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BSC presents 'Provence and Beyond' by Christabel Forbes


Blue Shop Cottage presents
’Provence and Beyond’
by Christabel Forbes
11th - 15th September

We are thrilled to announce that the wonderful Christabel Forbes will be gracing Blue Shop with a diverse show of her original works, a creative workshop, artist talk and of course a little show party.

Christabel Forbes is a young colourist whose individual treatment of landscape is unmistakeably her own. She was born in 1991 in Courbevoie, outside Paris, of mixed French and British parentage. Christabel trained at The Royal Drawing School, after taking a BA in Fine Art at Falmouth University. She has built up a portfolio of residencies and teaching experience in the UK and abroad, based around her use of colour to evoke people and places. In her work, as in her teaching, she tries to maintain a level of playfulness and spontaneity.

“Provence and Beyond”

Most of these landscapes were painted en plein air over a six-week summer residency with Arts in Provence, a wonderful arts hub in Les Bassacs, southern France. The work is all mixed media, using a selection of oils, pastel, watercolour, ink and pencil. My technique is largely based on the classical drawing style, but by means of colouration I hope to achieve a painterly, sometimes even a semi-abstract effect. Certain pieces have more surface-layering, mark-making and other textural application, intended to create a sharper, more naturalistic portrayal. Perhaps most strikingly, individual landscapes often provoke in me a dramatic colour response. “My juxtaposition of colours and how I divide the composition into blocks of colour is determined by my emotional connexion with a place. This collection of work represents the first time I have worked exclusively en plein air. Up until this time, habitually I sketched the landscape and added colour later in the studio. This new method of working required the acquisition of a granny trolley with cross-country capability.”


Wednesday 11th September
‘Creating a Landscape’ Workshop with Christabel Forbes
7 - 9.30pm | £45 pp

Friday 13th September
Artist Talk / Q&A with Christabel Forbes
7 - 8.30pm | £15 pp

Thursday 12th - 15th September - Open all day

Private Tours - To book a private tour on Wednesday 11th September between 9am and 6pm please email Ocki on