Drawn to the Valley Open Studios

If you are near Plymouth this autumn look out for the Open Studios event 22-30th September 2018 which involves nearly 100 artists from the beautiful Tamar Valley who open their doors to show their work. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and talk to them about what inspires them, as well as […]

Experimental Drawing at Exeter Phoenix

In a workshop with Nicci Wonnacott we have been drawing without pre-conceptions, sometimes using both hands at once, or long sticks, pampas grass, sponges, ink, chalks, paint, thinking of music, and ‘drawing with the breath’. It is a meditative and rewarding experience, particularly the collaborative work where you feed from and into other people’s ideas […]

Abstracting the Landscape

Two approaches to ‘abstraction’ were experienced with James Tatum and Nicci Wannacott, although James would describe himself as an expressionist and not an abstract painter. James relies on the emotional impact of a scene, the light and colour, the sensations of wind, rain, sounds and smells, to inspire his plein aire sketches and subsequent paintings, […]

Devon Open Studios 10th – 25th September 2016

Devon Open Studios is showcasing the work of over 150 artists who are opening their doors to the public over a 3 week period. It is organised by Devon Artists Network and details can be found on their website. I am Venue 34 in Woodbury, Devon, open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the event. Drawing […]

The Nature of Drawing with Laurie Steen May 2015

This residential 5 day course at Coombe Farm Studios, Dittisham, Devon was run by the energetic and inspirational Laurie Steen whose beautiful drawings of trees appear mystical and etherial. We spent a busy week experimenting with materials and techniques, drawing without looking, shadow drawing, and observational drawing. I produced a scroll in charcoal based on […]