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Pop-up Market Stall on Friday 21st June, Monday Sketching Workshops, and more….. please see Events and details below!

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View from Platform 1 of Blackfriars Station, London, April 2019
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My passion is sketching and painting the world around me in my sketchbooks.... above is my 'finished' drawing of the amazing view from Platform 1 of Blackfriars Train Station in London a few weeks ago. This view (along with another) is currently on show at the SGFA Centenary Exhibitions at Bankside, 48 Hopton St, London SE1 9JH from 3rd - 16th June.

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The Brilliant Broad Street Market
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Closer to home in Stamford have a Pop-Up Art Stall on the fantastic Friday Market on Broad Street. Find me between the Cushions and Clock Repairs and opposite the Carrots and Caulis! I’ll have my prints, cards, framed works and canvases, so if there is a spot on your wall that needs a window to another world to hang there, there are views of Stamford, London and one or two other places to choose from……

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I think that everyone can draw and I really enjoy taking people out sketching whether they are already an able artist or have not put pencil to paper since school days. The next formal session of 'Sketching Stamford' Workshops is on Monday 17th June. We are based at Stamford Arts Centre, in the Art Room, 9.30am-12.30pm, £15 per session (or £60 for the five)… tea and biscuits included..... just bring a sketchbook and pen or pencil. contact me for further details. Here is a selection from a recent workshop….

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Stamford Arts Centre,
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I’m also proposing ‘Family Sketching Workshops’ in the near future….again, tea and biccies included.... just bring sketchbooks and pens or pencils. Spaces will be limited, but I do need to get a minimum number for sessions to run….so please do contact me if you are interested and I will email confirmation and further details to you. It will be a similar format to my Monday Morning sessions, but you and your child/grandchild/charge/caree (from age 8 upwards) will draw in your sketchbooks together. I’ll do a little demonstration around the Arts centre and then you go off together and sketch and I’ll come round and encourage. A really enjoyable afternoon I think!

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Magic Metropolis above
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Staying in Stamford Arts Centre, here is the magnificent 'Magic Metropolis' which materialised in just five hours on the Gallery Wall on 'Family Day' at the Arts Centre in February. With ages ranging from 2- 82 and beyond, hundreds of individual creations of beautiful buildings, balloons, boats were added to the wall and this is the fantastic achievement – a real community masterpiece! Wonderfully well done to everyone!
And I’m delighted to say with the generous support of Stamford Kiwanis, we’ll be creating another Magic Metropolis at Stamford Welland Academy (with all the students and staff), during Arts Week in July. I’m really looking forward to seeing what creative conurbation will emerge this time.

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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 June – August 2019

• 3rd - 16th June - Society of Graphic Fine Arts Centenary Exhibition at Bankside,48 Hopton St, London SE1 9JH. Open Daily from 11am to 6 pm
PV June 4 at 6.30 pm

• 17th June - ONGOING - Monday Morning Sketching Stamford Workshops - 9.30am-12.30pm based at Stamford Arts Centre, St. Mary’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2DL. £15 per session, (or block of 5 for £60) next session Monday 17th June 2019 (then 24th June, 1st, 8th & 15th July)……. there will be some informal sessions taking place over summer but check with me for dates!

• 21st June - ‘Pop-up’ Stall at Friday Market on Broad Street near the cushions and clocks! More dates in the Autumn.

• Family Sketching Workshops based in the Artroom at Stamford Arts Centre. - contact me for further details.

Statue detail in St George's Church above -
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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
07710 406967

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

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