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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.


To my amazement this picture 0f Nectarines from my ‘Larger thanLife’ series has just won the Derwent Best In Show Award and the Rembrandt Lyra award for the Best Flower, Fruit and Vegetable picture at the 15th Annual UKCPS International Exhibition at the Menier Gallery, Southwark Street, London. If  you are in London up until 14th May do go a visit it’s near London Bridge and I am doing a workshop on 11th May. book on the UKCPS website, there are 2 places left.

Final Day at Dedham

Another lovely, fun week at Dedham with lots of hard work and excellent results.

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

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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.

 

 

Online Newsletter

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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.

Spanish Workshop

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.

  

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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