Sunday, 27 May 2012

Atkins update

My work is now for sale in Hinckley at the Atkins building, this used to be a hosiery factory back in the day, my mum worked there when I was growing up before she became a top notch nurse so I was thrilled when I went to display my art work there! 


Here is some pictures of the pieces I took to display.......

                                                              Corfu - Sunset Beach £25

                                                                      Carefree £20

                                                                       Poppy £20
                                           
 
Dancing Daisies £20
This has a poem written on that says:

Daisy Time

BY MARJORIE PICKTHALL

See, the grass is full of stars,
Fallen in their brightness;
Hearts they have of shining gold,
Rays of shining whiteness.

Buttercups have honeyed hearts,
Bees they love the clover,
But I love the daisies' dance
All the meadow over.

Blow, O blow, you happy winds,
Singing summer's praises,
Up the field and down the field
A-dancing with the daisies.



Happy Tree in pink & Silver £20




Happy Tree £25


Rose in Blue £15


Inspired by my friends 30th birthday at the Jekyll & Hyde Gin Parlour in Birmingham http://www.thejekyllandhyde.co.uk/private-dining_117_3.html




What's been happening?

Last month I was asked to create a mural for Fourways Children's Play Centre in Atherstone http://www.fourwaysplaycentre.com 


Here is how it came together.......I came up with a few designs then I started work, the mural below is 10ft by 25ft and I used a mixed media of emulsion, spray paint and acrylic paint and varnish to create the mural......


 I painted on 8 characters.....
  Here is the finished product.................this took 50 hours to complete




 Then I started on the party room upstairs........here the play centre wanted 3 murals and a happy birthday banner, princess and knights was the theme......... this took me 30 hours to complete.







This was the write up in the Nuneaton news.........................

I really enjoyed creating these murals and I can't wait for my next mural challenge!!



Saturday, 21 April 2012

I have just has just won a contract to do all the artwork for a new kids soft play centre

I'm very happy, this is my biggest project to date, there is two rooms and the first mural will measure 25 ft X 10 ft.........please watch this space for pictures coming soon!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Which shops do I recommend?

If you are wondering where I go to buy my art materials? Which places are nice to visit to buy materials, art work etc......


A place that is local to me and closest to my heart and that also sells my art work for me is a lovely little place called The Crafty Rummage on Attleborough Green in Nuneaton.


It's a beautiful shop in Freer Street, Attleborough Nuneaton. We sell clothes, We buy clothes, We hire out your clothes for you, We rent space to local artists so that they have a retail outlet that they can call their own, without charging a fortune. Friendly local business, that is all about community and working together. 



Please have a nosey at this link, like it, join us on face book, share it with your friends most importantly pop in and have a good old rummage! http://www.facebook.com/The.Crafty.Rummage.Nuneaton/info




Another place I pop to fairly often is my local art shop http://www.abbeycraftartworld.co.uk/100290/info.php?p=2 I have never been in and they haven't got what I've needed!


Finally a lovely place to go for art materials, a cuppa, cake and to look at the art on display is a place worth driving the extra distance to in Hinckley http://www.ten2gallery.co.uk/Ten_2_Home.asp 



Courses in the local area for those who are interested in learning more.....

 I have just found out about these courses for people who wish to join up......



The Art Studio, Ten-Two Gallery and Art Café, 102 Castle Street, Hinckley, Leics. LE10 1DD 01455 636339

SUMMER PROGRAMME 2012
 APRIL to JULY  
MONDAY 7.00 9.00            Drawing and Painting           
Develop and improve your skills and techniques in a variety of mediums during this 6 week course. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
Starts:- 11TH June       6 weeks                     Tutor:- Rose Allinson                Cost = £48.00    

TUESDAY 10.00 12.00       Watercolour Painting           
Explore the versatility of watercolours as a painting medium. Develop your skills using a wide variety of techniques. Students will aim to record their work and experiments in a small sketchbook during the ten weeks. Suitable for beginners and people with some experience.
Starts:- 17th April 10 weeks                      Tutor:- Julia Smith                 Cost = £80.00
 TUESDAY 7.00 9.00          Drawing and Painting           
Expand and improve your skills during these 10 weeks. Develop techniques and build confidence working on set themes or personal choices. Suitable for beginners and people with some experience.
Starts:- 12th June        6 weeks                      Tutor:- Rose Allinson             Cost = £48.00

WEDNESDAY 1.30 3.30     Drawing and Painting           
Develop and improve your skills and techniques in a variety of mediums during this 6 week course. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
Starts:- 13th June        6 weeks                      Tutor:- Rose Allinson             Cost = £48.00
WEDNESDAY 7.00 - 9.00      Calligraphy
Expand and improve your skills during these 10 weeks. Develop techniques and build confidence working on set themes or personal choices. Suitable for beginners and people with some experience.
Starts:- 18th April        8 weeks                      Tutor:- Kathy Sedar             Cost = £64.00

THURSDAY 10.00 12.00    Portraiture - Drawing & Painting        
Expand your drawing skills and palette and learn how to bring to life the human form. Suitable for people with some experience.
Starts:- 19th April        10 weeks                     Tutor:- Julia Smith                  Cost = £90.00
THURSDAY 1.00 3.00       Drawing                          
Brush up on your drawing skills! Explore the use of dry media in this 10 week course. To include the use of pencil, charcoal, pastels, pencil crayons, etc. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
Starts  19th April         10 weeks                    Tutor:- Julia Smith                   Cost = £80.00
THURSDAY 3.45 4.45       After School Course                 
 A course for children aged  6 12  years old . The course will include painting, drawing and crafts and will have a variety of themes.  All materials and light refreshment included. Tutor CRB approved.
Starts 19th April          10 weeks                   Tutor:- Julia Smith                    Cost = £50.00
THURSDAY 7.00 9.00       Drawing                          
Brush up on your drawing skills! Explore the use of dry media in this 10 week course. To include the use of pencil, charcoal, pastels, pencil crayons, etc. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
Starts:- 19th April       10 weeks               Tutor:- Julia Smith                   Cost = £80.00

FRIDAY 10.00 12.00         Watercolours                            
Learn new techniques and build confidence with watercolour painting. Develop a personal theme in your work through observation and imagination. Suitable for beginners and people with some experience.
Starts:- 20th April        10 weeks               Tutor:- Julia Smith                  Cost = £80.00

SATURDAY 10.00 - 12.00        Botanical Painting
The course will cover the basics in terms of both skills and equipment for beginners and will guide you through the stages involved in producing a good piece of finished work. For students with some experience, the course aims to help you develop the skills you already have and to increase both your confidence and ability.
Starts:- 5th May            8 weeks                Tutor:-Kate Nuttall                 Cost = £64.00
Places are confirmed once payment is received. Cancellations received up to 2 weeks before the commencement of the course will receive a full refund. Cancellations made after that time may be charged the full cost.