Spring landed at the Haworth this week with the crocus popping up to join the snowdrops. It's always a lovely sight seeing the grounds starting to burst back to life.
This week I just had to paint this dog portrait from a photo I saw on my Facebook feed. He just seemed to be enjoying the sun in the photo and I just wanted to try and capture his expression. I'm going to gift it to the owner next week. I loved adding loads of indigo too, my favourite colour!
I also managed another watercolour from my recent weekend in the lovely town of Shrewsbury. The shadows falling across the Old St Chad's Church drew me to the painting. Having just returned from a weekend in Birmingham, a place I've enjoyed sketching before. Keeping a sketchbook with me at all times is something I enjoy and have done for some time now, and whilst the other half was doing her thing I had a chance to do a few quick sketches around the city.
What else has been happening?........ Bee, AKA The Dinky Strumpet has has been working hard to complete a new set of junk journals to compliment her existing three themed versions, now on sale in the entrance of the main Haworth Art Gallery. These new smaller pocket journals, for sale at less than £5 are all individually designed and will fit nicely in a pocket or purse for those impromptu times where you may want to capture a moment. She completed these for the Open Studio event on Sunday, our usual last Sunday of the month pop-up studio. To see Bee's journals and her other applied art projects, please drop into the Motor House and Stables, she is always glad to show her work and explain the motivations that guide her distinctive work.
Gabrialla Golden AKA The House of Roesor continues to inject lots of colour into her work and her studio space reflects her vibrant approach to her new body of work. Her hand drawn sketches are coloured up on the computer which produces really vibrant prints that have started to populate the walls of her studio. An interesting addition to these prints are her 'Cosmic Badges' she has created. These are smaller sections of her prints reproduced as 75mm diameter badges. These were very timely created for the Open Studio and they are sure to fly off the shelves at £3 each. Gaby has also been working hard on her online Facebook shop where you can buy direct from the comfort of your armchair. Like all the artists in the studio block, Gaby is happy to receive visitors to her little corner of ceativity to demontrate her work and explain how her techniques are used in the creation of her prints and badges and other pieces.
Catherine Lansdale held another of her 'Learn to Draw' sessions on Saturday in the Education Room in the Haworth. This week the topic was trees, and following her input to the group with an observational study and a watercolour demonstration, the delegates spread out throughout the Haworth to study the trees growing in the grounds through the windows and comfort of the house. These very popular sessions can be booked through Catherine via contact on her Facebook Page or you could drop by and see her at work in her studio.
The Studios rang with the sound of children's laughter this half term week as Just Imagine NW held their one hour experiences in their studio in the old tack room of the Motor House and Stables. We have seen Unicorns, The Mad Hatter, The Island Princess and Tinker Bell entertaining the children with craft activities as well as teaching them songs and dance routines. I'm not that sure who were more excited to be honest, the children or the adults that accompanied them! I did manage to get a selfie with that cheeky monkey, Tinker Bell. More of these sessions are planned in the future, details of which can be found on the Just Imagine NW Facebook page.
And Finally...... I know I keep going on about it, but the Crereative late session takes place this Thursday the 28th February. Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start. The theme is Andy Warhol, and you don't need to be an experienced life drawing expert to enjoy yourself. These evenings are fun with impromptu prizes, lots of guest models and of course the bar will be open to allow the creative juices to flow. Tickets are still available through the channels shown on the poster below.