Category Archives: Inspiration

Drop in art sessions at Kew

 I had a fabulous weekend at Kew running botanical drawing drop in workshops looking at medicinal plants of the Georgians. It was a real treat to see how interested the participants were, how well they listened, watched and put into … Continue reading

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Join me at Kew this weekend

Saturday 30 August – Sunday 31 August 2014  join me for a great family weekend with lots of activities to celebrate the Georgians at Kew. Entry to the family festival is included in your ticket to the Royal Botanic Gardens.  – … Continue reading

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An Acrylic Painting in a Day – Celebration of Summer

Still time to book onto this day course at Bay Tree Cottage, Farthingstone, Wednesday 10th September  - 9.30am to 3pm (includes home made lunch and refreshments). A whole day taking a piece through from sketch to composition to final piece, £75 book … Continue reading

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I certainly have a varied work life – Kew Palace on Thursday and work at Rushden with young people with ASD, morning workshop upcycling and afternoon making Mad Hatter hats, the more varied the better I say!

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Kew Palace

Had a wonderful day yesterday running a morning botanical drawing workshop for families followed by an afternoon drop-in session which we were able to run outside after a brief lunchtime thunderstorm. It was a pleasure to work with Debbie and … Continue reading

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Latest piece in Paint magazine

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French report

I can’t believe I’ve been back for nearly two weeks, haven’t had time to write the blog before today. We all had a great week as usual, sadly there may only be one more holiday at that venue, on 4th … Continue reading

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More pictures by students

A piece by Christine of her son Wizzie’s woodland scene

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Buckingham Summer School

This is a new venture and ideal for anyone who would like a concentrated week of art but don’t want a residential course, contact me if you have an questions http://www.buckinghamsummerschool.co.uk/mon-4th-fri-8th-aug-fun-with-picture-making/ # Monday 4th – Friday 8th August 2014 9.30am … Continue reading

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Access to FREE e-magazines

For those in Northamptonshire, (not sure about other Counties – look on their websites), if you don’t know already you may be interested in the fact that if you are a member of Northamptonshire libraries you can access a number … Continue reading

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workshop with Carole Miles

Carole Miles is running another workshop in Litchborough Village Hall on Monday 10th February 10am – 3pm. It will be a ‘play’ day with lots of ideas to try, if you have a sewing machine please bring it, if not … Continue reading

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Bay Tree Cottage Workshops

I’m running six one day workshops at Bay Tree Cottage in Farthingstone this year and have just updated the details under ‘art days’ or you can see them and book at http://www.btcworkshops.co.uk/ Bay Tree is a lovely venue, Jenny is very … Continue reading

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First piece of work this year!

I’ve been busy filling in the diary and booking in new workshops since Christmas and it looks like being a busy but interesting year. There be information here soon about the workshops I’m offering at the lovely Bay Tree Cottage, … Continue reading

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Back from my travels

I was lucky enough to see these orchids growing in St Kitts last week but if you fancy drawing or painting something similar you’ll be able to find something similar in the supermarket for about £5, or maybe someone will … Continue reading

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Upcycling

It was really lovely to spend the day with my friend, artist Carole Miles, and some of my students upcycling some old crockery and making a cake stand which will be useful with Christmas coming up but will cheer up … Continue reading

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Kind words from a student

My students are lovely, and also very kind, it’s good to know they get so much out of the class and being with the other students who are all very supportive of each other. This is from Mary: I am … Continue reading

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Upcycling workshop

If you’d like to join me in an upcycling workshop with artist Carole Miles using china to make things like cake stands and also some mini-lino prints do email me. It takes place at Litchborough Village Hall from 10am – … Continue reading

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Grayson Perry

if you missed the first of the Reith lectures on Radio 4 you can listen again here  http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03969vt/The_Reith_Lectures_Grayson_Perry_Playing_to_the_Gallery_2013_Democracy_Has_Bad_Taste/ Grayson speaks as he finds regardless of what the art establishment thinks and tries to cut through the plethora of ‘artspeak’. Good … Continue reading

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Art holidays

Don’t want to hurry you but there is just one room left for France in June and Wales in September is booking up now so don’t leave it too late, contact me if you need more information..

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Back from the last art holiday of the year

Well it was goodbye to France last night and back to England after a fantastic week, I’ll be posting sketches when I’ve caught up with a few things. For those of you who are interested in joining me in France … Continue reading

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