A few days of arty stuff with a friend!

I spent the last few days showing a friend London and doing some art. What a privilege! Here are a few pictures from days out at Tate. My friend and I will be starting a new photographic project taking weekly images. I have a plan for the studio and completing my painting project, getting a…

Drawing class – a day of indulgence!

Today I attended a full day drawing class with Nelson Ferreira at the V and A. It felt like a total indulgence being able to just sit and draw for hours! As a drawing teacher it was great to see how others teach the same thing, and to learn better ways of explaining. The things…

Day out with mum, The Queens Gallery, and tea!

Wonderful day out with my mother to the “In Fine style” exhibition at the Queens Gallery, a little walk around are gorgeous capital city, and ending with a bit of tea. Great seeing amazing paintings and clothing from a time when fashion was used to command importance and social position, and different countries were influencing…

Studio day, and a new series is started!

I have started a new painting series because until I have an exhibtion to see the last series all together, I feel I have moved past the meaning of making them. If anyone knows of anywhere I can exhibit 2 large, 3 medium, and lots of small paintings, please contact me! With the new work…

Learning from students

One of the joys of teaching art is that you cannot know everything and sometimes a student shows you something that you missed. For me it was “Tilt Shift”. For those that are like me and missed this her is a definition from http://www.tiltshiftphotography.net/ “Tilt-Shift Photography (Miniature Faking) Definition Tilt-Shift photography or miniature faking is…

The Pitmen Painters

Last night I went to see The Pitman Painters at The yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford. It is only on till the 11th, so go if you can! http://www.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk/ I didn’t know that much about this group of painters, so if you are like me here is a quick intro: “The “Ashington group” [pitmen painters]…

Students projects, and going back to school

As an art and design teacher at a 6th form college I teach my students a way of working through a project, and they often argue that it is pointless, that they should just work on a finished “perfect” idea, and not have to explore all the different ideas, materials and techniques we make them…