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Amazingly the sun is shining for my first Open Studio weekend and the garden is behaving well. I am taking part in the Marlborough Open Studio event this weekend and next. Other artists will be open through all four July weekends but after next weekend I am off to take part in the very last Art in Action at Waterperry near Thame from 14th-17th July. Then the final week in July I am artist in Residence at Nature in Art at Twigworth near Gloucester. It’s going to be a busy July but fun as my second favourite thing after working with coloured pencils is talking about working with coloured pencils! I shall have some of my latest ‘toys’ for sale and I look forward to seeing lots of you at these events.

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At the end of 2015 I launched my newsletter ‘Pencil Points’ which will, when the new website comes on stream, be downloadable. ¬†Until then we are sending it out by email to those interested so if you would like a copy just fill in the contact form on my website and we will send it to you.

As this is a new baby we would welcome any useful critiques and also any information relevant to the coloured pencil world that you would like published ie., exhibition dates etc.

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I’ve just treated myself to a full set of Holbein pencils from Japan. Luscious colours, good lightfast ratings, rich lay down and they hold a point. Itching to try them out properly. I will post a full report on my new website when it goes live in 2016. Meanwhile I am trying to find a source of single pencils so if anyone knows where to buy them please can you let me know.

   
 

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I had a busy week last week, an interesting first run of my new ‘Complex Colour Layering’ workshop at the studio,

  
A fun, one-day workshop in Egbaston for the Birmingham Society of Botanical Artists, ‘Graphite Drawing with Underpainting’ (thanks for looking after me so well) produced some excellent results. This was a chance to try a completely new technique for most.

   
   
Plus individual pencil sharpening advice!

  
Last night saw the very messy start to another ‘Larger than Life’ sprouting onion.

  
Watch this space!

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Started in Spain at the lovely Finca el Cerillo this drawing was inspired by the pieces of chewed up pine cone strewn around by their lovely dog Sybil.

  
Executed using a variety of graphite pencils, 2H to 9B plus clutch and propelling pencils. Still more to do so back to the drawing board.

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I wanted to share my new shop corner in the studio with all the lovely pencils.  It’s like a candy store!

 

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