This is just occasional news from my studio and
definitely not a blog. I would much rather be painting than sitting
here at a keyboard, so the updates to this page will never occur on a daily basis!
My own working studio is open most weekends or when Iím
around during the week, but if you are making a special
journey to see me please phone first to make sure Iím in and
not down the dale painting!
Studio finished !!!
I'm really pleased to say that my new studio is now in
operation. Each day I walk along the lane to the studio with
Molly and Tilly and enjoy the peaceful ambience of this private
space. The Derbyshire wildlife is abundant all around.
The space is perfect for painting, light and airy. with such a high
ceiling. It feels so good to have achieved a lifetime ambition in
such a beautiful place. Thank you to all my friends who have helped
to make this dream a reality. Your contributions of your time and
various materials and furnishings will always be appreciated.
You can see from the photos below that I'm already making use of the
space and enjoying every minute!
THINGS ARE HAPPENING!
New roof with insulation. New windows and doors. External walls
pointed leaving holes for nesting birds and bats. Electrics
installed but not connected,. Internal walls rendered giving an open
airy feeling to my new work space. Many artists have told me that
moving out of the home environment into a dedicated artist studio
space promotes new creativity. I can't wait.
car parking area exists but my real proposals for the natural
landscaping will have to wait until next summer.
NEW STUDIO BARN 2012
My main arty news is the purchase of a redundant stone barn which
will eventually become my art studio. It is about a 10 minute walk
from my house in a lovely location overlooking fields and just
Wood. The roof had fallen in and that has just been
repaired so it is just about water-tight ready for this winter. A
lot more work has to be done on itÖ.a floor to be put in a bat loft
to be constructed ! drains to be laid Doors and new windows put
in. It might be finished by next summer. So then I will have
plenty of room to paint I will even be able to use my big studio
easel and stand up to paint. I shall feel like a real artist.
During May and June I had exhibitions in Middleton and
Youlgrave during the well dressing times. The Middleton
well dressing was a portrait on the Queen. I have sold
most of my coastal painting that I did last year from my
travels around the coast line of Britain. This summer I
carried on my journey from Bristol around the coast line to
Fowey in Cornwall. So I have spent many a happy hour
drawing and sketching around Somerset ,Devon and Cornwall.
We have such a beautiful coast lineÖwhy go abroad ? I only
had three really rainy days when I couldnít draw out of my
whole summer holidays.
MOBILE ART STUDIO
This summer I
completed two coastal trips in my camper van. The camper was
custom built for me as an art studio and has living space
for my two dogs. For many years Iíve been intending to
travel the coastline of the UK. I miss the sea, living as I
do, in the middle of England. I wanted to see my island
home and be able to travel the coastline of the British
Isles, painting and sketching on the way.
sketchbooks are bound cartridge paper about A5. Using
watercolour pencils, paints and ink pens I filled a few
books with drawings and notes of my travels. Often I forgot
to take a digital reference picture, photography is
something Iíve not come to rely upon yet but the memories
reinforced with sketching are good enough. In practice,
the day to day task of living and travelling meant that I
didnít complete any large paintings on site on any trip. Now
that I am familiar with the camper and process of moving
home every hour
Iím sure that future trips will less rushed and offer quality time for
larger paintings of the coastline.
first foray started at Cardiff and ended at the Solway Firth
four weeks later.
Then I enjoyed North
Norfolk to Dungeness in Kent
If you have experiences
of travelling the coast with painting in mind then I would
like to hear from you ... get in touch ....
Iím expecting to take
three or four summers on this project.