Live from Cambridge Open Studios

Jul 19, 2015

Today is my last day of Open Studios in Cambridge UK. It has been another year of visitors from far (Australia) and near (next door) Many have attended my workshops and proudly bring their sketchbooks to show me, some just pop in because they are passing and seem quite suprised to be suddenly transported into an artists studio, some have put all jobs and duties aside for half an hour in their busy day to quietly absorb the work.
This year there has been a steady flow of fellow artists who are genuinely interested in techniques and swapping ‘how to’ and ‘where did you get’ information. Open studios is a great time for artists network and share, many people promised to join the Urban Sketchers Cambridge group (see FB page) which is growing each time we meet up. Thank you all.

Next for me is FIAF – Farindola International Arts Fair in Italy!

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Jun 30, 2015

Dockside    22.5 x 51cm  Paper collage and acrylic on wooden panel

Dockside 3

Jun 30, 2015

Dockside 3   25.5 x 51 cm  Paper collage and acrylic on wooden panel

Rua de Sao Joao

Jun 30, 2015

Rua de Sao Joao

Giglee print of original collage available on premium archive paper   32 x 43cm

Suggested frame size 50 x 65 cm

£95  (including postage UK)


Jun 30, 2015

Corrida    76 x 76 cm  Paper collage and acrylic on board.

Foreign tongues

Jun 30, 2015

Foreign tongues   18 x 18 cm  Paper collage and acrylic  (framed 33 x 33cm)  SOLD

Preparing for Basel Art Fair Switzerland June 2015

Jun 9, 2015

IMG_81961After a very busy month finishing a body of work, finally I am packed ready to drive to Basel at the weekend. It is always exciting to see your work complete and ready to be exhibited. Of course finished does just mean ‘painting done’ anymore, there is now all the social media work to do as well as labels, pricing, customs forms, insurance, promotional materials, business cards, accommodation and getting there!

I am taking part in the Scope Basel Art Fair (June 16-21st) with two well known international artists, Paul Critchley and Michael Downs from anOTHERartgallery promotes artists whose work is not confined to the normal flat square or rectangle format but are constructed so the boundaries of their work are not controlled by some pre-determined shape. Use of collage and non-convential art materials enhance the pieces created.

Follow the link to the Art Fair

Breaking out of the square/rectangle

May 20, 2015
development Karen StamperI do love these wooden panels  from Jacksons, they are 10 x 20     inches and 1 inch deep. Working in cut out shapes it seems a logical step to start making the actual pieces a shape in themselves. The three here were composed separate, as a series, then tried together for fun…but its taken me off in a new direction.
out of the box by karen stamperThis one is causing me more problems. It was asking for the fixings to be a part of the collage so hinges and brackets are on the front..I am now searching for those gloss painted (often scraped and rusting)  fixings we are all familiar with. I like the tension and pull to the edges, not sure about the centre yet.
19MAY16 014The next one is work in progress, it is two panels with extra pieces to break away from the rectangle, joined together. I am still playing with this

Farindola International Arts Festival, Italy

May 18, 2015

Exciting news! I hav been selected, along with 10 Internatinal artists to take part in the 1st Farindola International Arts Festival in Italy in July. With artists from America, Germany, Holland, Ireland and England and work ranging from drawing and painting to stone carving to large inflatables it is going to be interesting!

We will be spending two weeks in the small village of Farindola, one hour from Pescara, as guests of artist Paul Critchley and the Mayor. The aim is to make Farindola and Arts village, there are two festivals during our stay, where we hope to show our work.Have a look at the artist’s website and apply for 2016!

Prabin Badhia
Bettina Buerkl/Klaus Illi
Danny Clahane
Melanie Deegan
Elena Duff
Ralph Papa
Sal Sidner
Karen Stamper
Hanz v Weeren
Ilona v Weeren


Warm up studies

May 10, 2015
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