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New Studio!

wendy warren

Hello everyone, well it's certainly been a long time since I've posted anything, but then I've really been off the scene for a while taking care of house and family stuff! However, I'm delighted to be getting back into the swing of things now, with the very exciting news that I have a brand new studio!! It's an absolutely fabulous space, which my husband and I share and has already made a huge difference to us. By building the studio we are able to stay living in our gorgeous little cottage, which was definitely struggling to cope with a growing family!

I'm really looking forward to settling down to work now and hoping that the wonderful new environment will help to get those creative juices flowing again, but in the meantime here a couple of photos for you to see!

MIWAS Most Improved Artist Award!

wendy warren

I was absolutely thrilled and also rather shocked to discover that I have been awarded the 'MIWAS Most Improved Artist' award this year! This award is chosen by the committee so is a real honour for me. It was awarded for my large wolf painting 'Pale Grace'.

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It's MIWAS time!

wendy warren

Hi everyone, yes, it's that wonderful time of the year again when the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society hosts it's annual exhibition. 

After handing in the artwork on Tuesday, I was at the exhibition all day Wednesday helping to hang the vast array of fabulous artwork. It's always amazing to watch this huge exhibition take shape and I'm always so impressed at how well it all comes together. Also, the wonderful camaraderie between the committee and many, many volunteers makes it all so very special.

I've spent most of today getting everything prepared for my art market stand, (and also getting more and more excited, Marwell is my favourite event of the whole year!) The market runs parallel with the main exhibition for the whole three days and is a great opportunity to come along and meet the artists, see them working and perhaps pick up a souvenir or two! Also on display at the exhibition once again this year, will be all the winning entries from the 2013 BBC Wildlife Magazine's Wildlife Artist of the Year competition. Yet another reason to make the effort to visit!

The exhibition runs for only three days, Friday 30th August to Sunday 1st September, at Rookesbury Manor, Wickham, and entry is completely free! So if you're thinking about attending, don't leave it too long! Full details regarding location and times can be found on my exhibitions page.

Hope to see you there :-)

 

New Painting!

wendy warren

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This is my latest finished painting, which will be heading for the Marwell International Wildlife Art Society (MIWAS) annual exhibition, which starts in a couple of weeks time. It's called quite simply 'Wolf! ' 

I so enjoyed working on 'Nose to Tail', which was my first attempt at painting pastel onto white, that I was itching to have another go. This gorgeous wolf, with his wonderful intense stare and beautifully handsome features just called out to me as my next challenge. Working on white causes all sorts of new issues and you have to be sooooo careful. The paper I use is velour, which attracts every particle of dust and hair that you can possibly imagine! Consequently I have to cover as much of the paper as possible at all times and work as cleanly as possible. Every time I removed the cover I held my breath, as if there had been any marks that would have been the end of my lovely white background! I always have a back up background colour in mind just in case!!!!

I'm really enjoying working on the white and am looking forward to doing more in the future, however, if you should see a succession of paintings with coloured backgrounds you'll know what has happened! 

This painting is now on my International Wildlife page, where if you click on the image you'll be able to see a larger version. I hope you like it. 

Beautiful British

wendy warren

Well, I've just come back from a lovely two week holiday with my family and today we had to get back to the routine of early mornings as my husband leaves for work at 7am! 

In the spring and summer time I love to get up early and go walking in the woods with my dog before he leaves. It seemed particularly hard to drag myself out of bed when the alarm went off at 5.45 am this morning, but I'm so very glad I did! On my hour long ramble, Sam, (my gorgeous collie dog) and I were rewarded by encounters with two Roe deer, eight Fallow deer, (yes 8!), a Muntjac deer and finally a glorious buzzard launching itself majestically from a tree very close to us!

What possible greater reward could there be on an early summers morning than sharing a few precious and very private encounters with our own, oh so beautiful British wildlife? Definitely worth getting out of bed for! 

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This photo of a Roe buck was taken by me in my local woods earlier this Spring. As you can see, his antlers are still in velvet!