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Studio Life

We've had a strange weather week. Torrential rain and bright sunshine. It's always sunny in our studios though. the bad weather did keep the visitors away though but we still had some lovely people pay us a visit whilst they were at the Haworth.

On the art front I have had a bit of an experiment this week. A colourful Haworth painting in brusho, a car sketch when I was working in Leeds during the week and another iPad night drawing of a local scene. I have also been continuing a range of commissions for a client who owns pubs. I have been visiting these at night to take photos and working on iPad versions of these. I can't show them unfortunately as yet.

This week the hanging of the Haworth Open took place and the final exhibition looks amazing. I had two of my iPad prints accepted and these are hanging on the top corridor of the Haworth. Please go and have a look when you are visiting.

A part of the week has been taken up doing preparations for the students of Whalley Art Group which I have taken over the running of on Monday night. Next week is a bit of colour theory and colour mixing. I'm really enjoying this new venture.

iPad Art Workshops

Another project that I am also excited about is my next series of iPad art workshops running through November at the Haworth. These Friday afternoon sessions are stand alone, but if you are thinking of coming along, please try and get to the first one on the 1st as this will give you a taste of what to expect in the others. Details are on the poster here.


What Else Has Been Happening?

Catherine Lansdale

It's been a quiet week in terms of courses for Catherine Lansdale, well at the Haworth at least. She still teaches her regular groups on Monday and Tuesday at Bolton HobbyCraft store. She is planning some very interesting workshops for the coming months and one in particular involving cream teas sounds particularly interesting. I'll post the poster for this next week. Catherine has not been idle though and the break from the teaching has meant she has been able to catch up on a few commission pieces, with more coming in daily. If you are thinking about a portrait as a Christmas present, get your order in soon!

This is one of her latest pencil sketches made up from two different photos. Catherine has also been helping to hang the Open Exhibition, but more of that further down.

A Day of Contrasts

Catherine and myself have decided to collaborate on a workshop to be held on the 17th October in the Education Room at the Haworth. Labelled a day of contrasts, the morning session will see the delegates working with Catherine on a pastel drawing and in the afternoon the same subject will be covered on the iPad. This is the first run of this one day course and to say we are excited about this new offering is an understatement. Places are very limited and all the details you need can be found below, including the way you can book a place.


One thing about working in the Studios is that Christmas is always just around the corner, well it is for Just Imagine UK who have held internal staff training days this week where they focused on Elf Training! Sam Newsham (Head Elf) was only saying last week that it only seems two minutes ago since he hung up his elf costume, and it will soon be dusted off again. His stilt walking skills continue to improve, but the bad weather this week has kept his feet literally on the ground. He is hoping to go back up in the world again next week if the weather improves. Keep an eye out on Just Imagine UK social media sites to keep up with their latest activities, including the next Happy HeART event this coming Friday evening.


And Finally

How many Artists Does it Take........

As I mentioned earlier, the Open Exhibition was hung this week. I wandered over for my daily constitutional and happened to come across three of the Haworth Artist Network members, including Catherine Lansdale trying to hang a particularly stubborn piece of art. It was quite amusing listening to the grunts and groans over the buzz of the electric screwdriver trying to conquer a stubborn screw. I am not sure I made things any better by taking a photo of the situation, but by then I'd gone!

This is a super exhibition and a major one for the Haworth. You can see this until late November and remember that once you have looked at the wonderful work, pop over to the studios and see what we are currently working on, whilst taking in the fantastic Stable and Motor House conversion.

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