09 May

New art for Artweeks

I’ve been very  busy in my studio creating a series of exciting new mixed media paintings ready for Oxfordshire Artweeks.   This year I am delighted to be joining a diverse range of artists at Cool Contours – a fabulous venue with fantastic views, a new sculpture trail, and of course housing some amazing art this Artweeks!

My exhibition will contain new works from my ‘Scribbles’ series of paintings, and many more exciting artworks that explore new ways to use wallpaper.  I love the idea that ripping off wallpaper can create a blank canvas of endless possibilities, or even uncover something unexpected.  Intrigued?  Come along and see for yourself.

Art at Cool Contours is open Saturday 13th May – Sunday 21st May, 11am – 6pm (8pm on Thursday).  Cool Contours, Warden Hill, Chipping Warden, OX17 1AJ.  You can view the map here.

Ella Hendy, Ella art, Banbury, Oxfordshire, Artweeks, artist, art, Cool Contours, Chipping Warden

 

06 Feb

Every child is an artist

I love sharing creative time with my kids.  It is fascinating to see what they produce and how.  And every time they come home from nursery or school with a new artwork, it brings such enjoyment.

Picasso once said “every child is an artist” and I think that is the charm.  Art produced by your own kids also comes with that something extra special – love, sentiment, and memories.  It represents a precious moment of their childhood captured in crayons.

But what do you do with all the beautiful artworks your children create?  There is only so much room on the fridge after all, and Granny and Grandad’s for that matter.  You don’t want to confine it to a storage box, or worse still throw it away.

You sneak enough of their scribbles into the recycling bin to want to add to the parental guilt.  And anyway, the little tiny fingerprint painting, the potato prints that look like flowers for Mother’s Day, the first drawing that looks like anything representing a human form; they’re all too precious not to keep.

Scrap books are a great idea, something you can dig into and enjoy every once in a while.  I wanted something we could all look at and admire every day though.  Something that wasn’t the fridge (although that is still covered!).

So I created an original artwork from my children’s artwork.  Starring them (well the paint versions of them) painting it.  The kids are so proud of seeing their pictures displayed in a ‘Mummy original’.  It is up in pride of place in our living room so we can enjoy it daily, and in the knowledge it will last long after they have grown up.

It was such a fun process, and something to treasure.  Here’s the result, copyright me, Oscar and Sophia!

Ella Hendy, Ella art, Banbury, Oxfordshire, artist, children, artEvery child is an artist, but not all mummy’s are, so do get in touch if you’d like to enquire about a similar painting for the little ones in your life.

 

22 Dec

Seasons greetings from the studio

Well that’s it for 2016!  I’m taking a little break from my studio over the festive holidays, but I’m already looking forward to 2017 with lots of exciting arty ventures already in my calendar.

Thanks to all my customers for giving me your support this year – and some very interesting projects to work on.  Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Ella x

Ella Hendy, Ell art, Banbury, artist, Oxfordshire, Christmas, snowmen, greetings, card

24 Nov

Where you’ll find me this Christmas

Wow, only a month until Christmas Eve (how did that happen?!).  That means I’ll be at lots of lovely festive events over the next few weeks:-

  • Kineton Victorian Evening, Friday 25th November
  • Hanfestive, Hanwell, Saturday 26th November
  • Banbury Christmas Market and Lights Switch On, Sunday 27th November
  • Barn Farm Plants Christmas Charity Evening, Wardington, Tuesday 25th November
  • Horley Christmas Market, Saturday 3rd December
  • Bishop Loveday School Winter Craft Fayre, Bodicote, Sunday 4th December
  • Hickory Dickory Christmas Shop, Wallingford, Saturday 10th December

I do hope you can join me at one!

Ella Hendy, Ella art, Banbury, Oxfordshire, artist, Christmas, robin, hearts, decorations

 

 

07 Nov

Pop-up shop for Artweeks Christmas Season

Artweeks Christmas Season has landed & you’ll find me popping-up at Naomi’s Cafe Bar on 17th, 18th & 19th November.

Come and visit me there for unique Christmas gifts including personalised festive decorations, prints, original paintings, and Christmas cards.

My pop-up shop is open 11am – 8pm Thursday 17th November, and 11am – 5pm Friday 18th & Saturday 19th November.

Do put it in your diary and share with your friends!

Ella Hendy, Ella art, Banbury, artist, Oxfordshire, Christmas, Artweeks, Naomi's Cafe Bar

08 May

Artweeks exhibition at Naomi’s Café Bar

Oxfordshire Artweeks has started in Oxford so it is now just two weeks until it arrives here in North Oxfordshire!

I’ve been really busy over the last few months getting ready for my first Artweeks exhibition at Naomi’s Café Bar.  And I’m very excited by the new series of original mixed-media paintings I will have on show – all inspired by my own childhood memories of being allowed to draw on the walls when the house was being decorated.

I’m also inviting you to make your mark on Artweeks by putting your own creativity into a large ‘interactive’ piece I have created especially for the week.

My exhibition runs from 21 – 30 May (all the details here).  You can also see some of my work at The Mill Arts Centre in Banbury, Banbury Museum Shop, The Jam Factory in Oxford, and Oxford Town Hall throughout May.

I hope to see you then!

Ella Hendy, Ella art, Oxfordshire, Artweeks, exhibition, Naomi's Cafe Bar, Banbur, artist

18 Apr

See my art at the Jam Factory, Oxford

The countdown is on for Oxfordshire Artweeks, and before it comes to Banbury & the North of the county you will be able to get a preview of my work in Oxford.

I’m thrilled to have been accepted into the Artweeks Open Exhibition at the Jam Factory (running from 7th – 30th May) – make sure it is on your Artweeks trail.

Ella Hendy, Ella art, Banbury, artist, art, Oxford, Artweeks, The Jam Factory, Open Exhibition

I am one of 24 artists selected for the Jam Factory Artweeks Open Exhibition

30 Mar

As featured in Teddy Bear Times magazine

If you know my work then you’ll know I often paint teddy bears.  So what better place for my artworks to be featured than Teddy Bear Times magazine?

It’s great to see my original paintings gracing the pages of this national publication.  And I must thank Rachel Prew Photography for bringing the article to life with her fantastic photos.

You can see more of my teddy paintings in my online gallery, and buy selected teddy prints and cards in my online shop.  And if you have a special teddy you’d like painting, just get in touch.

Ella Hendy, Ella art, Banbury, artist, teddy, painting, Teddy Bear Times, magazine

My teddy paintings are featured in the latest edition of Teddy Bear Times

23 Mar

My entry into the Change the World art competition

I’m excited to say that I’ve submitted a piece into the Change the World Contemporary Art Competition….  I’ve done the painting, now I need your help with the votes!

‘Fresh Scribbles’ is a new mixed-media artwork, that I’ve painted to fit in with the theme of the competition.  Hopefully the painting speaks for itself, but I have written a bit of blurb about it alongside my entry if you want to find out more.

Please vote online here!  Thank you.

Ella Hendy, Ella art, original art, mixed media, Banbury, artist, Change the World, art competition, Oxford, Oxfordshire

‘Fresh Scribbles’ – my entry into the Change the World Contemporary Art Competition