Back in May I finished my Artist in Residency at Winterbourne House & Gardens but was unable to hold an exhibition of all the work I’d completed due to the pandemic. Life is moving on and although Winterbourne is now open again, it has been reorganised and any possible exhibition still looks a long way off.
So I have set up the work at home and filmed it. It’s part exhibition of works (paintings, print, textiles and embroidery) and part artists talk where I tell you some stories behind the paintings or processes I have used.
I hope you might have a watch – it’s on YouTube here and it’s completely free to view.
I have updated my website to show all the work and a lot of the products I had made which were destined for sale in the shop during the run of my exhibition, if you fancy taking a look www.claireleggett.co.uk

Eleri Mills is one of wales most successful artists.

We swung by the Ruskin Craft Center on our home from Port Merion – I’ve got to say that seeing some real art in a real art gallery was so soul-filling after these many months of Lockdown.

I didn’t realise how much I respond to seeing art in real life until we were walking around and I was literally soaking it up – I went around twice.

Apart from the recent denial of such pleasures, I enjoyed this so much because Eleris work really talks to me.

It is full of mark making and those marks translate to say something about the landscape which inspires her but also can be abstract and I like that.

She also develops those marks into stitches put directly through the canvas.

And these are often running stitches but can be a gorgeous hue or an eye catching luxe thread but they serve to continue to talk about the landscape in an even more tactile fashion.

It’s an approach which really inspires me.

I also loved her use of scale and the way she played with diptych and triptych approaches to drawing over several sheets of paper either to expand the same scene or to make companion pieces.

It reminds me also to never stop drawing or dipping my soul into nature to feel grounded and alive.

Eleri Mills – Egni: a decade of creativity is running August – November 2020 at Ruthin Craft Centre, The Centre for the Applied Arts.

Last week, we originally we had a weeks camping planned in Wales but they cancelled us at the last minute (campsite was a mud-slide) so we condensed our holiday into the only two days that Port Merion could accommodate us.

But what a lovely two days it was! 

Port Merion is is a village built in the style of an Italian village but in North Wales. It was designed and built by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis between 1925 and 1975.

It’s quirky, pretty, tucked away from the rest of the world and you can stay in the houses you see or the hotels. 

There is love and attention to architectural detail everywhere and that is matched by the abundant natural habitat and views – it’s an all round winner in my opinion. 

It’s one of my all time favourite places to visit.

We did all the walks – (coastal, woodland and ‘the other one’) marvelling at wild Bee-Orchids, the range of colour and type of naturally growing Hydrangeas and the size of the sea (high after a stormy night) and size of the sky (BIG skies).

You can read a fuller history here if you’re interested.

JD Innes Arenig North Wales

A while back I happened across the above image and thought it gorgeous. I hadn’t heard of the painter James Dickson Innes ever before so I did a Google search and liked what I saw and so began to track down the only book there is on him. I’ve since realised that what I saw and liked was all there was to see and like.

JD Innes Palm Trees at Collioure

I’ve just finished reading it and have mixed thoughts – he died young at 27 from tuberculosis and so he never really hit his stride as a painter. The pieces I like show that he was beginning to be onto something; inspired by French Impressionism and The Fauves he brought unusual colour to the Welsh and French landscape pieces he painted.

JD Innes Storm Over Arenig

His watercolours also describe the landscape with semi-abstract dots and dashes which is a style I’m drawn to.

JD Innes Promontories & Coast at Cerbere

What I haven’t shown you here are the terrible (sorry to say it but it was said to him at the time) portraits and mediocre pieces. I’m guessing if he’d lived he’d have continued to hone his skill and produce more pieces of worth and standing but as he didn’t, I felt this book included them to his detriment. I have piles of sub-standard stuff that will one enjoy a trip to the recycling – I wouldn’t ever show them publicly. Other than his association with some high profile names (Augustus John, Eric Gill, Walter Sickert) I’m left not entirely sure why he warrants a whole book?

JD Innes Tour Madeloc

I do take away his delicious use of colour and representation of light but stick to Googling him – you can borrow my book!

Here is a ‘holding post’ or Studio sale stock cupboard for the remaining pieces from July’s studio sale. There are loads of pieces -still life, landscape, florals, teacups etc at really good prices.

What to do: please scroll down and have a look through.

Please email me:

hello@claireleggett.co.uk saying what you want to buy and I will send payment details to you.

