This is just a short episode for a number of reasons. Firstly I've not been there for the start and end of the week and it was Bank Holiday too. When I have been in I really haven't been joined for long by any of the other tenants but it has been nice to spend some time with Sam Newsham from Just Imagine UK who is always up for a chat and a laugh and also Leo Crabtree has spent some time in his studio and it's always a pleasure to catch up with himas well.
I did manage to complete my painting of Parga in Greece started last week. This is a 2' 6" canvas which is probably the largest traditional piece I have ever done and I thoroughly enjoyed painting it. Parga is a wonderful place to visit, nestled on the Greek mainland near the border with Albania.
I have another large acrylic on the easel and I hope to show this next week, or the work in progress at least as next week is looking like a busy time, some of it away from the studio.
Free iPad Awareness Session
Don't forget that I am running my next free yes free iPad Art awareness session at the Haworth on Wednesday the 15th May as part of the Get Creative Festival. This follows on from my highly successful (but I would say that wouldn't I) first run earlier this year. If you would like to see how you could use your tablet, iPad or Android or even Kindle Fire for art, then please let me know you want a space so I know how many chairs to put out. The session will run from 1.00pm until 3.00pm You don't need a tablet for this session, nor do you need any artistic talent!
What else has been happening?......
Last Friday two of the Gallery staff came across to the studios carrying a bunch of old trunks, a petrol can and a mannequin dressed in 1909 chauffeur uniform. They then proceeded to put them in the old petrol store along with a heritage board explaining a little of the history of this unique small building that is so important to the Studios. If you are visiting the Haworth it's worth a walk down to the petrol store to read about the Haworth's chauffeur and to see a photo of the original Rolls Royce that was garaged where we work. If you pop into the stables there is another heritage board in the stables side explaining how the original stables looked which can be compared to the way they have been converted into artist studios.
Next week is the it's the Creative Festival, a national initiative which the Haworth are fully embracing. There are lots of activities going on throughout the week and this includes the latest 'Creative Late' this involves life drawing with a difference and the theme this time is sketching the Great Masters. I will also be modelling as the pitchfork holding man from the painting 'American Gothic' by Grant Wood. If you are planning on coming there are still tickets available and the bar will be open to help your creative juices to flow.
The event will run on Tuesday 14th May between 7.00pm until 9.00pm. Doors open at 6.30pm Tickets from the Gallery at £5 each.