Painting workshops in Slovakia.

 Painting workshops in Slovakia.

I’ve got an invitation from Humenne, a city in Slovakia. I was asked to guide there painting workshops in 10 of December 2016. Because I am in Poland, I drive there by car. It is only 5 hours way by car, but part of the road leads through uninhabited mountain areas. So in addition to paints, brushes, canvases I take with me also shovel, bag of sand (for glazed frost) and snow chains. Hello adventure!

At the end of this tour friendly people are waiting for me which I know already a few years. My students are women from the Humenne city, which know my painting. I had there two exhibitions. Lovers of art from Humenne wanted me to show them how to paint. What can be learned during several hours of working together? I think we can “sow the seeds” that will germinate at one time. You can show how to put different paints, different spatulas, different brushes on different bases. These four variables create countless combinations. I wish that every lady created with me one picture, according to their skills, which will be satisfied for her.

That’s all I can do on short workshops of painting. Below are some photos of the workshops.

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Butterflies in Manchester.

Butterflies in Manchester.

Christmas atmosphere in Manchester you can find in Old Town, on the streets, stands of the big Christmas Market. In rented from the City shops a huge variety of cultures, a melting-pot of the World and of course Christmas accents in form of Santas, reindeers, stars etc . I don’t know why, my attention was attracted by products in butterfly form. Butterfly as decorative element, as a subject, persecutes me for a long time. I’m still going back to this topic and I touch it doing two or three works.

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This time I found the butterflies on the sculpture, at the stand with ceramics, in cut-outs of paper, at the image in random gallery. For several years I have beautiful carved bench with butterflies, ornamental tiles in the workshop, also earrings with this theme. I realized that the theme follows me and still reminds that hasn’t been recognized, exploited to the end. So I started designing small oil paintings with the butterfly theme. I thought, it would be good to make these butterflies with so-called Scandinavian colors, pastel, blue, gray and white. The work is in progress and my brain get a task to do. The prototypes of future my paintings have been arisen. Every two or three days I’m making changes, shapes of background correction, color correction, the conception is alive and changing. For today, I don’t have anything finished yet. I can only show my inspiration and the first sketches. It is possible that there will two or three images, that I create a whole series of large oil paintings. I don’t know which way will my thought go. The unknown is something that I really like. Anything can happen. Maybe I’ll turn in direction of Worchol, perhaps in direction of Kandinsky. One thing I know: Lines are necessary in these compositions. I don’t know if I can find a place for tonal color transitions in color.

I’m working on it. Margaret Raven

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I just created a new series of paintings : Cat’s dalliance.

I just created a new series of paintings : Cat’s dalliance.

I just created a new series of paintings : Cat’s dalliance. To the creation of this cycle inspired me my grandchildren, who were playing with my cardboard poodles. Their crazy ideas will long serve me as an inspiration for this cycle. Of course, my cat took an active part in this happening. Most inspiring are the simplest toys. This series of oil paintings, properly miniatures I recommend to lovers of cats, to the kids rooms. The colors of gray, black and white underlines atmosphere of evening fun.

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Norvegian beaches on the artworks.

Norvegian beaches on the artworks.

October 2016 It succeeded. I made four oil paintings on canvas to whom inspired me Norvegian beaches. I have the impression that this is not my last time when paintings are in this topic. I need a rest from this topic. In the head are so many multiplication of numerous new possibilities to use this new inspiration: algae on the beach in Norway. Countless shapes of which may appear up everything. On one image were made flowers of roses. It is possible that i may change the colors but the organic shapes of algae are sensational, incredibly inspiring elements. It will be continued. This idea just start developing itself.

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Art fair in Manchester.

Art fair in Manchester.

In September there had a place art fair  in Manchester. Of course I had to see what artworks are exhibited on this event. It was a valuable visit.

