Friday, 13 December 2019

Seasons Greetings!

Thank you to everyone who has been part of Art Circle this year; to the helpful & knowledgeable staff of St Annes Library who make the library the warm and friendly place it is; to all Art Circle participants who have listened to me with patience, have had a go with all my barmy approaches and have produced some amazing work.  

Thank you to everyone who has taken part in any of my projects and workshops this year (I still have a giant duck perched on a 7 foot pole in my very modest house!) - see below and thank you to everyone who has commissioned my work.

Thank you too to my arty friends and colleagues.  It's a treat when we get together. 

Finally, thank you to those who read this blog wherever you are.  I can see by the statistics some of you are on the other side of the world.

I wish you all a peaceful and Happy Christmas and all good things for 2020. 

Thursday, 12 December 2019

trees & 'spoons

We started with a quick look at the colour wheel and the trees of van Gogh and Hockney.  
After determining the type of tree to make we used artists quality, coloured pencils to bring them to life.  Some trees were put into a context to give the drawing a narrative.  Some had magic corners used on them to tweak composition.  The lovely results are below.  

Notice the broken fence panel in one - brilliant!

Lovely mark making everyone - well done! 

Once finished, we headed off to Wetherspoons where we were joined by others, for our Christmas lunch.  What an excellent way to spend a day - thank you everyone.   

Arthur:  notice the lovely hits of colour within the tree



Monica:  (Exactly what was needed - love it!)



Sunday, 8 December 2019

Nag Stone & clay love stone

as part of a Big Drawing Session in Preston.  

Thank you Bernie for organising and everyone for your company.  We even had a brass band playing Christmas tunes and carol singers nearby.  Not to mention fish bites & chips for dinner!

Lovely day - thank you. x

from a nag stone
from a clay love stone made in the summer, front & reverse

Thank you Kim Graham for two of the images. x

Friday, 6 December 2019

Nag Stones & compressed charcoal on A3

Working twice the size of last week and remembering some composition devices, we used compressed charcoal to be looser and more expressive.  
We looked at different ways of; 
  • masking & keeping areas light
  • holding the media & mark making
  • drawing with an eraser
  • removing excess charcoal
  • fixing   

Brilliant - well done everyone one!

Christine:  demo page