We are opening the studio at Casa Rosa in late April for an exciting fortnight of art courses. Spring at Casa Rosa is particularly lovely and we look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful, ruggedly rural corner of Andalucia.
In late April and early May join us for art and culture in the Axarquía, the mountainous area to the north east of Malaga. The hills and orchards of Andalucía will be ripe with citrus fruit and wild flowers. Nestling into the landscape, Casa Rosa will have olives, garden flowers and fruit growing in the orchards and around the houses.
“Andalucia is one of the most beautiful corners of Europe, where the excesses of modern life do not seem to have taken root and travellers are welcomed as honoured guests. Beloved by Orson Welles and Ernest Hemingway, it is the Spain of Carmen, Figaro and Flamenco. Rich with the legacies of the Moors and Romans its charm and serenity will captivate you.” Sunday Times
What to expect for both weeks in the Spring 2022
Enjoy the the friendly, supportive, house party atmosphere of art retreats at Casa Rosa. Whether you come on your own, with friends, family, or partners, you will be part of a group. If you want to spend some quiet time on your own there are walks through the countryside or up to Periana. The rooms are quiet and extremely comfortable. We endeavour to make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as we can.
Food, fresh from the orchards and markets
Casa Rosa sits in the middle of its own orchards and the Spring will see these bursting with fruit blossom. The house and cottages are full of delightful surprises, pictures, pottery and antiques collected locally and from years of travel.
Have a look at the facilities of Casa Rosa Estate – tennis court, pool, ping pong table – freely available and the nearby village only a walk away.
Although museums and galleries are closed to the public at the moment their catalogue of treasures are available at the click of a button. This is a wonderful opportunity to travel around time and space to look at some of the wonderful art of the world. You will build your work on the shoulders of giants.
This class is about looking at one of the fantastic creative works available and using it to your advantage. It is not about copying. By the end of this class you will be on your way to making something from new that will be entirely your own.
photocopy of the pictures
drawing materials, pencils, charcoal etc
large cartridge paper, a few sheets
quick and easy paints or something to apply colour
You will be working towards a final piece, looking at colour, line, composition, narrative, perspective, and anything else that arises.
Don’t let yourself feel you know the direction you wish to take before you start the process.
Be prepared to explore, investigate and let the picture lead you in a new direction.
The New Year, a New Decade, is on the horizon. This is a good time for you to make art one of your New Year’s Resolutions
I make resolutions every year – some I keep, some I don’t. Whatever happens it is a good moment to pause, and look forward.
This coming year I plan to spend more time painting, and to set the time aside in my diary. Second on my to-do list is to take courses so I can try new ways of doing things. I have my eye on Antony Williams and his Egg Temperacourse at the end of February.
New this year is the Art Club. The studio is open on Wednesdays for the club, from 10.00 – 5.00. It is a great place to get away from the regular cares of life, and paint or draw without distraction. There are tables, easels, tea and coffee, a beautiful view plus time to chat and compare notes with other artists. On the second Wednesday of each month there will be a life model in the evening from 6.00-9.00pm. This is included in the Club fee.
If you are missing the sun have a look at the two different weeks in Andalucia in the Spring. The first week, 18th – 25th April Casa Rosa, a tutored week with me, Kate Measham leading the group. The second week, 25th April – 2nd May, Artists Take Over Casa Rosa is untutored but all the food, studio space, and glorious surroundings of Casa Rosa available.
Keep an eye on HAMPSHIREART studio throughout 2020 – we are planning more masterclasses, art, yoga, and wellbeing classes, and many fun one or two day courses.
Remember: The New Year, a New Decade, is on the horizon. This is a good time for you to make art one of your New Year’s Resolutions. Contact me if you want any more information.
Christmas is a magical time of year. It is a slow moving, often supine, spend-time, make-time, time of year. Frost, snow, dark evenings, warm fires and a gathering together of friends and loved ones – occasionally overlapping. A good time, a time for reflection, a time to party, ….and it is just around the corner.
However, it can seem to be something of a burden – too many presents, too much food and so little time. Have a look at our advent calendar for arty stuff; ideas – what to ask for, and what to give. Many of the items barely need wrapping.
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I am not making you open a door a day…our doors are always open (I am cringing slightly at that line)
Sunday 1st December
Q: What do you call a snowman with a six pack?
A: An abdominal snowman
Find out the favourite colour paint of the person who is to receive the gift and give them the best quality version you can afford.
My current favourite is Old Holland Indian Yellow Orange Lake Extra. Even the name sounds exotic. Apparently the original pigment was made from dried cattle urine.
