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Studio Life

This week has been hectic for everyone. We've seen many visitors come through the door and we have run a number of our workshops on a diverse range of topics.

Personally I have been working on a number of commissions which I can't yet disclose as their owners haven't seen them. One of these however was the most detailed watercolour I have been asked to produced, I managed it after a little break from watercolours to concentrate on acrylics for a while. I have been active on the iPad and have continued my night sketching with a vies of the entrance to the Studios at night. The other I can now reveal as it has been delivered to it;s new owner, a night painting of the new Hustle Bar in the centre of Accrington. This was commissioned by another publican as a gift to the new bar owner.

On Friday I ran the third in my series of iPad art workshops. This afternoon session was concentrated on animal and people portraits. This difficult subject was tackled with great gusto by the delegates who did produce some great results, excellent as some had never tried this kind of painting on an iPad before. The results are shown here along with my demo self portrait. Still some work to do on it before it's complete!

Next week in the final session of this round, we look at landscapes and using the iPad as an urban sketching tool.

Sunday saw the Haworth Art Gallery Christmas Fair (more on this below) we saw 80 people through the studios and in between chatting and showing people around I painted this hare. We have a very chatty regular 6 year old visitor to the studios and I asked her to name him. So this is Spotty the hare, because of the spatter around the edge. Spotty was painted in acrylics.


Catherine Lansdale has been very busy again this week. She ran her regular Tuesday class in Bolton then brought her delegates back to the Haworth for lunch and a tour led by Gallery Manager Yvonne Fullalove. Catherine then gave them a personalised visit to the Studios to look at her working space as well as the other tenants spaces.

As well as her art teacher and tour guide hats, Catherine also wore her Haworth Art Gallery Workshop hat. She ran a very successful workshop based on drawing with Indian Ink. Her delegates produced some wonderful sketches on a variety of topics.

Finally for Catherine... If you are looking for a gift for a friend or relative, she is selling her gift vouchers which can be purchased for any amount and can be put towards a personalised portrait commission or against one of her 'Learn to Draw and Paint' workshops. To find out more about the vouchers or her workshops, contact Catherine through her social network streams or visit her studio.


Chateauvegan have been getting themselves ready for the Christmas Craft Fair which took place today at the Haworth and the Artists Studios. Steve donned his white coat and his candle making hat to start the manufacture of 200 candles ready for the fair and the anticipated Christmas rush. Chateauvegan had a stall in the main house whilst Steve manned the studio where he enthusiastically welcomed visitors throughout the day. You can pop in and see them everyday from 11am until 4pm except Monday and Tuesday where they take time off for manufacture and marketing.

Suzi is also starting her new Line Dancing Classes at the Haworth. This regular Tuesday afternoon gig starts next week on the 19th. Contact Suzi for more details and to book your place. Remaining places are limited though so get in quick.


It has been nice to see Sam Newsham from Just Imagine UK in the Studios everyday this week. He has been holding the fort for Danielle whilst she was absent during the week. He really did take to role well and Danielle had nothing to be worried about! As well as the admin, Sam also ran the after school clubs from Monday to Friday which sees him running drama activities in a number of Primary Schools around the North West.

One element of their work that hasn't been mentioned here before is their sign language classes. These are held in the evening on Mondays and are run by qualified British Sign Language tutors. There are beginner and more advanced sessions, please contact Just Imagine UK for details of future sessions.

An exciting venture for Just Imagine UK is the announcement that they are heavily involved in the light switch on at Darwen, Accrington and Blackburn. Their performance at these events is a closely guarded secret, but I hear it will be a 'Great Show'. I have no doubt that they will do themselves and the various towns proud in this major achievement for them. Stop Press! I have just received this image from last evenings Darwen event. If you want to see more of this, then go along to the Accrington and Blackburn light turn on events. The dates can be found on the Just Imagine UK Facebook page.


Gill from Snooty Fix Vintage has been very busy, as well as her work in London and a holiday to Zanzibar, she has managed a major re-brand and the production of a range of products for a new client in London Town. In her own words Gill says.... "Our latest commission... an exciting collaboration with London based eclectic brand Three Grey. 100% sustainable, eco friendly and artisan made by Snooty Fox Vintage

This project allowed me to embrace my urban apothecary love, an on-trend style which is proving to be popular. From start to finish, creative direction working to a brief by the client.

Turnaround is typically 2 weeks production once proof of concept is signed off... last chance for small batch just in time for Christmas!

Message me for more details"

It is great to see her back in her studios working on her new range of products for clients and for general sale in the run up to Christmas. Just contact her through her social network channels or website to place your order.


Leo Crabtree entered the 21st Century this week with the help of Chateauvegan with the establishing of his 'Art by L