Studio Teaching Sessions

I’m pleased to be back teaching in my studio again! In 2017, I have increased the teaching days to include Wednesdays. A full list of the sessions for this year is:

Spend time learning and developing your drawing and painting skills with me. The focus will be on traditional drawing and painting skills using oil paint but including charcoal, graphite and coloured pencils. I focus on drawing in the mornings and painting in the afternoons – although there can be some flexibility on this depending on when students are free to attend.

Tuesdays – in 5-week blocks.

  • 17th, 24th, 31st January, 7th, 14th February
  • 28th, February, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March
  • 25th April, 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd May
  • 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th June, 4th July
  • 19th, 26th September, 3rd, 10th, 17th October
  • 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th November, 5th December

Wednesdays – in 5-week blocks.

  • 18th, 25th January, 1st, 8th, 15th February
  • 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th March
  • 26th April, 3rd, 10th, * 24th, 31st May (no session on 17th)
  • 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th June, 5th July
  • 20th, 27th September, 4th, 11th, 18th October
  • 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th November, 6th December

Session times:
10.00 am to 12.30 pm, 2.00 pm to 4.30 pm, 6.00 pm to 8.30 pm

Cost £20 per person per session (morning, afternoon or evening). Special price for block of 5 sessions booked together £95. 10 sessions booked together £180.
Each session is strictly limited to 4 artists – ensuring plenty of individual attention. Tea/coffee/biscuits included. Some materials provided for beginners.

Open Studios 2016 – 21st to 30th May

paint-hanging-rack-webStarting on Friday evening (20th May), I’ll be opening my studio as part of the 2016 Harleston & Waveney Art Trail. This year 25 artists will be opening their studios over the weekends of 21st/22nd and 28th/29th/30th May (including Bank holiday Monday). To download a complete pdf version of this year’s brochure with all the studio locations please click this link HWAT 2016 brochure. (It’s quite a big file – so please give it time!)

I shall actually be open everyday in between the weekends too! Please feel free to call any time between 11.00 am and 6.00 pm. There will be coffee and home made cookies! I also start off with a preview evening on Friday 20th from 5.00 to 8.00 pm. Please come along for a glass of wine and a crisp or two!

This year, I’m pleased that we have managed to complete the decoration of our downstairs garden room/gallery in which a range of framed works will be displayed – making a really useful addition to the studio. I’ll be aiming to be painting each day and you’ll see some works in progress as well as a range of drawings and “bargain” studio clearance pictures.

 

Hitting the Ground Running – and “A Very Happy New Year!

MC at Ely Art SocietyLargely as a result of being a bit unwell over Christmas and New Year, I’m a little late in updating the website and getting out information about everything that’s already planned for 2016! 2015 was pretty busy and I’ve emerged into the cold, bright January air with a really full diary for 2016 and even more deadlines and commitments for the year ahead!

I’ve just sent out a newsletter detailing some of the plans and I’ve updated some of the information on this site about the courses and workshops I’ll be running or teaching throughout the year. If you’re not on my mailing list – you can subscribe here – or I can forward a copy if you email me at info@malcolm-cudmore.com with “Newsletter Request” in the subject line.

Here are some highlights!

  • I have an upcoming exhibition of all 64 of my “64 Pictures in 64 Days” project from last summer/autumn. It’s at The Fisher Theatre in Bungay from 23rd January to 23rd February – further details here.
  • I’ll be teaching lots of workshops at The Art Trading Co in Bungay throughout the year. Details here, here, here, here and here.
  • I’ll be offering regular small group tuition here at my own studio. 2016 MC studio tuition.
  • I’ll be teaching my first Painting Holiday in France at the stunning Stang Korvenn in Western Brittany. I really can’t wait for this one!
  • I’m running a “plein air” painting course in Walberswick during the Summer.
  • I’m really pleased to be doing 2 one day courses at Norfolk Creative Arts, a new centre for art tuition and other activities at Grimston, near Kings Lynn. This is a really exciting venture and I’m flattered to be part of it. Specific details of the two workshops are here and here.

