Wednesday, 26 December 2012

190th entry...

I am happy to say that 2012 has been a step forward for me!
I am now a Tutor in Art of oils and for watercolours
Also part of a team called Coach House Studio Group; founded in Woodgreen Hampshire. We exhibit Summer and Winter with paintings; felt; silver jewellery; ceramics.Email me if you wish to find out more.
I have written my first book ' A Stroll Around Hale' situated in The New Forest. My next book - for children  - 'The Lonely Pony' is due out early Summer 2013 with 'A Book At Christmas' second in the series; due out in early Autumn 2013

Saturday, 27 October 2012

189th entry...long time no talk...

The autumn is upon us and my son said that there is snow falling in Durham!
My sketch a day has reached 300... how scary is that as it means 59 days until Christmas.

St Boniface Church, Woodgreen SP6 2AJ
9, 10, 11 November  10am - 4pm

Do come and visit!

Coach House Studio Crew...HOS 2012
This is a watercolour of us in the Summer at our Hampshire Open Studio exhibition...Coach House Studio.
We all had a fabulous time!!!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

188th entry....

These are the remaining ones for my Hampshire Open Artist series...

Impressionistic - New Forest Ponies - 2012

Impressionistic - Mother and Foal on The New Forest  - 2012
I love these....more me!!!

Friday, 10 August 2012

187th entry....SO BUSY but here I am!

Hampshire Open Studio is looming and so I am fighting with oils for a new experience ( and I shall be tutoring in oils and acrylics for Brockenhurst College soon)

'Grazing on The New Forest' - 2012

'On The New Forest' - 2012

'Silver Birch' The New Forest - 2012
I am working on a couple more....

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

186th entry...My book is launched!

A Stroll Around Hale - The New Forest by Sarah Orchard
Launched on Saturday 21st July 2012
A Stroll Around Hale  

Signing my first book

A Synopsis
Hale is situated in the North of The New Forest; a place of quaint beauty.I feel privileged to live here, so to share with you the delights I encounter every day, let me take you for a stroll around our beloved English village!

If you would like to purchase a copy of this delightful little book about a journey around the village of Hale please email: sarah.orchard54@hotmail.co.uk 
                                                        price is £5 plus p+p

Sunday, 15 July 2012

185th entry....Hello!

My book is finished so tomorrow I am sending it to be printed - how cool is that!!!!
'A Stroll Around Hale' written and illustrated by ME!!!!!!

Life moves on....

Sunday, 24 June 2012

184th entry....Life moves on!

Life is moving in its weird and wonderful ways...
The last month have been so stressful but now there seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel!
My art is moving onwards to a different level and I am happy with that! I write a log on a 6monthly bases noting where I am now...it is interesting to see the development over the last 2 years of my art life!
I am now illustrating and writing my own book which I think, in my heart, I have wanted to do forever! This and the exhibitions plus selling cards, plus my classes are all good!
Foal and Mother in The New forest - 2012
So I add this recent piece of my work...

Friday, 1 June 2012

183rd entry

This is an acrylic painting done for my son for a friend's birthday. Very Sarah Orchardish...

Durham Univercity:  Kaisha's 21st Birthday - 2012
Exciting to do another acrylic - took most of the day! ....used individual photos to make the composition with Durham Cathedral as the backdrop.
A great success apparently!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

182th entry...

So ...they are resurfacing the pavements in our close...could the council not spend the money on more important issues!!!! Ok! gripe done...
On to the real world!
Card for my boy - 32years together May 2012
My ability to draw horses is improving as I achieve this card for my lovely husband!

Card for 'The Hale's Angels' choir May 2012
This is a card from the Hale's Angels to the retiring vicar....A quick 'moment in time'
My book is half way through and I am loving doing the writing and the illustrations myself!
Also, apologies for not writing my diary more often but life - as we all say - is busy!

Thursday, 26 April 2012

181st entry...

It rains and rains and rains!!!!
However between showers we did some watercolour and pencil sketches,
My garden between showers - 2012
Just an impression!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

180th entry...raining or what!!!!

I thought that I would give you a taste of my Cornwall holiday, so I took a page of 4 sketches from my 365 sketches for 2012 that I download on Twitter every day!!! I scanned the page, used  watercolour and charcoal
and printed them onto card for my family; to say thank you for a magic holiday!
Here it is...
Cornwall with my family - 2012
Starting top left with our walk to Mevagissey; top right a pint or two at The Ship; bottom left is the opening of our secret bunny presents - all home made - fabulous - do try it!! Bottom right is our walk back from Charlestown and did we get wet!!!!
Back to the routine of life now and very busy!!!!

Saturday, 14 April 2012

179th entry..back from a fabulous time...

in Cornwall with 17 family members!
In the Ship Inn - 2012
Outside the Ship Inn - 2012
The first is a birthday card and the second one is a post card...both are a typical 'Sarah Orchard' style...

Friday, 30 March 2012

178th entry...still sunny!

I have done very little art at the moment but am working hard on my art things - if you get my gist!
Saw the Hockney exhibition and can say that I wasn't particularly impressed!  Why? The paintings lacks substance and soul..

