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97716 Unite and Connect abstract art Painting of London by Sara Sherwood cityscapes #knifecrimesolution

“Unite and Connect” painting of London was inspired by the “True Hearts” concept by Louca Kousoulou. #knifecrime solution

His visionary goal is to educate and support the youth of today to bring about a peaceful and positive future for this world. His idea is to introduce academies instead of unemployment benefit, to work with ex-gang members and ex-veteran homeless to train and motivate others to build a peaceful society for our future.

With an open heart our youth can unite and connect with each other and have a common goal of building a better future. This is a utopian strategy but every great idea starts with a dream.

We believe that this concept can work across religions and break down barriers to create a society built on love not fear. With a strategy for funding via TV and sponsorship, Kousoulou is convinced it is possible to make this a reality.

The painting shows London in a positive light. Unity in faith is a key element with an open heart and acceptance of others and their beliefs. I believe we should focus on the commonalities that draws society together, rather than the negatives that the media so often portray. Yes bad things happen, but the more we focus on the positive the more that can expand.

I hope my art emanates peace and joy from my heart and I wish that for every soul in this world.

To find out more or request the full proposal email #knifecrime solution
“Unite and Connect” Art by Sara Sherwood. Let love conquer the world……… to see more cityscapes

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Georgia Kousoulou father's mansion contemporary abstract cityscape by Sara Sherwood

London cityscape artist explains “Love is the real power”

“LOVE is the real power” topical for Valentines day, at Towie star Georgia Kousoulou’s father’s mansion. Art lover Louca Kousoulou fell in love with the painting the minute he saw it.

The colours of the art are reflected in the chandelier and the warm colours illuminate the room. It extends the magic of the painting into the home decor. I spent a few days with Louca, home styling and decluttering the mansion to bring it to its full potential. He now has art in a number of rooms and says:

“Sara’s Art has brought love and warmth to the house, which has generated a sense of wellbeing and positivity. This art has definitely created a vibe of love flowing through the air”.
Quote by Louca Kousoulou

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Spitalfields Arts Market Q&A

Paintings of London at Spitalfields Art Market Abstract art by Sara Sherwood

What do you love most about Spitalfields Arts Market and why did you choose to sell your art here?

I love the diversity of people that sell and visit Spitalfields Arts and General Market, it is a hive of creativity and talent fused with hard working and positive individuals that have build their own brands and products. It is refreshing to see unique arts that are represented directly by the artist. The Arts market gives me the perfect forum to get direct feedback from clients and the general public. I see reactions first hand and note which art sells best. I can then create new work with a specific customer base in mind. I have found many of the other artists at Spitalfields both supportive and positive. We share ideas for art products and suppliers, which have enriched all of our lives.

The area is perfect to exhibit my paintings of London and get I inspiration from the local vibe. To see more about Spitalfields Art Market

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Reflected in You by Sara Sherwood - Contemporary Abstract Cityscape Artist London
Colour and Light Art exhibition at Skylark Galleries London
Two Artists, two styles, two subjects. The paintings of Sara Sherwood and Trinidad Ball are brought together by their passion for and understanding of colour and light.
“Featured are Sara Sherwood cityscapes, skylines of London, with contemporary abstract in beautiful light and flowing colours. The paintings are contemporary, bright and uplifting with a depth and drama that is unique to Sara Sherwood Art”.
Trinidad Ball is an exceptionally talented portrait artist and captures a moment with drama and style. He colour blends are beautiful with both structure and light, Her use of colour is sensitive and captivating.
These contemporary abstract, portrait and paintings of London are on show until 6pm on 19 August. Trinidad Ball will be in the gallery to answer any questions on 19th August. Sara Sherwood will be there to talk about her London Cityscapes after 12pm.

Free Flow Painting by Sara Sherwood - Contemporary Abstract Free Flow Painting by Sara Sherwood - Contemporary Abstract Artist London

“Free Flow” oil painting by Sara Sherwood London Artist known for cityscapes and abstract art
Why paint?
Painting Techniques
What it is like to be an artist.
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Want to know more about life as an artist pop into the Skylark Art Gallery in London Southbank at Oxo Tower Wharf Unit 1.09.
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Painting London Bridges

Painting London Bridges by Sara Sherwood - Contemporary Abstract Cityscape Artist London

Painting London bridges is for a client in Singapore. It was painted on Commission and is called “Shimmer Sunset”

How I Paint London Bridges


The brief was about painting London bridges as well as a London skyline, whilst painting London bridges. These include; Tower Bridge, Blackfriars Bridge, Millennium Bridge, Cannon St. Bridge and Hungerford Bridge. The bridges represent the exchange of ideas and trade. I was sent photos of the client’s room, with images of the other art to make sure the colour palette would work well in the setting.


Next I produced a couple of sketches in pen and ink to suggest a layout and with client approval started work. I prepared the background, painting and layering the sky with colours to make a warm sunshine blend. I then sent this for approval before the next layer of buildings and bridges were added.


Spurred on by approval, my next task was to build the composition and I referred to the sketches I made and begin to paint. I did not think too much just painted and flowed with ideas as I worked. This is the easiest way to be creative and the art has a spontaneity this way. This layer was then left to dry and then the painting of London bridges were added. I used photos (I take photos whenever I see something beautiful or to capture light on a building so have many images of London landmarks and ideas for inspiration) as a reference point to get the structural shapes of the bridges and then just painted. I took out a lot of detail this was the most time consuming part of creating the art.