A huge variety of techniques. Traditional painting was represented by only a few stands. And if in the traditional oil painting on canvas already told everything? A lot of plastic, collage, mixing techniques and next to the tiny graphics. I don’t know if handmade or in print because it was the crowd around the stand. A lot of visitor’s. Vivid colors and bright colors were attracted eyes. Butterflies trapped behind glass emanated with joyful delicacy. Many artworks referred to the pop-art. There were stands – boxes of different British galleries and individual artists stands. Very interesting cross-section of what you can see in modern art. I’m glad that I was here. Maybe in the next year and I will rent one place and also show my artworks.

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Inspiring algae and natural waste from the Norwegian beach.

Inspiring algae and natural waste from the Norwegian beach.

I am in Norway. Wandering on the seashore I encounter sea trashes: algae and lichens . Beaches are empty. Weather is beautiful. Waves are touching my feet, and I can see virtuosity of the nature in this algae. Algae, natural waste from the beach. Pictures cropped at close range show natural compostion. Just like a jewellery on the sand. Brilliant fusion of colors. I take a photo, a lot of photos.. Sun is starting to set and I have fantastic light… I come back to my working place and i’m start 4 abstractions. These pictures will be revealed soon on my website margaretraven.com

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Here comes the end of summer in Poland.

Here comes the end of summer in Poland.

End of holidays in Poland. Here comes the end of summer, the end of the holidays, and there is the Sun, a warmth, a quiet. Everybody drived out. The Polish Sun ligths my meadow and garden. Calm. Only neighbors chickens and dog can be heared heard. Polish summer ends slowly. With a great pleasure I put out the paints and got to work. On the terrace of the house in Rzemien watercolors were made. Summer Holidays memories, record impressions of the summer in 2016.

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Open Air of painting in Slovakia!

Open Air of painting in Slovakia.

14137875_1061306777297437_2136826601_nThis spring I was invited to participate in the open air painting in Slovakia. Open Air painting organized by MsKS Humenné Name of open air: Hornozemplínske impressions 2016 In the period from 08.08.2016 – 12.08.2016 in Humenné. I had the pleasure to perform artworks by technique oil on canvas, together with artists from Slovakia and Ukraine. During the stay a lot of attractions were organized for us: sightseeing palace in Humenne, the open-air museum and the Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art, Medzilaborce, Slovakia.
We saw the collection Solitartgallery Frantisek Jakub He collected in his collection several hundred artworks of artists from around the world. Colors, quantity and variety of techniques, surprised me. Frantisek Jakub offered me an exhibition in one of the rooms. It is possible that in November of this year will take place on my individual exhibition in this gallery. I’ll show my figurative artworks, abstractions and of course the meadows. While in March 2017, in the gallery of the House of Culture in Humenne will take place on my second individual exhibition, thematically linked with the international day of women. The theme of the artworks will be mainly flowers. The greatest thanks for Ing.Tatiana Hájniková, MsKS Gorkého 1, 06601 Humenné for invitation and exellent organization of our stay.

 

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Manchester Cathedral Art&Craft NOW ON !

Manchester Cathedral Art&Craft NOW ON !

We are more than happy to see you all today and tomorrow in Manchester Cathedral Art&Craft Fair! A lot of interesting stalls waiting for you. A lot of fun as well! Good music nice cup of hot drink, delicious cakes and also stand witch special GIN stand. You can find jewellery hand made and also original candles, paintings, pictures, photoes and also my oil paintings!

All interested art&crafts should see this fair in beautiful Manchester Cathedral!

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Manchester Cathedral ArtCraft!

I will soon have the pleasure to take part in exhibition of art in Manchester Cathedral ArtCraft!

15th and 16th of July from 11:00 to 17:00 in Manchester Cathedral, I will be happy to meet a lot of people. This will be my first exhibition in Manchester. I keep looking on the facebook with interest, watching companies and artists, which will show their artworks, I’m sure it will be interesting and worth to watch.
I won’t be able to show all my paintings, because I have only 150 of them now. I will show only couple of my artworks from the website margaretraven.com, and other smaller paintings. Especially for this occasion I have made beautiful oil miniatures. Usually I don’t create paintings of this size.
If you want to meet with me, I invite you in days 15-16 of July to Manchester. You can follow this event on the facebook HERE