RAINBOW EYE – new painting

It’s great to be back painting again! I’m starting to feel like a normal human being again after quitting my job! Well, almost normal. Here’s ‘Rainbow Eye’

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This is an oil on canvas painting measuring 8×8 inches.

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Which also look totally amazing through my bf’s psychedelic, kaleidoscope filter

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This painting is now available through my Etsy Shop

 

 

 

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ART GIVEAWAY!

So, these are all my freebie mash-ups. I’m currently giving ‘Fly’ away via my facebook page.

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‘Sing’ was left at a location in Hereford on Friday and it was pretty much picked up straight away. Cool!

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I’m planning on leaving a mash-up print at Down On The Farm Festival  next weekend where my band January Girl are playing. Please…don’t rain!!!

What have i been doing? – I QUIT MY JOB!

I’m not going to lie here. I hate my job. My brain hates it. My brain had started to turn against me by pulling it’s shutters down, turning up the white noise and setting itself to a soupy simmer. I tried to gain control over this disorientating, mushy feeling by being very stubborn and ignoring it. It didn’t work…

I don’t have another job lined up (cue ominous chords). I just have this feeling that i needed to change something and to reconnect fully to my art and my creative process.

Scary

Exciting

Irresponsible

Life saving

Yay

VIVA LA VIDA

 

COMMISSIONED WORK – BRITPOP!

Here is one of my latest commissioned pieces titled ‘Parklife’.

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My friend Kirsty asked me  to create an original painting with a ‘Britpop’ theme for a charity event she is organizing soon. She’s hosting a 90’s & Britpop night at The Booth Hall in Hereford. The painting will be auctioned off on the night along with lots of other cool britpop goodies. All profits for the evening go to St Michael’s Hospice.

I didn’t want to do the obvious thing for this brief, for example, a painting of a mod target with a guitar in the middle, or a portrait of Liam Gallagher. No! Instead, i decided to take inspiration from a britpop classic. Plus, I’ve never painted a pigeon before and thought it was rather fun coupled up with the opening lyrics to Parklife. This painting was completed quickly in 4 and a half hours.

I really like the idea of illustrating song lyrics! This has given me a cool idea for another possible, themed exhibition. Yay.

Check out the link for more info on Kirsty’s event.

Britpop & 90’s night at The Booth Hall on the 3rd June

Commissioned Work – Pilchard

Pilchard – coloured pencil on paper

I completed another commissioned drawing today. This cat looks like a total badasss to me. The Godfather of cats! The Big Cheese. Mr Cat.

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I’m really pleased with how this drawing has turned out and it was very nice to get my coloured pencils out again. It was hugely satisfying to use my new pencil sharpener too (thanks Mom). Those pencils were super sharp! I’m trying not to be too fussy with my work at the moment, which is the concept i embraced during my February painting project. I can really see how this will benefit my work in future. I’m working towards a realistic feel but one that isn’t too flat and lifeless. I want to see a bit of movement in the medium. I’m looking forward to embracing this idea more in my original work. Yay.

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BRUCE – Pencil & ink on PaperBRUCE

It’s been a while since i posted anything, so i thought i would write a little update about what I’ve been getting up to since my February Exhibition. I get asked quite regularly to do portraits. When i was first teaching myself to draw, i would sit and copy photographs to sharpen up my drawing skills. After a while, people took notice and would ask me to do a drawing for them, usually a traditional style portrait of a family member or a pet. At the time, i wasn’t thinking about drawing in a particular style. For me, it was simply ‘drawing practice’. It helped me develop and lay down the building blocks for a bigger vision that i had for my personal work. Over the years though, this type of traditional drawing has given me the opportunity to get paid work while i continue to work on building my own creative vision.

At the moment, I’m working on two commissions which i will write about over the next few weeks. My last commission was ‘Bruce’, a pencil & ink portrait drawing.

Private View of ‘February’ – 28 paintings in 28 days.

