Green Dress by Michael Chippendale was painted for Rachel Morris. Chippendale reinterpreted a section of Young Girl with Gloves by Tamara de Lempicka. His version is made from individually painted dots.
I thought the painting looked lovely here but it looks better in its new home. I will not show you those pictures yet. In a few days, Rachel will be giving us a photo tour of the art deco room that houses the Green Dress now so I shall not ruin the surprise and I will feature it after she does.
Bywell Arts Festival inroduced some new artists this year and Michael Chippendale was one of them. Susi Bellamy and Sabina Rose were two others. The work of all three was much admired, I lost count of the times that Chippendale's picture of 'A certain Smile'
and 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' were photographed. I was standing between them. His other work was in a different building so could not hear or see the reactions to them but was told that The Boxer caused much interest.
Attendance figures, exhibitors and attendees were all reduced at this year's festival which seems a great shame. The location, ambiance, entertainment, cream teas and other parts that make up the weekend are all lovely.
I did not offer any of my stencilled canvases this year. Instead, Ms Rose and I sold stencilled bags and pin boards from our fledgling company 'For Queen and Corgi'
Chippendale & Morris has been quiet for ages...
...because Chippendale decided to paint over all of his canvases so I had nothing to show you. There were exclamations of horror from various quarters but he continued. The new work covers many of the same subjects but are painted in smaller dots.
We set up a photo shoot with some of them for the local press last Sunday. The work is for sale 10.30 to 4.30 at the twin churches in Bywell, Nr Stocksfield. Northumberland. 30th June and 1st of July 2012. There are many new artists this year.
It's freezing in Northumberland today
There is a beautiful garden at Howick Hall, it's on the coast at Craster in Northumberland, I try and get there at least once a year and the blue poppies there are fabulous. Blue Poppy painted by Michael Chippendale measures 40x40 or 1220x1220
Pearl Earring was one of the first paintings that Michael Chippendale created for the Art Tour 2011. Pearl was sold a couple of weeks ago and I went to her new home to help her move in. She now looks totally comfortable at the foot of a staircase at the end of a long gallery. I'm not sure who was happier with the result, the new owner or me.
The painting is my husband's interpretation of the famous Girl with a Pearl Earring by Vermeer. Vermeer's portrait inspired the book and more than one film of the same name. Chip's version is painted in uniformly sized dots that resolve themselves into the recognisable image as the distance from it increases. The new location allows Pearl Earring the space to be appreciated, she can be viewed close up and at distance. Her new residence is stunning, it is the home of an accomplished artist and features a lot of the artist's own work. I think Pearl looks very much at home there.
The other two portraits in the Modern Mosaics collection for Art Tour 2011 were Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn. Since then Chips has added George Washington, Queen Elizabeth and me to the collection. Some of the paintings have been featured elsewhere on the Chippendale and Morris blog and I'll get the others on there soon.
When I was a little girl my dad bought me boxing gloves. They were white leather with red laces. In his teenage years he had won medals for boxing and still enjoys a good fight...these days he watches them from the comfort of his armchair.
No, I think I like it because the face is so beautiful. This interpretation of the Clay's face was painted by Michael Chippendale and is formed from dots of grey, blue and pink. At distance the dots morph into a face complete with shadow, cheekbones and sweat. Up close it is a pleasing arrangement of dusky coloured dots.
Cassius is painted with gouache and measures 40x51 inches or 120x1550 millimetres.
From a little photograph of Vincent Van Gogh and I in Paris...
The size of the Vincent painting is 40x50 inches or 1220x1520 millimetres. Contact Chippendale & Morris at The Stencil Library for information and prices of any of the featured artwork.
Todays featured painting from Michael Chippendale is his portrait of Audrey Hepburn.
She is another of his dot paintings in a collection titled Modern Mosaics. The colours in it are quite fab. The size is 40x48 inches (1220x1460) and at the moment she is hanging on the wall in our shop. Chips' dot paintings are painted individually but they are created from stencils so they can be reproduced. In the Modern Mosaics Collection there will not be more than twenty of any painting. However they are paintings and not prints so each one will be slightly different.
I am clearing lots of stuff from my home and putting it in our shop.
Only good things you understand. This week I'll show you a pine farmhouse table that was painted by Rachel and I with the help of artist Sabina Rose. Sabina used to work with us and over the years she contributed many of her painting and needlework skills to my home .
The table seats six people and the decoration of it was influenced by Charleston the Sussex home of artists Duncan and Vanessa Bell and their friends. Their home was the country meeting place for the artists, writers and intellectuals known as The Bloomsbury Group. Charleston House and garden is a decorative jewel and is open to visitors between April and October.
My Charleston table is stencilled with images adapted from fabric that I was given many years ago. You can buy the fabric at the Charleston shop. Apart from the odd scuff marks the table is still in very good condition and is now for sale at The Stencil Library shop. It's price is £180. Sorry, the stencil is not for sale but we do have many others that would look good in a Charleston inspired setting.
I am horrified to realise that although I have written the occasional post for this blog I don't know where I've put them. I think I need to check my other blog DesignInspiration as I think I may have messed up and published them there.
The Pug painting was completed in September. I had no room to display it until yesterday when we sold a painting. So I now have room in the shop to hang Pug.
Pug measures 40x41 inches (1220x1250). I am sure that he will get a good home but if no body wants to buy him he is welcome to hang out at my house. How could I resist that face?