monday Morning Sketching Stamford Workshops - usually 9.30am-12.30pm, starting 2nd March meeting at various locations around town , please contact me if you are interested and to confirm which Monday sessions will take place and where! Each session is £12 payable to me on the day.

• 30th June - 4th July 2020 – Society of Graphic Fine Art (SGFA) Exhibition at The Mall Galleries, London - details to follow soon

Statue detail in St George's Church above -
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View from the Top of Millbank Tower, London © Karen Neale, watercolour artist London
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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.

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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