On Friday the 10th of March, i held the private view for my ‘February’ exhibition at De Koffie Pot in Hereford and it was an absolute joy. Some lovely friends and also some new faces gathered to share the evening of art, music and beer. For me, it was lovely to see people enjoying the work. There is a lot of variety in the collection and it was interesting to see which personalities were drawn in by a particular painting. The general feedback was that the work was thought provoking and vibrant.

17 of the original paintings have sold which is wonderful, especially considering i started the project with no intention of exhibiting or even thought about whether or not people might like them, so a big thank you to everyone who has bought work.

I was also very happy with how the limited edition prints turned out. They really capture the energy and vibrancy of the original paintings which doesn’t always happen. I decided to go for very limited runs with the prints. Only 20 copies in each edition.

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Painting number 28 in the collection was dedicated to the idea behind the exhibition. OK, so i may have cheated a bit with the final painting. I knew i wanted to do a portrait of Andy Warhol and display it alongside a quote of his, as it seemed to sum up the spirit of the exhibition nicely. I knew in my head that i was going to paint him as a banana, which was partly inspired by the Andy Warhol/Velvet Underground album cover but also because i work in a supermarket (sigh) and I was staring at bananas all morning when the idea popped into my head.

Thanks for the inspiration Andy.

The evening was a success due to so many people coming out to share the experience and getting involved. I want to say thank you to everyone who came along to see the show and also to De Koffie Pot for hosting my exhibition at such short notice. The fact that i was able to hold the exhibition so close to finishing this body of work made a big difference and kept the energy up. I’m pretty sure some of the paintings still had wet paint! I also want to say thanks to Ben Davis of Black Boxes for asking me what i planned to do with all the paintings once i had finished them. That was definitely the thing that inspired me to put on this exhibition. Cheers Ben!

The exhibition runs till Friday the 17th of March.

De Koffie Pot Gallery on the River Wye – Ria Parfitt Exhibition Open To Public Until March 17th

A lovely little write-up on the opening night of my exhibition.

Hereford City Centric Retail & Culture Blog

ARTIST RIA PARFITT EXHIBITION – FEBRUARY ’28 PAINTINGS IN 28 DAYS’  

De Koffie Pot, Bridge Street, Hereford, Herefordshire   HR4 9DG

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Photography by Grace Biddlecombe, Ria Parfitt Exhibition at De Koffie Pot Gallery Hereford

Friday Night was an absolute charmer of an evening. I Popped into the February – 28 Paintings in 28 Days’ Exhibition with my trusty sidekick and photographer in crime, Grace Biddlecombe, and was greeted by a buzzing atmosphere – a room of smiling art appreciators, or perhaps they were Ria Parfitt fans. After all, the girl is a diamond. Grace snapped plenty of photographs for us to share with you and hopefully, inspire you to come along and experience Ria Parfitt’s playful art. Interpret as you wish!

The good news is she sold 14 paintings that night and several prints. On the second day she sold more. Wow. The prints are rather stunning as well, so you can pick one up if your favourite painting…

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Hang time! Setting up my exhibition

It’s been a while since I last put on a solo exhibition. Gone are the days where you could just bang a nail in a wall “sigh”. My best buddy and occasional stress reliever, Mr Blu Tack has been banished too. Today I was at De Koffie Pot Gallery on Hereford’s Left Bank Village, hanging my new exhibition.  The complex is situated on the banks of the river Wye and has a beautiful feel to it. It’s a nice slice of city/country life.

Today was great. I had fun hanging my work and listening to all the activity going on around me. My February collection filled up the wall space nicely and I’m pleased with how it’s all looking. I have a few more finishing touches to add tomorrow morning and then the setup is complete and ready for the private view on the evening. I’ve made a playlist of the music i was listening to throughout my painting challenge which will be played at tomorrow nights viewing. I’m looking forward to it! Just got to decide what to wear 🙂