Under the Daisy – Oil Painting – West Sussex Artist Claire Harrison – Sussex Art Gallery

Under the Daisy – Oil Painting – West Sussex Artist Claire Harrison – Sussex Art Gallery

Art, Painting Commissions and Prints from Sussex Artists

Artist: Claire Harrison

Artist: Claire Harrison

Under the Daisy - Oil Painting - Claire Harrison - Sussex Art Gallery

Under the Daisy #2

Under the Daisy #2 is the second oil painting in a sub series as part of the Exploring Miniscule Series.

Under the Daisy (both 1 and 2) are about the fragile life that is happening in a tiny patch of grass beneath a Daisy. The daisy is an Ox-Eye Daisy, so slightly larger than the small daisies (Bellis Perennis) we find in the lawn. The viewer is taking an insect perspective of the scene where we find clover and grass growing with buttercups camouflaged into the horizon.

I want to highlight the importance of this miniature world, where species of flower, insect and mammal all rely upon each other in this delicate ecosystem. I deliberately choose everyday flowers that we can find in our lawns to show that this is what keen gardeners mow away every week, but is in fact vital pollen to so many species.

Under the Daisy #1 has been sold and is now in a public collection in ELNNDI Museum, China, GuangZhou.

Image Size: 60cm x 60cm / 23.6″ x 23.6″
Art Medium: Oil on Board
Original painting, signed on reverse
Painting Price: £2,350

Commissions Invited

Contact The Artist

Claire Harrison

Artist in Oils and Art Tutor

Exploring the hidden world of nature: flowers, plants and insects.

Phone: 07973 410 111

Please mention the Sussex Artists website

Email: art@claire-harrison.co.uk

Website: www.claire-harrison.co.uk

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About The Artist

I am an artist based in West Sussex, specialising in oil painting of flowers and insects, sharing my passion for nature and the environment with my followers and clients.

I was aged just three when I painted my very first watercolour. My mum went into the garden and said “choose a flower and let’s paint it”. I chose a purple flower, which for those who know me, I’m generally dressed in purple and turquoise, and my paintings are often of a similar palette!

Before the computer revolution, which now appears to consume most of our lives, I spent my childhood painting and illustrating my own stories in the garden. I loved flowers and plants and most of all growing things. I think it was because I followed my father around the garden with my miniature wheelbarrow. I helped out to the best of my ability and - although I doubt whether I actually did much helping - I was inspired by the bugs, grew mustard and cress from seed on the shed windowsill, and grew Asters in a terracotta pot!

I now have my own garden of course, where I grow lots of flowers - mostly those that are based on Daisy formations. These include Rudbeckias, Heleniums, Ox-Eye Daisies and of course a lot of wildflowers, Cornflowers, Corncockles, Geraniums and Teasel. Teasel is one of my favourites because of the wildlife it attracts, especially in Autumn, where I like to see the Goldfinches feeding, pulling the Teasels over as the seeds pour out.

Looking back in retrospect, I can see where all the influences in my artwork come from - my fascination with pattern, insects and flowers. They were all part of my childhood and what I loved to do.

West Sussex Artist Claire Harrison in her art studio 1
West Sussex Artist Claire Harrison working in her art studio
The majority of my inspiration comes from the local Sussex landscape and my garden. Over the years it has become obvious that the seasons are moving. Spring comes earlier and earlier and Winters are extremely mild. I believe this is an indication of global warming and so many of the scientists and media provide us with information regarding this issue, on a global scale, but what is happening on our doorstep? What invertebrates and wildflowers are threatened and how does that impact on us?

As I write this, we are currently experiencing a heatwave and my crops this year are thriving because of the exceptionally low population of slugs and snails – a gardeners dream perhaps, but also an indication of pressure on the water supply, due to lack of rain. The scarcity of these unpopular molluscs also has an impact on the birds and mammals, such as hedgehogs and thrushes that feed upon them.

I started my “Art Seasonally” blog on my website, to start documenting and comparing the changes in the local climate in Sussex. I draw what I observe each week from life and these are not only for the project, but are also used as research and inspiration for my oil paintings. To read my “Art Seasonally” blog please visit my website.

West Sussex Artist Claire Harrison working in her art studio

I began my career in 2001 after graduating with a Fine Art degree, by hiring a local, large gallery space without any completed art works. I had 6 months before my opening, so I needed to create some work! A loan from the bank and a course on self-employment later, I launched my career and created 40 works to exhibit. These were photographic and digitally manipulated works, as I didn’t have a studio. From the success of this exhibition, which was featured in the local press and following an interview on the local radio station, the Director of The Farnham Maltings Arts Centre at my private view, offered me a studio space - and so my art career was born!

