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.


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.


SAA “All About Art” Shows 2013

I’m really pleased to be part of three of the SAA (Society for All Artists) “All About Art” shows this year.  The dates are:

  • 8th/9th February – Manchester (Event City)
  • 5th/6th April – Bristol (Brunel’s Old Station)
  • 25th/26th/27th July – London (Business Design Centre)

Sponsored by Derwent, each day I’ll be doing seven 45 minute workshops on drawing from the (clothed) figure using a range of new Derwent products.  I’ll be part of a team featuring many of the UK’s best known leisure painting instructors and TV tutors – Matthew Palmer, Fraser Scarfe, Geoff Kersey, Vic Bearcroft, Jeremy Ford, Charles Evans, Haidee-Jo Summers, Dermot Cavannagh, David Hyde and Marylin Allis.

At Manchester, I’ll be using Derwent’s new Willow Charcoal range and Derwent Art Bars and accessories.  At Bristol and London, I’ll be using Derwent’s new XL Charcoal and Graphite blocks and the new range of Inktense blocks and accessories.

For further details and all booking details, clink on the following link

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.

Farewell to The Preston Life Group

Well. After almost three years of going to BF’s Preston Life Group, I attended my last regular session there last night. We’ll be moving to East Anglia in about three weeks and, although I’ve located several groups over there, it may well be a while before we’re settled and can I get to another group on a regular basis.

Our model last night was Ruth – and it was also her last session before she emigrates to America with her new husband next week! Bon voyage – Ruth and Mark.

The poses were 20, 30 and about 50 minutes respectively and it was a very enjoyable session. Conte pastel pencils on half sheets Murano pastel paper as usual.Although I certainly suffer from “off days” like most of us, I feel that my observational and drawing skills have steadily improved since joining the Preston Life Group. I’m extremely pleased that BF is so Internet savvy (!) and I found the group via the web! I’ll really miss the regulars – who I’ve come to regard as friends and colleagues and with whom I’ve shared the serious and challenging task of trying to capture the effects of light on the human form. It’s a special group. In particular, sincere thanks to Dave and Ceris.  Incidentally, my Gallery thread “Some Recent Drawings” is one of the most viewed threads on the LifeArt forum.  For a lot more of my life drawings (good and bad!) follow the link on the right.

Garstang Arts Centre – 2010 Open Winners’ Show

Currently, I have some of my work displayed in the gallery/tea room at Garstang Arts Centre.  This is an exhibition or work by the six winners of the Garstang Open earlier this year.  The exhibition is on until Saturday 3rd July and the opening hours are:

Tuesdays and Thursdays  10.00 am – 4.00pm, Saturday 10.00 am – 12.30 pm

In the exhibition are three of my coloured pencil on panel drawings – “Refected 1, 2 and 3”, “Time and Tide” ( my four panel plein air painting of the tide coming in at Grange-over-Sands that was Highly Commended in the LSAAS Spring Show) and two life studies.

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(Photos taken with my ‘phone during a recent visit – during a lull in visitors!)

Online shop now open!

lora-plg-03-13-05-09I’ve now uploaded the first batch of items to my Etsy store.  They are all original life drawings which are mounted, bagged and ready to despatch.  Further items, including some original digital prints which won’t be repeated, will be added over the next few days.  Connecting is really easy – please go to The Emporium and follow the link.