I’m really pleased to have been booked to return to demonstrate and lead workshops at the Cumberland Pencil Museum in 2010. This year, I’ll be in the demonstration area on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th June and leading a workshop day “Big & Bold, Wet & Dry in Aquatone Sticks” on Friday 10th June.
I’ll be returning agian in the autumn to demonstrate on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th October with a workshop day on “Herdwick Sheep and Lakeland Beasts in Aquatone Pencils” on Friday 7th October.
For further details of What’s on at The Pencil Museum, follow this link:
I’ve had a fantastic amount of interest in my recent news. In particular, Katherine Tyrell had a very thorough post on her Making a Mark site on Friday 12th February. Derwent have now got the original drawing and are working on the final design ready for the new packs to be in the shops in June. I’ve had an early, sneak preview – and can’t wait to see them when they’re ready! Many thanks for all the e-mails of congratulations that I’ve received from friends, acquaintences and customers.
One of my coloured pencil drawings has been selected for use on the re-packaging of the Derwent Artists Pencil range! I’m absolutely chuffed to bits! This range of coloured pencils was introduced in the 1930s and, since 1938, there has always been an image of Ashness Bridge (near Derwent Water, Keswick) on the packaging. Ashness Bridge offers a really typical English Lake District scene with the stone-built, single-track bridge crossing a tumbling stream as it wends its way down towards Derwent Water.
In the New Year, Derwent announced that they were looking for a new image to be used in the re-packaging programme and, through their website, set up an open competition inviting drawings of the bridge that had been made using the product. Although Derwent posted some images of the bridge for reference, I chose to drive up to the area to see for myself and take some reference photos. Despite the mid-January cold, it was a really picturesque place and I can see why so many tourists and walkers include it in their visits to the area. Looking downstream, from above the bridge, you can see right down to Derwent Water and this is a very popular view. However, I was particularly struck by the quite dramatic view upstream from below the bridge and chose this angle for my drawing.
Derwent Artists Pencils are the leading UK manufactured brand. Later this year, the new boxes of these pencils will be on sale around the world! Woo hoo!
For CP enthusiasts, the original is on Canson Bristol board and A3 in size. The pencils are artists’ quality and available in a full range of 120 colours.
For the full news release on the Derwent website, follow this link:
I’ve just entered two pieces into a local exhibition here in Lancashire. It is the Garstang Arts Centre Open Exhibition and a new one to me. I’m pleased to say that I’ve been awarded a “Commended” (Runner up!) for “Sienna Gentleman” – my most recent coloured pencil on panel painting. Originally started as a demonstration at The Cumberland Pencil Museum in September 2009 and largely completed during two days demonstrating on the UKCPS stand at the Art Materials Show at the NEC later in the autumn, it is a loose portrait of a lovely eighty year old gentleman that Lorry and I met in Sienna in 2008. He and his wife are ceramicists and run one of the oldest established and best known “Majollica” shops in Sienna.