Since then, I have exhibited in the UK and abroad, in both solo and selected group shows and I have often been featured in both public and private collections. I sell to clients in several countries including the UK, China and Canada.

I am passionate about art, nature and the environment! I also enjoy sharing my enthusiasm and experience with the local community and I run courses at Guildford Institute and teach on a one-to-one basis.

I have been teaching art techniques, how to develop creativity and how to overcome creative block to children, amateurs and fellow artists for over 15 years. I have found that the artist and their creativity is still shrouded in mystery and thought of as a product of genetic fortune. However, like any other professional, I believe that being an artist is about hard work and practice, just like any other successful business owner or athlete, therefore, I started my “It’s All About Art” blog to try and demystify the creative process, to explain why I do what I do and how I do what I do, with the objective of de-mystifying the role of the artist and motivating all those art students out there.

So many students arrive at classes saying “I will never be an artist” or that they can’t be one, because they don’t have any talent. I believe that everyone can be taught the skill of drawing and painting, but some will ultimately have a natural flair for it. For those who want to become artists, all they need is the persistent drive and motivation to do hours of practice and work to create artworks, in whatever form that may take. “It’s All About Art” blog can be read on my website.

Dandelion and Fly - Claire Harrison West Sussex Artist

Concept: The Ideas Behind My Work

I am inspired by the landscape around me and much of my work is based upon the plants in my garden that I have nurtured from seed. I have never grown out of the wonder of plants appearing in bare earth. I encourage insects by tending a wild area of garden which grows many indigenous plants that have self-seeded from the local landscape.

My work consists of large brightly coloured oil paintings, highlighting the miniscule on a large scale. I am passionate about colour and emphasise those that I see, which are created by the changing light during the day. I want vivid colours to glow from the canvas, because I want to show that the tiny wildflower or bright beetle in a grass verge, is like a jewel amongst the undergrowth. I explore the miniature, miniscule and microscopic, of both the floral and insect world, and I will often attempt to crawl under the smallest wildflower and photograph from below as if I am an insect looking up. I am fascinated with camouflage, and I often hide insects within my work by using tone to conceal these little creatures. Just as you need to search to find minibeasts in a field, I want the audience to pause to find all the hidden dimensions in my work. This is because the bright colours are merely the surface; I want to combine both impact and detail.

I include a lot of texture in my work; I like the underlying surface to disrupt the outward appearance of the painting. It is a metaphor for the real landscape; we see calming rolling hills or ordered equally spaced trees. There is so much that we do not see, for example, the fragile intertwined relationships between all creatures in the ecosystem.

My fascination for patterns is shown in my intricate ink drawings and watercolours, where I often depict the many spirals found within the centre of daisy-like flowers. Having studied plants under a microscope for many years, I attempt to show that they are not all that we perceive; instead I draw the intricate detail from both the microscope and the naked eye. I want to show that nature, however small, is magnificent and important. Nature is not just a vista, or a landscape, it is the interdependent relationships between all creatures, flora and fauna. Nature is a perfectly ordered mechanism that we dismiss as an overgrown landscape full of creepy crawlies, where in fact it is a complex, beautiful ecosystem of each organism reliant upon another.

Felpham Beach Near Bognor Regis West Sussex – Watching The Waves

Felpham Beach Near Bognor Regis West Sussex – Watching The Waves

Sussex Artists & Sussex Art – Paintings, Commissions and Prints

Artist: Derek Cooke

Artist: Derek Cooke

Felpham Beach Near Bognor Regis West Sussex - Watching The Waves

Fine Art Prints with Poem: £65 (incl p&p)
Size: Approx 51cm x 40cm
Art Medium: Acrylic

This Sussex Art is by an artist from the Surrey Artists Website

Surrey Artists Website

Contact The Artist

Derek Cooke

Artist in Watercolour and Acrylic

Fine Art Prints with Poem for sale

Phone: 01932 566535

Please mention the Sussex Artists website

Email: info@derekcookeart.co.uk

Website: derekcookeart.co.uk

Gallery Of Sussex Art By Surrey Artists

For more work by these artists, see their portfolios on the Surrey Artists website

About The Artist

I went to sea at 15 with the Royal Navy and came ashore again 12 years later having experienced typhoons in the Pacific, hurricanes in the Atlantic, the deep freeze of the Arctic and monsoons of the tropics; but such beauty everywhere.

Then after 3 years in commerce which was illuminating but boring, I became a Financial Adviser for the next 47 years, which on balance I found wonderfully fulfilling.

Even after all that time, salt water still flows through my veins but I love the dry land and all its surprises too.

I have had no formal training but had been painting in water colour on and off for about twenty years. After trying acrylics in about 2015 the bug bit: I had to become a painter!

