Jane Hope: Artweeks 2020

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Jane Hope

Oxfordshire Artweeks 2020

Apple Oil on panel, 20 × 20 cm

Jane Hope

Oxfordshire Artweeks 2020

Coffee in the Garden Oil on panel, 30 × 20 4

FOREWORD Every year Artweeks for me begins with coffee in the garden. I get out the best cups, make brownies, lemon drizzle, and Welsh cakes, commandeer someone to make the coffee, and wait for the bell to ring. Soon it does and the garden fills with neighbours and friends chatting under the apple tree, and wandering in and out of the studio. This year, because of COVID-19, that won’t happen, and I will miss it. So this year my exhibition is online in this catalogue. Most of the paintings are connected with my allotment plot at Elder Stubbs. It is a very beautiful place and many times I have pushed my bike there with my easel on the back, and painted through the seasons. I have sketched people working on their plots, and painted some of the harvest. I also spent a week in Cumbria in the autumn and include paintings from there, and some of St James’s Park which I walk through on the way to and from The Mall Galleries. I hope you enjoy looking at these pictures in the catalogue, and that next year, or sooner, you will be able to see them in reality. Please contact me if you are interested in any of the pictures, or if you would like a PDF copy of the catalogue. Jane Hope, May 2020

The Polytunnel Oil on panel, 30 × 36 cm

Colin’s Trees Oil on panel, 30 × 30 cm 6


Allotment Festival Oil on canvas, 30 × 25 cm


The Orchard, Elder Stubbs Oil on panel, 30 × 36 cm


Apples and Beans Oil on panel, 30 Ă— 30 cm 10

Sun Going Down December Oil on panel, 20 × 30 cm


Another Frosty Morning Oil on panel, 30 Ă— 30 cm 12

The White Shed Oil on panel, 20 × 40 cm



Sun on the Nets Oil on panel, 30 × 26 cm

Elder Stubbs in March Oil on panel, 30 × 30 cm 15

Pink Gloves and Blue Boots 1 Pastel on paper, 20 × 13 cm 16

Pink Gloves and Blue Boots 2 Pastel on paper, 17 × 12 cm 17

Frosty Morning Pastel on paper, 30 Ă— 23 cm 18

Working at the Allotment Pastel on paper, 20 Ă— 33 cm


Ann Pastel on paper, 13 Ă— 17 cm


Sheds at Elder Stubbs Oil on panel, 20 × 30 cm


Onions in Sarenga Cooking Pot Oil on canvas, 40 × 40 cm


Onions in Sarenga Pot 3 Pastel on paper, 23 Ă— 28


Kohlrabi Oil on panel, 25 × 12 cm


Comice Pear Oil on panel, 20 × 15 cm


Some of the Squashes Oil on canvas, 40 × 40 cm 26

Squash Harvest Oil on canvas, 50 × 50 cm

Squashes Oil on panel, 30 × 40 cm 27

Another Crown Prince Pastel on paper, 30 × 26 cm

Squash Oil on panel, 20 × 20 cm 28

Crown Prince Squash Oil on panel, 24 × 29 cm 29

Skiddaw, October Oil on panel, 20 × 40 cm


Birches After the Rain Oil on panel, 30 × 30

Wet Day in Grange Oil on panel, 40 × 30 cm



Left the Brush in the Hedge, Threlkeld Oil on panel, 20 Ă— 20 cm

Cumbrian Evening Oil on panel, 20 Ă— 20 cm 33

Summer Evening 1 Oil on panel, 22 Ă— 21 cm


Summer Evening 2 Oil on canvas, 20 × 40 cm


Rain in the Park 1 Pastel on paper, 35 Ă— 25 cm


Rain in the Park 2 Pastel on paper, 21 Ă— 19 cm

Rain in the Park 3 Oil on panel, 30 × 20 cm

Rain in the Park 4 Oil on panel, 30 × 20 cm


JR Morning Pastel on panel, 40 Ă— 50 cm

Jericho Canal Oil on panel, 30 Ă— 30 cm 38


Nicole’s Bowl with Easy Peelers Pastel on paper, 24 × 23 cm 40

Nicole’s Bowl with Oranges Pastel on paper, 23 × 21 cm 41

Apricots and Roses 1 Oil on panel, 40 Ă— 20 cm


Apricots and Roses 2 Pastel on paper, 32 Ă— 18 cm 43

Jane Hope I have painted all my life, and mainly work in two ways: 1. Scribbly sketches and memory Whatever I am doing, the things around me become pictures in my head. I usually carry a sketchpad, so I do quick sketches, remember the idea, and let it develop in my imagination. I then work up the idea into a painting in the studio. The advantage of this way of working is that I can play with the idea, exaggerate, and simplify, until it says what I want it to. I can think carefully about the composition and change it as I like. Sometimes several pictures grow out of the one idea. 2. En Plein Air From time to time I go out with my easel, and set up outside. This is really different. It is exciting, challenging, and completely absorbing. Light changes quickly and I have to work fast to capture what I see in that moment. There is a slight feeling of panic as I try to get it all down. There have to be fairly quick decisions about composition, eye level, light, and so on. The end result can have a very different feel from the pictures done from sketches and memory. There are examples of both in this exhibition.

Hyperlink to Mum’s photo 45

© Jane Hope, 2020. All rights reserved.  @janehopeartist janehope.co.uk artweeks.org Photograph on p. 45 courtesy of Ellie Thornton Front cover:

The Orchard, Elder Stubbs. Oil on panel, 30 × 36 cm