In reality the bridges are painted lightly so they appear to float but it took a while to achieve this result and it was more about what I took out and did not paint to create that effect. I experimented with the reflections until I was happy with the results. I wait for layers to dry when working in oils as then you can work quickly on top and without fear of ruining the blends underneath. If I choose I can take off a new layer with minimal negative effect whilst the paint is still wet. Some colours like yellow are harder to remove and they create a residue but generally I use this technique to build up reflections but putting on and taking off oil. I wipe and smudge with a cloth and my hands as well as with wet and dry brushes. This form of pure creativity is very near to play and I am focused in the moment when I paint.

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To see more of my commissions and sold work see On The Wall

I will be exhibiting at Surrey Contemporary Art Fair 23-25 February


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"Bridging the Gap" London Cityscape by Sara Sherwood - Contemporary Cityscape Abstract Artist London

London Cityscape

This sunflower London cityscape is called “Bridging the Gap” A link between two worlds, the spiritual and reality… It was inspired after a trip to Hyde Hall, whilst looking at the sunflowers in the gardens, shining in the summer sun. Capturing visual warmth and happiness of the day combined with a London Skyline. The painting is in two halves to symbolise unity.

My inspiration comes from everyday moments and nature fused with my faith and a love of life. My darkest times have passed and I now paint with love and joy in my heart. Dancing and gardening are a part of my life, they give me a sense of freedom and self expression which filters into my art.

London Skyline

London has a beautiful skyline which I want to capture and show in a beautiful light. This London cityscape was sold just before Christmas as a gift in a romantic gesture for a partner, it fulfilled its destiny as the piece was about unity.

London Cityscape by Sara Sherwood - Contemporary Abstract Artist London

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My art is shown regularly at Spitalfields Art Market. A new collection of art is being created now, in time for the first Spitalfields event of the year in 8 to 11 March 2018:

Spitalfields Arts Market

To view more of my Cityscape Paintings visit my cityscape gallery here:

Cityscape Gallery

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"Polar Paws Sky" by Sara Sherwood - Contemporary Abstract Artist London

Painting gives me a sense of freedom and escapism into another world. I listen to music and that helps me transcend into a better place. Light is a key element of my art. I just paint, focused on the moment and watch the art unfold as I work. Sometimes there is a plan but often this is overtaken by the flow and I just go with it. Some of my most fluid abstracts have happened this way, I finish the painting and then move onto the next which might be what I first intended to do. This way my work has a freedom of movement and is free. I can focus to work on commission and enjoy the purpose of creating a specific work of art for someone. This is immensely rewarding and I am grateful for the many commissions I work on.

My artistic world is full of butterflies, sunflowers and peaceful sunny days. I love painting when it is raining outside as I am cosy inside and settle more easily. I find a peace in painting and hope that expression is captured in the art. There is a spiritual element to my art and I will happily talk about this if asked directly at any of my events. See website for details

I am not sure how I paint exactly so if you are thinking of painting I would say just paint and see what happens. If you view it as an extension of play and let go of the outcome, just focus on having a fun, you will enjoy the process and be more likely to produce a good result. It is only paper or canvas, if you like it great and if you want to do something else, just leave it in the past and move on. Keep painting or collecting whatever your passion.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me over the last 12 years of painting full time.

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Contemporary abstract Skyline artist Sara Sherwood shows cityscape at Skylark Galleries
Sara Sherwood and Trinidad Ball are this months featured artists in Skylark Gallery 2. Their work is both calm and sophisticated with a certain depth which is compelling to the viewer. Exhibition continues until 27 August Unit 1.09 Oxo Tower on London’s Southbank. For opening times
Sara Sherwood creates vibrant and expressive cityscape and abstract paintings they are sophisticated and infused with a sense of style. Painting with colours instinctively, blending with brushes and using a palette knife with intuition and spontaneity. Her compositions reveal cities as we have never seen them before. She takes iconic and legendary buildings and paints them into magical cityscapes full of colour and drama. Sara believes “Inspiration comes from a source far greater than me, nature and everyday moments. Life experiences all add to the creative process.

To discuss any art purchase you can meet the artist by appointment by contacting the artists direct via their websites.

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Free as a bird by Sara Sherwood - Contemporary Abstract Artist London

The inspiration behind this painting is the sea and the colours thorough the water.  I enjoy fusing cityscape or London scenes with nature.

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"Waves of Love" oil on canvas by Sara Sherwood

“Waves of Love” oil on canvas by Sara Sherwood

I enjoy painting skylines of any city on commission. I have been doing so professionally for 11 years, since I became a full time artist in 2005. I listen to see what the favourite paintings are and generally I can see a style commonality. It might be the way I have #painted reflections or sky or lots of white space or lots of texture. I then discuss colours and feel of a work of art as well as the landmarks or abstract nature. I have all I need to create. I do not do preliminary sketches I just paint. This way my art stays free.

Testimonial below:

“Sara, we just wanted to say how absolutely over the moon we are with our painting! It is perfect, exactly what we had hoped for! We have dreamt of owning a piece of your work for so long that now it is hanging in our room we just cant stop looking at it! I cant think of any better way we could’ve used the money we received as wedding gifts -it is such a special piece and we will forever treasure it and all the happy memories it holds.

We feel very lucky to have met you. You made the whole process of commissioning a piece so personal and your desire to “do the best possible painting for us” shone through. So thank you- thank you for all the years we have ahead of us enjoying your painting and thank you for creating new dreams as we start to save for our next piece!!

I think- it was so lovely to watch our painting grow and evolve – even hung on the wall now we keep noticing new things about it, we just love it.”

Best wishes
Suzanne and Johnnie

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