Poems

Each of the prints of my original paintings comes with a thought provoking four line verse, written by Diane Cooke who has taught and inspired KS2 children for many years, with a special interest in developing their creative writing skills.

Prints and Framing

Print Quality
Our Giclee fine art prints use pigment based none fade inks which typically last for 100 + years and offer the best possible reproduction of colour and hue. They are printed on slightly textured Museum Heritage 310 gsm Fine Art Paper.

Print Sizes
The standard sizes are shown with each picture but should you prefer larger or smaller prints please ask for a quote. Please remember measurements are in centimetres and approximate to within a very few millimetres.

Package & Postage
P&P is included in prices for the UK. Outside the UK please ask for a quote.

Framing
Because framing is so personal and décor sensitive, prints are delivered unframed and rolled in strong tubes. Please contact me if you would like to hear my suggestions for framing.

Websites For Artists

The Derek Cooke website has been created by Surrey and Sussex Artists. If you are an artist in need of a website, please Contact Us.

Artist website for Derek Cooke by Sussex Artists

Brighton Pier East Sussex – Art Prints For Sale

Brighton Pier East Sussex – Art Prints For Sale

Sussex Artists & Sussex Art – Paintings, Commissions and Prints

Artist: Derek Cooke

Artist: Derek Cooke

Brighton Pier East Sussex - Art Prints For Sale

Fine Art Prints with Poem: £65 (incl p&p)
Size: Approx 51cm x 40cm
Art Medium: Acrylic

This Sussex Art is by an artist from the Surrey Artists Website

Surrey Artists Website

Contact The Artist

Derek Cooke

Artist in Watercolour and Acrylic

Fine Art Prints with Poem for sale

Phone: 01932 566535

Please mention the Sussex Artists website

Email: info@derekcookeart.co.uk

Website: derekcookeart.co.uk

Gallery Of Sussex Art By Surrey Artists

For more work by these artists, see their portfolios on the Surrey Artists website

About The Artist

I went to sea at 15 with the Royal Navy and came ashore again 12 years later having experienced typhoons in the Pacific, hurricanes in the Atlantic, the deep freeze of the Arctic and monsoons of the tropics; but such beauty everywhere.

Then after 3 years in commerce which was illuminating but boring, I became a Financial Adviser for the next 47 years, which on balance I found wonderfully fulfilling.

Even after all that time, salt water still flows through my veins but I love the dry land and all its surprises too.

I have had no formal training but had been painting in water colour on and off for about twenty years. After trying acrylics in about 2015 the bug bit: I had to become a painter!

Poems

Each of the prints of my original paintings comes with a thought provoking four line verse, written by Diane Cooke who has taught and inspired KS2 children for many years, with a special interest in developing their creative writing skills.

Prints and Framing

Print Quality
Our Giclee fine art prints use pigment based none fade inks which typically last for 100 + years and offer the best possible reproduction of colour and hue. They are printed on slightly textured Museum Heritage 310 gsm Fine Art Paper.

Print Sizes
The standard sizes are shown with each picture but should you prefer larger or smaller prints please ask for a quote. Please remember measurements are in centimetres and approximate to within a very few millimetres.

Package & Postage
P&P is included in prices for the UK. Outside the UK please ask for a quote.

Framing
Because framing is so personal and décor sensitive, prints are delivered unframed and rolled in strong tubes. Please contact me if you would like to hear my suggestions for framing.

Websites For Artists

The Derek Cooke website has been created by Surrey and Sussex Artists. If you are an artist in need of a website, please Contact Us.

Artist website for Derek Cooke by Sussex Artists

Brighton Pier East Sussex Art Prints – All the Fun of the Pier

Brighton Pier East Sussex Art Prints – All the Fun of the Pier

Sussex Artists & Sussex Art – Paintings, Commissions and Prints

Artist: Derek Cooke

Artist: Derek Cooke

Brighton Pier Sussex Art Prints - All the Fun of the Pier
Fine Art Prints with Poem: £45 (incl p&p)
Size: Approx 30cm x 25cm
Art Medium: Acrylic

This Sussex Art is by an artist from the Surrey Artists Website

Surrey Artists Website

Contact The Artist

Derek Cooke

Artist in Watercolour and Acrylic

Fine Art Prints with Poem for sale

Phone: 01932 566535

Please mention the Sussex Artists website

Email: info@derekcookeart.co.uk

Website: derekcookeart.co.uk

Gallery Of Sussex Art By Surrey Artists

For more work by these artists, see their portfolios on the Surrey Artists website

About The Artist

I went to sea at 15 with the Royal Navy and came ashore again 12 years later having experienced typhoons in the Pacific, hurricanes in the Atlantic, the deep freeze of the Arctic and monsoons of the tropics; but such beauty everywhere.

Then after 3 years in commerce which was illuminating but boring, I became a Financial Adviser for the next 47 years, which on balance I found wonderfully fulfilling.

