Friday, 17 September 2021
Saturday, 14 August 2021
Tuesday, 2 February 2021
30 of the 31 paintings (couldn't fit 31)
Phew!! I did it 31 paintings in 31 days, that's a painting every day in January. Thanks to Strada Easel.
What better way is there for an artist to start the year but to take up a painting challenge??
Strada Easel throw out a challenge twice a year inviting artists to take part in painting from life every day for a whole month.
This is the first time I've done the Strada challenge and would totally recommend it to anyone thinking of taking part. I mean, how hard can it be to paint every day for 31 days??
I think the main issue is, not the fact that you commit to paint every day, but committing to share a painting every day with the world!!!!
Suddenly there isn't any time for mistakes so even on the days that I wasn't entirely happy with the painting, I still posted it, warts and all.
To become better at what you do, and to grow as an artist you need to commit, you need to sacrifice, you need to work hard. In doing so you gain confidence, loosen up, and try new things. Often it's too easy to stay in our comfort zone but by pushing ourselves to try something different we can become more creative!! By sharing my work, I got to learn from others too.
It's a great kickstart to the year and I found a lot of inspiration and encouragement from the other participating artists. I met some great people and really connected with them. Now that it's over, it's a strange feeling not to be committed to painting, I so looked forward each day to seeing what people had posted on Instagram. I think it's a bit like how I used to feel at the end of a school year.
I am definitely looking forward to the next challenge. Meanwhile, I have made a promise to myself to paint more often.
Painting is a journey for me and I will never stop learning!!!
Friday, 1 January 2021
Monday, 28 September 2020
Another first for me today!
I gave my very first Zoom demonstration. It was to Norwich and Norfolk Art Circle. I have no idea how many participants there were as I couldn't see anyone. I have to say it was very strange, working alone in my studio and giving a running commentary to a silent audience, nevertheless, it was well received and I have had a lot of good feed back.
The original demo was 1 hour 45 mins but I have edited out the chat and unnecessary bits so it is now just an hour long.
Here is the link to my You Tube channel if you'd care to have a look.
Wednesday, 26 August 2020
June 3rd - 10th September 30th - 7th October 2021
I am delighted to be returning to the wonderful Limousin region of France next year to run two painting holidays. This holiday is certainly very good value as there are no hidden costs. All meals and drinks (some in restaurants), transport, accommodation and tuition are included
The courses are based at Les Marrionniers, a group of gites set in 7 acres of grounds with it's own private swimming pool, hot tub, games room and studio. All our painting locations and picturesque villages are within an easy drive or within the grounds. All abilities are welcome on the courses as tuition is on an individual basis in the medium of your choice. There are also plenty of group demonstrations with opportunities for questions. Each day there is a morning and afternoon painting session with a relaxing picnic and a glass of wine. Evenings are for relaxing and reviewing the days work with a drink before enjoying the wonderful French cuisine.
We will be following in the steps of some of the early impressionists along the banks of the River Sedell.
There will be painting trips to:
Argenton, a beautiful town situated by the River Creuse.
Crozant, home of Impressionist Armand Guillaumin, with it's ruins of a 13th century castle situated on a rocky outcrop between the Creuse and its tributary, the Sédelle. Indulge in a bit of history as we visit The Hotel Lapinet in Crozant to see an
exhibition, The Origins of
Impressionism, with slide shows and original artists' materials as well
reproductions by Monet that visited the area to paint,
La Celle Dunoise with it's church of St. Pierre, dating from the twelfth century and the bridge, dating from the fourteenth century.
Oradour sur Glane We will also take a trip to this fascinating village, destroyed in 1944, when 642 inhabitants were killed, the village now remains as a permanent memorial and museum. If time allows we may also visit a porcelain factory in Limoges.
Gargilesse A highlight for me is painting in the artists' village of Gargilesse where there will be an opportunity to visit the home of George Sand as well as painting the spectacular view or the local château. Here we will have lunch in the welcoming local restaurant, Les Artiste.
La Celle Dunoise
Gite 1 3 star 1 x double bedroom, 1 x twin room bathroom on ground floor
Gite 2 3 star 1 x double bedroom 1 x twin room separate shower and bathroom on first floor
Gite 3 4 star 3 x double/kingsize bedrooms all en-suite
Not included: flights and personal purchases
Gites 1 & 2 2 occupants £950.00 pp 3 occupants £793 pp 4 occupants £710.00 pp
Gite 3 1 person per room £1007.00 2 people per room £890.00pp