Haidee-Jo Summers artist - painter of light and colour

" I would like to paint the way a bird sings" Claude Monet

"Colour in a picture is like enthusiasm in life" Vincent van Gogh

Winner of the Buxton Spa prize 2014

'Walking through buttercups, Harpur hill'

Oils 26" x 28"



I am delighted to announce that I am the first prize winner of the £5000 Buxton Spa prize 2014, the inaugural plein air painting competition held in this beautiful and vibrant Derbyshire town. The prizes were announced at the exhibition preview and prizegiving evening on Thursday 11th September.

The judging panel consists of the eminent artists Harold Riley and Ken Howard OBE RA, Viscountess Cobham the Chairman of VisitEngland and the Art Fund Prize, Ros Westwood the Derbyshire Museums Manager, Anne-Lise Fraser the Programme Cordinator at Leek School of Art and Louise Potter local businesswoman and Manager of the Literary Festival a long standing supporter of cultural initiatives in Buxton and Trevor Osborne who is leading the project to restore Buxton Crescent and an active supporter of the arts.




Sails up in harbour,  The Artist Purchase Award
Sails up in harbour, The Artist Purchase Award

Patchings Festival 2014 and big news!

Well, what an exciting Patchings festival that was!

The Artist magazine hosts an annual competition for professional artists in conjunction with Patchings art centre. Of the hundreds of entries received they choose 70 paintings to hang in the exhibition at the Barn gallery, Patchings art centre. The exhibition is open until the end of July and is well worth a visit, but the opening of the exhibition coincides with the first day of the annual Patchings festival (which is a huge event attended by art lovers from all over the country).

Some of those paintings are selected for prizes and awards by the judges who are artist David Curtis ROI RSMA, editor of the magazine Sally Bulgin and the owners of Patchings art centre (who are also artists) Chas and Liz Wood. On the opening day of the exhibition (Thursday) I discovered that my painting had won the Pro Arte award, which is a prize of £250 worth of artists brushes.

On Saturday Ken Howard RA attends the exhibition to help choose ten of the artists for an 'exhibition award' and I was one of those ten. The prize is a joint exhibition showing the work of the ten of us at the Barn gallery next year. Something lovely to look forward to!

Then Ken Howard chooses his favourite painting in the whole exhibition for The Artist purchase prize, and he chose mine! This means that my painting will be purchased by The Artist magazine and will hang in the gallery at their offices forever.

It is rather an honour to go through those stages of selection and be judged by the greatest painter in the UK to have the best painting in the show!

If you look here you can see all the prizewinning paintings and indeed the whole exhibition as well as the Leisure Painter exhibition online, well worth a look -


My demo in the Festival marquee at Patchings festival June 2014
My demo in the Festival marquee at Patchings festival June 2014
Patchings festival 2014
Patchings festival 2014

It's easy to spot me in the painting marquee - look out for the bunting and fairy lights! 

Looking ahead in 2015

2015 is well underway now and I've got an exciting year ahead with trips planned to France, Cornwall, Staithes, Guernsey, Venice and California. 

I will also be teaching plein air painting in beautiful Umbria, Italy with Arte Umbria

I'm busy writing my book called 'Vibrant Oils' in association with Search Press, an instructional and inspirational book on oil painting which will be published in 2016.

I'm also very much looking forward to filming a DVD in Cornwall this summer with APV films.

I shall keep you fully informed about both projects via my newsletter so please do sign up to receive updates.

My next major solo exhibition will be taking place in November at 71 Friar Lane, Nottingham, and then in February 2016 at the Russell Gallery, Putney.


Early summer at Porthcurnick beach
Early summer at Porthcurnick beach

New book! Paintings of colour and light volume 2

Paintings of light and colour Volume 2
Paintings of l...
2013 - 2014 paintings
By Haidee-Jo Summers
Photo book

The colour of light - new exhibition and portraits

My solo exhibition in Nottingham in January was a huge success with over 700 visitors and 30 paintings sold. Thank you to everyone who managed to come over and support me and huge thanks to all of you who collect my paintings and enable me to keep on doing what I love to do!

I painted an oil portrait from life each day during ten days of the exhibition which was very enjoyable for all - thank you to all my sitters!


Painting Andrew
Painting Andrew
Painting Ant
Painting Ant
Nine of the daily portraits
Nine of the daily portraits

2015 workshop schedule

Please see the workshops page for details of my 2015 workshop and demo schedule 





Newest paintings! See them here first...

See my latest paintings!
See my latest paintings!

You can always see my newest paintings on my painting blog, www.haideejo.blogspot.com

When you are there, add your email address into the box which says 'enter your email address here for my paintings in your inbox' and you will then be sent a verification email. Click on the link in that verification email and then you will receive each new blog post into your email inbox. That means four or five of my brand new, colourful paintings direct to you every week! It is also the place to get the first peek at paintings which are auctioned online, and to hear all kinds of news and painting tips. What could be nicer? Well you could get yourself a cup of coffee and a piece of cake before you draw up a chair...