I studied Fine Arts and Printmaking at Harrogate, Sunderland and Chelsea School of Art where I gained my M.A.. I have worked in various art related jobs until returning back to Richmond and began Gilpin Fine Arts in 1989. My paintings, landscapes, abstract and portraits of animals sell across the world and I have acquired a strong customer base who collect my sheepdog paintings. In 1994 I moved to Gallowfields Trading Estate in Richmond, after requiring extra space to undertake more bespoke framing. Today, I teach extensively, covering a wide range of topics from watercolours, oils, pastels and acrylics to silk painting. I have regularly taught crafts for the N.S.P.C.C. and in 2006 finished a mural for Sure Start in Colburn, Catterick Garrison. My painting abilities are not solely confined to animals, I have a diverse range of subjects in my repertoire ranging from ships, planes, trains and portraits. My latest passion is sculpture which I aim to explore further in the near future.
Visit the Website of Gilpin-Arts Situated overlooking the picturesque market town of Richmond, North Yorkshire we are an Art & Craft Shop with an in-house picture framing workshop. We sell originals & prints from Grace's artwork, as well as designer mugs and greeting cards. Please click here > Gilpin-Arts Our modern equiped workshop allows us to offer our customers quality at an affordable price. Custom cut mounts are our specialty, from multi-apertures for cigarette cards to wash lines and reverse cut double mounts for a stunning decorative effect. You may browse at your leisure at our diverse selection of quality moulding and mountboard samples, or if you prefer, receive the benefit of our expert advise. If you don't see the moulding sample that you are looking for please ask as we have many more within our catalogues. There is no hard sell, we want all our customers to go away happy, remember it is your home, your decor and your taste. If you're happy with the work we do for you "tell your friends" if your not "tell us".
Another lockdown nearly over and many struggling with what life has thrown at us. Yes, it has been and will still continue to be hard for many of us but I have always been a glass half full type of person. am lucky that I can get out and am happy to walk or run with Kira, in all weathers be it wind, rain, fog or snow. I have also started to really appreciate what is around me, the colours, the shapes, the animals and for the first time in a couple of tough years, I am actually wanting to get back to painting and creating with what inspires me. I do still love producing commissions, particularly animals but I enjoy colour and the way my mind cries out to just have fun and produce works for me. The problem with that of course is I need to make a living! This morning the moon was absolutely stunning, a photograph would never reflect what I saw but I am happily keeping an internal image for a future oil painting, so keep a look out! Even all the rain and water has made me love all the reflections in puddles and pools, ( though cleaning Kira after our wet walks is not a chore I enjoy much but she does!!). So when you are out, be nosey in nature, look at whats around, expect the unexpected and hold it ready to just have some fun creating something for you!
Today, Saturday I had every intention to do one of my clubs virtual championship runs, most likely a half marathon. the weather very rarely puts me off and the fog, rain and mug didn't today! However Kira had other ideas! She had her morning walk, so I thought she would happily settle down with Alan. I merrily got ready, planned my route and went to put my trainers on..Kira was up and ready for the off again! I never expect Kira to run with me all the time, I allow her to decide if she wants to come out for a run and today, there was no way I was getting out of the door without her! She is a typical husky by all accounts, stubborn, goofy, nosy, a little aloof with people she doesn't know and a has a high prey drive. She has learned all of my running or walking routes, including all the spots where we see deer, hare or pheasants! Running with her cannicross style is certainly interesting, particularly downhills! ( uphill is usually a 26k husky pull up by me !!) I was hoping this year to do a couple of races with her but sadly Covid put an end to them all but hopefully next year we will give it a go. My club, the Swaledale Runners decided to do virtual championship runs and included dogs and other family members in them, which is really nice. Many of us have dogs, some rescues, some rehomed due to sad situations and others have just been part of families from puppyhood, most have been included in parts of our lives others never get to experience. For Kira not only has it calmed her but also given her such pure enjoyment, my joy comes from seeing her love being out and learning about the countryside and wildlife around us. So we completed the 10 miles on trails, mud, water, fog and rain today in a little over 1h 50 mins, happy, very wet and dirty but so pleased to have had that time out and been able to enjoy life!
