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 (=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!

New Artist on the Harleston & Waveney Art Trail

This year, I have joined the Harleston & Waveney Art Trail collective – a group of around 40 professional artists who all work within a ten mile radius of the south Norfolk town of Harleston. The Art Trail takes place over the bank holiday weekend of 24th – 26th May and the following weekend of 31st May/1st June. This is a new experience for me and one that I’ve been looking forward to. I’ve set up “shop” in the garden with small oil paintings, figure drawings, cards, DVDs etc. and just need some customers! Full details of the 30 participating artists (each year a handful of members take a sabbatical” and don’t open their studios) can be obtained by downloading the full brochure from the HWAT website (the link is at the bottom of the main page). In anticipation, and for use at future art fairs and events, we have invested in an iZettle card reader which enables me to process sales on bank and credit cards by using my mobile phone. All clever stuff!!

Here are a few pictures of the set up in the garden on the first day. The sun is shining – come and get yer art while it’s hot! We’re open from 11.00 am to 6.00pm. For full directions, call me on (07912) 793204 or use your Satnav NR35 1TA.

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Direct Painting from the Figure

Mercy-URC-20140408I’ve said elsewhere that I don’t really do resolutions – but, after so much coloured pencil work over the last few years, I’ve been determined to work with paint direct from the subject in future. I’ve always done regular life drawing sessions (I now help run groups in Lowestoft and Bungay) but been rather more hesitant to paint direct from the figure. However, this is being addressed in 2014! For me, it now holds the same attraction as painting landscapes “en plein air” and I’m becoming more pleased with what I’m achieving (usually in around 2 to 2.5 hours of painting) with a fairly limited palette. Most of these are on primed card around A3 in size or on slightly smaller primed muslin covered boards.

Christmas Show at The Cork Brick Gallery

I’m delighted that some of my work is in the Christmas Show at The Cork Brick Gallery in Bungay.   Run by Gill and Ken Skipper in the heart of the town, the gallery always has a good selection of the work of living East Anglian artists and I’m really pleased that I’m included in this show.  The show includes “Good Luck Cork” (CP), “Yellow Bouy” (a small plein air oil landscape) and “Cast Study – Mouth of David” (oil study).  Five of my life studies are in a browser and some of my blank greetings cards are also for sale at the exhibition.  I understand that the Gallery is having a new website created at the moment.  Meanwhile, they can be reached via the Bungay Town website here 

Original Life Studies Now For Sale

I have now added a series of my original life studies to the “Work For Sale” section.  They are all one-offs and rendered in charcoal, Conté or pastel pencils onto heavy pastel paper.  Each drawing has been spray fixed, has a single card mount and is sealed in a clear cellophane bag.  Each is signed with my monogram.  This is a great way to obtain very reasonably priced (!) original artwork.  The images are tasteful and entirely suitable for domestic or business display.