Allendale Exhibition is now Showing

Yesterday was spent setting up my new exhibition in Allendale Forge Studios in Northumberland. If you have time to pass by please pop in and have a look around. There is lots of lovely artwork and crafts all produced by local artists. You may also want to visit the Forge Cafe for a bite to eat or a delicious cake. 
Allendale is a stunning area and many people go there to visit and enjoy the countryside, it seems ever popular with cyclists, although for me I think I would spend most of the time pushing my bike up the hills and feeling very embarrassed!! I saw some cyclists going up the hill yesterday on my way back and felt a slight pang of guilt about my lack of exercise at the moment. Ah well! It's passed.
The Forge is open everyday from 9am to 5pm so plenty of opportunity to visit. Hope to see you there ;)




A sneak peek.




'By the Sea' 60cm x 60cm Acrylic on Canvas.



About me

                    


After studying at Art College in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Linda’s 
art career began to take off in the studio of Hugh Mackay Carpets where she 
created special designs for hotels, ships, leisure facilities and private individuals. 
Whilst here she also completed further studies in textile design.

Shortly after this Linda moved to Yorkshire and was part of a greetings card 
company for many years, latterly Hallmark UK. After seven years as a studio artist 
having many designs in print for major retailers such as John Lewis, Sainsbury’s 
and WH Smith Linda launched out and became a successful freelance designer.

In 2012 she started her own greetings card company ‘Precious to You’ 
and more recently ‘Linda Vine Art’, creating beautiful seascapes and 
landscapes working in acrylic and mixed media.

You can purchase her paintings, prints and cards from her website

Watch this space, the best is yet to come!



Allendale Exhibition Coming Up - June 2017

Throughout the month of June I will have a selection of my work displayed in my solo exhibition in the gallery. There will be original paintings, prints and greetings cards on sale.
There is an exciting array of artwork at The Forge and a whole host of facilities and events for both the Allen valley’s community and the wider area. It's a unique attraction where visitors can meet local artists; shop, enjoy delicious home-cooked food and explore the surrounding area.  The gallery, alongside the café, features monthly exhibitions and the shop is full of high quality, handmade gifts from local makers which are unique to the Forge. 




CHECKOUT THE WEBSITE

www.lindavineart.co.uk



Studio Re-Vamp Part 3

Well, today I show you the studio complete in all its glory. I really love the shelving, simple but effective and great for creating more floor space in other areas. Changing this as allowed me to have the gallery wall and seating area. I had to do a lot of de-cluttering, artists can lean towards a hoarding habit because of 'that may come in useful someday ' syndrome!!




The mirror below was purchased by my friend for a minimal amount, it had a floral pattern on which didn't really fit with the room so I painted it and distressed slightly, looks great now and the mirror is lovely quality. Many of the items in the photos I found around the house, the old clock belonged to my grandparents and the throw and lantern lamp were from TK MAXX.




A bit of sparkle adds some warmth.

                       


I love flowers and plants dotted around.




An old button box that has been passed down. 



The shelving above my drawing board is so useful for little bits and pieces, brushes and mini paintings.
There is also a hanging rail under the shelf for pots containing my pencils, pens etc. I have various other containers for my paintbrushes. I love this mini milk churn  from 'Eddie Pebble' in Amble, perfect for use.



Here is the gallery wall, where I can display and peruse all my work before it goes out to the customer or gallery. It is so easy to use and I can swap and change them around with ease. All in all the studio works a lot better as a professional environment and it is a lot nicer to work in.  I would also like to thank my friend Manush for her input and particularly her ideas regarding use of space. It's a dream!!

Studio Re-Vamp Part 2


After much deliberation the exact shade of grey that would change the universe was picked! It is hard decorating as an artist, not that we are fussy, MUCH!! We just know we don't like that shade of grey!! So after trying not to spend more on the match pots than the actual tin of paint the colour was chosen and the work started. The shelving was custom made as I have so much gear to put on the shelves, I didn't want to risk an avalanche of stuff one day falling on top of my precious iMac. I hadn't really factored in how long it would take to do three coats of paint on some shelving, not a job I would like to do again when I am in a hurry.
Then came the inevitable trip to Ikea, I found some items to add to the office which are extremely useful for filing various items away out of sight and for print storage.




Mmm which colour??



Ooo don't you just love putting furniture together ... erm NO especially multiple pieces, thankfully a friend came and rescued me on the home run.




The noticeboard was made from an existing frame that I had which had been used at one of my trade shows. I then added the cork-board on to the backing board. A shelf was put up underneath and plastic containers hung for pens, pencils etc. The above shelving on the opposite side of the room is a much better solution than my bookshelves as it does not take up any floor space,  the things I don't often need to access are placed higher up.




Charity shop find - £8.




The chair on the left my friend found for £10 and with a little sanding looks great. Just need to find a new fabric for seat cover to finish off properly. The little cute chair I have had since my childhood. The fireplace was painted another shade of grey instead of the stark white which seemed to suit the style better, A gallery rail was fixed to the wall with a wire hanging system to enable a quick change over of paintings. Finally a subtle white blind put up for the window instead of the previous bedroom style curtains.



