Watercolour memories…

Liverpool artist Keith Francis Smith works mainly in watercolour, and has been described in Artist and Illustrators magazine as a ‘Master of Watercolour’. We concur! His paintings pack in a lot of detail, and are all architecturally correct. We love this one of our wonderful venue, St George’s Hall:

At this year’s Winter Arts Market (on Saturday only) you’ll be able to see many of his paintings of Liverpool buildings and parks, and you can be among the first to see his new work depicting the City of Chester. The paintings capture the beauty and elegance of both cities and are a real treat.

You can buy original watercolours and also limited edition prints which are always very popular and make for excellent gifts!

http://www.kfsmith.co.uk

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I’m in a wide Open Space…

As far as we know she isn’t a fan of Mansun, but irregardless, we love the photography of Wirralite Marianthi Lainas (aka Open Space Images) so we’re really pleased to have her selling work on the Saturday 8th of the Winter Arts Market (but it’s on all weekend) this December in Liverpool. Hurrah!

Her portfolio of work includes some unique images of the iconic Liverpool waterfront and maritime events as well as popular views of the Sefton coastline and the Wirral peninsula. She uses digital camera equipment with a variety of lenses and photographic filters.

Here’s what she told us

“Although I like to make images of whatever catches my eye and enjoy the challenge of new and varied subjects, as time goes on, I find that most of my time is spent out in the landscape”

“Seascapes are my particular love and form the subject of most of my photographic images. The stunning views around the North West coast, with its fantastic skies and ever-changing light provide a constant source of inspiration for me.”

You’ll have seen her beautifully captured images published in travel guides and magazines, and now you can find them as limited edition prints, cards and notelet packs too.

Perfect presents in our opinion, if you can bear to part with them!

Find more of her gorgeous work in person at the Winter Arts Market or online at Open Space Images

Warra Yer Like

Karen Edwards is an artist specialising in lino-cutting, screen-printing and Letterpress printing. She often combines the techniques to create useful items such as stationery, tote bags and tea towels and also limited edition/bespoke prints for the home.

We love her Scouse Sayings print…

She tells us “My current focus is traditional Letterpress printing using a vintage press and type. I adore this method as each print is unique and the salvaged printing blocks often show their long history in the form of dinks and scratches. I delight in bringing this British made equipment a new lease of life and producing artwork that can be appreciated by a new generation”

All of her work is hand printed and beautiful! Come and visit her and over 120 other artists at the Winter Arts Market on the 8th & 9th December this year!

Over 4000 people attended the Winter Arts Market!

So it’s all over for another year. The Winter Arts Market has been and gone. We hope to do it all over again next December but in the meantime we’d love to hear what you thought. Were you one of the 4000+ people that came? Please tell us what was good, what was bad and what you’d like to see in future? Email us and tell us.

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Winter Arts Market at St George's Hall, 27th November 2010, Photography by Rhian Askins

Winter Arts Market at St George's Hall, 27th November 2010, Photography by Rhian Askins

A sea of arts and crafts at The Winter Arts Market 2010, Photography by Rhian Askins

A sea of arts and crafts at The Winter Arts Market 2010, Photography by Rhian Askins

What a day!

So it’s been and gone – sorry if you’re reading this blog too late. The first ever Winter Arts Market at St George’s Hall happened on Saturday 28 Nov 2009 in Liverpool. Watch this space though – we do hope to do it all over again in 2010.

Over 80 artists and makers exhibited, sold and demonstrated their craft and the event saw around 4,000 attendees! 

Winter Arts Market @ St George's 2009

Winter Arts Market @ St George's 2009

Laura-Kate’s Illustrations

Look at Laura-Kate’s beautiful work!

'Here comes the circus' by Laura-Kate Chapman

'Here comes the circus' by Laura-Kate Chapman

 

What does she say? “I am a freelance illustrator and my work is a world of hand drawn quirky creatures and beautiful detailed patterns. As well as creating pictures and prints,  I print my images onto mugs, badges , gift cards and coming soon-T-shirts. All images are hand drawn using water colours, pencil crayons, felt tips and pencils, a computer is only used as a means to print my images. I believe very strongly in hand created art work”

'Punk Lion' by Laura-Kate Chapman

'Punk Lion' by Laura-Kate Chapman

Mark Harrison

Illustration by Mark Harrison
Illustration by Mark Harrison

Mark says…  “I have drawn as long as I can remember. Mum says it probably all started when I paid particular attention to a drawing of egg and chips by adding the tomato sauce.

“My style is influenced by all kinds of illustrations and imagery from childhood – picture books, film posters, comics, cartoon animation, confectionary and crisps packaging (who remembers the dragon on Walkers Snaps?), lego, toys, computer games, etc. I started out with crayons and over the years progressed to felt tips, pen and ink, coloured pencils, watercolour, pastels, acrylics and finally digital illustration from scanned drawings. Recently I started painting on canvas again and rediscovered my love for coloured pencil on mountboard”

Mark will be showing a selection of recent canvasses, alongside some framed prints, badges and christmas cards all featuring his colorful and imaginative illustrations!

Illustration by Mark Harrison

Illustration by Mark Harrison

Illustration by Mark Harrison

Illustration by Mark Harrison

You can also see his work at Mark Harrison’s Monster Illustration Show at the Unity Theatre Liverpool from 3 November – 28 November 2009!  Details here