I 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 email@example.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!