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.
Make Casa Rosa, in Andalucia, your Spring destination for 2020
Full Board and tuition, £1,550 per person, no single supplement, own room and en suite bathroom.
If you wish to extend your break you can join us for the following week, 25th April – 2nd May. This will be an untutored artists-take-over-Casa-Rosa week.
“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
Casa Rosa in the Spring: Wild flower heaven
In late April 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 oranges, garden flowers and fruit growing in the orchards and around the houses.
If you join us for this tutored week at Casa Rosa you can expect an intensive painting and drawing programme, a week of delicious, healthy food made from local produce, and a week in one of the most delightful, comfy, luxurious houses in southern Spain.
For an inclusive fee of £1,550,you will be collected from Malaga airport, all week wonderful meals will be provided, along with delicious drinks and snacks. You will be returned to the airport at the end of the week.
You only have to book a return flight. No hidden extras.
Kate Measham, an experienced artist and teacher, will tutor the group from the exquisite setting of Casa Rosa ( do look at the website to see more about the buildings and the estate) with our host, Rosie Tatham welcoming you to her home.
Kate Measham, tutor
Kate has been teaching and running courses in Hampshire for over 10 years including regular courses on the Greek Island Zakynthos.
Having studied ‘Visual Art through Drawing’ at Winchester School of Art, Kate has since expressed her ideas through a range of media in painting, drawing, printing, wood turning and teaching, always using her imagination and expressing those ideas figuratively, or semi abstractly.
Drawing is the cornerstone of Kate’s work. She is keen to encourage her students to explore, investigate, be intuitive and imaginative through drawing.
Despite the energy, strength and colour of Kate’s artistic style, she is not interested in creating a house style. Students are encouraged to find their own voice and to develop the necessary skills to explore it.
Kate exhibits her work in many exhibition spaces including at Josie Eastwood Gallery, The Angelus Gallery, and Fisherton Mill.
Locally Sourced Food and Wine
The art weeks at Casa Rosa have a house party feel.
You will eat most meals together with Kate, Rosie and the other students. Casa Rosa sits in the middle of its own orchards and Spring will see the orchards bursting with new growth. The house and cottages are full of delightful surprises, pictures, pottery and antiques collected locally and from years of travel.
Food is an important part of the pleasure of staying at Casa Rosa. Rosie’s approach is to serve warm salads and raw food and to combine that with other very comforting solutions to restore the heart and soul after a day of hard labour at the easel. Rosie has spent many years travelling the world and discovering different gastronomic delights.
She will attempt to accommodate any nutritional requirements, but please give good warning before you arrive.
The Artists’ Day
Breakfast will be a rolling affair from 8.30 – 9.30am.
From 10.00 until 1.00pm there will be a three-hour, taught morning session in the spacious studio, or outside, followed by a delicious and healthy lunch, a possible siesta and time for you to work on your own projects.
Tuition will resume from 5.00 until 7.00pm for a further 2 hours of painting, or drawing. After the evening session, you will gather for drinks and supper.
There will be many opportunities for discussion and analysis – if you want to – over wine, olives and food.
What to Expect on the Course
The week will be suitable for everyone, from beginners to the experienced. Projects will be personalised to meet all skill levels.
The course will be based at Casa Rosa using their studio and enjoying the panoramic views of dramatic mountains, olive covered farmland and mature, colourful gardens and grounds.
You will work on both quick sketches and paintings and longer projects, looking at how to capture a feeling of place and atmosphere.
Colour, palette, tone, mark making, and composition will form the basis of the week.
Risks, experimentation and new approaches will be encouraged.
A sketchbook diary of the week will help you to recall all when you return home.
There is a tennis court, swimming pool, delightful gardens and table tennis to divert you and relax yo. Rosie can advise you about walks in the area. You can use the studio at anytime.
In the middle of the week there will be a rest day. Various activities will be on offer such as walking, or visiting the village of Periana. You may prefer to sit by the pool, catch up on a painting project, or read a book.
Artists are free to join in the lessons as much as they like, or to sit some of them out and enjoy the facilities offered at Casa Rosa and its surrounding area, the Axarquía.
Partners may accompany artists and simply relax and enjoy Casa Rosa.
The group will not exceed 12 artists but non-painting partners are welcome.
The Boring Bits
Saturday 18th April – Saturday 25th April, 2020.
£1,550 includes full board, with your own room and ensuite and tuition.
There is no single supplement.
However, if two artists book together, and share a room, they will get a £200 reduction, each. For a non-participating partner sharing a room there is a fee of £1150.
A deposit of £300/person secures a place on this course.
Collection and return to Malaga Airport at the beginning and end of your stay are included in the price if you choose to book our suggested flights. If we need to book a taxi to collect, or deliver you to an alternative flight this will be at your cost.
Transport as necessary to the sites we visit will also be included. For any further errands a taxi service is available.
If you wish to be more independent there are a number of car hire companies at Malaga airport. There is plenty of space for parking at Casa Rosa
If you wish to extend your break you can join us for the following week, 25th April – 2nd May. This will be an untutored artists-take-over-Casa-Rosa week.
The second week, an artistic retreat, you will be liberated to be as creative and innovative as you feel inclined with no interventions other than those sought from your companions. There will be options offered, but not distractions, and all the creature comforts will continue to appear as regularly as ever. So it is an opportunity to stay and apply all that was learnt in week one, or simply to be creative under your own steam.
Make Casa Rosa in Andalucia your Spring destination for 2020
What do I need to bring with me?
Nearer departure Kate will send a list of suggested equipment. We can supply some art equipment such as solvents, paints, canvas etc at local prices (to leave more space in your suitcase), and arrange for a courier to bring back your work – please tell us what you want.
There will be cartridge paper, drawing boards, and easels available free of charge.
We advise you to have travel insurance.
Places on the course are limited so allocation will be made on a first come, first served basis according to deposit paid.
Kate Measham at Casa Rosa reserves the right to cancel for whatever reason. In the event of cancellation you will be advised of vacancies on alternative courses. If you do not wish to book on an alternative course, a full refund for the course will be given when Kate Measham at Casa Rosa cancels.
In the event of cancellation by the student, we will endeavour to fill your place and if successful we will refund your deposit, if we are unable to fill your place the deposit will be non-refundable.
If you want to chat about the trip please contact:
Kate Measham on firstname.lastname@example.org or T:+44 01980 863155
Or Rosie Tatham on email@example.com or T:07940 833025
Make Casa Rosa, Andalucia, your holiday destination for Spring 2020
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.