This week.. Autumn is here
 
 

As the season moves into the next, the colours around us change, berries come out, flowers retreat ,the leaves dance as they fall to the ground and the low golden light floods the sky as the evening comes to meet the day earlier and earlier. All this movement and change has been seeping into new paintings in the studio.

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studio notes… blue skies , silhouettes , the work changes with every season, as summer becomes a faint memory, more drawing, new shapes, engaging in the shadows, the light and dark,

more plants less flowers, drawing free, elevating the negative space.

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Secret Charter Exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery
 

Very excited and honoured to be asked to contribute 2 pieces to Secret Charter, An exhibition and secret postcard auction to raise funds for arts at The Charter School, Dulwich.

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Laura Gee Navy Abstract Floral Painting- Dulwich Gallery

My pieces are on show at @dulwichgallery alongside an amazing collection of artists and celebrities, including Tracey Eminem, Norman Ackroyd ,Gillian Wearing, Hugh Grant, Jeremy Corbyn and many more!


The auction vouchers are now sold out, but you can get involved in the online auction & support the importance of arts in education by seeing the amazing collection of work by visiting the exhibition on the 15th October your £5 entry will also let you see the rest of @dulwichgallery and it will be donated to save the arts! X for more info head over to @secretcharter xx 

 
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Artist Crush : Pierre Boncompain
 

I have fallen in love with the work of Pierre Boncompain, he is recognised as a modern French master, through his painting he presents the pleasures of life in Provence with a Mediterranean vividness.

His paintings are joyful and charming, using simple themes such as nudes, still-lifes and landscapes, but his approach to the paintings are expressive, experimenting with composition, patterned surfaces, line and vibrant colour. The everyday becomes magical through his eyes and his paintings.

 Fruits d’été.

Fruits d’été.

 
 
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La nape bleue

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Nature Morte Au Compotier De Fruits

 ‘naked at the yellow bed cover’ Pierre Boncompain

‘naked at the yellow bed cover’ Pierre Boncompain

 Interior Hallway Scene, Pierre Boncompain,(b.1938) France. Oil on canvas.

Interior Hallway Scene, Pierre Boncompain,(b.1938) France. Oil on canvas.

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Fruits au tapis persan

 
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This week... Embracing Joy in Nature and Art
 

Recently I had the pleasure of going away to the beautiful Greek Island, Kefalonia, whilst there it was easy to embrace joy, by literally putting myself in the path of the joyful inspiring natural surroundings. I left feeling rested, inspired and joyful, ready to translate the experience of these joyful moments in nature back into my paintings in my London studio.

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As my work develops I am embracing joy a lot more in my art, through colour, energy and subject matter. At the same time I feel a  resistance to it, with fearful thoughts such as 'its not serious enough, its too light or feminine'  These thoughts showing up have shown me that perhaps a lot of us hold ourselves back from embracing joy.

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So to focus on what brings joy, I am going to be bold, to embrace joy, to paint joy and in doing so, hopefully pass that energy on,  inspire and uplift others through creating joyful art.

Here are some joyful photographs from Kefalonia, which is inspiring a new collection of paintings.

If you would like to be updated on new pieces please sign up to the studio newsletter below. 

 
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Artfully Walls x Laura Gee
 

I am pleased to say I am a new artist with US company Artfully Walls, the highly curated online platform sells limited and open edition fine art prints, I’m pleased to offer prints that are museum quality fine-art prints made with archival inks and premium paper and canvas, resulting in vivid and stunning colours. If you are US based this is a great way to acquire some of my fine art prints.

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Laura Gee x Artfully walls come closer
 
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Mediative Drawings
 

Drawing is thinking in a visual form, it is a way of slowing down, observing and bringing a quiet contemplation and attention to the present moment in time, in doing it can so produce a calm engagement with the world.

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In between painting on canvas, whilst new layers dry; I have been quietly drawing on paper using watercolour, as a way to slow down and some quiet contemplation. 

 These drawings reflect my recent interest that observing and spending time in nature can affect our well-being positively, resulting in a enhanced sense of calm and reduce anxiety. It is these healing and positive feelings I have tapped into whilst on nature and whilst drawing.

When drawing these organic, botanical shapes repeatedly they work as mediative quiet watercolour drawings, with the intention to enhance well being and provide a sense of peace and calm. Observing natural forms helps alleviate stress wether in nature or on paper.

I shall be releasing a small collection of these drawings, to be notified on new art and to stay up to date with upcoming exhibitions and events you can sign up to the studio newsletter below. 

 
 
 
This week... Nature and Well Being
 

'In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.' - John Muir

All my work is inspired by nature, the colours, the movement, the organic shapes found there. At first I thought it was just a visual interest, but as I found myself seeking out any small moment with nature through the city of London I knew it was'nt to do with just pure aesthetics.

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Spending or focusing any small amount of time with nature, released a sense of calm, a happiness a clarity, a peacefulness that I am searching for in my daily life.

