Sent to Coventry…

We had a really nice day at the Centre of England Arts yesterday painting clematis.  I promised to upload the photo we used.  So here it is.

The members of the group have my permission to print it out and I hope you all have fun finishing your paintings.  They were already on their way and looking excellent when we displayed them at the end of the day.  Well done everyone…it was solid work but so absorbing and many of you said how much you had learned.  for me that is the most important thing, that you can go away and have another go using those techniques.

Click on the photo to enlarge.
The CoEA is a particularly useful venue to know about and to consider when you want to do a workshop.  It’s just off the M42 between Birmingham and Coventry and so is easily accessible.  As you can see the studio is large light and airy and part of a complex of converted barn buildings…very beautiful.
I always enjoy my time there and being greeted by Julie Hyde, its creator and such a clever, lovely woman.
Course members getting into their drawing at the beginning of the day at CoEA

Have a look!

Autumn, beautiful Autumn…

I’ve been posting a lot of my facebook page.

I really wish more people I know were on Facebook.  It’s a really sociable place for artists like us to share thoughts and discuss issues in Art.  When I post something on facebook, I tend to think I have written a blog post which is why I haven’t been posting a lot lately.  I have to say I do enjoy the immediacy of facebook where people respond with a “like” (thumbs up) and leave a comment.

Anyway I’ve got around to posting here at last.  My mind is full of Autumn at the moment.  I have been out foraging in the hedgerows down by the nearby Grantham canal.

Here’s a little set up telling the story of what I love about Autumn.  
I have done a few workshops over the last week or two.
The autumn fruits on got me painting a new blackberries composition.  Here are the WIPs.
I love painting those juicy fruits and the changing  leaves allow you to go mad with the colours.
Also love the challenge of depicting a tangly bramble hedge with chinks of light shining through.