Hampshire show still running!

I have had some paintings in a an art exhibition in Romsey, Hampshire. The show started at the beginning of June and still has about a week to run until the paintings come down. The setting is wonderful, with a garden surrounding the gallery and a cafe on hand!

Dates: The exhibition ends Wednesday 28th June 2017, at 3pm.

Location: Sir Harold Hilier Gardens, Jermyns Lane, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0QA.

I have a selection of larger abstract paintings on canvas, and a few examples of my realistic commission work.



In the exhibition I have also included a few examples of my painted commissions work. Although the examples in the show are acrylic on canvas, I also paint in watercolours.


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Abstracts without titles

As yet untitled

I have been finishing off a series of abstract paintings for a summer show in Hampshire – details below. The trouble is, I need to decide on how to title them. Until now they have hung on my walls at home, but for an exhibition they need to be named.

My figurative paintings have simple but descriptive titles that remind me in an instant of the subjects matter, the country etc. But my abstracts do not recall a specific event, person or place. I suppose the technical term for this work is abstract expressionism: I don’t plan them at all, in fact each one is totally spontaneous and at the start I have absolutely no idea what the final painting will look like. The process can take months, even years, but at some point the composition feels balanced, and I know instinctively that it is finished.

For me, my abstracts do evoke an emotional response, but for someone else the same painting would likely induce a different feeling. Colour is so personal and these pictures, all one metre square, are so large that the blocks of paint can really engulf you. I should also say that the interaction of colour and form are really important for me, as is the tactile application of thick paint onto canvas- with both brush and hands!

So how can you distill this difficult-to explain experience into a one or two word title? Perhaps I should fall back on a dominant colour or shape, or even a random word or number? It is a conundrum, but I will have decide very soon.

The exhibition details:
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Jermyns Lane, Romsey
Hampshire, SO51 0QA

Friday 9th June – Wednesday 28th June 2017 (10am – 5pm)*
*exhibition closes 3pm on the final day

As yet untitled

Also untitled!

Blue Hook/ Two Semicircles – Ahhhhh!


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Stourhead Summer Exhibition 2017, Wiltshire

As usual, I will be taking part in the summer art exhibition at Stourhead in Wiltshire, in the lovely First-View Gallery.

The show runs from:
Saturday 3rd June – Sunday 25th June

First-View Gallery   
Spread Eagle Courtyard, Stourton
Wiltshire, BA12 6QE
Tel: 01747 840747
Website for First-View Gallery: http://www.first-view.co.uk
National Trust site: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead

There will be a selection of artwork from over 60 artists, exhibited in the idyllic setting of a the National Trust’s Stourhead house and gardens. This year I am exhibiting a number of my new planet paintings…









In past years, though, I have painted some of the beautiful Stourhead architecture, surrounded by trees and reflected in the still waters of the lake. It really is a stunning place to visit, and very inspiring for gardeners and painters alike!

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A portrait of a dog


The final painting

Mid point

I have just finished painting an acrylic portrait of a dog. Just for fun I took a few photos of the various stages, so you can see how the layers are built up.

In the first picture you can see a little of the original pencil sketch left. At the start I only draw out the bare minimum, and then layer up the paint in thinnish layers. With acrylics you can add quite a bit of water and the washes you can achieve are not dissimilar to watercolour paint.

A first quick wash

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Painting planets

This weekend I experimented with a new subject, astronomy. About ten years ago I bought a telescope, and from then on I have found the night sky fascinating.

Here are my first attempts to capture something of the jewel-like quality that these various planets emirate. I’m quite pleased with them – as a starter for ten – so I may well do more!



The Moon

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Acrylic paintings of ultrasound scans

Ultrasound painting by Rebecca Jelbert, 2017

Ultrasound painting by Rebecca Jelbert, 2017

This weekend I painted the ultrasound portraits of two beautiful babies.

I love painting these type of pictures. They bring together my interest in medicine and biology, and also my passion for portraiture. It is a challenge to strike the right balance between texture and blank space, between anatomical accuracy and abstract movement, but the results can be rewarding.

My teenage son still has his little canvas up in his room, which goes to show that these images are somehow timeless. For me, the ultrasound image is the meeting point of the etherial and the cutting edge. These black and white scans concentrate the mind on composition, tone and movement, and are a complete change from my other work.

And now I am returning to my paints to work on something very different – a large abstract with strong colours. It has been under my bed, unfinished, for many many months but sometimes it can take years to develop a good abstract painting. Back to work.

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Painting in Sepia

Paintings by Rebecca Jelbert - email: info@RebeccaJelbert.co.uk

Paintings by Rebecca Jelbert – email: info@RebeccaJelbert.co.uk

Sepia paintings doesn’t have to be boring! If you try and mix sepia you don’t have to reach for the tube of sepia. A mixture of rich colours will give you the best results – yellows through to reds, greens and blues. Also, by placing different patches of colour next to each other, the overall effect can suggest sepia.

The paintings below have small areas of brighter colours, whilst maintaining a unifying sepia tonality. However, the emphasis shifts slightly in each picture, sometimes the the dominant colour may be a yellow-brown, sometimes a pink-brown…

Rebecca Jelbert_ChairAgainstDoor            Rebecca Jelbert_Pub_sepia

Rebecca Jelbert_Geece

I really like the appearance of old photographs, and the warmth that sepia has over black and white images. On a few occasions I have painted sepia prints, for example the following two pictures are of scenes in St. Albans where I lived at one time.

Rebecca Jelbert_St Albans_02             Rebecca Jelbert_St Albans_03


Sepia has been associated with the past and antique imagery but I suggest that this colour can also be used for contemporary work. Sepia allows the artist to really concentrate of the variety of tones in a picture, whilst keeping warmth through the addition of rich colours such as deep browns, blues and reds.

I also paint obstetric ultrasound images – baby scans- on canvas and have painted a few of these in single colours. Although theses black and white scans are by nature monochromatic, I have enjoyed adapting the grey scales to sepia, and a range of other colours such as blues, reds and purples.

Rebecca Jelbert_ultrasound_sepia     Rebecca_Jelbert_ultrasound_blues


To discuss the possibility of commissioning a painting please contact me – email: info@RebeccaJelbert.co.uk

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