ArtWaves in Bridlington – Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th May 2017

I’m really pleased to have been booked for ArtWaves this year. Now in its third year, ArtWaves is a visual arts festival based at The Spa, Bridlington and features loads of workshops from a range of well-known artists, demos and an art market. I’ll be there all weekend – live drawing throughout the Saturday and then offering a drop-in drawing workshop and a coloured pencil workshop on Sunday 14th. To book my coloured pencil workshop, click here.  The full ArtWaves programme is here: Artwaves-2017-Programme

Lorry will also be there in the art market all weekend with a drop-in air dried clay activity. Pop by and make a hanging ornament out of clay which you can take home and paint when dry.

 

 

https://www.bridspa.com/events/?eventid=50803

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.

 

“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!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6!

2015-08-02-01I spent most of today at The River Waveney Study Centre (was The Otter Trust) at Earsham just outside Bungay. It’s a big site (with views wherever you turn) and I set up by the new hide overlooking the Scrape. This is where I will be putting my installation as part of the Waveney & Blyth Arts Sculpture Trail later this month. I also painted a second picture from the path by the river. I’m happy with both pictures and they’ll probably both be included in the installation – but I’ve chosen this one as my Day 6 picture.

I’m still working in oils and using these first few paintings to try out some new paints. The paints are from Pip Seymour who uses a wide range of ancient (and more contemporary) pigments and cold pressed linseed oil and makes the paints in small batches. They are a little different to my regular brands (Michael Harding and Old Holland) but I’m getting used to them and very favorably impressed so far. I’ll list the pallet that I typically use outdoors in a future post.

Incidentally, I thought I’d answer the question that no-one has asked – “What are you painting on?”. Well – I’m glad I asked! I am painting on 8″ squares of 6mm plywood which have been given a coat of gesso and sanded to a smooth-ish finish. As the pictures are all quite small, I didn’t want to to have to worry about fighting the texture of canvas or linen and I’ve cut the 64 panels from material that was left over after we’d lined our new studios.

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.

I Found Paradise …

Paradise-for-webFrom 1st July until 30th September, my painting “Paradise Claimed” is on display at The Fisher Theatre, Bungay. Not just any old landscape painting – this one started as a capital “P” cut from a two foot square piece of plywood! It is one of the eight letters of the word “PARADISE” that has been painted, decorated, adorned or otherwise creatively rendered on behalf of eight art organisations in the Waveney & Blyth micro-region and located in eight of the region’s venues. The project is part of Waveney & Blyth Arts summer programme and aimed at encouraging people to discover more about the area. I’ve painted the “P” on behalf of Black Dog Arts.

Inside the 2015 W&BA summer brochure (which is, incidentally, full of great events) is a pull-out collecting card. Each venue has a unique rubber stamp. Collect all eight stamps on your card and you can enter it in a draw for prizes which will include tickets from some of the the venues and other goodies. In addition, at each venue will be details of another “secret” treasure hunt. All eight letters will be auctioned on 8th October.

“Paradise Claimed” is an entirely imaginary painting which references a number of sources.

  • The early influence on me as a future painter of seeing “classical” (often ‘Italianate’ and allegorical) history/landscape paintings in museums and books. These paintings seemed to describe a peaceful, relaxed time when healthy, often half-naked men and women inhabited a rural world where the sun shone on animals grazing the land around ruined temples. Merging in my mind with later, well-known Constable (and other Norwich School) paintings which described the real rural landscape of his time, these idealised “classical” pictures appeared to me to describe a lost time when everything was rather perfect. Of course, I now know that such images were often allegorical, rarely described the rural poverty and slavery that actually existed at the time, and were usually painted for the delectation of a wealthy elite in order to reinforce their view (and ownership) of the world around them. Probably just as importantly, as a young boy, I was also rather attracted to the idea of a world in which half-naked shepherdesses were an integral feature of the natural landscape – which was not that dissimilar to the rural landscape around me in East Anglia!
  • Milton’s “Paradise Lost” which describes the well-known story of the “fall from grace” from The Old Testament.
  • My own mature (and possibly more rational) view of the function of the religious stories I was taught in childhood.

“Paradise Claimed” imagines a world in which a couple of early humans (let’s call them Edam and Ave), dis-quieted by a voice advising them to not eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge, fear that they may have been chosen as unwitting pawns in a plan to establish a world religion. They fear that person or persons unknown might be planning to keep a curious population in its place by discouraging it from seeking knowledge (and we all know that knowledge is power) through the invention and promotion of guilt. Alarmed by the prospect, they make a quick escape, leaving the Garden of Even and relocating to the nearby Blythvaney Valley – where they establish a small rural enterprise selling a wide range of fruit to the curious from the shelter of a conveniently vacant “classical” folly. Naturally attracted to this rational enterprise, Justice descends from her temporary position atop the folly (to which she had been assigned after a period of employment as a sculpture catalogue model) to become an equal partner in the business – “Knowledge and Justice”.  Thus – they have claimed their paradise.

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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