It feels like the Coronavirus is creeping closer and closer to the studios, but until we are told differently we are open for business and we are still welcoming visitors......time and the Government will tell.
This week I have been sketching again at the art group and the rest of the week has been mainly taken up with my bee painting escapades.
I decided to change my sheep shelf to a bee shelf and started with four small gouache sketches of bees in different poses. These quickly sold and I spent the next two days painting over 20 more. They now have new homes as far afield as Pembrokeshire and Sweden. These have been great to paint and they give people an opportunity to own an original piece for £10. They are still available to order.
One strange thing that happened this week whilst I was busy as a bee, was that I saw the first annoying housefly of the season in the studio. As I was painting the bees, the fly settled on the paint palette and started eating the paint used to paint another kind of insect. Weird, I didn't realise that flies enjoyed the taste of Ultramarine gouache, but this fly definitely did!
Finally for me, I have another of my Tablet Art workshops planned at the Haworth this coming Friday 20th March. This is still going ahead as planned and if you would like to spend the afternoon creating art on your iPad or Android tablet then please come along. After all, you might need something to occupy your time at home in a while! The poster is here again if you are interested.
Catherine has two more courses this week at the Haworth, the subject being daffodils in pastels and watercolour. The two sessions were well attended and the results were very impressive. Remember Catherine has a wide variety of Workshops to interest everyone and these are a great gift for yourself or a loved one. You can contact her at her Studio or on her Facebook page. Her workshops are also available to book directly on Eventbrite.
As well as the daffs, Catherine also completed two more pet portraits for a friend to match two she did last year for the same person. These have found their way onto the wall of their new home and they look great.
Finally Catherine has managed to find somewhere to fire the work done by her delegates recently attending her pottery course. There has been quite a long and drawn out kilngate sage which seems to have sorted itself out when Catherine discovered the 'Making Rooms' in Blackburn, where anyone can use the extensive engineering, craft and technology facilities, including their kiln. I hope to show the final results of her course once they come back from the firing process.
Just Imagine UK
The Show Must Go On!!!
It is still very much business as usual for Danielle and Sam as Just Imagine UK continue to wow children and adults across the North West. Their after school academy is now thriving as it spreads its wings over Pendle as demand is growing. The Lamda classes have continued in their studio with some of their students completing their exams. If you want to find out more about these £5 sessions, please get in touch with JIUK and enrol your young ones in this national scheme. The day to day stuff also continues and there have been numerous parties held this week. Again, if you want a special party for your little ones then again get in touch.
To add the cherry to the top of the pie, Sam and Danielle heard this week that they have been nominated as Enterprising Woman and Enterprising Man in the upcoming Hyndburn Business Awards to be held in the Spring. We all wish them the best of luck and encourage you to vote for them in this prestigious local Business Award.
Leo has been back in his studio after returning from his winter holiday. He is currently working on completing a demonstration piece he started in the studio last year, this has meant that he has had to dust off the oil paints to complete the piece. It is coming on very well, and his very distinctive colour palette stands out in this one. I've also shown a small display of some of his work, this and more can be seen by popping in to see him in his studio.
It has been great to see Andy in most of the week working on his glass projects. His latest creation is coming on well and he is keeping the gold leaf manufacturers in business. Tsign did cause him a little bit of angst when he discovered a small white dot on the red colour. A bit of tinkering and repainting saw this fixed and I look forward to seeing the final product, it looks great now the glitter has been added. If you are looking for a bespoke house name or number or a window for a business then contact Andy who is currently taking orders for his commercial glass guilding projects.
Don't forget the calligraphy course that Andy has planned at the end of April, this beginners session is filling up quickly. Pop in for a leaflet or to discuss the course with Andy in person.
Snooty Fox Vintage
Gillian ran another of her successful candle making and afternoon tea workshops this Saturday. These see the delegates blending their own scents and creating a candle with afternoon tea at the Gallery Kitchen whilst they set. Have a look at the Snooty Fox Vintage website to get details of her workshops, and don't forget that with Mother's Day just a week away it's a great opportunity to grab a superb gift for that special lady in your life.
I mentioned last week the two extra exhibitions held at the Haworth. Liz Crabtree and Dianne Muldowney have both mounted very impressive work which you must see on your visit to the Gallery. The images here don't do the work justice due to the Exhibition lighting, but the actual pieces are very impressive.
Please keep supporting the Gallery, the Gallery Kitchen and the Studios in what are very testing times. Until we hear differently, everything is fully open with lots of opportunity for hand washing and sanitising. Hopefully we won't have to work from home, but if we do this blog will continue to keep everyone informed. Please also do all you can to support smaller businesses on the high street at this worrying time, they are going to need everyone's support to come out of the other end of this.
Stay safe and well, and see you next week.