Standard letter postage within the UK is included.

Please email for postage quotes outside the UK or if you choose to upgrade the postage to tracked/ins (in or out of the UK) and I will send you a postage quote.

Most photos show the whole paper size (inc the brown tape I use to stretch the paper prior to painting) so that you can see what additional space there is for framing.

Sizes given are for the whole framable size of the paper – some paintings are placed within a bigger sized piece of paper which you can cut into to frame – I have given the largest sizes.

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Bakewell £30 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 23cm x 21 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
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Cupcake £30 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 23.5 cm x 21 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
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Four Windows £15 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 15cm x 21.5 cm acrylic on watercolour paper.
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Two Windows £15 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 13.5cm x 21.5 cm acrylic on watercolour paper.
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TEA £15 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 20cm x 20.5 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
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Apricots £45 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 22.5cm x 17.5 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
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Euphorbia £28 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 21cm x 28 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
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Lilacs £38 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 19cm x 28 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
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Nans Cup £18 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 16cm x 16 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
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Orange Cup £38 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 20cm x 20 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
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Purple Primula Cup £15 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 21.5cm x 22 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
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Pink Primula Cup £15 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 22cm x 22 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
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Round Flowers £15 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 22.5cm x 22 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
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Shells £40 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 34.5cm x 25 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
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Afternoon Tea £53 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 53cm x 42 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
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Amsterdam £48 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 40cm x 23 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
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Babushkas £38 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 38cm x 23.5 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
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Butterflies £38 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. Please note there is a tiny faint paint bleed on the top right hand butterfly. 34cm x 50.5 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
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Cabbage £42 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 34.5cm x 50 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
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Fields £43 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 39cm x 46 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
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Fish £30 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 33cm x 24 cm acrylic on canvas board.
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Marrakech £48 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 33cm x 40 cm acrylic watercolour paper.
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Mushrooms £28 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 37cm x 52 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
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Peapods £35 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 28cm x 41 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
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Pink Marrakesh £32 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 37.5cm x 27 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
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Roses £45 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 37.5cm x 27 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
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Scandi £33 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 52cm x 52 cm mixed media, paper collage and paint on watercolour paper.
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Sunrise £18 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 30cm x 25 cm watercolours on canvas board.
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Tile and Teacup £40 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 27.5cm x 27.5 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.

Thank you to all who bought a piece of art and made my studio sale a great success. As it’s been so well received I’ve decided to round up the remaining pieces in a blog post and link it to my website under the Paintings heading should anyone have missed the sale week and want to look in the future.

I’m having a big studio clear out – there are loads of pieces -still life, landscape, florals, teacups etc at really good prices for one week only:

What to do: please scroll down and have a look through.

Please email me:

hello@claireleggett.co.uk saying what you want to buy and I will send payment details to you – first contact and payment = first served= sold.

Standard letter postage within the UK is included. Larger pieces which have to go by small package post have a £3 postage contribution added.

Please email for postage quotes outside the UK or if you choose to upgrade the postage to tracked/ins (in or out of the UK) and I will send you a postage quote.

Most photos show the whole paper size (inc the brown tape I use to stretch the paper prior to painting) so that you can see what additional space there is for framing.

Sizes given are for the whole framable size of the paper – some paintings are placed within a bigger sized piece of paper which you can cut into to frame – I have given the largest sizes.

All pieces will be mailed out on Saturday 25th July.

In no particular order of size or price….

