Friday, 14 December 2012

Latest news including China trip

Dear All,
Well it's been a while since I was in touch with my news, that's because I've been here and back again over the last few months.  

Hope you've all managed to stay happy despite the wet, wet Summer.  What a disaster for the veggie patch, but as Monty Don (Gardener's World) pointed out it has only been a bad summer for gardeners not gardens, as some plants and veg have thrived!

I have been over to County Kerry, Southern Ireland a couple of times - one of my favorite places especially for inspiring views and lovely light.  In September I was part of an Artfest in Ballinskelligs, more about in my next newsletter.

But what about Chengdu, Western China...

Going to Chengdu, China - as one of only two artists from the Sheffield region was so exciting, inspiring and an all round amazing experience.  I've never been to a place so hot and humid, and typical of an English person, the weather was the predominant element that influenced my artwork whilst over there.  A group of artists including Canadians, Americans, Australians and Harrison Moore and me were taken on a tour of Chengdu and district.  The Chengdu Municipal Council were our wonderful hosts and provided hotel accommodation, transport and lovely interpreters and guides.  We learned about how they are preserving green spaces in the city, visited famous tourist spots, not least, the Panda reserve and were treated to some delicious Sechuan food.

After four or five days of sightseeing we had the use of a studio to produce two pieces of art.  These were to be left there and were exhibited at the Pride International Conference Center which hosted the 2012 China International Friendship Cities Conference (CIFCC).  They will then be on show at the International Museum (when it opens) in Tianfu Square, Chengdu. 

Latest News
Continuing exhibition:   
- 2 of my digital collages are on show in a window of the Old Town Hall Precinct (opposite Argos), as part of the Gallery Town project ( Rotherham Town Centre

Up and coming exhibitions:

Watch this space - maybe in Rotherham town centre soon - selling and making!

Take a look at my website, it has had a make-over:

Last but not least, WORKSHOPS are still available, get in touch to arrange one, I am very flexible, can hold them at mine (for 2-6 people) or somewhere else (for larger groups):

Check out my website: for full details or to download a brochure.

Regular workshops:
Indoor, all year round
Blank Canvas - starting from scratch and seeking inspiration from a range of artwork, to get you over 'white paper syndrome' and use a variety of painting techniques.
£20.00 per person including materials

Outdoors, includes photo walk
Frame and Shoot - get inspired, take photos in the picturesque area around Wentworth village, home of Fitzwilliam's old place - Wentworth Woodhouse
£15.00 per person

Indoor and outdoor
Sketchbooking - sketchbooks are a great way to record ideas and keep inspired.  Drawings, photos, and cut outs are used. Sketching outdoors, weather permitting
£20.00 per person including materials

Please get in touch by phone on 07530111921 or email: 

Heh, having some lessons myself in Chinese brush painting with Nick Summerbell, and will then be launching into some new paintings. 

Two great pluses with the Winter months, no holidays abroad and very little gardening leaving lots more time for arty things.

Hope you all have a happy and holy Christmas,