Now it’s being broadcast, we’re allowed to reveal that we (I) took part in one of the heats of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year. After not being chosen to be one of the pod people, I was invited to be a wild card on one of the heats -I chose Knaresborough as its only half an hour from home -but with hindsight, I should have picked Paddy’s Hole near Middlesbrough. The views at Knaresborough are very pretty and well known, but they’ve been done to death by hundreds of artists, whereas the semi industrial landscape in the North east is definitely more my cup of tea. Oh well….the whole day was an absolutely fascinating experience though…great to spend the day in the company of other artists, professional or otherwise, and to see first hand how a TV show is filmed…so many people in the crew,so much gear, and they all had a hearty (three course, catered lunch) unlike my humble sarnies.
Fascinating also to watch the other wild cards, some of whom obviously set out to catch the camera’s eye, with massive canvasses, elaborate painting set ups and distinctive clothing..I will say no more.
Eagle eyed viewers may have spotted my now infamous massage by the fragrant Kathleen Soriano, who thought I was in artistic torment,when in reality, I had thrown my first piece on the floor in disgust at having overworked it, trying to make the drawing last the 4 hours, when I’d finished it in 90 minutes, then spent another 45 ruining it.
The highlight of the day for me was when Tai Schan Schierenberg watched me working for a few minutes, and commented ‘you obviously know what you’re doing’, patted my shoulder and carried on…he also returned to say he liked how I had left part of the drawing unpainted,’ letting the watercolour breathe’ his words.
Here are a few pics from the day, including my 2 drawings, and screen grabs of my TV career.
….on my next two line and wash workshops in Ilkley…I’m happy to say, but there are still places left, so email me for further information and payment details….have a look at the flyer…..
In other workshop related news:
I was about to post the link for bookings for my first line and wash workshop with ArtiSon up near Masham: their website only went live for bookings on Saturday ,& I’m astounded to see there’s only one place left!!!
Apologies for the lack of posts and updates just lately…truth is, I’ve been so busy doing demos and running workshops up and down the I’ve hardly had time to get in front of a computer…I’ll update the workshop page shortly…
Meanwhile,I’m so looking forward to this weekend’s workshop in Stainforth, near Settle for the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust : a full day out sketching then painting in glorious countryside!!! I’ll publish a full report with photos once the day’s over.
In other news,now the official Sky Arts landscape Artist of the Year 2017 trailer has been released, I can officially share with you all the (under wraps until now) news that I took part in the second heat of this competition at Knaresborough Castle, back in June.
Yes, me, on telly,….possibly!!!! The show starts next week(18 October) on Sky Arts, or accessible via the Now TV app if you don’t have Sky.
Here’s a link to the short trailer…I make an appearance briefly around the 30 second mark:
Sky Arts 2017 trailer
Here’s a screenshot of yours truly being massaged by the fragrant Kathleen Soriano during a moment of artistic angst…I will share the two drawings I did in a post later ….and a brief written snapshot of the very interesting day.
Until the event of the year -for me anyway…the annual Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage. It’s the weekend of 9/10 September 2017 (preview evening Friday 8 September) when the villagers of Staithes open their cottage doors to the public as temporary galleries for a selling exhibition of work by resident and visiting artists. I will be in Broome Cottage, Mount Pleasant -which is venue 20: right at the top of the village -if you come from the car park along the Old Stubble path, it’s the first venue on the right as the sea comes into view..and would be delighted to see as many of you as possible over the weekend!
I’m delighted to announce I’ve been able to book the studios at Ilkley Art Studio for a series of workshops, following popular demand.
October Saturday 21, Sunday December 3 and Saturday February 17 next year!
Each one will be slightly different in content, again due to demand: here’s the flyer for the first one,which will follow the format of the successful sketch/painting event back in April: let’s hope the weather’s as kind!
I’ll publish fuller details of the others as we get nearer the dates…at least one will focus more on drawing and the challenges of perspective, but always in the context of line and wash.
So, after my last note, I’m pleased to say that the book has finally gone to print, after many changes to the cover design. I was trying to come up with a clever title for the book, but eventually settled on a ‘does what it says on the tin’ phrase.
It’s been listed for sale across on my Etsy shop, and delighted to see I had four orders within minutes!!
……is nearly ready to go to print! I’;m just in the process of reading and re-reading the final page proofs before I press ‘go’…..
I feel very blessed that the previous 3 volumes of my little reproduction sketchbooks have been so well received and I’m delighted that I’m well ahead of my self imposed deadline: I usually have these ready to launch at the Staithes Festival in September, but if all goes to plan, they’ll be ready by the beginning of August!