New Commission, New Directions

I was recently asked to make NINE paintings. The choice of subject was mine but I was asked to make a nod to Parnham House in Sussex.

Photo credit @jamesfearphotography (Instagram)
Study for Parnham, acrylic on panel, 15x20cm

Let me make it clear. I am no landscape painter, but this commission has stretched me to make images that I would usually ignore.

The gallery below includes paintings of a penny farthing, disco ball, a dilapidated country house, a zebra, elephant, chess pieces and blossoms, things that until now would not have been deemed part of my repertoire.

I’m not sure if I’ll continue to use these things in future paintings, but you never know!

New Studio

It’s been a labour of love making my new shed / studio. It’ll remind me of how I managed to do something positive during lockdown as well as giving me a push towards getting back on track with my painting ambitions. I love being a teacher, but I love making art more!

Here are my basic plans. I’m no woodworker but it wanted to make sure that I stuck to a plan.

All that hard work means that I now have an area of my own to paint in, although my wife seems to like it too!

Here’s to many happy hours painting, creating and watching the birds 🙂

Valley Parables: Press Release

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Valley Parables: New Paintings by James Donovan

James Donovan is exhibiting forty new paintings at Cardiff’s Kooywood Gallery from Thursday September 10th.

The Aberdare artist’s new paintings are a return to what he calls the ‘new, old Wales’, where old habits die hard and stereotypes live on through a cast of comical yet poignant characters that reflect personal and universal views on valleys life and Welsh culture.

The show continues until Saturday October 3rd.

For more details, contact:

James Donovan:

07875 368228

jamesdonovanart@gmail.com

www.jamesdonovanart.com

Kooywood Gallery (Rhian Kooy):

029 2023 5093

enquiries@kooywoodgallery.com

www.kooywoodgallery.com