… my painting of The Christmas Shop, a seasonal “pop-up” shop on The Moor, Sheffield, and the pop-up “Llandudno Pier” Giant Ferris Wheel ! … Won First Prize at Heeley Art Club’s Christmas Meeting this year !
Thankyou to every member at the Club who voted for my painting.
…. an Edwardian villa, beautifully restored and now an independant, Award-winning boutique hotel and Michelin Guide-listed neighbourhood kitchen restaurant ! Next door to Endcliffe Park, at Hunter’s Bar and Brocco Bank, and a short walk from the Botanical Gardens…. ….. I rarely paint white ‘hounds, probably because I haven’t seen many, in Sheffield ! and I’m very pleased wth this one ❤
… walking through the Peace Gardens in Sheffield. The man & his dog were there at 10 am, walking in the drizzle…..
… by 11 am the sky brightened and the sun appeared, between clouds.
Having ventured to the Peace Gardens for some peace ! I was intially wary to see a huge media screen was installed, covering the days event. However, it was perfect. It felt a special place to watch the funeral, and the crowd – of young, old, and all nationalities – was respectful, supportive, and a pleasure to be part of.
… at Millhouses, Sheffield ….. the shops & businesses are on Terminus Road (a terminus of “first generation” electric trams, phased out in the 1950’s) …
… the Waggon & Horses pub, opposite, is over 100 years old, and has a new outdoor “cabin”, popular with dog-walkers and families with children, visiting Millhouses Park…..
… back in the 1970’s there was a traditional Grocer’s shop. Today the Parade includes a Lifestyle shop – Homeware, gifts and Martha’s Kitchen – a fabulous restaurant/cafe…. hair & beauty, an optician, and a favourite of mine, a fantastic musical instrument shop, which also offers a full range of Tuition – we are very lucky to have such a shop locally (indeed, in Sheffield at all !)….
… the shops, Park and Pub are all well worth a visit !
This original watercolour painting will be in an Exhibition at Sheffield Winter Gardens, 9-16th October 2022 (Heeley Art club). Framed, total size 87 x 34 cm, £450.
… my latest Commission …. Hunter’s Bar Infant School …. all the people in the painting are “real”, and it celebrates the School winning the TES Environment Award, their many “green” initiatives, and even the “Friendship Bench”…..
The painting was Commissioned by HBIS HSA as a surpise retirement gift for the Head Teacher, and who features in the painting herself. Also in the painting is Mr. P, the School Caretaker (also retiring !) with his greyhound, Misty ….
Limited Edition Fine Art prints are available, from Saturday 16th July 2022, at Wickwire gift shop, 1b Nether Edge Road, Sheffield S7 1RU, from the Infant School itself, … and from me (email : Neowatercolour@aol.com)……
…. not just frames ! .. Ready made or bespoke, all colours and a huge selection of mounts….AND prints…and cards !….. and all with the most friendly service, backed up with over 30 years of experience …. this little frame shop opened recently, and I had to paint it – the lettering and design is right up my street !
… Framework Gallery, 83 Junction Road, Hunters Bar, Sheffield S11 8XA (original shop 112 The Moor, Sheffield S1 4PD)….
… Lisboa, Portuguese Cafe & Patisserie, in Sheffield, UK, that is ! ….
Re-opened last friday, after the pandemic & major refurbishment, I have planned to paint this for many years ! A fabulous splash of my favourite colour, this little Independant Portuguese Cafe always cheers my heart when I see it 🙂 and is famous for freshly baked pastries, including delicious “natas” !
… Winsor & Newton watercolours on Moleskine …
… “Lisboa” 4. St.Pauls Parade, Sheffield S1 2JL …. more about Lisboa : here
… dating back to 1940, this little bakery near my home, is a bright icon, in my favourite colour, red ! Seen here with a little pooch who lives nearby and sitting hopefully, waiting for a tasty snack, maybe even a pie ! …
… and in real life …
… original watercolour, approx. 24 x 32 cm, framed, £150…..
Thankyou for looking !
Roses the Bakers, 972 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield S7 2QF. More about Roses the Bakers, here
…my latest shop front watercolour is this very tiny shop which sells plants, gifts, cards, and much more ! It’s a real Aladdins Cave ! Some of the smallest Cacti I have ever seen ! Best of all is “Madron”, the resident Welsh Sheepdog, with fabulous bat ears 🙂 ….
… I’m happy to say that the painting now lives in the shop 🙂
More about Sweet Pea & Hummingbird, here. Please do visit if you can ! 988 Abbeydale Road, Millhouses, Sheffield S7 2QF
… La Scala, Italian restaurant, in Sheffield ! …… I started this painting on-street, and was very happy with the result !
… La Scala has been a popular restaurant for over 20 years, and Millhouses has been an ever-changing neighbourhood shopping place, since my childhood. I can even remember catching a train from Millhouses railway station (long since closed) for a day out at Edale, in the Peak District….
More about La Scala, 1 Abbeydale Road South, Sheffield S7 2QL : here
…as a child, I stayed at Thornbridge Hall itself, for a Residential school project. Whilst we resided in a cold out-building, we could explore the Hall itself, and I was fascinated by the highly polished limestone walls, crammed with millions of fossils !
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year, and Thankyou for looking !
… a painting inspired by donating my blood this week @ NHS Blood & Transplant, and being reminded that animals can also donate ! @ Pet Blood Bank UK (currently Dogs and Alpacas. Hopefully cats soon – the PBB are taking registrations ….) ….
In the meantime, **CATS** can donate already ! – ask your Vet – many now keep a register of local cats that can donate….
… yes, this really happens, from time to time ! … a bold pigeon will wander in, to the cafe, and peck around for crumbs, until a kind person gently ushers it outside again. I do this, when I’m there. Many people don’t like the pigeons that congregate in the City Centre, but I love them. Seeing their characters and how they adapt, to survive, cheers my heart.
Please be kind to birds ! I’m dedicating this painting to The Special Branch, a charity that works tirelessly to help injured birds, in Sheffield, and has recently opened a shop to raise much-needed funds, at 15 Chesterfield Road, Sheffield S8 ORL….
… I often see “Yuki”, and others, tending the fabulous flowers & plants in the Peace Gardens and other areas around the City Centre. These green spaces can be a sanctuary for many people, including me.
The gardens are a real credit to all the dedication and hard work, of Yuki and her team.
… a boutique specialising in lingerie and swimwear …. super friendly and many years of experience, a real Sheffield gem … I am delighted with my painting, featuring smooth haired Dachshund … and a whippet ….
Butterfly Lingerie & Swimwear, 6 Hickmottt Road, Sheffield S11 8QF – see Butterfly on Facebook : here
… my latest painting… Inspired by my Grandmother who worked in the Sheffield steel industry, during World War II. Years later, she often talked about the “little mesters”. My Grandfather served in the RAF. My Grans street was bombed, 1940, many houses destroyed and killing several of her neighbours. My Mum was 4 at the time, remembers how scary it was, but how everyone pulled together, Sheffield-style…
Original watercolour, 40 x 50 cm framed, £295. On show and for sale, Sunday 12th September, at Nether Edge Farmers’ Market, Sheffield S7 1RU….
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