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Advent Calendar for Arty Stuff


Advent calendar fox

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

The Old Holland Oil Paint Colour Chart

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.

Or a set of Michael Harding Paints.


Monday 2nd December

  • 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.


Wednesday 4th December

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!”


Indian ink drawing

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.

Get in touch with your inner Van Gogh


Thursday 5th December

  • Q. Why do the French like to eat snails so much?
  • A. They can’t stand fast food

Oil sticks have been around for a while but few look quite as tasty as the Sennelier selections.

They are packaged as gifts in two sizes: one in a luxurious, sweetshop/rainbow combo box of very many colours, the other a more modest introduction set.

who wouldn’t want to find a set of these under the Christmas tree?

Friday 6th December

Why did the physics teacher break up with the biology teacher? There was no chemistry.


the BEST crisps ever

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.

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Saturday 7th December

A man walked into a bar – bang


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.



Sunday 8th December

Whenever I’m sad I just read my blood donor ID. It always says “B
positive”.


As a child I was given a set of Caran d’ache pencils in a tin.


Monday 9th December

  • I’ve been really depressed lately. A friend told me I should go to the petting zoo perhaps, to cheer up. 
  • I went today, but not one person would stroke me.

I love to draw and get great pleasure from seeking out unusual materials. Artgraf is a brand that always satisfies. They have mastered anything to do with graphite, and coloured graphite.


Here are a few examples: Black Carbon (SO black), grey and white trio, tailors chalk shaped coloured graphite.

Tuesday 10th December

Two clairvoyants meet. One says to the other: “You are fine, and how am I?


You can’t have too many sketchbooks.

I think Seawhite are the best for me and I like square sketchpads: SEAWHITE SQUARE & CHUNKY SKETCHBOOK 140GSM 190 PAGES


Wednesday 11th December

  • What did the toilet roll complain about?
  • “People just keep ripping me off!”

Book tickets for the Lucien Freud Self Portrait exhibition at the Royal Academy followed by a leisurely stroll around the National Gallery and supper somewhere memorable.


Thursday 12th December

  • What should you do when you see a spaceman?
  • You just park in it, man.

Antony Williams is a particularly fine artist working in egg tempera, best known for his portraits. He has been on the short list or a placed prize winner in the BP Portrait awards many times.

Antony is coming to HAMPSHIRE ART studio to teach a masterclass in egg tempera, using a still life as reference. This is one I don’t want to miss.

advent calendar picture

For more information about the weekend see Antony Williams


Friday 13th December

My friend was planning to get a Labrador. Is he mad?! Hasn’t he seen how many of their owners go blind?!”


Derwent Inktense Blocks are sticks of vibrantly coloured water-soluble ink.

  • Draw with them dry to create dazzling colour effects, or add water for translucent ink-like results.
  • You can use them on both paper and fabric, especially silk, and the colours are permanent once dry.

CASS sell Derwent Inktense Blocks in tins containing either 36 or 72 blocks in assorted colours.


Saturday 14th December

Where do we get virgin wool from? Ugly sheep.


advent calendar spain hol

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.

If you want to find out more try Andalucia in the Spring, or Artists take over Casa Rosa, an untutored week.


Sunday 15th December

One twin to the other: “You are ugly.”


Watercolour sets are always so attractive. Buy the professional sets for better pigment quality.

This half pan set is very good value.

WINSOR & NEWTON PROFESSIONAL WATERCOLOUR SET OF 24

I think you should include a special brush too.


Monday 16th December

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


Tuesday 17th December

  • What would Bears become without Bees?
  • Just ears.

The MUST HAVE item on everyones Christmas list is a HAMPSHIRE ART studio art apron, with a zipped pocket for valuables (no paint on them!) extra pockets, long ties, altogether excellent.


Wednesday 18th December

  • What do you call an alligator that’s wearing a vest?
  • An investigator.

The Beginners Oil Kit from CASS art is a very good starting point for people wanting to learn about oil painting..

