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.

“Creativity is about play and a kind of willingness to go with your intuition. It’s crucial to an artist. If you know where you are going and what you are going to do, why do it?” Frank Gehry

This sums up nicely what I’ve been doing over the last few weeks. There’s nothing like a wide open calendar free of outside obligations to prompt some creative play. (I’m calling this my silver-lining having had all my work furloughed or postponed)

Early in 2019 I went to Malaysia with my daughter for a wonderful week full of culture like nothing I’d experienced before so this recent creative playing has been a wonderful chance to pick over the zillions of photos I took, pulling out images, colours and sights that tickle my arty-farty bones! I’m just responding to whatever makes my heart sing and going from there – I’m jumping from sketchbook to computer to lino-cutting to embroidery as I like and it’s wonderful fun to just play freely.

This is a little lino block I made after drawing some details from a beautiful silk textile at the National Textile Museum in Kuala Lumpur. 

As this blog serves as a kind of diary for me and a reminder of what I was doing and when, it seems only right to record everything momentous – not just my artistic adventures but also sometimes personal stuff that when shared serves to contribute to the world in someway. As I’m happy to share the inconsequential Stuff of Life it’s only right to record here the more important, monumental penny-dropping that I’ve experienced in the last few weeks as the Black Lives Matter issues have risen up to confront my White Fragility head-on.

I don’t mind telling you that I feel my age (50- this is not an excuse) I feel lucky to have a 21 year old home to help re-educate my thinking on these matters and to refer to as a compass point as I re-organise years of pre-programmed mindsets. I have been asleep for a long time – I mean I thought I was non-biased but when I look at things in a new light, I’m not. I fall, well intentioned, into many situations that I could have handled much better if I’d been awake. I didn’t mean to but I grew older and stopped reading and feeling the energy to be active (I am not excusing this) I now understand that is part of my White Priviledge – to be blissfully unaware and unaffected. I feel woefully unequipped by my school education (in the 1980’s) to have a useable, modern framework with which to understand how to think and behave in 2020. But I’m awake again; listening more widely to things than ever before, trying to pummel my 50 year old brain into learning again (it’s been a while) and to alter my understanding from the racist rhetoric I was (not intentionally) steeped in as a child of the 80’/90’s.

My business is just me, working alone at home mostly. But this is my Anti-Racist policy none-the-less.

This will be my final post showing all the work I completed as Artist in Residence at Winterbourne House & Gardens. This post features the Textile work that I’ve done – not the printed pieces or pattern designs which I’ve already showed you but the embroidery pieces.

These may have started life as printed textiles which were then embellished with stitch but they have come to life as either hand or machine embroidered works of art.

I had grand plans to do much more; Margaret Nettlefold (one of the original home owners) was very fond of needlework herself and so it was very in keeping to follow this line of response.

However if you’ve ever done any embroidery yourself, you’ll know how time consuming it is. The chair featured here is an old oak chair from WH&G and emulates the chair seat cover that Margaret herself made which is on show in the house.

And so that ends this chapter of work for me. It has challenged and inspired me as an artist.

I can’t remember having such a long-standing project before which is a lesson in pace and stamina in itself.

It’s been a real treat to have had this opportunity and whilst I could still do it all again and find I haven’t enough time, I am also complete and ready to focus on new inspiration to work from.

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