The paint cost more than the cabinet but I love the result.
The grey velvet chair on the right is from TK Maxx.

Most of the other items in the studio I already had or they had been tucked away in a box ready for the right time. After all the sanding, painting , putting furniture together and the seemingly unending sorting through stuff, it was finally time to dress the studio and make it look professional yet functional.
Part 3 will show the final look - Watch this space!!

Studio Re-Vamp - Part 1

Starting the new year off in my studio did not fill me with a great sense of excitement. I had been making do for a few years to focus on getting my business of the ground and other things took priority, rightly so. It felt like a home space rather than a studio space and everything was higgeldy piggeldy as a lot of artists studios are. We are not renowned for being the tidiest of individuals .... who said that! 
You have to do first things first and the aesthetic of my studio did not seem like a matter of urgency. Increasingly however I felt I wanted to be able to market my paintings from my studio in a way that would show people how they would look in their own home rather than just posting the image itself on social media. After a long chin-wag with a good friend, throwing round business and marketing ideas we came to the conclusion that my studio needed an overhaul and to be made into not only an inspirational space to work in but also a workable space for marketing purposes.
Here are some before shots - embarrassing !! This must have been on a VERY creative day:)





It was suggested I had a gallery wall to hang the artwork on, using the hanging systems that they would use. This would make it easy to put up and take down my work without creating a patchwork of holes all over the wall. This area would have a cosy living room feel, the other area would be where I could do admin and mac work. 
The third area would be for my painting and art supplies. Hence a dream was created and a plan put in place, the following week is when the hard work began. It was really helpful working with another creative mind on this project and someone who has great ideas on how to use space well but also doesn't mind giving a much needed helping hand!

I was busy in my old studio apart from this day which was staged!!





It was great to take the carpet up and to have old wooden floor boards underneath even if they are a bit worse for wear. A bit of scrubbing and scraping and they do the trick.







Ready for action with my cuppa! No tea-No action:)



 


Watch out for Part 2!! to see the beautiful transformation.



Sunny Days Down South - 2

Weymouth





On arrival at Weymouth, I felt I could exhale and relax for a while after what has been a difficult year, having planned to come to Weymouth earlier in the year but then suddenly losing my precious father....

Weymouth is busy place in the summer, nevertheless has a relaxed feel to it and is full of inspiration for any artist. It has lots of lovely places to eat around the harbour area or a short walk away, my favourite restaurant of the week was 'Crustacean' which served a wide selection of locally 
sourced seafood, in lovely surroundings.





I hadn't realised what a popular pastime 'crabbing' was, but all along the harbour sides were buckets full of crabs and people young and old dangling their nets, waiting in anticipation to see what their catch would be.





The crabs were then thrown back in to the harbour to be caught again by the next eager crabber.






Our bait, we did however find we were more successful with bacon after trying small fish  then some prawns!









          Coastal Canines - some very trendy dogs in Weymouth!





Aw!





The lovely Cove Gallery 






Abbotsbury







Lots of gifts to buy for the wood lover.





Just another place I would't mind living in ... one day!






There are also lots of places to go to get away from it all, one of which was the fabulous 'Abbotsbury Gardens'which I thought was even more fabulous when I saw a selection of my greetings cards in their gift shop which I had licensed to Milkwood.  





















Lots of beautiful flowers and plants in a tranquil setting.










Fantastic sculptures including this one carved in to a 
tree trunk.








 The wonderful view from the gardens of the coast.





Perfect!





Summer Days Down South - Take 1



After travelling down to Battle, East Sussex for a weeks long convention I had planned to go on to Weymouth for a week, but I couldn't resist a few detours along the route, when you are an artist you have to make the most of every opportunity to gain inspiration.




First stop was Hastings, I have visited before but just had to re-visit. It's full of interesting and quirky shops and an abundance of individual cafes and restaurants.  It was a lovely day but I have to say I still didn't venture in to the sea, an activity for a few hardy souls, I would rather swim in a warm sea personally if at all!






In the old part of the town there are around 50 tall black net huts which were built to provide weather-proof stores for fishing gear to save it rotting. 





East Hill Lift which takes you up to Hastings Castle






Delightful weather-boarded houses in the Old Town. 










Hanushka Coffee House




Tasty Treats











                                        
                                      A lovely cafe crammed full of books.





Butlers Famed Emporium 







What a delightful find!!





Vintage lovers haven
















I was glad I had taken the time to visit Hastings again, well worth the effort. After leaving Battle the next day I decided to take a slight detour before continuing my journey, to the quaint old town of Lewes. First stop was the lovely little florist shop called 'Lewesiana' for a coffee whilst admiring the various flowers on sale. I then had the great pleasure of stumbling across this gorgeous vintage shop called  'Closet 
& Botts'. What a treat was in store, I would have liked longer in this beautiful place but with limited time had to leave visiting the Flint Owl Bakery before travelling to my next destination, hopefully next time!