You can top up this kit with any number of goodies…including the beginners guide to drawing and oil painting

All painters need a palette. There are loads to choose from. This is a traditional wooden one.


Thursday 19th December

Two drummers jump off a skyscraper – Boom Boom.


One of the products always on sale at CASS ART, and always a welcome addition to any oil painters stocking is their double pack of Winsor and Newton, Titanium White, 200ml. A sure winner.


Friday 20th December

  • How did Moses cut the sea in half?
  • With a seasaw.

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.

Drawing Taster Day


Saturday 21st December

  • Doctor: You’re obese. 
  • 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.
  • TomBow erasers and refills. I LOVE these. They are retractable, thin, thin rubbers in two shapes. Get both. I draw back into charcoal and pencil with them and they give my pleasure.
  • a scrappy little piece of chamois leather
  • 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
  • a big plastic rubber
  • three drawing pencils, 3B, 5B and 7B


Sunday 22nd December

  • Policeman: I’m very sorry, sir, but it looks like your wife got hit by a bus.
  • Man: I’m aware of that, but Karen has a wonderful personality.

christmas lino print
Going home

Lino cut is a great first step into printing. There is a one day introduction class, Learn about Lino with HAMPSHIRE ART studio on 30th January.

Combine it with a Beginners Lino set


Monday 23rd December

  • Did anybody ever consider that cannibalism would resolve both overpopulation – and world hunger?
  • Jonathan Swift

This is one of my very favourite presents – an annual subscription to the Art Fund. You can still buy one today and hand over something as a gift.

National Art Pass - 50% of entry to major exhibitions

National Art Pass

Experience over 240 museums, galleries and historic places for free and enjoy 50% off entry to major exhibitions, including those at Tate, V&A and National Museum of Scotland.

Annual membership includes:

Membership card – Show your card to gain free or reduced price entry to participating venues 

Art in your inbox – Email subscription – your guide to great art across the UK, news and special offers

Art Quarterly – Subscription to Art Fund’s magazine with insightful and exclusive features 

Art Map – Comprehensive annual guidebook on using your pass at over 700 venues

Purchase direct https://www.artfund.org/national-art-pass


Tuesday 24th December

Finally an arty joke:

  • What is blue and smells like red paint?
  • Blue paint.

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.


CHRISTMAS DAY (a bit late for present buying really!!)

Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2020


All I want for Christmas…Advent Calendar of Essentials (!)


Advent calendars covered with glitter, or rattling with chocolates, are almost the best bit of Christmas. The tantalising countdown to the day itself raises expectations to a ridiculous degree.

My calendar is a shortish list of all sorts of mostly arty things that would be very nice to have in a stocking, under a tree, wrapped with a bow, sealed with a kiss.

 


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ONE

I went to this wonderful exhibition a couple of weeks ago – well worth a visit. I normally buy a catalogue but I was a bit pushed for time…

Cézanne Portraits at National Portrait Gallery

This major international exhibition brings together for the first time over fifty of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK.

Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits. The exhibition  considers the extent to which particular sitters shaped the development of his practise.

Number one


TWO  Number Two

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These are a product I use all the time – I get through endless sets.  What I REALLY want for Christmas is for Koh I Noor to make these with big pans of colour so I can use a bigger brush.


THREE

Number Three

The Art Fund

As a child I thought book tokens were a bit of a cop out – a lazy present turning good money into less good money; membership to the Art Fund is the very opposite. This allows the member to have access free, or at reduced rates to galleries all over the country AND the Art fund supports artists and museums.

For over 110 years they have supported museums and galleries, and helped them to buy and display great works of art for everyone to enjoy.

The Art Fund helps museums and galleries in a number of ways:

  • Providing museums and curators with funding for: acquisitions; training and development; and the display of art through tours and exhibitions.
  • Running public appeals when a particular work of art is under threat; for example, in 2014 we ran a successful campaign to save one of the most important industrial archives in the world, the Wedgwood Collection, which documents the evolution of ceramics design over 250 years. Recently we also led a successful appeal with the National Portrait Gallery to save Van Dyck’s final self-portrait for the nation. In recent years we have run several major appeals, raising £45m to save works of art or collections.
  • Promoting hundreds of UK museums and galleries through the National Art Pass, the Art Guide app and more.

