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It's been a busy few days...

I've been busy in the three days in the Studio this week. I spent Thursday and Friday in Harrogate and I did manage to sketch there whilst the other half shopped and before the rain set in.

My main effort has been on a blue lioness painted in acrylics. This is now nearly finished and just needs the whiskers adding next week.

One painting I've not been able to share is a recent commission piece of Accrington Stanley football ground. I was asked to paint this at the last minute by a local lady now living in Florida, for her Brother in Law, a Stanley fan living in Lincolnshire. I took myself off to the Crown Ground to take some reference photos on a horrible cloudy day. I had to inject my own sunshine which is a trait of mine. I'm still on my quest to make Hyndburn sunny and warm!

I've also done another couple of iPad paintings and I plan to add at least one of these each week. These are paintings of Parga in Greece, a favourite place for our holidays. I've a lot more of these planned and have sold quite a few of my traditional and digital sketches of this wonderful place from my Etsy Shop.

Finally I've been out and about sketching, this time in Accrington and Harrogate where we had a couple of days away. I like to sit and sketch whilst the missus spends time in the shops, she's a good browser which gives me time to produce drawings. Here are the efforts this week. One from the car in Accrington and the others in Harrogate.


What Else Has Been Happening?........

Just Imagine UK

JI UK have been extremely active this week. They held their first Cauldron College event and spider trail last Sunday and it was a great success with visitors travelling as far as as Essex for the experience. There was all sorts of wizardry taking place both inside the Haworth itself, their own studio and around the grounds including the Studio Courtyard where the famed broomstick training takes place. I'm sure this is just the start of this kind of experience and I know Danielle will want to expand on this success and hold future extravaganzas.

On the Friday evening Danielle hosted the second of the Happy HeART sessions in the Just Imagine UK studio space. This is proving to be a popular evening which includes everything to relax the mind using creative techniques such as painting, colouring and skin treatments from Tropical Skincare. It's also nice just to get together for a chat and a non-alcoholic beverage, which there was no lack of with loads of cake and lashings ginger beer to be enjoyed! Watch out for the next of these evenings on the 12th July. Details will be available on the Just Imagine UK Facebook Page. These sessions are free to attend with a small charge for some of the activities.

Danielle and her team have also been very busy recently at the Town Hall and one important event held there this week was the charity danceathon held to raise funds for Daniel Cassidy who suffers from leukaemia. Just Imagine rolled out a full contingent of Disney characters for this, and it was like someone had thrown a Disney grenade into their studio and pulled out the pin. There were wigs and costumes everywhere, but they did manage to pull themselves together and transform into the amazing characters they adopt daily. I took this photo just before they made their way to the Town Hall to welcome the dancers.


Catherine Lansdale

Catherine has announced a new set of drawing and painting classes, the dates, times and topics can be found on her Facebook Page, her studio or at the Haworth Art Gallery as well as her poster reproduced below. She is expanding her repertoire with a couple of day long courses covering abstracts and coil pot making using air drying clay.

Book onto these popular courses direct with Catherine, or by visiting eventbrite.

Catherine has also covered for Busy Bee at the fortnightly children's craft sessions, as she takes a well deserved holiday. These are drop in sessions that need no booking or entrance fee. The topic this week was a very timely Father's Day theme.


And Finally.......

We have welcomed quite a few visitors this week both individually and as part of organised groups who have also taken in a sumptuous Afternoon Tea in the amazing Gallery Kitchen. This really is worth a visit and opens an hour before the Gallery at 11.00am Tuesday to Sunday, for the intrepid visitor looking for repast before starting their Gallery visit. I always find that Tiffany Glass can be better appreciated after a bacon sandwich or before a Prosecco Cream Tea!

Simon Shields and his team are always welcoming and sensitive to food allergies too as they always look after me and my Gluten Free needs.

Remember that the Haworth is also a super Wedding Venue. They offer very reasonable full day and evening packages and it is always nice to see a wedding taking place there it adds extra energy to the whole place for a while. Yvonne Fullalove and her wedding planning team are always on hand to discuss your plans.

If you want I can dress up as a good lucky chimney sweep for a minimal fee!

Well that's us for another week, please pop back next Sunday for another episode of the comings and goings of life at the Haworth Art Gallery Motor House and Stables Studios.

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