Bakewell £30 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 23cm x 21 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
Cupcake £30 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 23.5 cm x 21 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
Four Windows £15 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 15cm x 21.5 cm acrylic on watercolour paper.
Two Windows £15 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 13.5cm x 21.5 cm acrylic on watercolour paper.
SOLD Green Cup £15 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 19cm x 17 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
TEA £15 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 20cm x 20.5 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
SOLD Granada £23 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 21.5cm x 24 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
SOLD Alabacain £38 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 20.5cm x 28 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
Apricots £45 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 22.5cm x 17.5 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
SOLD Five in a Row £13 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 39.5cm x 14 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
Euphorbia £38 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 21cm x 28 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
Lilacs £43 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 19cm x 28 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
Nans Cup £20 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 16cm x 16 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
Orange Cup £48 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 20cm x 20 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
Purple Primula Cup £15 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 21.5cm x 22 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
Pink Primula Cup £15 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 22cm x 22 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
SOLD Pinks £30 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 20.5 cm x 25 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
SOLD Pip Cup £20 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 17.cm x 17 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
Round Flowers £15 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 22.5cm x 22 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
Shells £40 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 34.5cm x 25 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
SOLD Summer Bunch £15 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 23cm x 23 cm watercolour on watercolour paper.
SOLD Wild Flowers £17 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 25cm x 25 cm mixed media on watercolour paper.
Afternoon Tea £63 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 53cm x 42 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
Amsterdam £48 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 40cm x 23 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
Babushkas £43 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 38cm x 23.5 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
SOLD Birds £58 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 50 cm x 50 cm mixed media on canvas
SOLD Blue Flowers £18 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 33cm x 40 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
Butterflies £38 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. Please note there is a tiny faint paint bleed on the top right hand butterfly. 34cm x 50.5 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
Cabbage £43 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 34.5cm x 50 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
Fields £43 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 39cm x 46 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
Fish £30 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 33cm x 24 cm acrylic on canvas board.
SOLD Bottles £43 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 35.5cm x 25 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
SOLD Hyacinth £53 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 55cm x 35.5 cm mixed media on watercolour paper.
SOLD Little Dog £53 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 31cm x 41cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
Marrakech £55 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 33cm x 40 cm acrylic watercolour paper.
Mushrooms £33 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 37cm x 52 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
SOLD Orchid £53 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 36cm x 20.5 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
Peapods £35 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 28cm x 41 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
Pink Marrakesh £32 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 37.5cm x 27 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
Roses £45 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 37.5cm x 27 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
Scandi £33 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 52cm x 52 cm mixed media, paper collage and paint on watercolour paper.
Sunrise £18 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 30cm x 25 cm watercolours on canvas board.
SOLD Teatime £45 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 49cm x 49 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.
Tile and Teacup £42 inc p&p within the UK. Please email for postage quotes outside the UK. 27.5cm x 27.5 cm watercolours on watercolour paper.

I will have been a self-employed artist for 8 years once Sept rolls around. 8 YEARS! Where does the time go? In that time I’ve made A LOT of paintings. Right now I’m in the mood to make some space and sell them off at great prices. Sale starts tomorrow 5pm GMT – details to follow tomorrow.

When we visited Asia last year I was so inspired and awed by the new-to-me culture and decoration of Buddhist and Taoist religious spaces; in particular the use and construction of a variety of temple hangings.

I have had these hangings in mind as I am working my way through all kinds of delicious inspiration from those travels. This first completed hanging is a bringing together of all kinds of interpretation and methods of print and stitch.

I began painting this beautiful illuminated manuscript from the Islamic Arts Museum in Malaysia in a simplified way by isolating the little scalloped shape and flower.

I then developed that into a printable silk screen using flour and water paste – a very simple and easy homespun method.

As you can generally only use the screen once (the paste deteriorates as its washed clean) I printed up a stash of luscious fabrics to use, overprinting one particularly yummy fabric that I had previously batiked and tie-dyed.

I chose to stitch the flowers into each shape rather than hand-print them as I was looking to add texture and colour to the surface. The rectangular bottom section features a simple floral lino-block I developed from drawing embroidery motifs on items in the Textile Museum in Kuala Lumpur.

The elephant print began life as a teaching demonstration for how to using screen filler to screen-print hand-drawn images. I re-drew a section of this beautiful wall decoration from the Wat Chaiya Mangalaram, a Thai Buddhist Temple in George Town using drawing fluid. It is later coated in another filler and later the drawing lines are washed out leaving the space as printable mesh (I don’t have of photo of that – sorry)

Here it is printed onto a randomly dyed base fabric and I added some fabric foiling too (another demo).

I lived with the pieces up on my design wall for a while, visually editing it and adding in sequin trim and a fantastic gold dangly bit I’d squirralled away sometime. I decide to learn a stitch called Cretan Insertion to attach the gold ribbon to the bottom seam and I think it finished it off perfectly.

Now to re-group and begin the cycle again.

I’ve been playfully stamping my Malay Flower lino block onto fabric grounds; some tie-dyed fabric, screen-printed ombre cotton and hand-painted silk using a gold ink pad I bought in the Xmas sales.

I’m just allowing some creative play at this stage; some prototyping maybe – I’m trying to not think ahead too far but see what comes. I’ve also added a few hours of stitches to one to bring some of the weaker printing results into focus better.

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