FOUR

ERF5001940 encaustic

Number Four

I love to try new things – who doesn’t? I use wax crayons and wax resist techniques all the time so this encaustic beginners set seems to be the logical next step.

 

 

 


FIVE

p-jasshiro brushes

 

Number Five
Just can’t have too many…

 

 

 

 


SIX

Number Sixapron

A good apron is hard to find.  Some people turn up to classes in full body overalls – not a bad idea.  I rather like this, less drastic option.

 

 

 

 


SEVEN

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Number Seven

No list is complete without chocolate.

I don’t know anyone else who likes these so it looks like I get the whole box to myself.


EIGHT

Number Eight

This is TOTALLY ridiculous as half the pleasure of painting is choosing the materials…BUT… it is a very tasty set of delicious paints.

Old holland


NINE

Number Nine

These two Van Gogh paintings of blossom, together with Bonnard’s painting of an Almond Tree, make me yearn for a show of spring flowers.


TEN

Number Ten

Lino printing is occasionally forgotten…dismissed as a school pleasure and rather junior. Now is the time to revisit relief printing. Speedy Carve have a  rubbery material that is very easy to use. Lawrence Printmakers have everything you need for any sort of printing; their beginners kit will use high quality materials. Pfeil tools are the BEST.


I forgot to mention cashmere bed socks.  Get the best you can afford and have a warm and Happy Christmas.

ELEF Art Supplies Birthday Sale


A message from ELEF Art Supplies

To celebrate our 1st Birthday and to say thank you for making us such a success we would like to offer you 25% off our quality art materials for two days just before the summer holidays in July, Wednesday 19th July and Sunday 23rd July.

On the celebration days we will be open Wednesday 19th, 9.00 till 17.30 and Sunday 23rd July 11.00 to 16.00

We can be found about 20 minutes from Winchester, Salisbury and Romsey, about 35 minutes from Southampton in the picturesque village of Stockbridge famous for its River Test and high end shopping. Parking is free and we have no steps to negotiate.

Elefs Art Supplies

High Street

Stockbridge

Hants

SO20 6HB

 

Salisbury end of Stockbridge

Opposite the Greyhound Pub.

 

To Contact ELEF Art Supplies – Tel: 07455452198

Or on the web at elefsartsupplies.co.uk

Or on social media @elefsart supplies

 

Finally can I wish those doing the Hampshire open studio’s with us from the 19th – 28th August 2017, good luck. Free Brochures will be available from here by the 19th July.

 

Lines of Thought


I saw an enthusiastic review of this exhibition and hope to get to see it before it closes.

Poole Museum

Poole Museum Service
4 High St, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1BW

Saturday 3 September – Sunday 6 November 2016

Open daily: 10am – 5pm

Lines of thought

Drawing from Michelangelo to now

Saturday 3 September – Sunday 6 November 2016

FREE

Poole Museum is delighted to be hosting an exhibition of drawings from the British Museum, home to one of the world’s greatest graphic collections. Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now explores the importance of drawing as one of the most effective mediums for expressing and representing an artist’s ideas. The exhibition showcases selected drawings from masters such as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo right up to artists working in the present day.

This exhibition will tour to just three UK locations, Poole, Hull and Belfast before travelling internationally. It aims to encourage art students and art lovers to engage with and learn to draw from their local and national drawing collections.

Remember to bring your sketchbook or ask at the museum for drawing materials to have a go at being inspired by the masters! or if you are between 6 and 18 years old why not take part in our drawing competition, Junior Poole Open. 

Generously supported by the Bridget Riley Art Foundation.

Image: Rembrandt (Black chalk and charcoal on paper, an Asian elephant c.1637)

© Trustees of the British Museum

An exhilarating show        The Telegraph

Featured in The Guardian’s 5 of the best…art exhibitions

 

Poole Museum Service
4 High St, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1BW