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Studio Life

Things have been a lot livelier around here this week as the schools get back. Catherine Lansdale waved her other half and kids off as they all returned to school and she could retreat to the peace and quiet of her studio. Just Imagine UK were also back in as their holiday club stint at the Town Hall ended and they spent some time at their HQ planning their next strategy.

I've also had a busy week too, and the schools being back did mean I had an early gig at a school in Leeds. I did manage to arrive early and produce a quick sketch from the car before running my training session for a great group of teachers. I also had a commission to complete as well as producing a few more iPad local sketches. The week ended with the planning of my next commission which is the painting of a barn, the composition needed some creative input, but I'm looking forward to doing the painting next week.

Here are my pieces for the week....

The Old Accrington Grammar School Building

Accrington Tesco painted on the iPad

The Railway in Huncoat on the iPad

Local iPad sketch

Car sketching in Leeds

iPad Videos

Another thing I've been playing with this week is to replay my iPad sketches as short videos to let people see the process and that how things change quite a lot during the sketching process. These videos caught the eye of one of the feature editors at the local newspaper the Lancashire Telegraph. After an interview conducted over a number of Facebook messages she put an article together and it went live on Saturday as a full page spread! She even compared me to David Hockney which I'll take. Here is her article.


What Else Has Been Happening?....

Catherine Lansdale has been back in her studio and it was nice to see some of her customers visit us to discuss commissions and collect completed work. She decided last weekend to enter the Haworth Open Exhibition with a deadline of a week to hand in. She has pulled out all the stops to produce a magnificent scene which will look great in the exhibition if it gets accepted by the judges. I have also got my fingers crossed that my two entries also get accepted. I have entered iPad art prints which I have to say do look amazing.

As well as her exhibition entry she also completed these two works which have been very gratefully accepted by their new owners. I think I can say that the tree was a very interesting and different subject for her to complete.

Watch out for Catherine's courses which are filling up quickly. She has had an amazing response to her latest series of workshops to be held at the Haworth. You can find out all the details from her social networking sites or bu popping into the Haworth or the Studios to pick up a leaflet.


Just Imagine UK

Danielle and Sam have breezed back into the studios with a bang. They never rest, and spent some of the time reorganising their new space in the hayloft and spreading out across the whole of the upstairs. With their ever expanding portfolio of characters, they need all the space they can get. There has bee a bit of a Steampunk theme to their work this week as Sam adopted a new character to teach children how the body works as part of Organ Donor Awareness Week. Never ones to miss out on a photo opportunity I managed to capture them at play.

To add to their Greatest Showman offering, Sam has been fully trained in stilt walking and as I write a set of three foot long stilts are winging their way to Just Imagine UK HQ. I hope to get a photo of him using these very soon, the extra long trousers are also in the planning stage and their very talented seamstress has been to the office to plan these mammoth pants.

Sam ran the latest in the series of Just Imagine Happy Heart events at their HQ. These are great Friday evening events open to anyone and free of charge. There are a number of craft activities to take part in and to just enjoy a chat and a brew and a few snacks.

Finally, Just Imagine UK have recently launched their new website at Here you can find all the information you need about their numerous offerings. The site has just been updated with all their up coming events, so if you aren't able to get up to the Studios in person, the website is the place to visit.


And Finally....

The Gallery Kitchen

Handing in for the Haworth Open exhibition has now closed which means you don't have long to catch the Pollyanna Pickering exhibition currently occupying the gallery. This is a spectacular sight and will be swapped for the Open on the 22nd September. Well worth a visit which could be combined with lunch or a brew at the excellent Gallery Kitchen. Please remember to pop across to see us in the Artists' Studios. Watch out for the sign on the Stables block as you head back to the car park. There is normally someone there and we love welcoming visitors and showing them our work. This is a working studio and not a shop, so a chat and a look around the amazing conversion into studios is what people normally do.

Hope to see you soon.

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