This is just occasional news from my studio and
definitely not a blog. I would much rather be painting than sitting
here at a keyboard, so the updates to this page will never occur on a daily basis!
My own working studio is open most weekends or when I’m
around during the week, but if you are making a special
journey to see me please phone first to make sure I’m in and
not down the dale painting!
that you have all had a good summer. I’ve been away a lot in my
camper van,, Wild Wales on zip wires and the world’s largest
underground trampoline, sailing silently down the River Teme in a
coracle. Sunny Norfolk and attending the End of the Pier Show in
Cromer. At Sandringham art show I even attended a Bob Ross’ paint
a picture in 35 mins’ and came out with a glittery snow scene.
My barn studio is up and
running (see below), much to my delight, and is called
Kettle’s Folly (due to the fact that my daughters thought
it a waste of money )
Unfortunately the prices of the life classes have risen this
year as the cost of hiring the halls have increased and
model’s fees risen I had managed to hold them at the same
price for 11 years. As before, if you pay £120 you can
come to both classes.
I've also started
two new general art classes which are themed each week to
develop and enjoy learning new techniquess. These
classes are more or less full now.
Have a look at my
class timetable for the Autumn.
Studio finished !!!
I'm really pleased to say that my new studio is now in
operation. Each dayI walk along the lane to the studio with
Molly and Tilly and enjoy the peaceful ambience of this private
space. The Derbyshire wildlife is abundant all around.
The space is perfect for painting, light and airy. with such a high
ceiling. It feels so good to have achieved a lifetime ambition in
such a beautiful place. Thank you to all my friends who have helped
to make this dream a reality. Your contributions of your time and
various materials and furnishings will always be appreciated.
You can see from the photos below that I'm already making use of the
space and enjoying every minute!
I am organising a trip with students over to Spain
during the Easter Holiday to Tom
Fourth visit - need I say more?
So if you are interested in joining me please let me know as the
places are limited.
THINGS ARE HAPPENING!
New roof with insulation. New windows and doors. External walls
pointed leaving holes for nesting birds and bats. Electrics
installed but not connected,. Internal walls rendered giving an open
airy feeling to my new work space. Many artists have told me that
moving out of the home environment into a dedicated artist studio
space promotes new creativity. I can't wait.
car parking area exists but my real proposals for the natural
landscaping will have to wait until next summer.
NEW STUDIO BARN 2012
My main arty news is the purchase of a redundant stone barn which
will eventually become my art studio. It is about a 10 minute walk
from my house in a lovely location overlooking fields and just
Wood. The roof had fallen in and that has just been
repaired so it is just about water-tight ready for this winter. A
lot more work has to be done on it….a floor to be put in a bat loft
to be constructed ! drains to be laid Doors and new windows put
in. It might be finished by next summer. So then I will have
plenty of room to paint I will even be able to use my big studio
easel and stand up to paint. I shall feel like a real artist.
PAINTING IN SPAIN
Sunday 28th April - Saturday 4th May 2013
Last February 2012 half term I visited
Browns Studio in Spain for another painting
course…taking some students with me. I am going again
with students in 2013 .. Tom will create a special course according to
the needs of the students - CONTACT ME FOR DETAILS, This my
fourth visit - need I say more. If my course is full there may be
other weeks and other courses at Tom's where I guarantee you would
be made very welcome.
During May and June I had exhibitions in Middleton and
Youlgrave during the well dressing times. The Middleton
well dressing was a portrait on the Queen. I have sold
most of my coastal painting that I did last year from my
travels around the coast line of Britain. This summer I
carried on my journey from Bristol around the coast line to
Fowey in Cornwall. So I have spent many a happy hour
drawing and sketching around Somerset ,Devon and Cornwall.
We have such a beautiful coast line…why go abroad ? I only
had three really rainy days when I couldn’t draw out of my
whole summer holidays.
WALES REVISITED AGAIN
I had to revisit my favourite bit of coast line this summer
as well, the Lleyn Pennsula.
Naomi, my daughter, had another baby boy in April . So I
have three grandsons and one granddaughter. My
granddaughter Purdy won an art competition in Kenilworth
where she lives. She drew a fantastic portrait of the Queen
for a Diamond Jubilee exhibition and won first prize. This
was open for all school children in her town.
2012 COASTAL TRIPS
Another summer has passed by too quickly. This year I have completed
my camper van trips to the South-Western corner of the British
Isles. Starting at the Bristol Chanel and going along the coast line
through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall and finishing off at Fowey
where I stopped last year.
I've continued with another trip to North Wales visiting places at a
more leisurely pace.
I have become a grandmother again. Naomi had another little boy
called Henry. So four grandchildren in total
October I visited Ireland again and joined in with the music
festival in Gort near Galway. Met up with all my old friends
again and filled another sketch book with portraits of the
LANDSCAPE PAINTING CLASSES
landscape classes will restart in the summer of 2013
I was in Spain with six of my students on a Tom Brown painting course
during the Easter holiday 2012 which has been specially organised for artists from
Derbyshire. His courses concentrate on and encourage personal
artistic development making them suitable for artists of all
abilities. I suggest you check his
his other painting courses in Spain
The location is stunning
with great cuisine and studio facilities. Another of my students is
visiting Tom in May on his fifth visit for a painting course there.
This has been be
visit with students from my own art classes - need I say more?
If you wish to come with me to Spain next year 2013 or visit
Tom on a painting course then get in touch with me.
The October 2011 half term I spent sketching in Ireland mainly
at the Cooley Collins music festival…I loved listening to
the plaintive or mad Irish Reels as I drew the musicians.
Over the three years they have got used to me drawing them,
and I have left quite a few sketches back in Gort.
Over Easter 2011 I took my daughter Rachel and my two grandchildren Purdy
and Jake to the Gower Peninsular in Wales. Only a quarter of a
sketch book used. It was so hot and sunny that I found it
difficult to draw and paint. (see examples ) lots of looking for
marine life in the rock pools .
visited the island of Gozo this February at half term to get some
winter sunshine and to paint. A lovely relaxed and safe island for
an artist on her own. I felt totally safe walking about the
island. The island is very small and every thing is in walking
distance. I really enjoyed sketching in museums, archeological
sites, beaches and cliff tops.
MOBILE ART STUDIO
This summer I
completed two coastal trips in my camper van. The camper was
custom built for me as an art studio and has living space
for my two dogs. For many years I’ve been intending to
travel the coastline of the UK. I miss the sea, living as I
do, in the middle of England. I wanted to see my island
home and be able to travel the coastline of the British
Isles, painting and sketching on the way.
sketchbooks are bound cartridge paper about A5. Using
watercolour pencils, paints and ink pens I filled a few
books with drawings and notes of my travels. Often I forgot
to take a digital reference picture, photography is
something I’ve not come to rely upon yet but the memories
reinforced with sketching are good enough. In practice,
the day to day task of living and travelling meant that I
didn’t complete any large paintings on site on any trip. Now
that I am familiar with the camper and process of moving
home every hour
I’m sure that future trips will less rushed and offer quality time for
larger paintings of the coastline.
first foray started at Cardiff and ended at the Solway Firth
four weeks later.
Then I enjoyed North
Norfolk to Dungeness in Kent
If you have experiences
of travelling the coast with painting in mind then I would
like to hear from you ... get in touch ....
I’m expecting to take
three or four summers on this project.