Studio Life


What a week weather wise! Luckily we are very toasty warm in our studio spaces and this week we have been preparing for the Open Studio event held over the Saturday and Sunday afternoon. This post will concentrate on this event and what the artists had to offer for the many visitors who came to see us over the two days.

In total we welcomed around 60 visitors over the two days and it was great to see everyone and we thank them all for their support.


Personally I decided to demonstrate my iPad work and set up a screen so visitors could see the work in progress. There are many misconceptions around iPad art and I wanted to show that it isn't and that my iPad work takes much longer than a watercolour painting. I also showed my latest framed iPad piece from my food based series.

On Sunday I decided to do a landscape iPad painting and painted this view of Blackpool's South Pier at sunset. Done from my own reference photo.


Quirky Frog Studio have worked very hard this week to prepare items for the weekend and it was perhaps a good job they did, as their cards and fabric items were very popular. They have a number of gifts on display and for sale and it was nice to be able to see Jayne and Allison working in their studio chatting to the visitors and kindred spirits popping in to see them. Due to the recent lockdown you can see their products on their Instagram and Facebook feeds. Just search for @quirkyfrogstudio.

It was interesting to see that on the Saturday the focus of sales for them was their fabric goods and on Sunday it was cards that were flying out of the studio. This gave Jayne a bit of a chance to make more of her ever popular bags!


Catherine Lansdale was in residence on Sunday after her latest learn to paint and draw course on the Saturday. Unfortunately she has had to call a temporary halt to these as well as her Bolton based workshops due to the lockdown. She put up a great display for the visitors to see.

Catherine took the time on Sunday to prepare for her next class to be held in Bolton on Monday. The subject is skulls in black and white and the final image was very impressive. Here she is hard at work on her class prep.