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We want more pixels- but we want them now!

One of the problems with updating you from the studio is that when I come to see the photos later on my PC, they don’t look very good quality: the colours are muddier and the focus isn’t great. Here are some higher resolution photos of my latest painting (still no title as yet!) and the stages of the painting from today taken with my proper camera. In future I think I’ll wait to use the high quality images before posting- unless you like the immediate approach. (I share photos from the studio on Instagram so you can always see them at vividlyvivowen ) Let me know what you think!

Completed painting: oil on canvas 40 x 40 x 3cm


Underpainting: burnt umber, prussian blue, chrome yellow, alizarin crimson, titanium white13Aug17 1

Second layer: continued same day13Aug17 2






Okay ready…

Had an interesting email chat with Wonderstreet about easels, they contacted me because of my previous post (still on the easel).  You can read their article here

Happy to have a fresh start today – and my lightweight telescopic easel came in very useful as I had to move several times because of the sun!

In other news, I have some drawings in the Unit 9 group sketchbook project ‘Sketch it Out’ at South Square Gallery, Thornton on now. I don’t have installation photos yet, so here’s a drawing from my visit to The Hepworth Wakefield earlier this week :

The next exhibition to include my paintings is the Original 200 show at Cupola Gallery, Sheffield starting in September. More details on the website exhibitions page. I hope to have more to share soon.


Following on from the popularity of drawings at the last Artwalk Wakefield, I’ve made some drawings available via my Artfinder page:

with backing

“Ink drawings reveal a fascination with emotional states, with the help of unwitting accomplices captured from feature films and the television screen: contour lines follow the features into darker shadows.”

As with Daily Drawings, these drawings are made freehand using Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens (indian ink, waterproof, maximum lightfastness) on 150gsm cartridge paper.

Daily Drawings year six continues as usual! Check Flickr for daily updates. 

Sketchy Snaps

A big thank you to everyone who came to Artwalk Wakefield. Sketchy Snaps was so popular, I ended up drawing all evening, and everyone who came back bought their mini portraits! Here’s me with satisfied customer Tracy, some of my drawings and a photo of a photographer photographing a photographer photographing a photographer taking a portrait photo! It was a fun event and I hope to bring you news of more drawing based events soon… Daily Drawings year six continues as usual.

Test and Enhance

…sounds like a fairly cryptic instruction, but they are my two latest paintings, completed today. They aren’t quite a pair, but are both part of the ongoing series.

Test Enhance

You can see them both during Open Studios for Artwalk Wakefield next Wednesday 5 – 9 pm

More exhibition details on the previous post





Still working on the two paintings. As usually happens,  I’ve become more absorbed in one, so that’s further on…



Developing Drawing sessions at Calder Graphics continue. We’re booked up for this series, there are more on offer.  Full details on Eventbrite

Solo show “On Track” is at the Blue Moon cafe in central Sheffield until July
“Art is a Lie that Reveals the Truth” group show continues at Cupola Gallery

…and there’s an Artwalk this month! More details soon.



Completed, with the last of the sun in her face:


Come & meet her at the next Artwalk Wakefield on 30 September! More info here: Artwalk
LATEST NEWS: I’m so excited to be included in a major exhibition in December! More details soon…
Delighted to have a special mention from one of the judges of Bradford Open 2015-  especially when it’s up on the gallery walls! Thanks again to David Sinclair for letting me use his quote:
 ” I looked for something which is well executed but which also has an edge, a charm, a spark to it, and some kind of quirk…   I looked for a work which is good of its type but also distinctive, whether it be abstract or painterly. I like an economy to the work but also an awareness, something which elicits an emotional response. You know it when you see it, it’s instinctive and intuitive. There were quite a few pieces that achieved this for me, Viv Owen’s portraits with their amplified colour really excelled.”

David began his career in the visual arts as a practising artist and the in recent years established along with his then Project Director, Design Centre North, a gallery which programmed an exciting schedule of contemporary design and applied arts, initiating and delivering a strategic and consistent approach to audience development, working extensively with the Design Museum and the British Council.

In 2009, David secured the position of Curator in a new multi million pound purpose built arts venue which includes a gallery, work spaces and a performance space.  Within this environment David has built a reputation for curating and exhibiting contemporary design and applied arts in the North of England. Working in partnership and in collaboration with other regional and National galleries is the key factor to deliver this ambitious project.


Bradford Open 2015 runs until November. More details on the Cartwright Hall website
Exhibit Here Summer Show was very popular, with over 500 visitors to Menier Gallery in Southwark.
Have a look at more photos here
FLUX exhibition in February was a fantastic experience and I hope to be involved again soon. Interview and more details on the FLUX site
Completely honoured! Martyn Ware now owns my painting of him ‘Connect’…
10 Connect
He even sent me a selfie with it on his wall! Thanks so much Martyn.

There’s more about this painting, and my working methods in my interview with Waave + Dada

Waave Dada cover

Cards, prints and small paintings available online

Paintings in stock at Cupola Gallery and  prints on demand

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