Even after all that time, salt water still flows through my veins but I love the dry land and all its surprises too.

I have had no formal training but had been painting in water colour on and off for about twenty years. After trying acrylics in about 2015 the bug bit: I had to become a painter!

Poems

Each of the prints of my original paintings comes with a thought provoking four line verse, written by Diane Cooke who has taught and inspired KS2 children for many years, with a special interest in developing their creative writing skills.

Prints and Framing

Print Quality
Our Giclee fine art prints use pigment based none fade inks which typically last for 100 + years and offer the best possible reproduction of colour and hue. They are printed on slightly textured Museum Heritage 310 gsm Fine Art Paper.

Print Sizes
The standard sizes are shown with each picture but should you prefer larger or smaller prints please ask for a quote. Please remember measurements are in centimetres and approximate to within a very few millimetres.

Package & Postage
P&P is included in prices for the UK. Outside the UK please ask for a quote.

Framing
Because framing is so personal and décor sensitive, prints are delivered unframed and rolled in strong tubes. Please contact me if you would like to hear my suggestions for framing.

Websites For Artists

The Derek Cooke website has been created by Surrey and Sussex Artists. If you are an artist in need of a website, please Contact Us.

Artist website for Derek Cooke by Sussex Artists

Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland Portrait

Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland Portrait

Art, Painting Commissions and Prints from Sussex Artists

Artist: Jennifer Morris

Artist: Jennifer Morris

Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland - Moment Between Mother and Daughter - Jennifer Morris - Portraiture Artist - Sussex Art Gallery

Liza Minnelli and Judy Garland

Moment between Mother and Daughter.

Art Medium: Pastel on Standard Pastel Paper

Commissions Invited

Contact The Artist

Jennifer Morris

Portraiture Artist - Pets and People

Phone: 07539 624 690
Please mention the Sussex Artists website
Email: jennifermorrisart@hotmail.com
Website: www.portraitsbyjennifermorris.com

Gallery Of Art

About The Artist

Jennifer is a 25 year-old self-taught portrait artist based in West Sussex. She recently completed a BSc Psychology with Neuroscience, however her life-long love of art has taken over and she is now successfully working full-time as an artist, working primarily with a mix of pastels and colour pencil.

Her usual subjects are dogs and horses, however she has also been commissioned to draw other pets, more exotic animals, people and the occasional building: she is always open to a challenge!

Jennifer has grown up around animals and has previously worked with both animals and people in emotional capacities. Thus in her art, she is particularly keen to observe and reproduce the emotion and life presented by both animals and humans and is often complimented on the expression and liveliness in the eyes of her subjects.

She does enjoy producing her own original works for sale and sometimes runs stalls at art and craft fairs, however generally, her commission-based work takes up all of her time: work which she finds incredibly rewarding. Her commissions usually come from the UK but the occasional international request does crop up and she is always happy to oblige.

She has three dogs and a horse, all of whom act as unending inspiration and a husband who is eternally patient with her long working hours and dedication to her work.

Painting Style
Jennifer's style has developed since some of the paintings on this site were published. To see her current style, please see the first 3 paintings on this site and her Facebook page.

Tuition
Jennifer now offers private tuition and is open to developing group lessons.

Portrait Commissions

Affordable yet realistic traditional portraits of your favourite pets - be it anything from horse to hound - or your loved ones in a variety of traditional tools to suit your needs. However you want it, when you want it!

The artwork can be produced in the medium of your choosing. I usually work with coloured chalk pastels as they produce a soft, warm effect which is perfect when representing your loved ones. Standard portrait sizes are 12 x 9" or 16 x 12" however, I can use any size paper and any medium from chalk pastels, to charcoal, to graphite pencil, to coloured pencil, to oil pastel!

All you need to do is provide me with a few photographs of the person or animal you wish to be drawn (alternatively, if you don't have any photos and are in the Sussex area I can visit you and photograph the subject myself at an extra cost). Let me know what medium you'd like me to use and when you'd like it to be done by. Due to a high volume of work, commissions usually take about 6 weeks to be produced, however, if you need it earlier we can work something out and leave the rest to me!

I can add in, alter or remove details at your request. Artistic license is a great thing!

It's best to email me to discuss exactly what you would like and we can go from there.

Portraits Price Guide

6 x 9" - £100
7 x 10" - £120
9 x 12" - £150
12 x 16" - £225
14 x 19.5" - £300
19.5 x 27.5" - £400
Note: Prices listed are based on a bust (head and shoulders) portrait of one subject. Further subjects, full-body portraits, backgrounds etc. can be arranged for a bespoke price.

Payment plans are available - discuss with me and we can see what works with your budget.

Please contact the artist (details above).