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, set in the beautiful grounds of Stevens House.
The Highgate Literary and Scientific Society exhibition for members, was the same week - the 8th February until the 21st February but just 2 weeks as against the whole year at Stevens House.
I put in my Prague painting. I'm going to try and add it to my gallery!
I have been struggling with the exhibition starting next week in the Barbican Library - Primavera. I have done 2 pictures - one in acrylic called Blossom and Beehives.
The second picture is with pastel of one of the beautiful tulips I had planted in my garden. I took some stunning photos with the sun changing the black petals to a deep purple with red highlights. Unfortunately either a squirrel or the local fox must have eaten the bulbs as I haven't seen anything of the tulips since.
Several of the EFOA group are joining me in putting up pictures in the Phoenix Cinema Gallery for the month of April. Our theme is Winter Past. I am glad I have a few people to join me as well as Elaine who put up some of her striking pastels last year.
I managed to meet the deadline for the next Buzz cover!! ( Buzz is the magazine for the Highgate Society) They actually asked me last November during the Highgate Watercolour exhibition but as it was for the Spring issue, I had put it on the back burner. I suggested painting the Edwardian fire-station as it is a really beautiful building dating back to 1903. I found a few photos of the building including the old fire engine. The tower and basic structure are still very much the same but now it has been converted into 3 flats. I had to sit outside for a couple of hours in the snow but it was great fun doing the painting.
The whole group are now getting primed up for this year's Open House Weekends - the last weekend in June and the first weekend in July. 20 houses / studios are opening this year which is really exciting!!! Every year it gets a bit more like Brighton!!!!