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.
The next exhibition with the EFOA will be Stevens House, London N3 starting on February 8th (Private View by invitation on the 7th)
The exhibition is Park Life - very appropriate for the venue, being, as it is, surrounded by the beautiful grounds of Stevens House.
I am struggling with the exhibition coming up in March at the Barbican - Primavera. So far I have done 2 pictures but I'm not happy with either of them. The deadline is the 31st January, not really that much time as I have so many other commitments.
The exhibition in Lauderdale House in Highgate with the Highgate Watercolour Group in November was very successful - as a group of 22 artists we sold 75 pictures out of a total of 200!!
This exhibition was followed by the EFO exhibition entitled 50 / 50 which was in the Scientific Institute in Highgate, 11 South Grove. 50 / 50 was a great theme with so many possible interpretations!! I entered 3 pictures. One was a watercolour entitled Light and Shade. This was of pots I saw on a wall in Spain. I was pleased with my picture of a fence with silver birch trees behind. The trees were pained in acrylic and the fence in watercolour - I was very accurate with measuring half trees and half fence (also 50-50 with the mixed media) My third picture was inspired by a walk in the Alps on a skiing holiday. This time the theme was realised by having half the picture as sky and the other half - snow. It was painted in acrylic and my daughter loved it!!!! She asked me to paint something similar for her Christmas present only it had to be in watercolour.
(The tree picture should be last but so difficult to drag over the photos!!! It is titled Chiswick Park and is all ready for the Park Life exhibition)
In between getting pictures ready for these exhibitions I have various commissions, one of which is to paint an appropriate picture for the cover of Buzz - the Highgate Society's quarterly magazine - a local scene of Highgate of course!!! As it is for the Spring issue it has to be bright and sunny - a challenge in its self as the weather is so often grey!!!