'Elemental' - an open studio exhibition for Oxfordshire Artweeks 2014

I am exhibiting as part of Oxfordshire Artweeks 2014 from 3-11 May, along with fellow photographer John Hailstone.

Join us at this free, ‘open studio’ event, being held on the theme of ‘Elemental’:

elemental |ˌeləˈmentl|
• related to or embodying the powers of nature.
• (of an emotion) having the primitive and inescapable character of a force of nature

Open from 12:00-18:00 on 3-7 and 7-11 May 2014, the exhibition will feature an all-new collection of ‘Elemental-themed’ prints from John, plus selected items illustrating the power and beauty of nature from within his stunning portfolio.

I will be showing a wide selection of my original mixed media paintings, alongside cards, prints and lots of lovely ‘Said in Stones’ creations.

A number of new paintings will premiere at the exhibition, and

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I’m excited to announce another treat in appreciation of your appreciation <3 From now on, every time my facebook Fan Page turns a hundred ‘Likes’ (e.g. right now, next up is 300 Likes), I will be giving away one of my ‘Said in Stones’ to a lucky, random recipient :o)

Here’s how to be in with a chance of winning your favourite stone:

1) EITHER ‘Like’ my Facebook Fan Page (if you haven’t already)


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………………………AND THEN…………..

2) EITHER – Tag ‘your’ stone from the ‘available for sale’ Plates in the ‘Said in Stones’ album -

OR – ‘Share’ the photo in question on your facebook Page, Group or personal Timeline, stating the Row and Column of the stone you’d like to win (feel free to do both, of course)

OR – ‘Tweet’ a link to the photo of

To my Friends, Fans and Art Lovers Everywhere - a gift from me to you ... Enjoy your FREE copy of 'Art for a New Paradigm' :o)

Dear Friends,

Throughout my life, I have frequently gifted the fruits of my creativity to appreciative recipients. In fact, in my version of ‘heaven’, everything is given and received freely out of love; and because of this everyone has exactly what they need and appreciates its true value. In my Utopian dreams, money does not exist…

In the World as it currently functions, of course, commerce is necessary (to some extent) in order to survive and thrive. The way I see it, this form of interaction simply represents one of the many ways in which to exchange values or energy. So every time someone trades ‘money’ for something I have created, their action repays the time, energy, and love (alongside the physical overheads) which I have invested in opening myself to, and sharing the expre

SOMEBODY at redbubble likes me :o)

You can find my artwork and photography on several ‘print on demand’ websites, but none features a more extensive collection of my work than here at…

I’ve always found the site to be more accessible and fun to use than any other, and the reception for my work there has always been very positive: I feel actively supported in my efforts by the community of generous-spirited artists here. On top of this, redbubble’s print products meet or exceed my expectations. And if they screw up (which has been known), they immediately make amends to the satisfaction of my customers, so I’m told…

It gives me great pleasure whenever an image of mine is ‘featured’, as a growing number of them are, by staff at redbubble. Several of my works have been spotlit on the Homepage, and many of them a


Following my wrestling match with Blurb’s awful ‘BookSmart’ I was delighted to present my new book ‘Art for a New Paradigm’, and even happier when I received my hard copy through the post: it looked gorgeous!!!!…

However, my joy was tainted somewhat by the realisation that Blurb’s printers had slapped a barcode across part of the text on the back cover of the book – I had been meticulous in ensuring that I stayed within the print guidelines within BookSmart, and nothing in their design templates had warned of this :o(

Having contacted Blurb’s support staff to confirm that the error was theirs (it was), I requested a refund, took the book offline, and set to work producing a revised version – allowing for the offending bar code this time…

Whilst I was at it, I took several deep breaths and

'Art for a New Paradigm' - my new book!

In response to redbubble’s ‘create-a-free-mini-portfolio’ voucher offer, I spent several days recently wrestling with Blurb’s ‘BookSmart’ software in order to create a collection of my original artwork for publication both as a hard copy (i.e. professionally printed) book and an eBook:…

In an experience far too reminiscent of my pre-Mac days, I managed somehow to make my way through BookSmart’s frequent crashes and freezing in order to bring you ‘Art for a New Paradigm’, a sumptuous, full-colour feast featuring 42 pages of my most popular original artworks. I hope you’ll agree that it was well worth the effort in order to see my brush babies gathered to form their very own publication!

‘Art for a New Paradigm’ is also available in eBook format either through Blurb or at the Apple iBooksto



Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition…

Grace at Nine
by Jay Taylor


I am delighted to announce that my photographic artwork ‘Grace at Nine’ has been selected to exhibit in SoJie 17, whose theme is The Portrait. I am especially delighted since this piece is a portrait of my wonderful daughter, who is not just my favourite model but my favourite human being, too :o)

This month is the 17th SoJie ( Solo’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. ), and myself and 91 other artists are represented with Portrait style artworks or photographs.

Winners of the invitational will be announced on August 7th, when a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded in three categories: digital art, photography, and traditional art.

Members and no-members alike, ARE welcome to

Join me in Sojie 14!


   Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition…

by Jay Taylor


Together Again
by Jay Taylor


I am very excited to exhibit in SoJie 14. SoJie 14 takes its name from the first letters of Solo’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. 61 other members of the Solo Exhibition group, besides myself, are exhibiting.

This exhibition is based on an open workshop, in which I participated. There, members translated participants’ traditional artworks to our respective favorite medium and style, as traditional, photographic, or digital art.

Non members, as well as members, ARE welcome to view all of the work on show. So I hope that you will click the show banner, above, and follow the link to view my fellow exhibitors. The works are shown “gallery size” and

Together Again for Sojie 14

I thought I’d add this story as a Journal entry, so that those who don’t participate or read the Sojie forums/Workshops can see what I’ve been up to recently……

3 weeks ago I asked Laura Barber Riley if I could translate her wonderful oil painting Together into Photographic Art for the purposes of Sojie 14, as I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to showcase the beautiful horses I had been visiting locally for some time. Laura very graciously said yes, and my little adventure began…

Once again, my participation in a Sojie Workshop has turned into a magical journey, and quite the story…! Over the past 3 weeks, I had already taken many of shots of my chosen trio: Paco, Chico and Spirit:

But was continuing in my quest for a better shot. This endeavour continued on an almost daily ba

Sleep Walking/Day Dreaming/Change Direction Somewhat...!

Last time I wrote, we were off to visit sculptor/taxidermist Martin Hayward-Harris ……

…NOT a fruitful endeavour, unfortunately, although we did come away with lovely fresh-laid duck eggs having had a nice chat and a cup of tea. I didn’t even ASK whether we could borrow a sculpture or two: FAR too much responsibility and not nearly enough insurance ;o) Martin’s sculptures are truly exquisite, by the way – they’re even more delightful in the flesh than they look on the photos…

The ‘real’ birds we saw offered us two possibilites:

1) Stuffed, somewhat worse for wear, and SMELLY
2) Frozen, defrosted, floppy and SMELLY

Understandably, neither of those options actually seemed like and option to DD, so we have abandoned the idea in favour of a slight change of direction:


This s

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