Hoping to be a bit more regular in posting during 2016! Mind you, I was taught as a youngster that “the road to hell was paved with good intentions”!

 

 

 

“Will you still need me, will you still feed me … when I’m 64?”

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“The world is full of magical things – patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.” W B Yeats.

Here I am in early October – wondering why time passes so very quickly! Radio silence has been maintained over the last couple of months – purely because I’ve been so busy with my “64” project on top of an already pretty heavily committed summer. Actually, I have had a really productive (and intensive!) summer and have finally landed in the autumn with a lot of extra experience under my belt.

I’m always full of “good” ideas! The recent “64 pictures in 64 days” project being one that has tested me in lots of ways.

Above are thumbnails of the studies from Day 1 (28th July), Day 32 (28th August)and Day 64 (29th September). They illustrate aspects of my 64 day “journey” (as X Factor would no doubt describe it). Essentially, these are of the same view over our back fence across the water meadow by the river Waveney. It is a view that I love and one that constantly reminds me in times of stress how fortunate we are to live in such a delightful setting.

Various “painterly” things have evolved for me over the last couple of months of regular painting in a square format:

  • I’ve become tidier “out in the field” – my paint mixing and general palette discipline has improved
  • I cart far less stuff around with me (mostly using 6 tubes of paint as the basis of all the landscapes)
  • I (mostly) work more efficiently than before – with less “fiddling about”
  • I understand that almost any view makes a good subject for a study – this is all about learning to see
  • I love oil paint even more than before
  • I’m now even less inclined to work from photos than before

The full collection of 64 pictures is now in a dedicated album. Each 8″ x 8″ study was painted (and in one case drawn) directly in the landscape or from a still life set up in my studio. Aside from very minor bits of tidying up, they are untouched after the painting session in which they were created. Each picture was offered for sale at £64 (unframed + P&P). Several dates were reserved ahead of the painting being made and several sold after being posted each day to a Facebook page and Pinterest board I set up for the project. All currently unsold works will continue to be available at the “project” price for 64 days (’til 3rd December 2015) following my recent birthday on 30th September (the reason for the whole project in the first place!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two to the Power of Six (Days 4 and 5)

Some sunshine at last!

Day 4.

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I set off on Day 4 to find somewhere near The Waveney. I’ve often driven the back roads near us in search of painting locations. This quiet little road junction is between Mendham and Homersfield. However, there are very few parking spots on these roads and I’d not noticed anywhere convenient to stop. In the end, I parked up just off the road by the entrance to a field and walked the 50 or so yards to the little triangular island where I eventually set up. Despite being a bright, sunny afternoon,I was not interrupted at all and barely saw anyone bar a couple of cyclists and dog walkers and the odd car or two.

Day 5.

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Today I went to Wenhaston. I knew there was going to be a sketching party alongside the Inspired by Becker exhibition at Wenhaston Church. Although I’ve joined in with a couple of previous IBB “sketch outs”, I had limited time available and didn’t know exactly where the scything party (the subject of the sketching session) would be working.  So – beneath my sunshade, I chose a quiet spot in a clearing and started to paint. Later a few of the artists from the exhibition came along and the scythers set to on a patch of bracken to my left. By this time, I was well into my “study in greens” and kept going on my oil study. I may add a couple of figures in the studio at a later date!

Two to the Power of Six (=64)

2015-07-28-01Today is the first day of my “64 pictures in 64 days” project! For each of the sixty four days leading up to my next birthday, I shall be creating a picture a day. Each picture will be 8″ x 8″ (do the math!) and for sale for the duration of the project (unframed + P&P) for £64 each. I don’t have a master plan for what each picture will be. However, I do intend that all the pictures will be painted “alla prima” or drawn direct from the subject. They are most likely to be landscapes or (depending on the weather and time of day) small still lives set up in the studio. On occasion, the picture may be a figure study done at one of the life drawing groups I help to run. If you would like to purchase any of the pictures or book one in advance, they will all be available on a “first come, first served” basis. NB. Since announcing the project during my open studios weekends in May, some of the dates have already been reserved. Please check for available dates if you are thinking of booking one.

