Thursday, 17 August 2017

A Workshop With Kerry Harding...


Last month I visited The St Ives School Of Painting for an Experimental Oil Painting workshop with Kerry Harding. I have been a fan of Kerry's work for years and was very excited to meet her and see her paint.

The studios have been recently renovated and are so beautiful and inspiring, I was in heaven!

This handsome chap caught my eye and later appeared in one of my paintings!

Just look at the view!

Kerry even made us cups of tea!

And the crockery is from the fabulous Leach Pottery!

Now I am a tad nervous when it comes to oil painting, but Kerry was an excellent tutor.
She was so generous with her knowledge and techniques and the examples that she showed us were stunning...
We quickly went to experiment, dripping, pouring and scraping to our hearts' content.
I went through quite a few plastic gloves!

And soon everyone's tables were looking very exciting!

I really enjoyed building up the layers on my little abstracts.

The School were extremely generous with the materials available.

I even became inspired when I spilled some thinner onto the newspaper!

Here are my three little abstract paintings,(and the horse picture that I did during the dinner break!)

And then it was time to down pinnies and go home...

I really can't recommend The St Ives School Of Painting workshops enough.

If you're in Cornwall it's definitely worth treating yourself to a day (or two or three!) of pure inspiration.

Everyone there was so helpful and friendly and the place is stunning.

And on my way home I did a little curtesy as I was passing Alfred Wallis' cottage...





Wednesday, 9 August 2017

The Lonesome Bear...


It's only as the animal or person emerges that sometimes they tell me their story.

Some characters are very shy, and I have to remember that I can't force their secrets from them, otherwise they might disappear back into the paper or canvas.

But some characters can't wait to tell me all about it, and this rather handsome bear was one of them.

You see, at first I had planned to make a lady bear, but it wasn't to be.

I did enjoy making his dungarees, but he had a rather wistful look in his eye.

As soon as his outfit was finished he told me his tale, and he asked very politely if I could make him a bunch of flowers.


It had been a long and bitter winter but now the Spring flowers were beginning to emerge and the warm, gentle currents of air coaxed the bear out of his slumber.

He let out a sigh as he began to remember the dream that had never left his heart throughout those long and lonely months.

He gently hummed to himself as he picked a small bunch of flowers that grew on the mountainside..

'Will you be my sweetheart?

Will you love me true?

Will you be forever mine?

Will you say 'I do'?'

He wore his very best pair of dungarees, began to walk along the path by the stream, and tried to hold his nerve...


Friday, 4 August 2017

The Secret Garden...


I love messing about with concertina sketchbooks.

Here's one I painted a few weeks ago, would you like a peek?

It's pretty long, so I had to photograph it in sections...

It really helped me to 'loosen up' and try out some mixed media techniques.

I think it has a 'secret garden' quality to it.

He does look a bit lost doesn't he!

The paper in Moleskine sketchbooks are such good quality, so it can handle quite a lot of layering.

I'm pretty heavy handed when I'm painting.

I think the colours are a bit tropical, I think I was looking forward to the summer hols!

And she's just a bit bonkers really!

Hope you enjoyed having a little flick through my book!



Tuesday, 1 August 2017

August:Creative Prompt:

Hope you're enjoying your holidays if you're on your summer break.
Hope you like this month's Prompt chucks.