It was this sense of ease, and positive energy I am constantly trying to translate into my paintings,  to tap into that flow, that mystery and beauty that nature brings. But deeper than that, I was seeking out nature more and more to allievate stress and anxiety, as a way to heal, a natural anti-depressant.

 
 
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My aim is to now research more into the positive effects nature has on our well-being, and can art that represents, hints, or expresses the nature of nature produce a similar affect on our well being.

I am going to read more about Biophilla, (a love of life and the living world; the affinity of human beings for other life forms) about the positive affects nature has on our well being. It is my greatest desire that my art can inspire positive feelings, enhance well being and to be a celebration of nature; and in doing so to take care of our world and each other.

 

 
'Sparked My Heart' Collection

Romantic Paintings

 
 
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Exhibition at Bankside Gallery x Royal Watercolour Society

I'm so happy to announce that my painting 'Summer Walk' has been selected by the Royal Watercolour Society to be exhibited at Bankside Gallery.Out of the 2000 entries only 150 pieces of art were selected for the Contemporary Watercolour Competition including my abstract watercolour painting.

 
 'Summer Walk' 2018 - watercolour & acrylic on paper

'Summer Walk' 2018 - watercolour & acrylic on paper

 

The exhibition aims to encourage innovation and experimentation in all water-based media and provides a prestigious platform for both established and emerging artists.

If you would like to come visit the exhibition it is open to the public Friday 2nd March until Weds 14th March, situated at Bankside Gallery, right next to the Tate modern! If you would like more info go to their website here.

 My work on the RWS website

My work on the RWS website

Joyful Art

I've been painting a lot of happy works on paper after being inspired by going to 2 of my brothers weddings in 1 week! Flowers are pure joy and both ceremonies were full of love, so when I returned to the studio I transferred that happy and loving energy into some new watercolour paintings and  oh it feels good to make happy joyful art.

 Helen Frankenthaler 'Celebration Bouquet'1962–1962

Helen Frankenthaler 'Celebration Bouquet'1962–1962

Whilst creating these paintings, I remebered two paintings in particular,  Matisse 'Joy of Life' and Helen Frankenfahler 'Celebration Bouquet'. It is the sentiment and emotion behind these paintings, a joyful energy which stayed with me in the back of my mind whilst painting.

 Henri Matisse Study for the 'Joy of Life' 1905

Henri Matisse Study for the 'Joy of Life' 1905

 Henri Matisse 'Joy of Life' 1905

Henri Matisse 'Joy of Life' 1905

And so out poured happy watercolour paintings, I'm loving the energy and colour of these new pieces. When I painting the abstract paintings (below) there is a hunger to get all the colours down, to not 'forget' the colour combinations going through my mind visually. As I go back in time and extend the moment of looking at the flowers; fragments from all the flowers given in love come to the surface. Flowers at births, weddings, deaths, these tones sit in these free, spontaneous bursts of colours. Each painting tells a story, a familiar knowing, a glimpse of a memory ; of love and joy.

 'Joy is Love' watercolour on paper, by Laura Gee

'Joy is Love' watercolour on paper, by Laura Gee

 'Bursts of Joy' watercolour on paper, by Laura Gee

'Bursts of Joy' watercolour on paper, by Laura Gee

 Mini Bouquet colour study on paper

Mini Bouquet colour study on paper

 Mini Bouquet colour study on paper

Mini Bouquet colour study on paper

 Mini Bouquet colour study on paper

Mini Bouquet colour study on paper

 Mini Bouquet colour study on paper

Mini Bouquet colour study on paper

The colour studies are a way for me to get into the story of the new series, the colours used here feel nostalgic, slightly clashing, large contrast, homely. I'm excited to show the rest of this series and hope they bring joy and happiness to you. If you are interested in seeing the series & being notified what is available please join here...

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Watercolour on paper

I've been creating works on paper using watercolour, I used to love it so much, the delicate washes, pull and push of using water and the bright colours and have decided to start using them again on paper. 

Here are some inspiration and development, including some finished works, a new series of my works on paper will be available in March, if you would like to be notified when please sign up here

 Form and colour reference in the studio

Form and colour reference in the studio

 Colour Studies inspired by nature

Colour Studies inspired by nature

 Adding more form and lighter watercolour washes to create a peaceful and soft study.

Adding more form and lighter watercolour washes to create a peaceful and soft study.

 Pressed flowers - colour and texture feeding into my paintings

Pressed flowers - colour and texture feeding into my paintings

 'Summer Walk' and 'Let's sit here' watercolour and acrylic on paper

'Summer Walk' and 'Let's sit here' watercolour and acrylic on paper

 Colour story painting - Translating events, memories into a combination of colours and marks.

Colour story painting - Translating events, memories into a combination of colours and marks.

 Beautiful marks and washes left from pressing petals of some flowers.

Beautiful marks and washes left from pressing petals of some flowers.

 Monotype - developing my paintings to create a different texture and immediacy

Monotype - developing my paintings to create a different texture and immediacy

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Some inspiration from the masters ...

