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Artwork for Stella Downing

February sunlight

Castlemorton Common

Winter woodland

Malvern Pines

Silver Birch

Pollarded Willows

Dolls from Cabinets of Curiosities

Winter light

How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I love to go out drawing ‘en plein air’ and sometimes these smaller works are finished off in the studio.
I enjoy using soft pastels and charcoal often using papers prepared beforehand with gesso. I also use inks and watercolours, depending on what inspires me . I try to create a feeling of spontaneity in my work and to respond sensitively to the landscape .

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

It is a way to express myself and the way I feel about the beauty of nature. When I am out drawing, time slows right down and enables me to lose myself in the ever changing light and colours. During Lockdown I would go out walking and drawing in our local woods every day , sometimes spending hours there. Immersing myself in nature created a feeling of peace and safety and optimism about the future in the knowledge that the seasons would change and spring would come.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I have always been creative and I am particularly inspired by landscape. I love to go out drawing ‘en plein air’ as often as I can during the week- in all weathers . I have perfected the art of keeping warm in freezing temperatures by wearing waterproof jackets, thermals and ski trousers!
I also enjoy print making and experimenting with cyanotype printing.
I am also inspired by collections of things, old letters, scraps of interesting fabrics and photographs which resulted a few years ago in creating a series of papier mache dolls entitled Cabinets of Curiosities.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

Up until recently I taught A level Fine art at Worcester Sixth Form college, since then I have done selected workshops with children and adults.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

Degree level in Fine Art then PGCE .

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

2019 Weaver’s gallery as part of hArt.
2019 Malvern College of Art Group exhibition
April 2022 I am exhibiting at The Hive as part of a group exhibition concerning a book entitled 10x10 Lockdown - detailing ten womens experiences throughout Lockdown - all proceeds to go to Women’s Aid .

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Please see my website : stelladowning.co.uk
Or follow me on Instagram: Larkonthehill

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