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.
Julie from Pip Cottage took the opportunity to meet people and in between chats she had the chance to do some of her own work. It was great to see Julie run a pop up workshop outside the studios to two very enthusiastic and well skilled willow weavers. You can find all about Julie and her workshops on her Facebook page.
Leo Crabtree was in residence during the two days and he was displaying his latest Christmas card packs. You can pick these up until Thursday from the studio. Even though the studios will be officially close to visitors, don't write off Christmas yet. Leo's cards can be purchased directly from him on a visit the studios by appointment or click and collect arrangement. These are individual works of art in themselves and I know Leo will be selling these as cards and also as framed pieces on their own. A great opportunity to own a piece of Leo's work.
Andy Scholes spent the weekend working on his glass gilding techniques and specifically on his unique monograms. Andy is taking orders for one off items such as door numbers and plaques and bespoke signs and calligraphy.
Gill of Snooty Fox Vintage was in her studio on the Sunday and we were all delighted that she was. First because of her infectious humour, and secondly for the gorgeous way she makes the whole building smell lovely with her candle creations. Her Christmas offerings are well on their way and she will be using this forced lockdown to launch her brand new website and online shop.
So what happens with the latest lockdown?
As we all know the latest lockdown has just been announced and unfortunately this has meant that from Thursday we have to close to visitors. However that does not mean we won't still be active. We are still able to work in our studios and we are all still open for commissions and orders. Any commissions already in progress will still be done, it will take more than a lockdown to slow us down!
People can still visit us by appointment for collection and consultation but this may need to be done safely under our outside canopy.
Thanks everyone for your support of late, and we look forward to throwing the doors back open hopefully in early December.