I have painted, drawn or created all my life, though sometimes it has been in a bit more unusal ways, for example recently painting on cakes! (a blog will follow on that later!) Sometimes though, it is hard to keep on track and focussed, things can easily stop me from working on time sensitive projects or commissions, I get excited about something I have seen or I have an idea for a painting or making an item and off my mind goes, desperate to give it a go! It is a never ending task to keep my mind on the straight and narrow as, at the end of the day, even though I love being a batty artist, I need to make money like everyone else! But that fine line between me expressing my creativity and making money from commissions is difficult to tread. At college, I explored all media, letting creativity flow through me, having fun and developing ideas through using media in wild and wonderful ways. ( this exploration did however give me a vast knowledge about materials and their uses!) I was however always fully aware the big bad world outside college would need me to work and earn money, even working to help myself get through college without all the debts many others had. We all struggle with time, tiredness, stress, children, pets,' LIFE!!', work, bills etc but if you really want to or love doing something you can find a way to achieve it. Finally, I do, in my own way, settle in and get my work done and am happy that my mind is always full of ideas, I just wish I would remember to use my sketch books to put all the chaos down in!
Another lockdown is upon us and unlike some, I have a list of things I would like to actually try or make! From getting back to my roots and doing some lino printing to trying to use my sewing machine. I very rarely have time where I can do my own thing without feeling guilty, although we will still be available to post out items and 'click and collect' frames, so i will still be doing a little work! Hopefully I will be able to post some ideas to keep young and old occupied using simple items and encourage everyone to have a go at making some homemade Christmas gifts. I enjoy making gifts as I had found Christmas was becoming more and more commercial, losing sight of its real reason. Yes, all us small businesses need (and cherish!) our local customers, so you can have a vibrant and interesting local market place to shop in but there is still a place for handmade gifts made by you for those special people in your life! Keep checking my blog and maybe I can give you that spark to have a go at something different! Stay safe!
This morning brought a little problem with my blog, ain't technology grand? OK most of my posts disappeared into that big, dark hole where lost thoughts go but I can begin again a bit like paintings! We spend alot of time as an adult worrying about things not being 'good enough' be it a cake, a painting, hairstyle, dress, whatever. When we are children we mostly just 'do things', not thinking about consequences or how others view what we do and I find it sad that we allow others opinions to stop us having a go at something. I am guilty of this too, watching Swaledale Runners run past after teaching a class on a Thursday evening and thinking, I want to do that. One stupid and thoughtless remark stopped me until I was 52, how sad that I allowed that? ( I have made up for it now though! lol) Art is the similar, many I have taught say the same, 'I enjoyed it at school but I was no good'. I try to tell everyone, you don't have to show any of your work to anyone and when you do produce one you like, show that one off! To me enjoyment of doing it is important, of course you want it to be the best but we all have to learn and splotching about with paint, pencil and brush lets you learn (and remember!) about mistakes, good points, bad points and happy accidents! You cant be like anyone else, you are unique and can only be guided by someone who has 'been there, done that', so don't compare yourself with your neighbour, have a bit of fun and be kind to yourself! Although I am not particualarly technically minded, again because of the fear of doing something wrong, I have been enjoying playing with my graphics tablet. ( Alan is agast! lol) The joy is a mistake can be removed easily but again someone has to guide you with basics! Its as easy to loose mistakes as your masterpiece though but all the marks, textures, lines and erasing you can do are amazing and that is where I am happily playing once again, like that little child many years ago! So take a step back, get out a piece of paper and a pencil or paints and have a play, promise no one will see! Have fun!!
