Charcoal Workshop

I recently ran a charcoal workshop inspired by landscape. Above is a finished piece of mine and below is the students work. This is a layering approach to charcoal, building up in order to erase to depict the light. It is a dirty process but the charcoal has a lovely, tactile velvety quality that excites […]

New term starts for the art classes

I have had a great August break. Covid dominated at first but a lovely trip with Liz to Malvern and onto Crickhowell to the Green Man Festival. It’s great to be away and be inspired by so many talented artists (mainly musicians) and bring these experiences back to the work and teaching arena. What the […]

Understanding Acrylics

This is a day course to take you through simple steps to painting with acrylics. You will learn how to start and make best use of acrylic paint. Also how to build a picture through layering and use various mediums to help flow and texture. Running from 10 till 4pm with a maximum of 4 […]

Art Class exhibition at City Screen

The students from all my classes have put together work for a show at City Screen in York. This has been scheduled and postponed so many times and we got the go ahead in October to have a slot from 19th Dec 2021 till 15th January 2022. Most people hadn’t put up a group of […]

Images emerging

I am doing some drawings in charcoal that come to a natural finish and I am completely happy with the unfinished nature of them (even the cats paw prints). These are things that add narrative and is not a sketch towards a larger finished work but an end in itself. This one is from one […]

Texture week 3

This week we continued with texture but this time without the source material. Instead we used words as a stimulus. Below are the results of both groups work. The word associated with the texture is on the caption. Hopefully this exercise stimulated the imagination and draws a line under this subject for now. Some said […]

Colour mixing from last term

Last term we spent 4 weeks working on colour mixing, covering orange with the squash which has been posted. After that we looked at green, dulled colours with onions and mushrooms and finally using blue objects. I have put all these into a gallery for speed. Hopefully this was a fairly comprehensive look at colour […]

2015 Workshops and Residentials

I am promoting my 2015 schedule in good time for the New Year. Get yourselves booked in and challenge yourself to doing a new skill or improve on an existing one. I have places left on the life drawing in January. Both sessions have been documented in previous blogs. The difference in the next two […]

Life Drawing Workshop 1

The first of four life drawing workshops took place on Saturday morning 8th November. We used A1 paper throughout and a mixture of media. The model was lit by both a spotlight and a halogen lamp. This added drama to what would have been a very even fluorescent light. The first drawings done were quick 5 […]

Ellergill weekend

I would like to post a few photos from this weekend away with me and six others. I do not have many images of other peoples work at present but will put them on as I acquire them. It was a great weekend. Much quieter than the previous one due to a few people unable […]

In the garden using a viewfinder

We continued trying to employ the viewfinder. It is a bit of an extra thing to deal with and it is not something I use very much but that does not mean it is not useful. When faced with a lot of information to try and edit you are able to focus a little more […]

Microscopic

A couple of weeks ago Cath brought in a microscope. It seemed a good idea to try alongside the work done on edges. Cath looked at the edges of torn paper and a small dried plant. This process proved interesting but quite do but quite tricky and tiring. You can probably only dop about 15 […]

Filling the space

This exercise follows on from the previous work done on edges. This time the focus is on the edge of the pictorial space. From the various still life object in the class I asked people to make a small composition on the table and using a viewfinder create an image that is cropped at the […]

Edges

This week I set the brief to look at the edges of objects. By this I meant not only one edge but what you could see outside the edge also. We had touched on this sort of thing before but this time there was no need to feel compelled to draw a whole object. There […]

The sinister side

This week we continued working with our wrong hands. Jon pointed out that the word Sinister is the Latin word for left-handed. What evolution of meaning turned left-handed into evil and threatening? Historically, the left side, and subsequently left-handedness, was considered negative in many cultures. The Latin word sinistra originally meant “left” but took on […]

It is all about hands

After last weeks hands and glasses I decided to do something a little more challenging this week. That was to draw ones own hand but this time without holding anything. This is actually much harder as there is less to latch onto, less drama and the need for more subtlety. Here are some of the […]

Hands holding a glass

I wanted to do a session with drawings of hands holding something and had remembered a life drawing I had done where the model had held a mug. It made such a great shape that I thought it would be ideal for this session. We had been doing transparent objects the week before so it […]

Ellergill outdoor painters

We had a great time at Ellergill in Littondale in the Yorkshire Dales. It was a great venue, fantastic scenery ( though a bit too green for some) and lovely weather. I am determined to return next year. The barn was great as long as you realise it is bunk barn accommodation and you can […]

Inside/outside project

WE did a 5 week project entitled Inside/ Outside. This was one I did on part time foundation in 1992. Here are a selection of students work from this task. Jon looked at a sheep’s skull and worked in various media and formats. Barbara produced a most exquisite book where the words had left the […]

Ruth’s framed gouache landscape

We did a few weeks on landscape painting and here is Ruth’s gouache painting framed up. It was worked up from a photograph of hills in Shropshire sourced from Google.