Monthly Archives: July 2018

Fire at St.Michael’s Studio, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3RR

July 24, 2018

This post is addressed to all my fellow artists and friends of the art world.

Several days ago I heard dreadful news regarding a fire at St.Michael’s Studio, Bridport, Dorset DT6 3RR.  A dear friend of mine, brilliant artist, and Past President of the Society of Graphic Fine Art, David Brooke, and his wife Caroline have a studio on the second floor. They still cannot get in to view the damage as it’s unsafe, but fear they have lost everything. Illustrator Paul Blow and his partner had a studio on the top floor and have lost a life’s work. We can all imagine what a ghastly blow it would be if we were in their situation.

Here’s a link to news about the fire:

A fund has been set-up to help the St.Michael’s Artists If you would like to help by contributing the details for a bacs payment is below.  I do know anything you can give would be hugely appreciated.

Bridport Art TSB account 01220128

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Paint with Jo in Italy May/June 2019

July 19, 2018

I have been invited to tutor a painting holiday just outside the delightful village of Bardi, near Parma in Northern Italy, in May/June 2019.  The poster below advertises this year’s events at Casa Bezzia.

If you are interested do look at the web site for information and prices and get back to Sylvia or me.  My course will definitely focus on sketching and painting in the landscape, and in Bardi itself, taking in its old buildings and colourful market.  Definitive dates will be posted ASAP but meanwhile do let me know if you would favour a week in May or June.  Many thanks!

Rocky Outcrops Tumbling Water

July 17, 2018

This post showcases work in charcoal and pastel, produced over five Tuesday mornings by a group I felt very privileged to teach at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead.  Many thanks to everyone for giving permission for me to show their work on my blog.  Focusing on depicting the character of rock formations we also sought to show the energy and force of water flowing over and around them. Some already had good drawing skills and colour was more of a challenge, especially for those more accustomed to mixing liquid paint. The painting above was made using a very limited palette and I think even the artist was surprised at the way a very pale green and a rather purplish magenta could make lilac greys in the sky and sea.

Papers used varied from Pastelmat to Fabriano Tiziano, Murano, and Ingres in many different colours.

That’s enough words. here are the pictures!

Unfinished but a great use of orange paper!