Studio Life


It's been one of those ships that pass in the night sort of weeks. There has been lots of activity and coming and going but I have not coincided with others that much, other work has kept me a ways for a couple of days, but it was nice to be back for a full day on Friday. As I've been absent I have been doing a bit of iPad work where I am still playing with my face. I even had a go at the #toonmechallenge where you take a selfie and sketch one half of the image to look like a cartoon. There are some truly inspirational entries to this on the internet. Just search for the hashtag. I have taken over the running of Whalley Art Group on Monday evenings and this week we looked at snowdrops in watercolours, I also stood in on Wednesday morning and repeated my session. Great results.

I have managed to complete two commission pieces this week, one of which is one of the best iPad night paintings I have done so far, the second one a pet portrait. I will show these once they have reached their new owners.

Finally from me I can now show this pair of dogs which were a Christmas present for someone and I can now show it.





Catherine Lansdale

Catherine has been busy again running her Bolton Hobbycraft classes. The topic this week was skies and the results of her students were very varied in style and all excellent in quality.



Please remember that Catherine has been shortlisted at the HOME Manchester Open Exhibition for Manchester based artists. If you are in Manchester and in the vicinity, please pop in and give Catherine a vote her piece stands out amongst the other entries in the drawing and illustration category and is very personal to her as it represents her daughter following a serious operation a couple of years ago. Here is the page from the brochure highlighting her category.


Catherine restarts her classes at the Haworth again next weekend and I will report on the results in the next episode. Every other weekend seems to be working out well and gives Catherine a bit of time at the weekend with her family!


Creative Late

The latest Creative Late sketching session takes place on Feb 6th at the Haworth. This is the latest event on the same theme of sketching and having a tipple from the bar to keep the creativity flowing, and on this occasion the models will represent icons from the 80's.

If you want a spot on this event, please see the details on the poster.

The cost is £5 per ticket and some basic equipment will be supplied for the complete novices.

You can sketch and draw on paper or tablet, but please note that wet media such as watercolours, acrylics and oils as well as pastels are not allowed due to the nature of the floor in the Billiard Room.




Just Imagine UK

Danielle and Sam have continued their bid for world domination with two successful meetings this week. The first one will see them expanding their Performing Arts Academy and Summer Clubs to Burnley and Pendle following their meeting with ACE... Taken from their Facebook Page, Danielle says......



'We are super excited to announce a fabulous new partnership with the ACE Centre as we expand our Holiday Camps and Performing Arts Academy across Pendle as well as Hyndburn! If any of our customers within the Hyndburn Area prefer to switch over to our provision in Pendle please do let us know!

Bookings now OPEN! Please email info@jiuk.co.uk for fees and enrolment!


Performing Arts Academy - Launches Monday 2nd March - 6 till 8pm (Term time only)

Musical Theatre Holiday Camp - The Lion King - Tuesday 26th May to Friday 29th May - 8.30am till 5.30pm - 4 Day Course'


They also met with The Chocolate Cafe to plan some tasty themed afternoons, again Danielle said....


'Another busy morning for us! We’ve had a lovely meeting with The Chocolate Cafe in Ramsbottom as we prepare to launch some mouthwatering themed Afternoon Tea events! Watch this space!

Sign up to our mailing list for ticket releases and event launches via our website www.jiuk.co.uk'


These sound like great new collaborations and we look forward to seeing these develop over the next few weeks and months.


The day to day hustle and bustle still gos on and the parties continue a pace. To book these characters or any of the others in their repertoire contact them via their webpage or visit their Facebook page for more details.



Leo Crabtree

Leo has been enjoying the company of the visitors we've had this week. He loves chatting about his process and the paintings he has on display. It is great to find out that he knows loads of people that he speaks to, and in some cases he is old friends with many of them or their parents.

Leo's featured painting this week is a watercolour he recently did of Criccieth in North Wales. If you want to see this in person or the other pieces on display, please pop in and see Leo in his Studio.



Andy Scholes

Andy has bee spending lots of time in residence honing his calligraphy and sign writing skills which he is enjoying as much of his professional work is done on the computer.

He is still considering running calligraphy courses at the Haworth and personally I think these would go down very well.


If you have managed to read this far and think that you would like to see calligraphy added to the wide range of courses the artists run, please could you leave a comment on the post to that effect. Hopefully this will spur him on to develop something.


Snooty Fox Vintage

Gill has been back in her Studio running the first of her numerous workshops planned for 2020. This was very well received and compliments the work she does at her other business 'Botany' in Baxenden.

Another initiative she has just announced this week is her Artisan Subscription Service. Gill writes...


Artisan Subscription Boxes: perfect gifts or treats for you!

Our subscription boxes start from £8 per month and are fully flexible: choose rolling monthly plans or buy blocks of individual months

Each month we tailor make a variety of boxes at various price points

Your subscription box will always contain a product from the Snooty Fox Vintage Luxury Handmade Fragrance ™ curation, with our larger boxes containing eclectic and artisan accessories too!

Products will be made fresh for each monthly box, by hand in our artisan studio and are always cruelty free, fully sustainable and plant based

Full details posted on the page later 🦊



And Finally.....

The chaps had the studio for themselves Friday afternoon. We just had to have a game of pirates where you try and get around the Stable side of the Studios without touching your feet on the floor. This was great fun and you should have seen the leap Leo made from the top of Pip Cottage studio across the walkway onto his display boards! He did use the hayloft ladder at one point which was a clever touch. At one point we didn't think he'd make it as he ended up dangling from the top half of the stable door. Great scrambling Leo! and a real sight for sore eyes.

We decided to take a rare selfie of all the male artists and performers after the game. No wonder Leo looks so happy He's just beaten the young whippersnappers!


The caption for this photo is.... You don't have to be bald to work here.....but it helps!


Back next week!

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