Monday, 24 February 2014

Free painting week 24th Feb 2014

Big turnout today I think there were 21 members present. 

Just one photo hasn't made the blog today as it was in its early stages , in that it was just the pencil drawing and it hasn't shown up very well

Friday, 21 February 2014

Saturday, 15 February 2014

BBC Call for Artists



BBC One is on the hunt for the best of Britain’s amateur artists for a new competitive arts series.

We’re looking for amateur painters from all over the UK who have a passion for painting and drawing. If you are over 16 and like a creative challenge we want to hear from you.

Applicants must not be professional artists and will be expected to work in a variety of different figurative forms and media – from landscape, portraiture and still life, to watercolour, oil and charcoal.
To apply – please send your name, address, age, occupation and contact number, along with a recent photo, up to three images of your work, and a short paragraph about why you paint to:

Or by post to: Amateur Artist, MC5 A6, BBC Media Centre, Wood Lane, London, W12 7TQ (Please DO NOT send originals as these can not be returned to you)

Terms and Conditions available at


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Emily Harvey workshop

This week we had the pleasure of a workshop by Emily Harvey and with kind permission from her, I have included (if I've done this right) a link to her website on the right and this passage from her website.

I am a printmaker, making and exhibiting original prints and running courses in my studio near York, as well as leading creative community projects.

I love experimenting with different materials and techniques, collagraph printing is great for this as each printing plate is like a collage made using found materials and layers of tape and cement that are both built up and broken through.
The plates are printed onto soft paper, sometimes several times on one piece so the colours and images combine in translucent layers.

I use sketches, photos and notes to capture ideas that form the starting point for a print, the final image develops throughout the process of constructing the plate and inking it up. For me printmaking is an adventure, a combination of intention and technical skill combined with accidents surprises.

So Emily enthralled everyone with the process and I will have some photos on here very soon of the results. click here for a direct link if you don't see one on the right.

The ones above are Emily's , the rest are the workshop ones in various stages of production.

I truly hope you have found yours amongst these. This is probably the biggest post I've done and my eyes have squiggly overload. 😍

And here's two pics sent to me Emily of the members hard at work.