We recently came across an old cd with images on and looking through them brought a rush of memories from such a long time ago! Every Saturday I used to teach 2 small classes of children a variety of arts and crafts, you name it we tried it! Gluing, sticking, painting, drawing and also projects I had tried as a child, which to my classes were very odd at times! I loved working out how to make things from card or offcut mountboard, both of which I had aplenty! ( so I was actually a recycler back then! ). Periscopes, moving figures with split pins, lots of paper play and simple 'sraperboard' using wax crayons, 3D projects with card and clay, concertina books and the pom poms with a couple of rings of card! Many children don't really get to get dirty, cut or stick and just create and I find that sad. Even all those years ago it surprised me that a child's attention span had dropped to around 15 minutes ( that was later to follow with adult art classes using a similar timescale ), things needed to be made and finished with little joy or experimentation. I was an avid reader and got lost with images in my mind from the words but many were becoming spoilt by films and the emergence of using computers, preferring to watch rather than use their imagination. Today we are looking at all the Arts being cut back from the education system and this, I think is not a good thing to do.
Over the weekend I completed Virtual Richmond Castle 10k, just enjoying it, despite the hills! A lovely medal to add to my collection, though I don't run many races that actually give out medals! Then on Sunday Kira had a rest as I took part in a running workshop - strength and conditioning and a very hilly tempo run. I'm sure plenty of the walkers at the suspension bridge in Reeth over the weekend had a laugh at us desperately trying to co ordinate our arms and legs while doing all the drills and avoiding the cowpats! I love running/walking in Swaledale, unlike some I am happy to just enjoy being out there, happy to talk, just stand and stare and pet other dogs. Meeting people from all over the world sharing a tiny piece of their lives, enjoying a snippet of their impressions of the Dale and our mutual love of the surrounding beauty. I spent some time on New Years Day with Kira, running to the top of Calver, to just take everything in, rather than a busy Park run, which is what I would usually do. It was stunning, no one else in sight, a fantastic day as we were out early, a time to recharge and reflect. Kira was (and always is) very happy to sit and take everything in, maybe because of her past City life, she never had the time to just sit and watch life go by! These times all make me realise we may not have a perfect life but we can always enjoy a little something, be it a walk, silence, freedom, a laugh, music, friendship or companionship (be it 2 legged or 4!), it is indeed true, the best things in life are free!
As a Coeliac, Covid has hit me and other sufferers hard. Shelves were cleared by many non Coeliacs, leaving few staples for us, the worst item missing for me was flour. As an avid baker I found it incredibly hard, plus being vegetarian, vegetables were like gold dust! I am sure many were wasted when people bought produce they would never eat nor even had before. I am so grateful for the suppliers we got to know and the produce we managed to get especially as I was one who had to work for another business to get us through the pandemic. Now, I am happily back to my baking! Recently flapjack seems to be a favourite, even with Kira but I am sure the oats are good for her too! Flapjack is great as a quick pick me up with plenty of protein ( great for running!) and I try to use natural sweeteners where possible. Mixed seeds, fruit and nuts or my favourite, ginger get liberally mixed in there ( Kira's are plain ), that is the nice thing, anything goes! Recently I have been lucky enough to get cooking and eating apples from neighbours, so they are getting added to alsorts as well as the usual crumble! I also often use the puree in cakes instead of margarine to make the cakes a bit more moist as some gluten free flours tend to soak up alot of water ie coconut flour. Crab apples have been plentiful, so also making crab apple and rosehip jelly which is on the go now too! I think my family get a little tired of their Christmas presents being made, either edible or not! I am not adverse to foraging (safely with my handed down knowledge from my Gran!) for produce, made some gorgeous pesto and soup from Ransoms, wild garlic, quite pungent as well! I love adding young nettles to my spinach too! If you do chose to try foraging, please do so safely and responsibly, know what you are picking to eat as there are some highly poisonous berries and mushrooms out there!