Monday, 19 March 2012

177th entry....sunny! Ooops! sill me ...already downloaded..but I do like it!

Life Sketch - march 2012

I enjoyed achieving this sketch...done at my life class....using a soft watercolour wash followed by charcoal...
Focusing on shopping today but hopefully continue with my book tomorrow! The return of my lovely, lovely son tonight from Durham Uni...so a long train ride...may make life that bit more erratic!

Friday, 9 March 2012

176th entry...me again!

Life is so busy - getting a structure of the week ...
Here are my latest paintings!
Card from The Orchards - 2012

Hale Village Primary School - 2-012

Watercolour sketch of High cliff Beach - 2012 

Life Class - Feb 2012
I do love the quickness of the life study...took about 10 minutes!

Friday, 2 March 2012

175th entry...Cold!

Sitting doing a local scene for a pressie in my art room.....but starting to get quite cold....onwards though!

Thursday, 1 March 2012

174th entry...Can I have an opinion...

'Early Morning in The New Forest' 2012
I have had conflict in my mind with the depth of the original pastel that I put on 173th entry...
Here is an updated version ....What is your opinion?

Sunday, 26 February 2012

173rd entry

This is a pastel for an exhibition.
Good old pastels...
Do wish to work in a fresher, more impressionistic way but that will come I am sure!

'Early morning in The New Forest - 2012
What a fab day...went cycling off road with my boy!  Magic!!!

Friday, 24 February 2012

172nd entry...

Onwards to a meeting with '3 girls +' to discuss Hampshire Open artist...exciting!!!!

My sketching every day is proving to be successful...this is no 53...all are on Twitter!

Thursday, 23 February 2012

171st entry...

This is me...

Card for my Nephew's 21st birthday...2012

The above is a card for my lovely Nephew. 

Commission 2012
...and this is a commission - i added a riding helmet which is very wise!

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

170th entry...sorry to have disappeared!

Been terribly busy...which is good!
'A Rose for My Love' 14.2.12

Onwards to continue with a commission and working on my Food Market cards!

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

169th entry...

Last day of January...doesn't life flash by...
Anyhow, I have been in my art room - with it's new insulation and  looking very posh I might add - I am progressing with my new 'Foal Series' and developing my style!
Prehistoric series 'New Forest Horse' - 2012

Prehistoric series 'New Forest Foals' - 2012
So ...anyone care to comment out there!!!!!!
I am working on my drawing skills and getting the correct anatomy...although I think that they hold a 'Cave Painting' charm that need not be artistically correct! Mmmm! very pleased person I am!

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

168th entry...lovely walk in the village!

I am updating my website - please could you give me some feedback!

Here are the sketches from my '365 sketch a day' that I couldn't download yesterday!


10 mins sketches with pencil...

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

167th entry....Rain Rain Rain...then stop!

I have added two of my 365 sketch sketches...interesting that I can feel my drawing ability relax and flow more as I am doing the nightly pencil work!
Here they are...
14 - 365
18 - 365
I will add some more when my broadband stops messing around...asaah!

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

166th entry...

Spent time practising brush strokes.....

These are the results.  I certainly have learnt different pressures and movements - Magic!
I am been revamping my website so do give me your opinion...please!

Friday, 13 January 2012

165th entry....a bit of En Plein Air...

Journey home from the garage and I stopped. It was a beautiful sunny day - cold but blue sky!
Did this quick watercolour from the car...
Coombe Bissett view - 2012

I am pleased that I have achieved some work from 'real life' and glad that it has brought me back into the 'watercolour' fold! A fair reproduction impression of the lovely view..
Happy days!

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

164th entry....longer days are coming!

Another day goes by and we are in the middle of January already! Have seen our first snowdrops in the garden...so not long until Spring!!!!!!!!!
Am assembling a leaflet to hand out to people at the Hale Food Market and other places...gosh! it takes a lot of time - but hopefully it shall be worth it!
No paintings today...I have two small watercolours and charcoal that are in the process of being completed.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

163rd entry...Are you looking...

Sketch 2 x 3 are on twitter of my 365 days of sketching!

Told how to photo and download on my phone to Twitter - such a difference and saves time - rather than using the camera! Sketches not fab, but the purpose of the exercise is to make me draw EVERY day! 

Sunday, 1 January 2012

162nd entry....Welcome to 2012!

Let us hope that the road is wide to avoid collisions,
The company small but warm of heart,
And the weather not too turbulent...

'A Flawed Pearl' - Exhibited at Sarum College 2012
Remember to look at my 'twitter' Day 1....365 sketches.,...

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Art has always been an integral part of my life. At the age of 50 I was able to complete a long awaited foundation course and HNC/HND. From this experience I have developed my love of pastel and watercolour. Rubens has always inspired me with his fluidity of movement; Degas and Lautrec I admire with their rough marks and blends of colour,their freshness of approach. I feel I have been given a talent for a reason and gradually the purpose shall unfold... sarah.orchard54@hotmail.co.uk Note: Images are Copyright Sarah Orchard © 2009