Saturday, 22 March 2014

Drawing at the museum

Last Saturday I went on a drawing day in Cambridge organised by White House Art. Neil Payne was the tutor, he has a fresh, wacky approach and came along with lotsof different pens, charcoal, graphite pencils, water colour crayons (use spit to wet and smudge them was his advice) - obviously no water allowed in the museum.
We spent the morning in the Sedgewick, full of wonderful bones, fossils and crystals to inspire us. 

In the afternoon we were at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, full of collections from many different cultures. 

These were huge containers for food served at feasts, they were beautiful. I haven't photograped any of my sketch book pages yet, some still to be finished. It was reminder of how lucky we are to have wonderful museums to visit - I last went to the 'Arch and Ant' went I was at school in Cambridge!

Friday, 14 March 2014

More Lino Workshops

Some more lovely work from my recent workshops.
Mia, Pam and Maggie at the cutting stage. 
Careful inking up, 
Mia's lion... I'm sorry I didn't get final photographs of the lovely landscapes printed by Pam and Maggie, but here they are having fun. 
The next day featured a komodo dragon, 
a horse
and honesty

Marcy, Janey and Jenny had a very successful day. 
The great thing about teaching these days is that it's a shared learning experience and I love helping people start their printmaking journey.
I was pleased recently to be asked to tutor some lino printing classes at Missenden Abbey next academic year. Alison had seen my work in Cambridge Contemporary Art. I gave it a lot of thought but realised that at the moment I couldn't make that committment, so have reluctantly declined this opportunity.