It was such a gorgeous start to the week that the doors were thrown open for the first time this year. It's always nice to get the Motor House doors thrown open as it floods the studios with natural light, fresh air and birdsong. Bu the end of the week the hatches were back down and the heating back on full. The wonders of British weather.
I've had a couple of commissions to do this week. As ever, I'll show them once they have been delivered. However I was excited to paint my first horse this week which was successful and the customer was happy too, which always helps! The other commission was of the wonderful Accrington Market building. This painting will be presented to someone at a meeting at the end of the month. I did however have chance to paint a couple of birds this week. One a small spring chicken, and the other a shouting seagull. I just liked the reference images and they called out to be painted.
Tablet Art Workshop - On Friday 8th March I will be running the first of my paid Tablet Art sessions in the main building of the Haworth. This first workshop will look at creating digital oils and acrylic paintings and no artistic experience is needed. All you need to bring is your tablet with the ArtRage App installed and a bit of an interest in how to draw and paint on your tablet. The tablets this will work with are iPad's, Android tablets and Kindle Fire devices.
The ArtRage App can be easily downloaded onto your devices, it isn't a free app, but it's only the price of a decent coffee and a small piece of cake!
If you do want to come, please can you let me know via the poster below as I do need to have an idea on numbers for setting out the room.
What else has been happening?....... As I write this I suspect 'Busy Bee' AKA 'Bee' AKA 'The Dinky Strumpet', will be knee deep in children as she runs one of her fortnightly Sunday workshops in the Education Room at the Haworth. These are free drop in sessions with no need to book, but children will need to b accompanied by an adult. The topic this week was 'Crowns and Tiaras' and I'm sure it was a busy session as they always are. To see what workshops are coming up, you can contact Bee on her social media streams or pop into the Stables to pick up a leaflet from her studio or from the Haworth itself.
Creative Late - Andy Warhol Themed Evening
This Thursday saw the third of the Creative Late themed life drawing sessions organised by Catherine Lansdale. This was equally successful with Andy Warhol being the theme. Models included Elizabeth Taylor, David Bowie, The Velvet Underground's Nico, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and of course Andy Warhol himself. Twenty sketchers enjoyed a great evening of drawing with spot prizes at each of the throw-down's, these included a vintage labelled tin of Campbell's condensed soup and an original Elvis 45. The next Creative Late is being planned for May with the theme to be confirmed.
Watch this space.
I know this is looking ahead a bit, but Sunday June 2nd is going to be a spectacluar day at the Haworth Art Gallery, as Just Imagine NW are taking over the whole of the House and grounds to run their first Cauldron College - School of Witchcraft and Wizardry event. This day, which is already selling well, will see children..... planting their own magical herbs, mixing positive potions, learning spells and enchantments where children will receive their own wand, learning broomstick drill and meeting a huge range of magical characters throughout the day. There are lots of surprises in store which I just can't mention here.
The studio artists are embracing this event and will be creating their own activities to support it, and it is shaping up to be a great collaboration across the Stables and Motor House. The first exciting planning meeting is already in the diary and I will report on the updates as and when they happen. If you are looking to book to book a place, visit the Just Imagine NW Facebook page where full details can be seen. People are coming from all over the country so early booking is advised. Alternatively you could visit them at their studios HQ where they can tell you more.
It's been one of those business like weeks where artists come and go and heads have been down with everyone doing their own thing. We have welcomed a number of visitors to the Studios and if you want to come across if you are visiting the Haworth then just follow the sign to the Artist Studios where you will be made welcome by whoever is working there at the time.
Hope to see you soon!!