I am very excited to be leading a 5 day plein air landscape painting holiday at Stang Korvenn in West Brittany this September. Stang Korvenn is a beautifully restored and refurbished traditional Breton long house with attached gite run by Jilly and Bryan Cox. Set in 3 acres of secluded woodland in the countryside that inspired Gaugin and his contemporaries, Stang Korvenn provides wonderful accommodation and home produced, locally-sourced food. Located next to the peaceful River Aulne, Stang Korvenn offers easy access to the Brittany coast to the West. Roscoff and the Northern coast are just over an hour away. The medieval city of Quimper is a little over 20 minutes away with its spectacular cathedral, fascinating winding streets, half timbered buildings and chic shops, bars and restaurants. A little further inland lies the quaint lakeside town of Huelgoat with mystery walks into the forest with its enormous boulders like gigantic Henry Moore sculptures. There are painting subjects everywhere!
This will be a very full five days! We’ll be doing lots of painting each day and will include a trip to the Musee des Beaux Arts at Pont Aven, the town where Gaugin established his famous school and where his work (and that of his contemporaries) can be seen. Concentrating on painting directly from the inspiring landscape, each day will include a practical demonstration and/or lesson aimed at creating landscape paintings that are both satisfying studies in their own right and make useful resources for further development into larger paintings when you return home.
The group will be limited to a maximum of 10 participants – offering plenty of scope for me to give individual attention to each painter. The holiday is suitable for any painter, regardless of previous outdoor painting experience. Stang Korvenn also has a barn studio where you can continue to work on your own after each day’s painting sessions or in the unlikely event that there is any inclement weather.
Further details of the dates, costs and course content are here. The page includes a Google map showing the location of Stang Korvenn. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like any further details.
For “earning a living” reasons, I was not able to make my Day 2 picture on Day 2 itself! The combination of a journey to Crewe after finishing painting on Day 1, then a day in a shopping centre followed by a return journey home late on Day 2 meant that it was just not practical. So – inspired (!) by what I’d been doing the day before, I decided to paint a piece of “contemporary”art the following day. However, unlike Mr Koons, I have been a professional balloon modeller for the best part of 25 years, so I felt that I could legitimately create my own prototype and take care of production myself without an army of assistants.
After lunch, I got on with Day 3! For a July day, it has been rather cold and miserable. Once again, I was painting in the wet under a dripping umbrella. This view is also over our back fence – slightly to the left of the view on Day 1. It shows part of the dairy farm that grazes its cows on the water meadows behind us.
Lorry and I would like to invite you to attend the Opening of our first ever joint exhibition. Featuring Lorry’s ceramics and my paintings and drawings, the exhibition opens on Tuesday 20th May and runs through ’til Saturday 14th June. The gallery is open 10.00 am to 3.00 pm Monday to Saturday and from 6.00 pm on nights when there is an event in the theatre. It’s worth noting that The Fisher Theatre is a multi-functional venue and, occasionally, the gallery may be in use and not open for viewing. If travelling any distance, please telephone (01986) 897130 to check availability before setting out.
The opening is from 6.00 to 8.00 pm on Tuesday 20th May and we’d love to see you then – where we can offer you a drink and a crisp while you look at the work. In addition to be our first joint exhibition, this is the first time that the majority of my large coloured pencil works on wooden panels will have been shown together in the same space. I’m looking forward to seeing them all up together myself!
I was very pleased to be awarded “Highly Commended” for my mixed media entry at this exhibition. I was also awarded UKCPS “Signature” status (selected for 3 exhibitions in 5 years). Actually, I was selected in each of the last three annual exhibitions (I’ve been a member just under three years!). I received both awards from actor Philip Glennister (TV’s “Ashes to Ashes” and “Life on Mars”) and Canadian artist (UKCPS special guest judge) Bernard Poulin at the Private View on September 18th.
I shall be spending the coming Bank Holiday weekend in Keswick. I’ll be there for the 30th Birthday Celebrations of The Pencil Museum on Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May and will be demonstrating as well as showing my work (and hoping to sell some too!). There will be lots going on all weekend including roving entertainment and children’s activities. I’m part of a small team of artists who will be there all weekend and it should be really memorable. The Pencil Museum is such an interesting place to visit anyway – but with all the extra free, activities that will be happening this weekend, it’ll be a unique place to visit if you’re anywhere nearby!
If you’re in the area, please make sure you come and say “Hello!” You’ll also be able to view the UK Coloured Pencil Society “World of Coloured Pencil” Exhibition which will be on display at the Museum from Saturday afternoon until 25th June.
BTW. It’s worth noting that the cafe at the museum is famed for great home cooking and does a good cup of coffee!