Come and visit our shared artists studio at Unit 2.9, Halton Mill. The artists will be there between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday 23rd and 24th July. Original artwork, prints, and cards for sale. Browsers welcome. Halton Mill is located on a beautiful riverside setting with lovely walks. The cafe will be open serving teas, coffees, home baking and lunches. You can find directions to the mill here, scroll to the bottom of the homepage: http://www.haltonmill.org.uk/
There is currently one space available on my Tuesday morning art class, and three spaces available on Wednesday mornings. The classes are from 10-12.30 and you can read more about them here. The classes are open to anybody*, from complete beginners, to experienced artists. If you’d like to find out more, please get in touch.
This lovely pastel drawing was made this morning by Carol Gaston who attends my Wednesday morning art class. You can see more of Carol’s work here.
*Aged 12 and over
A couple of my art classes are learning portraiture at the moment, and last Thursday a friend and colleague from Halton Mill came to model for my evening class. This was the first time that some people had ever tried to draw a person. I have been really impressed by their work. Here are a few of their charcoal drawings, as well as my quick watercolour study.
I think that drawing a portrait really is one of the most difficult things to do. Tackling a drawing of a person often means overcoming considerable anxiety. You also need to override your brain ‘helpfully’ telling you how a face goes, and learn to draw what you actually see in front of you. As with any other subject, be it still life or landscape or whatever, a face is, for the purposes of drawing, a collection of shapes of light and dark. I find that deeply contrasting light makes tackling a portrait easier, as you can more easily identify the shapes of the shadows and highlights. Also, the less you can see, the less you need to put in! So evening is an ideal time to have a go at drawing someone. I turned off the lights and Dawn was almost completely in shadow, with only the left side of her face lit up by a lamp.