Tuesday, 5 April 2016

A New Home

After months of having to negotiate the ridiculous way we have to buy and sell houses it happened and I am here. It has been a real revelation to me ....letting go. Letting go of the familiar, letting go of the things you believe you can't live without. Now I don't want to live without the sea, the space and the sky. Taking in the landscape every day whatever the weather is making my mind full of visuals for work and it has started, slowly but surely.
And then theres the house, there is lots to do but I love it. My studio has a view its small but the window is floor to ceiling.... and then theres the birds, so many of them......

I look forward to seeing how my work unfolds from this point....I feel braver and my head feels clearer.....watch this space!!

Monday, 25 January 2016


My new show Water, Heath & Home opens at the beginning of February, I am showing a new body of work that I think shows a real fluidity that having a year to produce created for me. I am showing with ceramic artist Jacqueline Leighton Boyce her work draws inspiration from the landscape which surrounds her. Although the medium is different the approach has real similarities to my own and I think our work sits very well together.

'The Demure Dandelion'

Mixed media on canvas

The show runs from 4th-27th February
Private View Wednesday 3rd February 6.00-8.30pm

Monday, 11 January 2016

Studio Sale.. A January clear out!

Part of me feels reluctant to start the clear out because the tentative business of buying and selling a house. I have not exchanged contracts yet but it feels close so I am making a positive move, I am making space for it so here goes a Studio Sale!!!!!!
Here are the paintings that need to go to a new home........Please contact me at jooakleyartist@yahoo.com I will take reasonable offers.....dont be shy.

'Bedroom Chair'
Mixed media on canvas

'He is coming home'
Mixed media on canvas

'Lillies Vase'
Mixed media on canvas
'Sunday morning'
Mixed media on board

Mixed media on canvas

'Home sweet home'
Mixed media on canvas

Mixed media on board

'Mary's Cup'
Mixed media on board
'Matching Set I'
Mixed Media on board

'Golden Hours be yours'
Mixed media on board

"Two Cups'
Mixed media on canvas

Monday, 2 November 2015

'A pea souper'

There has been thick fog in London for the last couple of days which has mirrored my mood some how not having much clarity. Lots of change is on the horizon and I have to be patient. I thought patience was one of my qualities but how wrong can I be, infact I am feeling inpatient and it doesn't work. 
On a lighter note as the nights draw in one has the urge to snuggle in....hanker down and as the world gets a bit smaller it's the little things that have the biggest impact and this simplifies life which for now is valuable.
The cosy studio, blankets on the bed and soup....the soup season.
This month also brings the 16th Lee Green Open Studios which is unbelievable, it feels like a celebration because if all goes to plan this will be the last here at Stable Cottage....the end of an era for me. Sarah Gursoy-Heuser is joining me again this year with her beautiful prints and other wares so it will be good fun and am really looking forward to it.......

Thursday, 20 August 2015

A little corner of West Wales.........

Have a look at www.coldatnight.co.uk and I defy you not to want to visit in one way or another, I have been looking at their instagram feed for quite a while. Instagram enables you to get the flavour of a person or place which is totally different to the Face Book kind of way. Images and very few words leave much more scope for your own mind to wander and get an idea of a persons vision, passion.....thats if their ego isn't getting in the way!
Not a bit of it here and I chose my camp as there are two and a place to lay my head and cook with my man and my dog and this was it, home for the week....

We were really lucky with the weather and we walked and walked....the coastal path is just spectacular and I have legs of steel and a free head. We all slept like logs, here is a little taster.........

Back to work now but with a little bit of West Wales securely fixed within my head which feels really good.........

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Finding The Time...........

With this months delightful offerings of warm sunshine, Coast Magazine's great article and participation in RA Summer Exhibition things have been busy, these things take time away from painting really. They also feed the energy thats needed to fuel the compulsion to make the paintings too.
Walking by the coast on a warm day in a delicate breeze enhance my senses and I seem to see the delicacies of the colour and shape of the landscape and what I find in it in a different way. Maybe because of the warmth things slow down and this allows the observation to become more detailed....I don't really know but I revel in it.
The other distractions are the necessaries....what would be good would be a combination of PR,secretary,cleaner,yoga teacher and chef to come and work with me......
Management of time is probably one of lives constant dilemmas and we probably all need to just count our blessings.........

Friday, 22 May 2015

It's been a while.........

I have not posted for a while and I have missed it strangely, I think because I have been painting away for a show in 2016 my mind has been elsewhere. I had some great news yesterday that has certainly put a spring in my step and that is that I have two pieces this year hung In Royal Academy Summer Exhibition! I feel super excited and am so looking forward to seeing them there.
The process of selection has changed to a digital one in the last couple of years and there are a couple more hurdles to cross. I was selected but not hung last year which feels like a tease, being accepted or rejected by this particular institution runs deep.
I am a great fan of Norman Ackroyd and he was on the selection committee this year and I wanted to hang my little (5cmx5cm) so badly. So next week I am off to Varnishing Day....Yipeeeeee
I am also being featured in Coast magazine in The August edition, an article about my past spending lots of time at my beach hut thinking and enjoying my surroundings. Looking forward to seeing that too

'The Visitor'