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Studio Life

This week has seen the studios buzzing. It has been nice to get more people in their studio spaces as it makes for a great atmosphere and gives the visiting public more to look at and more people to chat to. Personally I have been working on animal portraits, a painting of Blackpool North Pier, or underneath it and a number of iPad paintings and commissions some of which I can't reveal as yet as their owners haven't seen them as yet. The Blackpool painting was something I just had to do. I took the reference photo a number of weeks ago and it just cried out to be painted. A great exercise in perspective. I did this for myself and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I have another pier view to do once the commissions have slowed down a little.

The iPad has been out again and I have completed a couple of commissions. These are slightly larger format at 12" square and framed in grey. The turned out very well and I managed to deliver both to their new owners on Thursday. I can show the one of the Perfect Plaice Chippy in Oswaldtwistle, but the second one is going to be a gift for someone. I should be able to show it next week.. The second one is of the amazing Accrington Town Hall illuminated at night. We went to a party in the centre of town last weekend and I was struck by the lighting on the market and Town Hall. I captured the lights on their red phase.

On the three mile walk home at 1.00am we passed a local pub that was still illuminated and again asked to be painted. The crown was produced on the iPad a few days later.

iPad painting in a digital frame for display

Finally for me, Friday saw the second in my series of iPad workshops this week on the theme of still life. Seven eager artists arrived at 12.30 for an afternoon of digital art using the Procreate app. We had a wonderful time and the results were amazing too. Next week we look at portraits.


Catherine Lansdale continues to juggle her time between her many courses and her commission work. She completed a large commission this week with 8 people mashed together from a number of different photos. She also worked on a couple of memorial portraits which did look to be coming on very well. These can'r be shown as yet. Her first course at the Haworth this Thursday was based around seascapes in both watercolour and pastels, followed by autumnal scenes in pastels and watercolours. Some brilliant results as ever.

Here are a few images of her portrait and some from her courses.


Chateauvegan have been in residence this week and stocking their shelves with goodies for Christmas. Their 12 days of Christmas gift boxes are now available as are their latest range of candles. Apparently Steve has been beavering away over the hot wax to make sure they have the stock to supply their potential customers. Pop into their studio to see these products as well as their bath bomb range, soaps, bags, chess sets and their gentlemen range as well as lots of other goodies to tempt the casual and Christmas shopper.


Becky of Blu Luna Art has spent lots of time in her studio. We enjoy her company and love the gentle sounds of her house music drifting gently across the studios late into the evening where she does a lot of her work. Her pencil work needs to be seen to be believed and she has no shortage of commissions to complete. She is starting to add some colour to her work too and this is adding something different to her usual practice. Becky is also an expert face painter and is available for parties and events, her details can be found on the leaflet. Pop into the studios and see her work and the inventive and creative way she presents her work.


Leo Crabtree is busy beavering away creating his Christmas cards for 2019. The ones he designed last year were very popular and the original paintings sought after, I see no reason this won't be the case again this year. He had been creating some lovely artworks of late and his path through the park from the studios is a particularly fine piece. This multimedia painting saw Leo add pencils, Brusho, watercolour and acrylics to create the final painting. this is shown here along with a very fine piece of a boat on dry land. I have also given you a preview of his Christmas cards, these will be on sale in his studio very soon, pop in and have a chat with him as he is always delighted to show visitors his working practices.


Just Imagine UK are always a great addition to the studios. They bring a youth exhuberance and energy which seems to rub off on all the old codgers who occupy the other studios! They have been rehearsing for a murder mystery evening at Tastebuds in Whalley and last weekend they held another of their professional photo shoots in their preparations for Christmas. The Grinch is one of their major characters and was the subject of the shoot. Another brilliant and professional offering from Danielle, Sam and their team of performers.