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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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