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.
It is totally absorbing whilst you are in the act of drawing. It appeals to me physically as I lose myself in creating line, tone, marks. Drawing allows you to experiment, investigate, record, explore. It is thought provoking, challenging, frustrating, exciting. It is instinctive, expressive and purposeful.
As birthday, or Christmas, or anytime presents I give large paintbrushes or sketchbooks to anyone I think will enjoy them. This is in the hope that they will get as much pleasure from them as I do.
Join me for a drawing class on Thursday 26th September, morning, or a Life Drawing Class on Thursday afternoon.
This week both classes will be looking at line, weight of line, and economy of line. The work of Matisse will be used as a reference. Please bring charcoal, paper, any pencils you can lay your hand on.
At the Riverside Cottage Studio, Bransbury, SO21 3QJ
Suitable for all abilities.
In this class you will be looking at the rhythm and pattern of movement. Music combined with rhythm and movement will encourage you to draw with varied marks and strokes. You will capture the model’s movement and tempo, whether explosive, calm, or repetitive.
You will do a series of exercises to show you different ways of interpreting the moving body. The drawings become something very different to photographs or film, possibly an expression of time and rhythm.
This is exciting drawing to undertake and exciting drawings to see.