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Petersfield Antiques Fair 11 – 13 March 2022

Festival Hall, Heath Road, Petersfield GU31 4EA

Friday to Sunday 10.30am – 5pm

Surrounded by Pay & Display Car Park


Most excitingly I took part in the Petersfield Antiques Fair this March. From me, there was lots of new work, many paintings now framed, some reguilded and all looking their best. The other Exhibitors had some lovely Antique pieces of furniture, jewellery, glass and paintings too.




As many people know I spent a four years in Florence learning to paint using techniques called Classical Realism. Like an old master, aiming to make things look real. And more – still lives with compositions of harmony and beauty, not necessarily painting beautiful objects although often they were.


Reality and beauty. Painting figures, clothed or nude, similar ideas applied.  Portraits? A painter can pose and light a sitter aiming for a good likeness. To express a character giving all their attention to what is in front of them. . . but . . . a subject that I had not painted for a while is flowers. And . . .



Primula (detail)


I like flowers and plants very much.  To paint them I had to evolve my technique to capture translucent petals, to compose with a form that is moving and growing and build my palette with a range of colours of gorgeous subtlety.


Winter Roses (details)

Last summer our Antique Dealing friends Wakelin & Linfield suggested the Petersfield Antiques Fair to me. My own stand! This March was the first time these new paintings were seen.  Many of them are quite small, with fruit and vegetables as well as roses and daffodils.  All of them are colourful.


Yes, there were new works but also on show were some of my more tranquil still lives, such as a lovely Davenport Jug with Shallots.  From a few years earlier are paintings of Figs on a Brass Dish, a Small White Porcelain Basket with Limes and Clematis.


Figs – (detail)



Not too far away ? I hope you managed to come and visit the Fair. But for those of you who did not – you can see them here. 


Just select the Petersfield Antiques Fair menu from the top of the screen to see all the painting that were on show.


There were some beautiful sunny Spring Days and lots of visitors.


Also please excuse me for the lengthy delay if you are following White Rose & Shallots (now available in Archive) Part 2 will be available soon.


  • Marianna

    Great post about your process, Marilyn! It was really fun to read! I especially appreciate the lighting section. I currently don’t have a way to control the light. One enitre side of my studio is floor to celing glass, including the french doors. On one hand Iove it becuase its great light for painting from photos, and I feel like I’m painting outside. But it’s really hard to control the light to set up for still life (or portrait probably, which I’ve never done). Especially becuase it’s a really small space. Look forward to your next post!

  • Marilyn Amidon (RedMarilyn)

    Marilyn, I truly enjoy seeing your paintings and reading all your insightful and informative posts on Winter Roses Facebook. Thanks for your generous sharing of your time, knowledge, and struggles!

  • Christine Charlesworth

    So pleased to have received this blog and once I get these three major sculptures set on their different sites I will be able to breath again and think about the possibilities of picking up a paintbrush and working on canvas. In the meantime, my Lockdown year has been really full-on. Greta Thunberg is first on-site in Wichester on 30th March with a ‘virtual unveiling’ which they hope will be streamed live to various parts – I did not realise that this will be the very first portrait of her in the world. I think you have already seen videos of me working on Emily Davison, for Epsom, and probably seen photographs of the big Dame Ethel Smyth, for Woking. Not bad considering that I thought I was going to retire from sculpture three years ago and do gentler paintings instead to give my arthritic hands a rest. I am really looking forward to working at my easel again and thank you very much for giving me the inspiration to give it a go.

  • Nicole LE GALL

    Thank you for sharing your process for indirect painting still life. This set up is beautiful wiith this dark background.

  • MarilynBailey

    Wonderful to hear from you Lawrence. I do hope you are enjoying the painting – golly gosh I loved that one! And we can’t get back to Florence yet, isn’t it sad But I’m so glad you like the blog. Very best wishes to you and your wife.

  • Lawrence Berg

    Hi Marilyn

    Hope you are keeping well, I’m not sure if you remember me but I purchased the “picture framers workshop” painting from you , and if you recall we both knew the framers shop in Florence . Excellent article and beautifully explained , waiting with trepidation for your follow on article.
    with best wishes and kind regards
    Lawrence Berg

  • MarilynBailey

    Thank you Maya, I do think the ability to control the light is useful – good blackout curtains are a great investment. Working with natural light it good too – particularly when working with really subtle colours. Nowadays I tend to use a mix. Daylight is good for the soul!

  • Maya Barton

    Thank you Marilyn, very well explained. Shall soon be applying this to my work. I need some black curtains for my studio.

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