• JulieLeggettArt


Updated: Sep 17

There is still time to go and visit the Harley Gallery Open Exhibition at Wellbeck, it is a fabulous exhibition and a great place to visit. Exhibition is open until the end of October, so till plenty of time to take a look, enjoy and vote for your favourite painting/artwork. 'Wave' is my piece in the exhibition. Artworks are for sale too, so lots of retail therapy to be had. If you want to visit and make a day of it, I would strongly suggest that you book ahead for a spot in the cafe - so that you are not disappointed when you get there and its fully booked.

First day of the opening of the Harley 2020 Exhibition; and there I am (with mask) standing at the side of my artwork 'Wave', it looked great, so pleased I got my art selected for this fabulous exhibiton and venue. On entrance welcomed by lovely staff, name and telephone given for Trace and track, a fun mechanical pair of hands clapped me when I put my card in the box (very clever). Socially distancing measures were great, wasn't too crowded, plenty of space to have a good look around. The artwork was of a high standard and there was a wide variety of art styles and work, I highly recommend a visit. I have snapped the winning art pieces in the top section of pictures - The winner of the Harley Foundation Prize of £2000 was Marcin Szuba with 'Landscape of Svaneti (top right) loved the colours of this painting, certainly captures the sunset over the mountains.

The winner of Harley prize £750 sponsored by Latimer Hinks Solicitors was Anne Stansfield 'After Harry', it took me a while to get the artwork, it speaks volumes, I see it as how someone felt after losing a loved one (well thats my interpretation), it was painted onto a linen canvas; must admit the colours pop. The collage bottom right won'The community Champions Prize £100 sponsereed by Welbeck 'Self Portrait from Travelcard' - this was amazing all made up of stamps, very interesting and effective.

There was some amazing pieces, I did take a lot of photographs but cant put them all on here, any art lover must go; a chance to get out and do something cultural. Below are a few other pieces the most expensive piece I saw there was the art piece on the right wwhich was just shy of £28.000.. Most of the art was ranging from around £200. Some beautiful peices, I didnt buy anyting today, but I do have my eye on something.......





Must mention the two other exhibitions - Joanna Whittle 'Between Island'-the winner of last years open exhibition. She is so creative, a ceramist and painter; loved her rather romantic take on the past, very sensitive brushwork, smaller works. It is about a fictiional disappeared world - using the landscape of Welbeck estate and items in the Portland collection.

The Portland collection/museum is worth a see - a great collection of art and pieces collected over 400 years descended from Bess of Hardwick. The collection takes its name from the Dukes of Portland (who owned Welbeck from 1755-1977)

I enjoyed looking at the family history the art history and all the beautiful artifacts..

We had a lovely meal in the cafe - we booked it on Thursday (would recommend) a safe seat inside in case the weather isn't so good. I can recommend the turkey, yummy, it was beautiful. The staff there are lovely too.

Postcards delivered on what is a rainy and gloomy day. Popped them through the letterbox, so no more changes to do.

I can move onto some other unfinished projects - so many on the go, today its going to be a return to some slow stitching projects. I will tell you about that on my slow stitich blog.

Nearly there with postcards, still have line to add and the finishing top coats of levelling gel and wax, I normally do a bit of sanding as well - it's a good job there are lots layers to be revealed underneath. To give a sneak peak (after all it is a secret postcard exhibition) I have collaged the cards and taken one picture before I do the final touches to each one. The colour pallette is complementary throughout the cards.

All the postcards exhibited in the gallery are £15.00 each - all proceeds to the gallery.

Arts Emergency - a percentage of the profit made from the show is donated, every year, to this charity - which supports talented, and disadvantaged, creatives and artists via mentoring to access education and employment within the arts sector.

I saved my palette papers (as always) dried them outside in the sunshine yesterday - ready for use in collage in new art somewhere along the way.


Spent today working on my postcards - the hours soon whittle away. I always find leaving the artwork for 24 hours each time I add to it, lets me see different things each day. The cards have changed several times already - layers and layers.....hoping to complete them by Saturday. I am working between several tasks today - I am also using tyvek and sewing inbetween the art.....I will talk a little about that on my sewing blog...

Working on some postcards for the Lock up Gallery www.theoldlockupgallery.org

I will be completing 6 postcards to enter this year. I am using 3 colours for all the postcards in different tones, shades and hues (with the use of addition of black and white). There will be my usual mixed media/collage approach with numerous layers as I go along, working towards an abstract finish. All compositions are from one of my sketchbooks of Portugal. I won't be posting as I go along as that may spoil the excitement of going along to the gallery and seeing if you can spot any of them. I always go along and buy one or two postcards - I have quite a collection of beautiful art.




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