The first picture is, fittingly, the view over the fence at the end of our back garden. I love this view over a drain that connects directly to the River Waveney just beyond the footbridge. It was raining and pretty windy today and I spent a fair bit of the 2 hours on this one holding onto an umbrella and stopping my easel being blown over!. I do expect to return to the view more than once before 29th September (the day before my birthday).

The pictures will all be located in a new gallery here.

Some Special Dates in July

studio 01I had a great couple of weekends in the new studio with my second year as a member of Harleston & Waveney Art Trail. Here’s a photo of the display wall I’ve put on the back wall of the studio. Here I’ll be able to keep a permanent (but changing) show of small works.

I’ve got lots to catch up on now that the open studio weekends are over. Firstly, I’ve just sent out a newsletter to my regular mailing list with information about some special dates in July. Here are the details:

Please make your way to the bottom of this post for details of a real challenge I’m starting in July!

Drawing and Painting Farm Animals From Life

Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th July
10.30 am to 4.00 pm each day
A unique two-day course for artists of all abilities who wish to learn and improve skills in drawing and painting directly from live animal subjects. Each day will include specific tuition in observational drawing and painting (literally “in the field”) on an independent working smallholding in the Suffolk countryside. Refreshments and a light lunch provided. Bring your own paints and other materials – a hard-backed sketch book is recommended.
£85 for the full weekend or £45 per single day
Venue – Maisebrooke Farm, Shipmeadow, Beccles
To book, contact Malcolm at info@malcolm-cudmore.com or call 01986 893291

“Going Green” – Coloured Pencil Techniques

Saturday 18th July
10.30 to 4.30 pm
Learn and develop your coloured pencil and composition techniques including:

  • Seeing essential light and shadow shapes in the subject
  • Finding the right greens
  • Varying marks to describe depth
  • CP palette and layering techniques
  • Erasing, softening and blending techniques
  • Composition and working from photographs
  • Choice of pencils and papers

£45 per person (includes a 10% voucher for lunch and other purchases at The Earsham Street Deli next door)! Places are strictly limited for this special workshop which is at The Art Trading Company, Earsham Street, Bungay. To book, contact Sue Kemp at www.thearttradingcompany.co.uk or call 01986 897939

Two to the Power of Six!

To celebrate moving into my new home studio and a “significant” birthday later this year, I’m planning to embark on a big painting and drawing project.

For each of 64 days, starting on 28th July and finishing on 29th September, I shall be making a picture a day. Each picture will be 8” x 8” (do the maths!). Each will be posted to a special section of my website and be available (booked in advance or on a “first come, first served” basis) for up to 5 days from the date of painting for the special ‘celebratory’ price of just £64 (unframed, plus P&P). To take advantage of all the art I’ll be producing during my adventure, I’d like to invite you to reserve a date in advance or keep a close eye on my website for the duration of the project.

The majority of the pictures produced will be landscape or still life studies painted “alla prima” directly from the subject. Land, sea or river-scapes could include animals or people within the view. Occasionally, the picture may be a “tasteful” figure study in oils, graphite or other dry media. I’m afraid that I won’t be able to take commissions for the subjects of these daily paintings. But – if I know a particular acquaintance has reserved a date, that may influence (to a degree!) the subject I chose for that day.

If you’d like to reserve a date between 28th July and 29th September (inclusive) – perhaps one date has special significance for you – please get in touch to check availability. If you would like to register to see each day’s painting or to receive the updates about the project, please get in touch through my website or by e-mail.

I’m really excited by this project. I’d like to invite you to be part of it too. I mentioned it to some visitors during my recent open studios weekends – and some dates have already been reserved.

Just in case you needed any further clues about the maths!

Malcolm Cudmore – Back on the Trail!

Konigs-on-the-Blyth-webIt’s been a pretty full-on start to the year! And here I am – frantically readying the new studio (and what used to be a garden) for visitors to the two Harleston and Waveney Art Trail open studio weekends. Saturday 16th/ Sunday 17th and Saturday 23rd/ Sunday 24th & bank holiday Monday 25th May. A digital version of the full brochure (24 artists in total) is available here.

