Chelsea Art Society coming up!
Chelsea Art Society Annual Exhibition is coming up - 14-19 June please see : https://chelseaartsociety.org.uk I will be showing my coronation work . I'm also helping to organise a Fundraising Friday evening there for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity on 16 June. Admission free and there will be music, sketching and a glass of wine - please come!
This is my first exhibition at the Pastel Society as a member. I'm greatly looking forward to meeting members and seeing and talking pastel.
Show runs 24 May - 3 June All details here
Here are the 6 works I will be exhibiting
I'm delighted to be exhibiting four pastels at the Small Paintings Group show at the Geedon Gallery - opens 1 April - 15 April and then by appointment to 15 May. All details on http://www.geedongallery.co.uk/exhibitions/spring-exhibition-2023/
Louise Diggle PS
I am absolutely thrilled to have just joined the Pastel Society https://www.thepastelsociety.org.uk/. I've been exhibiting with them since 2008 at the Mall Galleries. They show the very best in pastel work around at the moment.
Exhibiting at the Mall in Feb
This February I am delighted to be exhibiting in 2 shows:
With the Wapping (candidate member) and the Pastel Society. I have 3 pastels in each. More info to follow
Spring in the woods
Signs of spring are daily appearing and one of the plus points of lockdown is being in one place so you can observe the minute differences. I've set myself a project based on march out of lockdown. I am pastelling a series of Palmers Wood in march and raising money for St Leonard's Church where £200,000 is urgently needed. I hope with pastels, prints and cards to help with this urgent appeal and will spread the word on Instagram and Facebook. 3 have sold already.
Please see the page Pastels for St Leonard's and my Instagram account for new work coming up!
In the first week of January it seems as if we have fitted in enough news for a year. As a painter, self isolation is no stranger to me, in fact I find no distractions really helps my work. I'm dreaming up new subject matter and media so watch this space.
I've got 2 pastels in the Pastel Society at the Mall Galleries which I'm thrilled about but because of lockdown it will be online. On the positive side, many more people should be able to see the show. My works are now very big so on the bright side it stops the challenges of big journey into the city centre.
January is a time to reflect - the lack of light makes it more of a race to get out and work but signs of spring are appearing.
This apple blossom was pastelled under lockdown last year - and it very much feels that spring is round the corner.
Exhibitions coming up
2020 is proving to be a very weird year for us all. Many exhibitions have been cancelled or are online and I'm trying to get more IT friendly. This spring was unlike one I've pastelled before - I was in one place (Bedfordshire) in lockdown. I was extremely fortunate and it was good to be in one place to witness all the minute changes going on. More work coming up!
This pastel of apple blossom is in the Chelsea Art Society show - Chelsea Unlocked opening tomorrow until Sunday 11 - see website for details /chelseaartsociety.org.uk/sloane-stanley-exhibition/
Getting back to my blog
The past 6 months have whizzed by. I've been instagramming (louisediggle) but just realised that I haven't been blogging on this site. New work coming up. I've also had an article in The Artist online magazine about the complications of sharing the same name https://www.painters-online.co.uk/magazines/issues/bonus-features-april-2019.htm - a more common problem amongst painters (and in the wider world) than I originally thought
I was absolutely thrilled to receive the 2019 Royal Talens/Rembrandt Award at the Pastel Society Mall Galleries yesterday. The prize is a large wooden box of beautiful pastels which I can't wait to work with.
It was a complete surprise; you could have knocked me down with a feather!
Exhibition continues until 16th February.