Q. What’s Father Christmas’ favorite measurement in the metric system?
A. The Santameter!
I love choosing books for people, and receiving them. A charity shop discovery is always interesting. Often these are books that are out of print or pre-loved (a bit worn at the edges, or written in etc). If you don’t have time to search but are not sure what to buy a couple of suggestions:
The Secret Lives of Colour: Hardcover – Illustrated, 20 Oct 2016, by Kassia St Clair (Author)
Joan Eardley: A Sense of Place Hardcover – Illustrated, 8 Oct 2018, by Patrick Elliott (Author), Anne Galastro (Author)
The National Gallery Hardcover – 22 Oct 2019, by Gabriele Finaldi (Author)
Modernists & Mavericks: Bacon, Freud, Hockney and the London Painters, by Martin Gayford
Great Women Artists by Phaidon Editors
There have been a number of good exhibitions this year – The galleries concerned will have produced a glossy book to go with them. They are always a good gift.
Tuesday 3rd December
Q. How much money does a pirate pay for corn?
A. A buccaneer.
I have a wonderful easel that I was given as a Christmas present many years ago. A vital piece of kit.
This easel from CASS art is on the cheaper end of the studio easels but sturdy.
Thelma, a farmers wife, prayed to the Lord and asked him, “How old will I be when I die?”
His reply was 96 years old.
Thelma said, “Hot diggity dog, I will have myself fixed up.”
The farmer’s wife had everything lifted and tucked and was in the doctor’s office, making the last payment on her reconstruction. She walked out of the doctor’s office, started across the street, and was hit and killed.
She gets to heaven and asks the Lord, “What happened? You told me that I would live to be 96.”
His reply: “We’ll I just didn’t recognize you!”
Van Gogh used indian ink and dipping pens, or hand made wooden pens.
Daler-Rowney Kandahar Drawing Ink Black is an Indian ink, ideal for illustration and design and for work in conjunction with watercolours.
Flowing easily, and producing a brilliant, rich black, it is lightfast, so will not fade, but unlike other drawing inks is not waterproof when dry.
Why did the physics teacher break up with the biology teacher? There was no chemistry.
In the mix of Christmas food, drink, and general presents I would like a bumper tin of delicious Spanish ready salted crisps. They stay fresh and crispy for longer than your average crisp – I have to take that on trust…they are so delicious that they disappear as soon as the pack is opened.
Acrylics are endlessly adaptable. There are acrylic inks, thick paints, thin paints, fabric paints, pens…you name it, its covered. There are mediums to add to make the paint behave differently and to make the colours behave differently.
We have a talented new tutor, Eve Dawson, who can walk you through all these exciting variations so you can get the best from your materials. She is doing a one day workshop, A Step Towards Abstract Expressionism to start you on your way with both abstract painting and acrylics. It should be very exciting. No experience of either is necessary.
This photo was taken at Casa Rosa in Spain in spring 2019, during our tutored painting week. I can’t think of anything more cheering after a cold day in mid winter than the prospect of a week painting in Spain, in the sun, in the spring. I often look at the weather in Andalucia just to see what it is like there when it is grey here.
What would you call a very funny mountain? – Hill Arious”
If you are an artist beginner, or rusty and lacking in confidence, how about a course designed just for you?
The course is based around a combination of drawing and oil painting. It is on a termly basis, with a pair of days each month (always a Thursday and Friday combined). There will be suggested home study in between the classes. Have a look at this link for much more information Beginners class
Drawing is the way into thinking visually, the first step to everything, from painting to architecture. Part of the secret to drawing is learning to look. The next step is to take it in the direction YOU want to go.
Come along to a Learning to Look, drawing taster day. It may well whet your appetite for more.
Patient: For that I definitely want a second opinion.
Doctor: You’re quite ugly, too.
There are lots of bits and pieces that fall under the heading ‘drawing equipment’. The following are things I always have in my pencil case (! mostly anyway)
Koh i noor retractable pencil, 5.8mm with a selection of leads. There are any number of different refills for these (other people make them too). I like to have a box with compressed charcoal, chalk, coloured chalks, sanguine. Find a pencil body shape that pleases you.
a couple of very cheap disposable plastic retractable pencils. They come in a bag of 10 from TESCOs. I always have a sharp pencil. Not very ‘green’. I have had proper thin retractable pencils that you can refill but I prefer the cheap version.
a Tortillion, a roll of tightly wrapped paper for smudging
At this stage in the game you have to buy vouchers. What were you thinking of leaving it so late? Don’t worry; these vouchers cover all our classes and will delight all who receive them. They come in different values to match your budget, from £20 – £100.