 Henri Matisse (1869-1954) La fenêtre ouverte (1911) oil over pencil on canvas 72.7 x 60.3 cm

Henri Matisse (1869-1954) La fenêtre ouverte (1911) oil over pencil on canvas 72.7 x 60.3 cm

 Colour inspiration

Colour inspiration

 Betty Woodman, The Red Window, 2014, (detail) glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, acrylic paint, canvas, 85 x 82 x 13 inches (215.9 x 208.3 x 33 cm).

Betty Woodman, The Red Window, 2014, (detail) glazed earthenware, epoxy resin, lacquer, acrylic paint, canvas, 85 x 82 x 13 inches (215.9 x 208.3 x 33 cm).

 Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner

 Elizabeth Peyton

Elizabeth Peyton

 Lori B Goodman 'A dwelling of pink'

Lori B Goodman 'A dwelling of pink'

 Monet in his garden

Monet in his garden

 Paul Cezanne, Study of Trees, 1904

Paul Cezanne, Study of Trees, 1904

 Spring in Fukushima.

Spring in Fukushima.

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Joan Mitchell on how nature inspired her art

Joan Mitchell's paintings are easily recognisable, they are known for being  large gestural paintings with compositional rhythms. Inspired by landscape, nature, and poetry, her intent was not to create a recognisable image, but to convey emotions.

'My paintings repeat a feeling about Lake Michigan, or water, or fields...it's more like a poem...and that's what I want to paint.'

Joan Mitchell in artist studio On how Nature Inspired her

Mitchell's early success in the 1950s was striking at a time when few women artists were recognised. She referred to herself as the "last Abstract Expressionist," and she continued to create abstract paintings until her death in 1992. Joan Mitchell's work was greatly inspired by landscapes, nature and its effect on her.

'My paintings are titled after they are finished. I paint from remembered landscapes that I carry with me - and remembered feelings of them, which of course become transformed. I could certainly never mirror nature. I would more like to paint what it leaves with me.'

 Joan Mitchell (American, 1925–1992), Begonia, 1982, Oil on canvas, 111 1/2 x 80 inches, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Armand J. Castellani, 1991

Joan Mitchell (American, 1925–1992), Begonia, 1982, Oil on canvas, 111 1/2 x 80 inches, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Armand J. Castellani, 1991

“Sunflowers are something I feel very intensely. They look so wonderful when young and they are so very moving when they are dying. I don’t like fields of sunflowers. I like them alone or, of course, painted by Van Gogh.”

6 Inspiring Artist Studios

I recently moved into a new studio, for a bit of inspiration I looked at some of my favourite artist's studios, here are 6 inspiring artist studios below.

 

1.Barbara Hepworth

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2. Paul Cezanne

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3.Joan Miro

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4.Georgia O'Keefe

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5.Helen Frankenthaler

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6.Willem de Kooning

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'Fleur'

Fleur is a collection of paintings on paper inspired by the last week of summer spent in the south of France and returning to an autumn in London. The colours are inspired by the transformation that happens in nature as a new season approaches. This collection is about embracing and being present to the beautiful richness that a change in life can bring. While creating this work I was inspired by this extract from a poem by Rainer Marie Rilke...

'Time and again we go out together, under the old trees, lie down again and again between the flowers, face to face with the sky'  Rainer Marie Rilke

 

In creating this collection, I was embracing the notion of chance meetings, about  letting things fall into place and happy accidents. So you will find interesting mark makings, printed surfaces, different textures of brush strokes, which hint at the form of washy soft petals and a change of season.

See the rest of the series here

 

 

 

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This week... A walk in the forest

How do we look at a scene what' do you take in what is left with you after you have left that place?

After walking in a forest the greens and textures and sounds become distilled into moments played out in these drawings.  I'm interested in how you can view art so you see the work on a macro and micro level just like looking out in a forest. Tony leaves and huge trees with the distances all on the same plane. It's a challenge and joy to try and translate moments and perspectives from nature into canvas.

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Laura Gee Art Workshop - Refinery 29 x Adidas

I was thrilled to be asked by Refinery 29 UK to host an art workshop as a post run event in collaboration with Adidas at their London studio for women in London.  Refinery29 is an inspiring and empowering online platform for women who want to have thought provoking conversations and inspiration to live a more creative life. I decided to create a workshop using the techniques I use to create my abstract flower garden paintings.

It was an honour to be able to talk about how nature inspires my art, why I love abstract painting and the different techniques I use, which then about 40 women got to try out for themselves!  It was a great evening and some beautiful results using the different painting techniques Here are some photographs of the Abstract Flower Art workshop.

So Excited to announce my work is now at....

Laura Gee at Liberty London

I'm so thrilled that my paintings are now available in store at Liberty London as part of the Interior Emporium, a new curated floor in Liberty showcasing original art and design.

You can go visit and see some of my work in person on the third floor. I'll be updating you soon on the paintings available through Liberty. They will be showing the whole of my series in the upcoming weeks.

If you can't visit in person I'll be updating you with which paintings are on show and info to purchase through Liberty

There will be a few special in store events if you want to be invited to these events please sign up here....

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