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A fun week with a lovely group in Umbria, high up in the Sibillini National park, with trips to Spello, the Piano Grande and Norcia, dinner at an Abbey and lots of excellent work. 


Maisie is fast becoming my star pupil with two excellent pieces so far this summer one in France and now this excellent flower study in Italy.

Here is some of the pieces the others were working on in Italy with Maisie’s help. A great group and loads of fun, thanks everyone for working so hard.

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Who said colouring in was boring. We have had thunder,lightening and floods with some of us having to hike through the dark to get back to our gites. We have visited 3 lively local markets, walked through the  Grot du Mazul, climbed up through an incredible church building into the rock face at Vals and had some delicious meals and loads of laughs. May be not as much drawing as we would have liked so perhaps we can do a longer workshop in 2018. Details for 2017 at Manzac d’en Bas are 29th September to 6th Ocotber.

Here is what we got up to this week plus some exercises aimed at improving drawing skills.


And last but not least, the lovely Maisie’s masterpiece.

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We have had a last minute cancellation for the holiday in Manzac d’en Bas in the Ariege area of southern France in May.  Above is the studio and the view overlooking the distant Pyrenees.  If anyone fancies a week of concentrated drawing, not to mention, eating and drinking in delightfully peaceful surroundings please do contact me for details.  The dates are 24th-31st May 2016.

Two other chances to see me demonstrate will be at the Society of Botanical Artists Exhibition at Westminster Central Hall from 15th-23rd April and I will be demonstrating on 23rd April, the last Saturday.

I will also be doing a workshop at the UK Coloured Pencil Society Exhibition at the Menier Gallery, London  on 11th May from 11.30-3.30 on ‘Textures, Tips and Tricks with Coloured Pencil’ there are only 10 places and the cost in £45 for members and £55 for non-members.

The exhibition runs from 4th-14th May as is at the Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

Finally I am doing a workshop in Derbyshire. Yes, up north, with Fieldbreaks at the lovely Losehill House Hotel, all levels welcome from 25th – 27th April 2016.  Contact Sue Field to book on 01433 621420.

If I don’t see you at any of the above do come to my Open Studio on the first two weekends in July as part of the Marlborough Open Studio event.  More details later.

 

 

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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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Back in the blustery, dull grey light in the UK after a fun week with everyone in Spain. These Muscatel Grapes seen in the sunny light in Spain where vibrant and translucent and I am struggling to keep the momentum going now I’m back in grey UK. Anyway I’ll share my progress to date with some photos from the trip.

These are three times life size and part of my “larger than Life’ series.


I’m laying down thin layers of colour and then gently dissolving with a minute amount of baby oil, too much and the colour comes off and smears, too little and the binder doesn’t dissolve.  this is all done with a pad of cotton wool, so high risk stuff as edges are extremely difficult to manipulate.


On the stalks I have embossed for the spots and then layered dry coloured pencil over the top.

Loads more layering and wiping!

More layering with baby oil and I can see the end in sight.

  

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Another fabulous week of intense creativity, laughter, excellent food and eventually some sunshine. Some very talented and hardworking students.

  
Enjoying a day out at Kitty’s Sculpture Garden north of Almenecar.

   
    
    
    
    
   

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Some final finishing touches needed and then a massive clean up, these rich purply-reds spread everywhere; then off to the scanners!

  
This is the latest in my ‘Larger than Life’ series – image size 57 X 37 cms 

After a longer winter period feeling totally uninspired I decided to get the studio refurbished. 

  
So this week the big clear up!

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We have had a last minute cancellation for the Spanish holiday on 26th February. If anyone is interested do get in touch.

Also if you want to receive a copy of my regular monthly online newsletter ‘Pencil Points’, send me your email address.

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