I’m really excited to have finalised dates for more line and wash workshops in one of the best venues I can think of to spend a day sketching and painting: Broadrake, near Ingleton…the date are all on this link, and rachel will be delighted to hear from you……first one is in July, so we’re hoping for good weather for the morning’s sketching…
In terms of greeting cards, they don’t come much bigger than Hallmark: formed in 1910, they produce billions of cards a year, worldwide. Can you imagine, then, the state of my chuffedness (made-up word) to open an email from the UK creative manager asking if I’d like to help them create a new cleaner contemporary style of cards using my line drawings? Evidently, we’re ‘on the same page’ as they want clean, crisp drawings with some colour -right up my street.
Excited doesn’t even start to cover it….I finished the first four commissioned drawings for Hallmark ahead of time! I can’t post full size pics of them for obvious reasons, but here’s a tiny, very zoomed-in section of one of them. I’m also pleased that I managed to stick to the brief and NOT colour them in fully, as they were very specific about wanting lots of uncluttered line work left
Quietly pleased with oneself.
In other news: Here it is…my first Dalesman feature- number 1 in a new regular series featuring my drawings of Yorkshire.
On sale now at all reputable newsagents. Quite an amazing feeling standing in WH Smiths seeing my work in a national magazine!
It’s that time of year again…a time for me to sincerely thank everyone who’s taken the time to look at my drawings , comment, share, and support what I’m trying to do, to everyone who’s been on a workshop, attended a demo, commissioned a drawing or given me a place to show my stuff…I have some really exciting events happening in 2018…watch this space.
Merry Christmas to you ALL…and heartfelt wishes for a peaceful, prosperous New Year.
I’m fortunate to have a large number of workshops booked well into next year, and, after a remark on my event in Ilkley last week, I thought it would be useful to list the dates and locations, so anyone interested can perhaps find one nearest?
Many of the workshops are run by art clubs and societies for their own membership, but I know many of them do active welcome visitors to their events, so if any of these interest you, drop me a line and I’ll be more than happy to put you in touch with the folks concerned.
Some are open to all comers though, and I’ve identified those with a capital P for public.
Here they are, in chronological order: I will update the list on monthly basis
*UPDATED 1 December -the workshop at Ilkley on the 17 February 2018 still has 2 places left…email me for details.
February 10 Workshop for Gibside Art Group
February 17 full day workshop at Ilkley Studios P
March 3 Workshop at Farsley Art Club
March 17 Workshop at Calder Graphics, Huddersfield P
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!!!