May 2022 Newsletter
Samford and Surrounds Arts Trail and Open Studios 2022
The Samford and Surrounds Arts Trail and Open Studios is now in it's 8th year. I will be taking part again this year. My studio will be open for the first 3 weeks of the Trail and I'd love to see you. This year I will be showing a lot of new work. I have been very busy since last June with several IG online challenges plus taking part in CVP 2022 as an alumni. The Strada Easel challenges in September and January invloved an en plein air painting everyday for the full month. I am almost finished with the #100dayproject. I have drawn from life in my garden every day since February. Just in case I didn't have enough to do I have also produced a play piece in acrylic every day too. During the Trails I will be running workshops and the details are here. I have learnt so much from my 100 day project and am looking forward to sharing it all in my Amazing Acrylic workshop. I have run my encaustic workshop many times now. I love sharing everything I know about this beautiful media. If you have joined me before, I will show new techniques and help you refine your process. Details and booking are on my website. https://www.thearttrain.shop
Agapanthus : new downloadable Guided Painting ClassAgapanthus I have always loved agapanthus and blue is my favourite colour, I remind myself not to paint every image I make blue. As a child I loved...
Custom Canine and Equine : the evolution of animal imagery in my practice
Custom Canine and Equine is a new body of work which I started in 2019.
I love dogs and I started to think about how they had often featured in my work. Then I had a look back at my old work and remembered that animals have been part of my practice virtually since the beginning. My BA thesis was about artists who used animal imagery, something I had completely forgotton about.
So here is the stroy of how I have used animal imagery throughut my career.
Blue Jug , Downloadable Guided Painting, new for November
Blue Jug, Downloadable Guided Painting November 2019
I first painted this image in early 2018. I love blue and white and as a child had loved the Cornish ware pottery we had at home. Cornish ware is blue and white striped earthenware.
Guided Painting LiveTerm Two Guided Painting 2019 is a little different. I ran a Van Gogh kid's workshop over the Easter break which was a huge success, so I thought why let the kids have all the fun. Students paint their own Van Gogh with a choice of two of his most famous paintings, “Sunflowers” or “Starry Night” in a step by step style class.
Samford and Surrounds Open Studios and Arts Trails 2019The SSaS Open Studios and Arts Trail (known as The Trails) have been running since 2014. 2019 is my fifth year participating. This will be the first year I will only be in my in my home studio. In previous years I opened my studio in the train carriage and my home studio for every weekend. This year I am opening for the middle two weekends only.