I've not had that much time in the studio this week as other work took over for a while. I did however take advantage of an early rise and got to the studio at 7.30am. It looked great in the sunrise with the lights on. Very welcoming. The only pieces I have managed to do this week was the completion of my chimp which turned out how I wanted, and I decided to start another painting of the same size, the subject being a number of puffins. You can see this below as a work in progress. I received permission from the photographer to use his image, I hope he is happy with my interpretation when it's done. I did of course have my class at Whalley Art group where we looked at acrylics and daisies. It's going to be another flower based week when Catherine and myself run our Day of Contrasts course this Thursday. Places still available.
Catherine Lansdale also had other things to occupy her time this week and our paths really didn't cross that many times. I did manage to catch up with her on Friday just after the first run of her latest course in the Community Room at the Haworth. Her offering was Iridescence and studying the Tiffany glass as inspiration for a sketch. I saw the results which were very impressive. Catherine spent weeks gathering examples of iridescent objects as further inspiration. The same course was also run on Saturday, again to a very enthusiastic group. To see Catherine's course list, check out the studios or visit her Facebook page for full details.
Just Imagine UK have been in residence this week. Their after school clubs are now occupying their time five times per week, sometimes in more than one location. The photos of the productions the school put on are amazing and can be seen on their Facebook Page. Preparations are well under way for their Halloween offering where they will be opening up their studio to trick or treaters in a couple of weeks.
We were a little worried for Sam Newsham this Friday, as he was booked as a George Michael act at a local hen party. Whilst we did enjoy listening to him rehearsing, our main concern was his well being and survival. Apparently he did come out the other end ok and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.....I bet he did!
We are looking forward to welcoming the latest tenants to our little creative community. Chateauvegan manufacturers of artisinal candles, diffusers along with other products, all made from natural animal free ingredients, will be moving into the Motor House side of the studio block. I am sure they will fit in well and add something different to myself and Catherine with whom they will be sharing space. Personally I am looking forward to the nice fragrances that will be filling the studios! More can be found by visiting their Facebook Page (chateavegan)
I can see them doing very well on the run up until Christmas and during the craft fair on the 17th November where we will be throwing open our doors to visitors.
Once they move in there will be a feature on them and their products.