Pictured is “Konigs on the Blyth” – one of my larger coloured pencil pictures. It is being shown at one of the two “taster” exhibitions that run alongside the art trail itself. “Konigs” is in the exhibition at The Fisher Theatre in Bungay together with a small landscape study of a nearby village church. I also have two pictures in the other “taster” at The Pennoyer Centre in Pulham St Mary, near Harleston. Incidentally, “Konigs” was envisaged as a bit of an alternative to most regular animal pictures (in CP at least!) where the focus is so often on the rendering of the animal’s eyes. I wanted to know if it would be possible to draw the viewer into a picture in which none of the animals featured were looking at you! It is based on the Polish wild horses that live on the Blyth and can be seen at the Hen Reedbeds near Henham Hall. Based on photos and sketches done there at various times of the year, it is also a work of imagination and was started as a demonstration piece at Patchings Art Festival last year. Unfortunately, this photo omits some of the subtler detail in the background.

At my studio, I’ll be showing a range of my framed work, some works in progress and figure drawings as well as cards, prints, my DVD and starter sets. I’ll be open from 11.00 am to 6.00 pm each day of the trail.  Tea/coffee and my home made biscuits form part of the inducement to visit! I’ll also be unveiling a project for a little later this year which is in celebration of  having a new studio and a “significant” birthday at the end of September. The project is provisionally titled “Two to the Power of Six” – which may give you a clue!

26 Minutes of Fame!

EADT-Oct2014-for-webMy latest excursion into the wonderful world of TV has just aired on The Painting and Drawing Channel. Filmed in August on location in Bungay and Walberswick, I feature in an episode of “Fraser and Friends” – an eight part series from the SAA/Teaching Art Ltd. In the series, professional artist Fraser Scarfe spends time with eight different artists and learns a bit about them and their work. Each episode also features Fraser painting on location with the featured artist. The Painting and Drawing Channel is a digital channel available on Sky (192) and FreeSat (402). The programmes are also available online on YouTube for those without a satellite dish or cable.

The series trailer is here:

My episode’s trailer is here:

And the whole programme (in two parts) is on YouTube here: and here:

This new series is a departure for the SAA in that the content is not “instructional” in the way that the previous magazine programme – “A Splash of Paint” – focused on techniques and tips that could be followed or copied by viewers. “Fraser and Friends” has much more of an “out and about”, interview/chat based format. The viewer will learn more about the personality and interests of the featured artist and their chosen locality than they will about precisely how to make paintings or use art products. Personally, I think this can provide just as much inspiration as an “instructional” programme and is much more the sort of programme I would watch myself.

My episode includes a visit to Bungay’s Bigod Castle, The Earsham Street Cafe where I spent so many hours working on the Bungay Panorama, The Art Trading Co. where I do much of my teaching as well as a painting trip to Walberswick where we were able to meet the fascinating artist and historian Richard Scott – author and expert on the artists who have lived or worked in Walberswick in the past.

Walkabout Artist

With grateful thanks to "Anything Arty" for the photo
With grateful thanks to “Anything Arty” for the photo

I’ve just returned from a terrific three days as a wandering sketch artist at FolkEast 2014. Held at Glemham Hall just off the A12 near Wickham Market, and now in its 3rd year, this festival has a reputation for a particularly friendly atmosphere. While Lorry kept shop in the Art Marquee with a selection of both of our work and a drop-in activity with air-dry clay, I wandered around the site dropping into workshops and performances with my sketchbook and pencils to make records of some of the people and activities.

I’ve put the sketches that I did into a gallery which can be viewed as a slideshow or by clicking on the individual thumbnail images.

When working at home, I nearly always have recorded music or the radio playing in the background. This weekend, the music was very live!  All but a couple of the sketches sold as souvenirs to festival-goers or to the people or artists that I had sketched. We definitely look forward to returning to this terrific event next year.

 With grateful thanks to “Anything Arty” for the photo of me sketching.