A Sketchbook Day at Dymock…Please book now if interested





Introducing Sketchbooks Day for Adults
Sunday 29th June 2014
At Dymock Hall and the Poets Path (weather permitting)
Beginners very welcome
10 a.m. ~ 3 p.m. cost £35 inc. basic materials
Please bring own lunch. Tea, coffee etc provided
Further information: tel:01531 635857 info@valeriemclean.com
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email: ____________________
I enclose a cheque made payable to St Mary’s Church PCC for amount___________
Please fill in above details and return to Jackie Tweedale, Horseshoe Inn House, Brooms
Green, Dymock, Glos Gl18 2DP with payment

Progress on a new book about Edward Thomas

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The cover design and and piles of sketchbooks and other artwork will be delivered to the publisher this week in preparation for scanning the images for my new book about Edward Thomas. The main section of text for the book is my personal selection of poetry and prose written by Thomas who tragically died in the First World War.  I am fortunate to live in Ledbury and  able to walk and sketch the countryside around  nearby Dymock, where a group of famous poets, including Edward Thomas and his friend, Robert Frost lived and worked during the summer of 1914

Drawing birds



Many birds feature in the poems of Edward Thomas so whilst researching for my new book, I have been visiting the Hereford Museum Resource Centre to draw from the Natural Science Collection.  We have an extensive collection of paintings etc and  artefacts including costumes in Hereford, that must be preserved despite the government cutbacks that are threatening our museum and library service.

New book about Edward Thomas



I am working on a new book to be published in time for Hereford Art Week in September this year. The book will contain a selection of Poetry and prose by Edward Thomas, one of the Dymock Poets who settled around the village of Dymock near Ledbury during the summer of 1914 just before the First World War. Many of the images are being sourced from my sketchbooks worked on during walks around the Dymock countryside or sometimes developed on my return to the studio.

The Royal West of England Autumn Open

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The results are now available for the R.W.A. Open Exhibition and I have one painting accepted and hung and one accepted but not hung. Looking forward to traveling down to Bristol for the traditional Varnishing Lunch this Saturday, after which, this  exhibition held each year in the splendid galleries in Bristol will be open to the public ..until the end of January 2014.

A new Print from a late summer May Hill painting

Late Summer on May Hill
Late Summer on May Hill


I have just taken delivery of a new late summer May Hill print in response to requests during h’Art week for an A4 size print that  will be approximately 16 x12 inches when mounted. The May Hill paintings are made in the season from memories of walking in the countryside around the Hill.

Price for Nov. – Dec. 2013  £35 unframed £60 framed in ash

The Hereford Open



I have two paintings accepted for the Hereford Open exhibition, held as part of h’Art, at the City Gallery. The work is selected for this annual exhibition on merit and the artists all live, study or work in Herefordshire. The exhibition runs from 7th September – 30th October. …closed Mondays. This painting..titled Anthony was made after making dozens of drawings based on the face, while attending a master class with Jesse Leroy Smith R.A. in Cornwall earlier this  year .