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Stamford Christmas Market SUNDAY 28th November, pop-up stall also on 3rd December market, Collective Exhibition on NOW - until 6th December, Sketching Workshops and more - details below!

Super Starry Stamford
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I hope this finds you well as 2021 races on regardless! With the nights noticeably longer now, here’s a little painting I’ve just completed, and is now available as a ‘mini-print’ …… there’s also a Christmas card version and they are on my pop-up stalls…...and the originals are in the wonderful Collective Exhibition at Stamford Arts Centre from 23rd November - 6th December- see below under 'Events'.

View from the Top of Tower Bridge, London In the Collective Exhibition 23rd Nov - 3rd Dec
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist London

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If you’re in Stamford on Fridays 26th November and 3rd December, find me on my stall outside Frothy's Cafe on Ironmonger Street ......and there will also be a 'pop-up shop' at the Collective Exhibition on these two Fridays at Stamford Arts Centre – where in addition to the exhibition the shop will have even more work by the eight lovely local artists taking part!

Spring into Stamford
© Karen Neale Art Stamford

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I'll also have a stall also at the Stamford Christmas Festival on Sunday 28th November - I'll be on Broad Street outside the Dentists' and butchers' from 10am -5pm! see below under 'Events' for details. So if you're looking for a book or a print for a present or for yourself find my stall and say hello!

‘Spring into Stamford’ above is an expansion from another original illustration commission for 'The Ark' magazine. I love the diversity of commissions I undertake, and keeping with the 'map' theme – here’s one of a map for a local farm walk – great fun!
Please do Contact me if you'd like to talk about ideas you have for a commission, such as painting places with special meanings or an illustration to communicate your project........

Croft Farm Map
© Karen Neale Art Stamford

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St Paul's scribble sketch!
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And as I always keep saying, it is so good and grounding to simply sketch and scribble – here’s a 10 minute one on a recent family day out to the divine inspiration of St. Paul’s Cathedral. Awesome! And it’s great to share that practise in my sketching workshops, which carry on most Mondays based at Stamford Arts Centre – Contact me for details.

If sketching outside is a step too far, then my ‘drawing what is on your table’ zoom sessions for Mindspace also continue through to Christmas - dates and booking details below under ‘Events’ and you can book here . These sessions are free ( although a donation to Mindspace is always welcome), so whether you are a stickman scribbler or a drawing diva, join me from wherever you are in the World!

So, wherever you are, keep warm, wise and well! 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! ...Oh and here’s the Christmas card version that I mentioned at earlier…...

Let there be love, light and Laughter all over this Land 2021
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist Stamford

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Also Contact me if would like a book or a print opening little windows on your wall to that wonderful world out there….. 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 above.
Menu Illustration for Rules Restaurant, London, July 2019
© Karen Neale, watercolour artist London

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EVENTS Autumn 2021

Collective Exhibition from 23rd November - 6th December at Stamford Arts Centre – an exhibition showcasing local artists.

• Pop-up Stall on Stamford Friday Market – 12th, 19th and 26th November and 3rd December - my stall will be outside Frothy's on Ironmonger Street -come and find me!

• Stamford Christmas Festival – Sunday 28th November – 10am -5pm around Broad Street, Ironmonger Street & High Street. I will be on Broad Street near junction with Ironmonger Street, in front of the Dentists'

• Zoom sketching sessions- through Mindspace 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! The sessions are from 12noon – 1pm on Tuesdays 16th, 23rd and 30th November, and then Fridays 10th and 17th December.

• Stamford Street Sketching Workshops -  Contact me to join Monday morning sessions - based at the Arts Centre (10 – 12.30) Next is 29th November.... and maybe a couple in December too! Cost is £15 per session - tea and biscuits included!

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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