Tuesday, 16 May 2017

New website and new blog!

After over 5 years of blogging on this website, I've decided to move!

My new, exciting website is now www.louisediggle.com. It has a new blog area and contains my new work as it happens and news.

I very much hope that you manage to take a look! If you have any comments, please let me know and come to one of my exhibitions at the end of the year!

Monastery Gardens, Nice

Blossom, Brunswick Gardens

Antibes Market

Best wishes


Friday, 13 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year 2017 and here's to a happy, healthy and paint filled one!

I'm delighted to report that 2 pastels have been selected for the Annual Pastel Society show in the Mall Galleries in February, further details will appear soon.

This is the last week for the Small Paintings Group Winter exhibiton at The Piers Feetham Gallery, SW6 (www.piersfeethamgallery.com) - opposite Stamford Bridge Football Ground on the Fulham Road where I am featured artist.
For more news on the Small Paintings Group please see our Facebook page or our website. There are lots of wonderful gems.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

A Week in Politics - Pastelling in Parliament Square

Crowds Outside Number 10 Wednesday 13th July
A week in Politics 

By complete coincidence, and great luck, I managed to get permission from the Mayor’s Office to paint in Parliament Square in one of the most remarkable weeks in British politics. 

Wednesday 6th July
Weather good
Chilcot report, placards in Parliament Square

I pastelled from 6am to 12 noon, in the same place, observing the light.  Most days I completed 2 pieces.  
Monday 11th July
Grey, overcast morning, showers later
Theresa May becomes uncontested candidate for PM
Crashed, crushed car outside Parliament

Tuesday 12th July
Bright start, heavy showers later
Final Cameron cabinet meeting
Corbyn and Labour NEC ballot paper decision
Removal lorry arrives at Number 10

Tuesday 12th Mid Morning
Wednesday 13th July
Sunny start, sunny intervals
Last PM Question Time for Cameron, crowds outside Downing Street
May moves into Downing Street
Major cabinet appointments announced
Len Goodman quits Strictly
Wednesday pm - Press Tents outside Parliament during Cameron's last Question Time

Thursday 14th July
Bright early dawn light – couple watch sunrise on Parliament Square
Light cloud later
First day of May – new administration
Terrible news from Nice

What struck me as I worked was that these pastels are a record of an extraordinary time. The frenzy of political activity inside Parliament hugely contrasted with the gentle everyday rhythms I witnessed outside in Parliament Square - the morning service bells of Westminster Abbey, the regular boom of big Ben and the inexorable flow of traffic and pedestrians. Parliament Square also has wonderful catalpa trees in blossom and I even saw butterflies.

Ironically, I too was captured, but on film rather than canvas.  Newsnight was filming the press tents on College Green during the last Cameron Prime Minister’s Question Time.  As a result I appeared fleetingly, on Newsnight, that night and Sky News.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Chelsea Art Society coming up next week!

Time has sped and I realise that its been months since I last posted.  It's been a busy couple months with my studio show and trying to pin down the ever changing  light.  Over the last 6 weeks London has become a new place; transformed by spring.

The blossom this year has been lovely. I always forget what a great surprise it is when it finally appears.  I based myself off Old Church Street in Kensington where some of the best can be seen

Blossom, Brunswick Gardens

Blossom, Holland Park

 I particulary enjoyed including dog walkers and joggers - they became pieces of light

Daffodils, St James' Park
 As part of my Pageantry series, I am pastelling the Mall and rehearsals for the Trooping the Colour.  On Sundays the traffic is closed off and, early in the morning, it is so quiet and green it almost feels as though you are far away in the countryside.

Mall with Flags, Late Morning
Mall with Flags, Afternoon Light

Mall with Flags, Evening Light

The rehearsals for the Trooping the Colour have also been underway and are a great spectacle.  Selfie sticks are however a hazard! There is no time to stare, just to pile in the light and colour where it best fits! More will be added next week after the Birthday Parade and picnic on the Mall

Flags fever abounds at the moment!
Buses and flags, Regent street

There have been some extraordinarily beautiful mornings. The very early morning light in London is magical, particularly around Parliament Square and the river.  I did a quick sketch yesterday. Very few people and traffic were around. 

Chelsea Art Society is next week at the Old Town Hall, Kings Road 16-20 June.  This year is proving to be bigger and better than ever.    Further information can be found on http://www.chelseaartsociety.org.uk/

Friday, 1 April 2016

Paris 2

In my studio in London in the lovely spring sunshine and going through my Paris work for my Studio show in May and Chelsea Art Society in June.  I really enjoy the contrast of Paris with London; it's so completely diffferent. There also seem to be easier places to paint from.

Louvre, Afternoon light

By the Sennelier shop, Quai Voltaire

Place de la Concorde, Sunset

Louvre, Sunset

Seine, Early morning Light

Saturday, 19 March 2016

I love Paris in the Springtime

I've just got back from a painting trip with the Chelsea Art Society to Paris - what a place!

It was very hard not to hum various tunes about the beauty of the city as I walked the boulevards searching for subject matter.  It's the most wonderful place to paint; not only is it lovely to look at, there are many areas to set up an easel without getting in the way. The spring light dissolved and transformed the place. I was extraordinarily lucky to paint with a very inspiring group - Luke Martineau, Alice Hall and Annie Wright.

This is just a taste of what I've been up to - further Parisian work will be up in the next few weeks

Flags, Arc de Triomphe, early morning

Ile St Louis - Evening Light 

Sunset, Pont de la Concorde

Tuileries, Spring Light

Vendome and Tuileries, dusk