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Studio Life

It has been horrible week weather wise , but the studios are always warm and welcoming to all visitors and the artists and artisans. Catherine was taking no risks last weekend as the flood waters rose higher across the District. More on that below.

Artwise this week for was water week at the art group and I spent a large part of last Monday painting a variety of scenes containing water. Very enjoyable and a good learning curve and practice for me too.

I have also been working a lot on the iPad. I have a huge painting on the screen at the moment and I am really looking forward to seeing this one printed. I can't show it as yet but I'm hoping to get it done this week. I can now show this latest painting, another local pub, the Dog and Otter in Great Harwood. This was done as a present for someone who had her wedding reception there a number of years ago.

I am also working on a large commission of a view of Accrington with Lowry style figures. Not my usual thing, but I'm interested to see how a large acrylic landscape will turn out. Hopefully I will be able to show this in a future post.

Another iPad painting was of the Witcher, a recent series on Netflix we binge watched. This was done with a digital 6B pencil on a toned digital paper.

And finally I felt a bit flamingoey during the week. This was a very quick watercolour sketch. AN enjoyable one to do.


Catherine Lansdale

As mentioned earlier, Catherine was taking no risks with her studio last weekend as storm Ciara battered the Stables and Motor House. She came in very early to lift everything off the floor. She very kindly moved some of my stuff high as well as the water crept nearer the door. I did think she was moving out for a minute when I next arrived in the studios as all her stuff was piled in the middle.

Catherine ran her latest course this weekend. Friday and Saturday saw her next offering delivered at the Haworth. This time she was sharing her pottery skills over the two days, and looking at the final results it seemed to be a very successful course. She has even purchased a kiln for the firing which is very exciting.

Here are the results and the work in progress.


Just Imagine UK

Danielle and Sam have been very busy working in their schools running the after school clubs and this coming week they bring a group of youngsters to the Studios for their holiday club. We look forward to having some young people around and to see what the team have planned for them.

Unfortunately storm Dennis put paid to their Sunday event which was a trail around the grounds of the Haworth. The bad weather made this unsafe and it has been postponed. A lot of planning went into the event so watch out for the rescheduled date.

Visit their website or Facebook page to see the whole range of activities and offerings they have and to book an event for your little one or indeed for yourself with their range of adult events.


Leo Crabtree

Leo is still working hard on his series of Haworth paintings. He's currently on the third with the fourth one planned. These would make great Christmas cards for next year if they don't get sold in the meantime. Here is the next one.


And Finally....

It was exhibition changeover this week where the very successful Decorum was removed to be replaced with the Open Focus. This is where a small number of artists are selected from last year's Open Exhibition to have their own area in the Haworth to show their work. This year the exhibition is amazing with a diverse range of work with something for everyone.

I will be featuring the Open Focus in a later post as the official opening was only done on Saturday the 15th Feb. I did manage to sneak some photos though as the exhibition was been mounted.

Thanks for reading this far and please consider popping over to the Stables and Motor House Studios when you are visiting the Haworth. Just follow the sign from the car park and receive a warm welcome and take in our wonderfully converted studio space.

More next week.

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