Studio Life

I had a couple of special visitors as my studio turned magical for World Book Day/Week. More on that later. We have seen many visitors this week with no sign of social distancing so far, but everyone is keeping their fingers crossed for a quick resolution. Thank goodness for Gillian from Snooty Fox Vintage for her homemade soap with all the hand washing being done!

Artwise I have been concentrating on smaller sketchbook drawings, it all depends how the moment takes me and following a page in the sketchbook at Whalley art group, I decided to bring the same tools to the studios. I also did my final daffs painting, this time in oil paints, something I don't do that often... it probably shows. And finally it wouldn't be the same without an iPad painting. Another self portrait but with dramatic lighting this time. Here are the weeks efforts.

On Saturday I ran the second session in my latest series of iPad Workshops. In this course we looked at how the tablet could be used as a digital sketchbook and everybody was really enthusiastic and dedicated to the various topics.

I was so engrossed that I completely forgot to take any photos. You will just have to trust me! The next session runs on Friday the 20th March at 12.30pm. There are still places available and if you would like to book a place please mail me or send me a message on Facebook. The poster is here for the details.


Catherine Lansdale

I haven't seen much of Catherine this week due to her courses in Bolton keeping her away from her studios every Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday she spends life drawing to keep her hand and eye in. The rest of the week I was absent due to other commitments. With no courses at the Haworth this week, Catherine completed her updated self portrait and I have also shared her life drawing sketches.


Just Imagine UK

Danielle, Sam and many of their team of performers have been very busy this week in more ways that one. It was World Book day this Thursday and for JUIK it seemed to turn into World Book Week where they were visiting schools in their many guises as children's book characters. As you saw from the header image for the post, I was visited by Alice and the Mad Hatter before receiving a second visit from Mrs Wonka and an Umpalumpa (sorry if the spelling is iffy)

JUIK also started their new venture in the Pendle district and they launched their new Performing Arts Academy at the ACE Centre in Nelson. This initial session will be followed up by weekly sessions which are already filling up since the initial workshop.

They also run their Academy in many schools stretching across the North West have a look at their Facebook page or website to see how they work and the wonderful performances that the youngsters present.


Andy Scholes

Andy has been in residence for much of the week. He is concentrating his efforts on his glass guilding work which involves a lot of gold leaf! These pieces are to be seen to be believed and if you fancy a bespoke house name or number made from glass, it is worth contacting Andy to discuss your requirements.

Last week I mentioned Andy's Calligraphy course which is starting to get delegates booking on. There are around 12 places for this first run and you can book a place by contacting Andy via email at or by popping up to the Studios to collect a leaflet and have a chat with Andy in person.


And Finally

There is an awful lot to see when you visit the Haworth Art Gallery apart from the Tiffany Glass.

The Open focus is now well underway and sees four artists selected from the Open Exhibition have their own space to mount a personal display. This year the exhibition is amazing with a wide range of styles and media on show.

The Bell Corridor exhibition has just been changed and Diane Muldowney currently has a number of her steam train paintings and photos on display. I plan to feature this in a future issue, but you can see her work until April 29th.

The Community Corridor on the upper floor has just seen Liz Crabtree mount an wonderful exhibition of her work. Again I will be featuring her work once I have had the chance this week to photograph it and have a good look myself.

And finally, if you are visiting, don't forget the excellent Gallery Kitchen cafe and Bistro. The recent change of opening hours means that you can now get an early evening meal in the Bistro setting with a full breakfast and lunch menu available during the day. You can even pop in for a coffee to fortify you in preparation for all the art you will see on your visit.

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