Commissioned Sketchbooks are a unique visual record of a specific period of time and place, always drawn from direct observation.
Autumn Farewell This was commissioned in the last couple of months before the house and twelve acres of gardens and woodland were sold, as a document to remind the family of the many happy years spent planning and planting their garden.
Wepre Park Two sketchbooks were made as part of a residency at Wepre Park in Flintshire during springtime.
The coloured concertina style ‘map’ follows a meandering path through 160 acres of ancient woodland.
The second book records the plants that were just coming into flower drawn over a three week period of time.
Lady Bells The Lady Bells sketchbook displays a personal collection of objects. Collections hold a special fascination for Ann and often inform the subject matter for her larger paintings.
Each project is individually priced according to the time required, location and format of the sketchbook.
To discuss the commissioning of a sketch book please email
Autumn Farewell sketchbook pages 21 & 22
Autumn Farewell sketchbook pages 25 & 26
Autumn Farewell sketchbook pages 49 & 50
Autumn Farewell sketchbook showing a section of the 70 page concertina book.
Wepre Park 70 page visual map
Wepre Park sketchbook pages 10 and 11
Wepre Park monochrome drawings of flowering plants found in the park
Wepre Park Nettle, Buttercup and Vetch
Lady Bells 36 page concertina book
Lady Bells Belgian brass bells
A commission is an artwork produced for a particular reason, a special birthday, anniversary or other celebratory occasion. Commissions are often undertaken when there is a requirement to complement a room’s existing style or colour scheme. Each commission has the client’s wishes taken carefully into consideration regarding its location, theme, media and price.
Oil based printmaking inks are applied to the picture surface using small rollers and hand cut stencils to define areas of the composition.
The colourful images combine an eye for detail with an imaginative interpretation, often making references to childhood memories of growing up in the countryside. Paintings are usually produced as a series of works, linked by ideas and subject matter.
Prices range from £150 to £1,500
For more information about purchasing any of the works shown please email
'And tell the other girls and boys not to meddle with my toys' 54cm x 54cm
'The woods are lovely, dark and deep...' (Robert Frost) 46.5cm x 46.5cm
‘We were always dreaming of how it was going to be' (George Lucas) 42cm x 52cm
'We were always dreaming of how it was going to be' (George Lucas) 42cm x 52cm
Boat Race 60cm x 70cm
Button Box No. 2. 51cm x 51cm
Granny-pop-out-of-bed. 56cm x 56cm
Heralds of Spring No. 2. 46.5cm x 46.5cm
Ladies in Waiting. 54cm x 54cm
Visual Diaries and Drawings
This is an ongoing personal archive project, documenting the daily ins and outs of family life in A4 sketch books, presented as visual diaries.
The first sketch book was started in 1999, as a way of marking the end of the 20th Century and the beginning of a new era. The motive was, and still is, to leave a personal document based on drawings and written observations of everyday life.
To date there are approximately 4000 drawings which include the dog, the growing of vegetables, unsuitable shoes, sweets, holidays, weddings, new born babies and food (lots of food!).
Residencies are an opportunity to make a unique and individual visual response to something or somewhere during a fixed period of time.
Ann Bridges has been resident artist at Chester Zoo, Plas Newydd and Wepre Park.
Chester Zoo (fruit bats)
A two year (part-time) placement at Chester Zoo culminated in an exhibition called Scratching the Surface. The title made reference to printmaking techniques and the challenge of choosing what to concentrate on in such a fascinating environment. Funding and support was provided by Chester City Council, Chester Zoo and The Arts Council of England.
Spinning a Yarn - Silk Moth Lavae feeding on Mulberry
Documenting the lifecycle of a silk moth from ‘egg to thread’ took place on the dining room table. The silkworms were meticulously observed on their metamorphic process, in detailed drawings. The project was supported by The Arts Council of Wales with Lottery funding, and first shown in the Joseph Banks room at Chester Zoo.
Plas Newydd residency sketchbook
The Ladies of Llangollen (Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby) were well known for their diaries containing anecdotes and list of household expenses while residing in Plas Newydd in north Wales from 1780 – 1831. A Denbighshire Heritage Service grant enabled their observations to be interpreted in a contemporary visual diary for a month long residency.
Residency in South Africa
Ten days were spent camping in the grounds of an orphanage, near Johannesburg, South Africa where groups of young volunteers from the UK were building houses for the community. The project was recorded in a series of directly observed drawings of their physical and emotional experiences.
Funding was by donations and sponsorship.
Art in Nature Residency, Wepre Park
The ancient woodland of Wepre Park in Flintshire was explored and documented in sketch books and paintings as part of an arts project called Art in Nature, funded by Flintshire County Council and the Arts Council of Wales. This included a collaborative educational project with an artist- animator and several local primary schools.
Pupils in a small Welsh primary school investigated the history of their school to create a project to mark its 150 years of existence. Each pupil made a drawing on card which was taken back to the studio to be turned into printmaking plates for a permanent artwork for the school, printed with oil based inks onto 15 square panels.
Paid for by Cadwyn Clwyd Rural Development Agency and school funds.
Alongside her studio practice Ann plans and delivers educational projects in schools and community groups.
These include one-day taster sessions in printmaking for beginners of all ages through to extended residencies in schools and colleges.
Printmaking sessions in schools are designed and planned for specific age groups within the educational system.
Ann uses age-appropriate materials (water based inks) for younger students and provides professional art resources for other participants, particularly when permanent displays of artwork are requested.