Cathy Burkinshaw - Painter
I work in a studio in East Finchley where I paint in watercolour and oils. Also I enjoy using pastels and ink I do commissions for portraits and buildings (in oils or water colours) One of my favourite sources of inspiration is birds!!! Their grace and serenity have a calming effect, as do the beautiful trees in Highgate woods.
My holiday in June was painting in Umbria, a region of Italy completely new to me. The wonderful undulating countryside laid out like beautiful woven carpets, the Umbrian Hills changing colour from pale blue to a deep purple during the day, the olive groves and vineyards - I'm completely hooked and can't wait to go again next summer!
I have uploaded some of my paintings onto this site.
Two wonderful weekends for the EFO Open House Weekends! My second year and really just as much fun as my first time last year.
We had almost a hundred visitors per day - again some coming from far afield, this year we had visitors from South of the river - Dulwich and Carshalton as well as the Lake District and Manchester. I'm already looking forward to taking part again in 2018.
Just now I'm very busy getting ready for various exhibitions - the first will be Almost Wabi Sabi in Boulangerie Bon Martin - a cafe in Crouch End.
Next up will be in the All Saints Church Durham Road during the East Finchley Music Festival from the 6th October until the following Sunday. - 15th October.The proceeds from the exhibition will help the Harrington Scheme, a very worthwhile charity for Special Needs youngsters.
I had a picture in the SGFA exhibition in the Menier Gallery which is part of the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre. This exhibition finished on the 15th October.
The EFOA exhibition is in the Ply Gallery in Hornsey Town Hall and is on now until the 31st October. The theme is Reflections which can be interpreted in many ways - I have taken the literal meaning and have 3 new pictures of reflections in water. i have added my 3 pictures here.
The exhibiting in Lauderdale House in Highgate with the Highgate Watercolour Group will start on the 31st October and be on for the whole of November.
The Highgate Society asked us to paint or draw some of the endangered buildings in Highgate and some of these pictures will be in the exhibition.
My painting of Cromwell House - now used by the High Commission of Ghana - is featured in the latest issue of Ham & High along with a few other paintings by the Watercolour group.
I have started a blog - still getting used to it - it is: cathyburkinshawsart.wordpress.com