Northampton Town and County Art Society Annual Show 2021

The Northampton Town & County Art Society’s latest annual exhibition at the refurbished Northampton Museum and Art Gallery is ending on 23rd January  https://www.northamptonmuseums.com/whatson. Set up in 1913 this long standing art society continues to exhibit regularly. Our members and associates continue to produce high quality artwork, making the Society the county’s premier art group.

The exhibition has been well attended and has generated many positive comments on the quality of work.  There is a range of different styles and media ranging from interesting sculptures to large scale oil paintings. There is something for everybody here.

Self portrait
Self portrait with guitar

The exhibition shows in these difficult times that the Society’s members are still active. Northampton’s art scene is still thriving, and this is reflected in the quality of the annual show. The show is well worth a visit.

I’ve exhibited some of my work at the show https://www.facebook.com/cordellgarfieldfineart and I would recommend a visit to a Society show.  More of my work can be seen on my website https://www.cordellgarfield.com Opening hours to the museum are 10am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday and 12pm to 5pm Sunday. Admission is free.

Cordell Garfield’s Paintings Northampton

Cordell Garfield Paintings for sale at Northampton Central Museum
Cordell Garfield Paintings for sale at Northampton Central Museum

Really pleased that my paintings are now showing at Northampton’s Museum and Art Gallery from October to the 31st December 2021. The museum opened on 10th July 2021 after a major redevelopment which began in 2017. It’s now up and running with a selling gallery and permanent collections on show. To find out more about the museum click on this link. https://www.northamptonmuseums.com/site/index.php 

My portraits and landscape paintings are on show and here is a selection on my website. https://www.cordellgarfield.com/gallery/portraits/

For me it’s so important that I’m exhibiting not only my portraits, but also landscapes of Northamptonshire as well. The county has some beautiful views and waterways which I always try and capture when out and about. https://www.cordellgarfield.com/gallery/landscapes/

It’s really great to have a central focus for Northampton art again. The town has been desperate for a such a development, particularly following the difficulties surrounding the pandemic. The museum has recently won the Heritage Organisation of the Year 2021, which is a testament to its redevelopment and the staff involved in running it. For instance, it has a full programme of online and in person events including workshops, talks and lectures. Above all for a local artist like me there is no doubt the museum offers the perfect setting for displaying my work. To sum up, I seriously recommend paying a visit and having a look around at all the exhibitions on display. Maybe have a coffee and a bite to eat at the new cafe as well!

 

Portrait painting workshop at Yardley Arts

I recently hosted another portrait painting in oils workshop at the Yardley Arts Centre. This was another enjoyable experience in difficult times with the Covid pandemic. Social distancing was maintained throughout, and with some hard working and enthusiastic students some great portraits were produced.

The Cordell Garfield Portrait Painting Workshop

As with my other portrait workshops https://www.cordellgarfield.com/workshops/  the portrait painting in oils workshop set out to really help beginners and the more experienced. Above all portrait painting and its anatomy are difficult to master and I tried to simplify the process. We approached the portrait painting through understanding the landmarks of the face. This could be the position of the eyes, distances between the eyes, nose and mouth and so on. We also worked on the use of tone and value in a monochrome palette to produce portraits from a photograph. I gave a series of demonstrations to guide students through the process. Here are some examples of the work produced:

 

Portrait painting workshop Yardley Arts
Yardley Arts portrait painting workshop
Yardley Arts Portrait painting workshop
Salvador Dali portrait
Yardley Arts Portrait painting workshop
Portrait at Yardley Arts

Yardley Arts

I also want to give a big shout out to Yardley Arts. Yardley Arts is a not-for-profit arts organisation that is really placing a focus on the arts in Northamptonshire. The spacious and light-filled centre is based at Yardley Hastings. Its range of courses covers drawing, painting, sculpture, jewellery and photography. There is even an animation workshop! Moreover, there is something for everybody with previous experience not necessary on many workshops. It’s not been easy in the current climate, but the centre has continued to keep running within the new pandemic guidelines.

I will be running another workshop at the centre again in 2021, but I would recommend checking out other courses. The courses are all run by experienced artists who will help improve your skills whatever your ability. Have a look at their web site https://www.yardleyarts.org/about