Lewes




Lewesiana Florist & Cafe





Closet & Botts





Lovely French Soaps




Gorgeous Vintage Finds









Flint Owl Bakery - Yum






Need I say more!






Of course my daughter and I had to take something for our journey and decided to buy after a lot of deliberation a couple of the Mojito Mini's and were certainly not disappointed!!






Lots of freshly baked breads and pastries made from the highest quality ingredients.






After pulling ourselves away from this delightful place we travelled on to Itchenor for the afternoon, stayed for lunch, took a leisurely stroll down to the harbour before continuing  the journey to our destination.




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Wonderful West Sussex


On a short visit to West Sussex my first stop was Russells Garden Centre in Birdham. Russells has a gorgeous selection of coastal gifts and furniture as well as all their gardening supplies and plants, well worth a visit. There is also a delightful restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea open on a daily basis.
Shown below is a very small snippet of what they have on display. With a nautical theme running throughout there are lots of distressed furniture pieces, home accessories and lots of charming little gifts many would be delighted to receive.
                                     




                                                                      Comfy yet elegant


Stylish furniture and home accessories


Wow!



After partaking a delicious salad in the restaurant at  Russells I visited Itchenor and then the lovely beach at West Wittering, what a treat, cute beach huts, and a beautiful sandy beach. 








Don't you just love beach huts!! 


West Wittering Beach 






One googley-eyed seagull!


I can feel a painting coming on - watch this space.


The end of a lovely day.


Cornish Coastal Path

The painting below was inspired by a walk I took along a coastal path in Cornwall.
It was a beautiful day in May and the wildflowers were out making the coastline even more stunning. 
The original is now available to purchase on my website.



Fine Art Cards

I have recently been working on a new range of cards taken from my original paintings. So here are the first eight, which I am really pleased with and will be on sale in the next few weeks.
These are the first of many.....watch this space.








Craster - a favourite little spot

If you have never been Craster is a lovely quaint fishing village on the Northumberland coast, I often find myself there in the summer, it is well worth a visit. 
This is the second painting I have completed of Craster showing the harbour area.


 Craster Harbour by Linda Mumba

Here it is when the beautiful blooms are out.



Below is the first painting I did of the cute row of cottages.

 Craster by Linda Mumba

Dunstanburgh Castle in the distance, it is a lovely walk along the coast, about a mile.


There are several tasty places to eat such as Pipers Pitch, The Craster Seafood Restaurant,
The Jolly Fisherman Pub and The Shoreline Cafe. The Mick Oxley Gallery is also well worth a visit.


Dunstanburgh Castle


Wynyard Hall Christmas Fayre


Don't forget Wynyard Hall Christmas Fayre starts this Friday
Fri 20th & Sat 21st Nov, 10am – 5pm 
Sun 22nd Nov, 10am – 4pm
Tickets £4 booked online, £5 on the door.
Children under 5 free

Find a truly perfect gift among 150 lovely stalls selling the finest local, handmade and artisan jewellery, fashion, decorations and treats.
We capture the very spirit of Christmas with crackling log fires, tasty mulled wine and wonderful carol singers. This year, explore outdoors too, with additional gift stalls leading to The Grand Marquee, housing more exhibitors than ever before! If you’d like a bite to eat, the café located in our Farm Shop sells homemade food or make booking for Afternoon Tea in the Hall.

Free parking & shuttle bus. Please wear appropriate footwear – heels not recommended.
Please note: There is NO CASH MACHINE on site. We are unable to accept lunch/dinner reservations during the Fayre. Thursday is the preview night (Invite only)



Small & Bijou

I have been working on some mini originals this month and I think this happens to be my favourite so far inspired by the North East Coastline. It is called 'By the Sea', so called because so many including myself have a secret or not so secret to live by the sea.

Next week  I will be taking part in the Wynyard Hall Christmas Fayre on Friday November 20th - Sunday November 22nd. I will have lots of framed prints and Original Paintings, would love to see you there. Please see the events section on my website for further information. http://www.lindamumba.co.uk/events/



The Misty & Beautiful North Pennines

Yesterday I had to go and take some of my work across to Allendale Forge Studios, I say had to but any excuse to drive over there is one I gladly use.
I love the drive through Wolsingham, Stanhope and then from Rookhope to Allendale. 
It's usually extremely quiet and a bit bleak but when the light is dramatic its a real treat, to me anyway. It was a very gloomy journey on the way but on the way back there was a great combination of light and mist.



Very atmospheric





Love it!


'The Look'
























I have been working hard this week to get organised for the Christmas events I taking part in at Wynyard Hall and Durham Christmas Festival. I will have lots of prints particularly of the winter scenes in various sizes. They will be available framed and ready to hang.
I am also working on a series of mini originals which will make a lovely unusual gift for Christmas.