Wednesday, 21 February 2018

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New website

My new website ( is now up and running.

The new site has all my up-to-date information about tuition, two new shop areas where you can browse orignal art,  or Art Prints and customised T-shirts, cushions, phone cases etc

The tuition area is also expanded to reflect the way my classes have developed and to include online tuition.

Please have a look at it and let me know what you think, or if you spot any errors or broken links.


Busy Bees and New Challenges

I hope you've all had a good summer.

We spent a week refelting our garage roof  (Dave blamed the seagulls for poking holes in it- but it was rotten and worn out anyway) and another week replacing our kitchen worktops. We had to get the old ones out without damaging the tiles , so they took a ridiculous amount of time to get out and much huffing, puffing and 'easing' to fit in the new ones. Its over 15 years since we last did these jobs and it was so much more effort than when we did them originally ...we cetainly felt the passing of those years. Still - we've ticked off two jobs that'd been pending for a while.

I'm also in the middle of getting a new website built, so I've been choosing what artwork and content to include. Part of the site will be an online tuition section. This will have step by step videos and downloadable information sheets. Eventually there will be lots of individual videos to choose from and some short courses that go into things in more depth. If you have any ideas for subjects or have a particular topic you'd like to see demonstrated or explained let me know.

So the other things that have been keeping me busy, is working out how to get the camcorder in the right place for the shots I needed . Thanks to advice from my photographer friend, Simon, I now have some adjustable mounting arms for this. Then, and this is a big one, I had to get the hang of filming myself and doing the video editing. When I discovered that I no longer had any editing software on this new laptop  (where did it go?) I lost a whole week, whilst I tried to find a replacement program.  Like I say in class, you get better by taking on a challege.

Anyway, I'm hoping the new site will go live in the next month or two.

New classes and what to bring

Hi Everyone.

Only two weeks to the start of our autumn classes

(Ansdell Tuesday 13th September, Springfield Wednesday14th)

I know you will soon be asking me what will you need to bring. So it would be really helpful if you could find some reference images. Look for images that a well-lit with dark shadows and bright highlights. The subject doesn’t matter as long as it has a good range of tones from deep shadows to bright highlights.  

I’m thinking the easiest thing would be to arrange and photograph your own still-life. Choose objects that have different colours and textures. (Yes, those ever versatile onions, peppers and bananas would work well-What a surpise!)

Here are some tips to help you:

Arrange your objects on a board (drawing or chopping)

Place your board near a bright sunny window or an angel-poise lamp.

Rotate your board until you see strongly defined shadow and highlights.

We will need colour photos and black and white copies of them.

To keep it interesting if you are doing both morning and afternoon classes, choose a different view/subject for each class.

You’ll only need basic colours to begin with – Payne’s grey (or black), Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, Yellow ochre (plus white for acrylics)

Happy reference gathering.

Demonstration at NEWA

On Sunday 17th July, I'll be demonstrating animal painting techniques.

This will be at the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art at Gordal Garden Centre on the Wirral, 

It's a fabulous exhibition. Every year it showcases hundreds of pieces of art all on the theme of wildlife. The range of species depicted is as varied as the artists and their individual styles of working. Its one of the best wildlife exhibitions in the UK , and even better still it's up here in the North. If you are visiting the exhibiton on Sunday 17th be sure to come by and say hello to me, have a chat and watch me paint.

National Exhibition of Wildlife Art

The National Exhibition of Wildlife Art previews on Thursday 14th July at 7pm.

I've submitted two paintings,  a snow leopard  called 'Ice Maiden' and a tiger. called 'Golden Boy'.  If I'm lucky they will be part of the exhibitiion. Hope to see you at the preview.

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