Tag Archives: still life

2018 – The Arts School

Wow! It’s been a long time since I posted and the reasons good!

The Arts School is up and running and I am loving teaching again! Now we start the new year with lots of courses and a new teacher working with us teaching watercolour (Jo Hudson).

Come and take a class and hopefully enjoy it as much as our past students (and we) do! www.theartsschool.co.uk


The Arts School

Getting ready to run a taster day at The Arts School tomorrow.

General Art is one of my favourite courses as it is project based and gives you a chance to try different materials out and develop your own ideas and work. 

If you are interested in this course or any others, please visit or website email me at sophie@theartsschool.co.uk


The Arts School – the start

So I have been quiet because I have been busy! 

1) the boy who will be 7 months old next week, amazing! 

I could spend all day watching him learn the world! The greatest time consumers!

2) The Little Art on the Green, more details next week

And 3) 

I have started an arts school! 

The Arts School will start running day courses in Drawing and Mark making and Reflective Practise. Come and spend the day on a beautiful farm in East Sussex. 60 acres of woods, fields and lakes. A delicious lunch is included, provided by Sam. So excited! A few spaces left for our intro day on July 8th and confirmed dates to follow! 

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Time to paint

This week I  spent two mornings taking part in an art class’s run by the incredibly talented and generous Fiona Graham Mackay

I have not sat down and done an oil painting since I took my A levels (in 1998…) and was surprised by how successful it was, and how much I enjoyed it! 
I feel the reasons I have shied away from oils are time, money and practicality. I intend to explore this beautiful and generous material further!
Everyone go and do an art course, meet up with a friend or three, join a group, whatever you want, but get out there and do some painting, just because it’s good for your soul. 
These are my little paintings, whilst there is allot of space for improvement, I am immensely proud of taking the time for myself, that I haven’t forgotten everything I was taught, and for trying something different. Have a wonderful weekend. Sophie xxx
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This blog is created by Sophie Mayer. The images used are with permission of the artist. Please do not infringe on my copy write, or the copy write of others.
If you want to use my images, or the images of others work that I have used, please contact me, or the other artists directly, for permission. 

Unsuccessful experiments 

Today I tried a quick play with still life photography, it wasn’t very successful, but it is just a starting point. 


 I learnt:

  • Cats are not helpful, 
  • I have a large amount of dried petals from flowers from my husband which I need to do something with, anyone got any ideas please let me know!
  • I need to allow myself more time to set up and consider.

Thanks for reading!

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Starting the new life

It’s slow steps but finally getting the new studio sorted!



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Saturday Addition: In awe of Bas Meeuws

I am in the process of reflecting on my own work, defining where I want to take it, and through this have been looking at my different practises (photography, painting, crafts, and teaching). This has led me to re consider still life as a theme. This is mainly due to the still life observational drawing embedded in the courses I have taught for the past 10 year. I am also considering the creation of a narrative in a photograph through the placement of objects, and have started a project photographing objects that I find define me, or are important, have emotional links, or say something about me. This project is called “object”, more info. to follow as the project develops!

During this research I found the amazing work of Bas Meeuws. (www.basmeeuws.com and www.facebook.com/basmeeuwscom)

20140222-141204.jpgimages by www.basmeeuws.com and www.facebook.com/basmeeuwscom
The reasons for loving, and selecting this work to share:
The luxurious, vivacious, aesthetic quality of his work
The re working of the tradition of Dutch still life in a way that is relevant and contemporary.
My love of flowers, and want to have his work on my walls.
This is the type of work that makes me want to go to the national gallery and study masterpieces and consider how to discuss their themes within my own work.
This work makes me want to challenge my skills as a photographer, as well as consider the care of printing with digital art.

20140222-153656.jpgimages by www.basmeeuws.com and www.facebook.com/basmeeuwscom

Awe —noun

an overwhelming feeling of reverence, admiration, fear, etc., produced by that which is grand, sublime, extremely powerful, or the like: in awe of God; in awe of great political figures.
Archaic. power to inspire fear or reverence.
Obsolete. fear or dread.
—verb (used with object)
to inspire with awe.
to influence or restrain by awe.

Here are a few images I have taken over the past few months of flowers, as well as a few of my photographic project “object”.



Thank you for following, and hopefully liking and commenting!

This blog is created by Sophie Mayer. The images used are with permission of the artist. Please do not infringe on my copy write, or the copy write of others. If you want to use my images, or the images of others work that I have used, please contact me, or the other artists directly, for permission.

Thank you to Bas for giving permission to use his images in this post, and please go and see his work,and like his Facebook page!

www.basmeeuws.com and www.facebook.com/basmeeuwscom