Work in progress

I have recently started a new series which depicts each month, obviously the first month I have completed, is January. The series will be published in Leisure Painter Magazine, each month, together with an article I will write about the painting processes and techniques of watercolour painting etc.

The inspiration came from a book which was bought for me by Edith Holden – ‘The Nature Notes of an Edwardian Lady. I find Edith’s depictions of nature very fascinating and inspiring.

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I am working on the second piece for February, here are some progress shots.

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My inspiration

My inspiration comes from my beautiful surroundings, my dogs, animals, my walks in the hills and the seasons. I am surrounded by beauty, wilderness, fauna and wildlife.

I take every opportunity to walk in the hills, with my dogs, not only does it make me feel good, I like to be with nature, it inspires me and my work.

Not all of my inspiration comes from the countryside, it can be anything from a magazine article, a photo from the internet, the birds I have in the garden, books, anything, absolutely anything can inspire me. As an artist I am quite observant with everything around me, I look at colours, the way the light changes on a branch or a leaf, colours change depending on what time of day and year it is.

I love the changing of seasons, Spring and Summer are my favourite time of year. Spring, when the birds start to sing out loud and there’s joy in the air, the ground starts to emmerse with green and flower growth and the air becomes slightly warmer. Summer is a fun time of year, the air is warm and everything is in full bloom, the light has changed and days are longer which allows for more painting and longer walks.

I find inspiration from the work of many artists which include: Picasso, Matisse, Marjolein Bastin, Arthur Rackham, John Gould, John James Audubon, Arthur B. Singer, Charles Tunnicliffe, Edith Holden, Thomas Bewick, the list is endless as there are so many wonderful artists. I also have a large selection of books, which I use for reference, too, including my favourite Collins book of garden birds.

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NEW for 2018

Happy New Year to all!

I am happy to announce my new products from my Garden Birds range. I feel very lucky  to be working with a lovely company who are producing products such as clocks, placemats, chalkboards, key holders, coasters, keyrings and magnets. They are currently in production and should be out in the shops pretty soon.

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My story

Clients: Patagonia, George Fisher, Macys, Libertine, Zulilly, Walmart, BBC, Leisure Painter Magazine.
Licensed: Art Licensing Inc.

I am a British Artist and Illustrator. Liverpool born and living in a canal side cottage in West Yorkshire with my two dogs, Sam & Ellie and two cats, Milly & Monty. I have lived in the hamlet of Hawksclough – very apt considering my love for birds, in Mytholmroyd (home of poet laureate, Ted Hughes) for several years and I have loved every creative moment. The studio is above the house, in a loft conversion, I have two skylight windows which are permanently open so I can hear the wildlife around me, the scuttle of birds along the rooftop and see the blue skies filled with tree branches. The Yorkshire countryside does have a wealth of animal and bird life that is a constant inspiration for my work as well as the sparrows that live in the bush at the bottom of my garden. When I am not painting, you will find me; at the allotment; walking in the hills with the dogs or in France.

For the past 33 years, since training in Liverpool Art College, I have continued my art practice, as well as working professionally within the arts, in both publication and re-painting. Working in commercial areas such as gifts, jewellery, pottery & editorial and Licensed on products, Worldwide. In 2014 the Tour de France came through the village and I created several illustrations to coincide with the big event, this gave my work large exposure World-wide and led me to work on more illustrative pieces on my favourite subject, nature and birds. The past couple of years, I have ran workshops for watercolour enthusiasts and beginners, from my own home however, my home was flooded in 2016 so I made the decision of ending the courses but the future is looking bright.

Over recent months, I have written articles for Leisure Painter Magazine about my painting processes and demonstrations. More recently I have been working on larger scale projects for Patagonia, creating their window illustrations and working alongside the very creative visual merchandiser, Sue Storer who is always a joy to work with. I have produced two large maps of my area, Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale, created for the community, which you can see in the village and the surrounding areas both as large banners and soon to be brochures. I love working on larger scale projects like this as I find it an enjoyable creative challenge. You can see me painting the George Fisher window in Keswick, here: michellecampbellart.com/projects

I primarily work in watercolour, ink pen and gouache with a dabble of pastel pencils on Saunders Waterford watercolour paper from St Cuthberts Mill.

Each day, I post a ‘Tweet of the day’ on twitter – a different bird everyday. You can see my latest news over on my blog.

Maps

I have designed two maps for the community; Mytholmroyd and Cragg Vale. VBA asked me if they can print a large version of the Mytholmroyd map so they can hang it up in the village, while work is being done to make the village flood free. I have worked with the Co-operative and the Mytholmroyd map has been reproduced as a leaflet which is distributed in the village store.

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Hare and Hounds Country Inn

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The Hare and Hounds Country Inn is located on Lane Ends, Wadsworth HX7 8TN above Hebden Bridge. Known locally as the Lane Ends, the inn has been serving fine ales for over 150 years.

While searching for a house in the area, I chose to stay here, one because it is dog friendly and two, they make a scrumptious vegetarian breakfast. The Hare and Hounds is located on the edge of the moors, each room has a view of magnificent scenery across the Pennines, the quietness and abundance of wildlife makes you feel you are part of a Bronte’ story.

During my stay, venturing out very early with the dogs was a must, I would walk over the moors to watch the sunrise, before exploring Wadsworth on foot. After a home-cooked dinner (from the menu) I would sit on the large terrace overlooking the valley to watch the sunset, while listening to the chickens (the girls) and rare breed pigs which you can see from the side of the terrace before retiring indoors to listen to the landlord, David’s jokes and varied choice of great music.

The walls of the Inn are decorated with paintings, photographs and prints by local artists and in 2015 I was asked to display my paintings which I continue to sell on a regular basis, giving a percentage of the proceeds to local charities, particularly Calder Valley Search and Rescue.

In late December 2016 the Inn arranged a charity evening to raise money for flood relief after the Boxing Day floods which devastated the Calder Valley. An auction was held of paintings and photographs which were donated by local people, a raffle and live music from Lee Southall (formerly of Liverpool based band The Coral), raising a whopping £3002.

For me, the Inn is the perfect place to stay, built 900 feet above sea level on the edge of the Calderdale Way, five bedrooms to choose from (all en suite and includes free wi-fi) and with panoramic views from every window, open fires, serving Timothy Taylor ales, delicious home-cooked food, easy access to local attractions, including an easy walk into Hebden Bridge, the home of independent retailers, Mytholmroyd (where I live) the birthplace of Ted Hughes, Heptonstall where Sylvia Plath is buried, one mile to the route of the 2014 Tour de France and a 20 minute drive to Haworth, home of the Bronte’ sisters, excellent rail links to Leeds, Manchester and York and a bus service that will drop you off outside, what more could you ask for.

The owners, Jeanette and David are a welcoming couple, making you feel at home as soon as you walk through the door.

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