Wednesday 26 October 2022

New look for the Studio... new era for me!


 So... I had the last class with my lovely students a couple of weeks ago. Oh, it has been great watching them all develop their confidence and expression, but now it's time to part - I need to have my studio to myself to move my own work on.

I like to work thematically, often in paint, or other mixed media or charcol, but I like making little videos and also time based pieces.

For a few years now, I have been developing my "Aquarium of Dreams" project. Gathering ideas and filming pieces. It's going to be an immersive experience... and of course I will try it out in the studio.

I also hold little pop up gigs there from time to time. So, I decided to paint the studio walls black.



 It feels like being in a charcol drawing or an Anselm Kiefer painting.

You can see how this end will be a fab performance space, the audience will be at little tables, like a speakeasy.

This was how we set it up last time... 

I'll let you know how it all progresses.

Tuesday 22 December 2020

We've kept on paintingand drawing!

 I havent posted all year... eeekkkk! 

Well the classes continued all through lockdown via whats app... each Tuesday and Wednesday mornings everone would draw, paint and comunicate with text and photos...  but we were all happy to come back to the studio in September, with the doors open, and two meteres between, lots of cleaning etc etc, and only five people each session... that worked well as most weeks someone finds they can't make it, and people shuffled about between the two days. 

Then lockdown again... but now we are sophisticated and tech savvy... we used google meets to keep the sessions going. A structured one on Tusedays (but people could also work on other things,) and do what you want on Wednesday.... who knows what 2021 will bring! 

Seasons Greeting folks!

Wednesday 1 April 2020

Hooray, another couple of fab sessions....

This Whats app group thing is really giving a focus....
I'll ask people if I can post a couple of pictures next week....and the chats good too... we still have a break for coffee...
now for the rest of you ou tthere....
 Well, of course I'm not Antony Gormley, or Grayson Perry... but you know, its not rocket science.....Get paper, get a pencil...a rubber is good too. Some probably have some, between cleaning, reading, yoga, gardening, walking, yawning, watching you tube....etc... and....look at something... and...DRAW! Yep thats it folks...

Thursday 26 March 2020

And we continue with whats app

Well my Tuesday and Wednesday morning classes have been going strong. What wonderful people. What fab Art!
But now!!!!

And so... we decided to continue from their respective homes.

I set up a couple of what’s app groups.

I didn't think we needed a video link cus, well, mainly everyone is painting, and that would be like watching paint dry. Normally I wander round, say stuff, make coffee, say more stuff, then that’s it. So, I thought, lets try to reproduce that.

Oh it was great. Everyone tuned in at 9.30 and we even had a couple of guests who used to come to the classes but live abroad now.

We all said "Hi" and everyone popped a photo of their inspiration, or the painting they are working on, then we were off. I commented and helped where needed. Everyone had a chat from time to time. At 10.30 we had coffee...and more chat. Then back to work. It was great to see the developments.

Some carried on working even after 12.00...

I'm so looking forward to next week.!

Friday 20 December 2019

It's been another fab year in the studio

The Studio has been buzzing, so many wonderful paintings have emerged. It has been such a privilege to watch everyone develop.
And from time to time it has transformed from workshop to gig venue, (all be it a very tiny one.) What fun!