I returned from Spain on Monday after a fun, exciting, hectic first art holiday to Casa Rosa in Andalucia.
Rosie and I loved it. I hope those of you that joined us there enjoyed it as much as we did. The next trip is planned for March 2019 and another in the autumn. There will be more information about that very soon.
Below are some of the highlights…though there doesn’t seem to be enough pictures of the food which was spectacular. Thank you all who came along; I look forward to catching up soon.
The morning light catches the brow of the hill across the valley from Casa Rosa
Lemons from the garden
Olives and a cut lime on a Casa Rosa cushion
Evening light as we drove down the hill to Casa Rosa
Marie V and Salvador who fed us on fresh vegetables from their garden and these dangerous little doughnuts
Pomegranates are in season
Trying to capture the landscape as the sun goes down
Complementary colours in the garden
Orange and blue still life
An artist working on purple and yellow
A morning session
Octopus at Malaga market
‘ere today, gone tomorrow
Trying to capture Casa Rosa
Not strictly ‘Strictly’, but a flamenco dancing model
A glimpse of the irresistible wiggly road
Complementary colours in a bowl
The occasional deluge brought the river to life
Datura seen on a walk through a local village
Looking back across the valley towards Casa Rosa as we said goodbye until next time
If you want to here more about future holidays please contact Kate. I look forward to hearing from you.
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At the heart of the campus, which is a five minute walk from the centre of Winchester, we are open to both the general public and students all year round, not just term time.
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We need the rain – the grass by the studio is still bald in places…but the wonderful September evenings have been a joy.
As autumn sets in (slightly) thoughts turn to other things. It is a time for trying something new, or returning to old pleasures. If you haven’t painted for ages, you are a bit uncertain, or you just want a fresh take on what to do next come and join this bi-weekly class.
Sewing and knitting have ‘stitch and bitch’… this is the drawing version, without the niceness.
It has become a regular fixture on alternate Thursdays. Pick morning or afternoon sessions. There is a limited amount of space so there will be a max of 7 per class.
Drawing is a skill; it requires practise, guidance and encouragement, adventure and more practise. In this class you will be taught about materials, different techniques and, very importantly, you will learn how to look.
for more information of to book a place on this course contact me, Kate Measham. contact
This is a class that is appropriate for all abilities.
You may not have picked up a pencil for a long time, or you might attend a regular, weekly class. The idea of this class, and others that will follow, is to extend yourself, try something new, revisit something old and to remind yourself that drawing is exciting.
There is nothing like a wet Sunday in August to remind you that the seasons are changing, ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’ will be available in shops near you before too long, and the Autumn Term is upon us.
Below is a list of the classes currently available. Click on titles for more information. If you want to contact me please send me an email Kate Measham
I hope to squeeze in a couple more classes at some point so keep an eye out for updates.
Slightly struggling, I am putting together a list of equipment for artists to take to Casa Rosa for our week of painting in October. As I try to make a reasonable (not enormous) list of suggested colours I thought I’d look at palettes used by Spanish masters. Joachin Sorolla, a glorious artist renowned for his depiction of light was my first thought; what a distraction. Every picture is singing with life and light.
There is a major exhibition of his work coming to the National Gallery in London in spring of 2019. For more information try this link Sorolla exhibition
Apparently his plein air palette was as follows: Cobalt Violet, Rose Madder, All the Cadmium Reds, Cadmium Orange, All the Cadmium Yellows, Yellow Ochre, Chrome Green, Viridian, Prussian Blue, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine, Lead White
This sounds like ‘how to survive middle age’; maybe it is…
Many studies have shown that life drawing in a class enhances your life, helps concentration, general coordination and is a good thing to do.
These classes are going to be using models doing something more than modelling. We hope to have a ballerina, possibly a martial arts expert or boxer, a musician, and something Christmassy for the December class. (sorry to mention Christmas in JULY).
Life classes will be at Bransbury in the Studio attached to Riverside Cottage. They will mostly be on Tuesday evenings, from 18.00 until 21.00.
Cass Art shops are full of helpful, experienced artists who can guide you towards delicious bits and pieces of equipment. When it comes to packing for a holiday what do you take with you? Clearly you can not take everything. Below is part of the CASS Art Blog. For more go to their website.
I thought the bit about being Airport Savvy was particularly useful.
HOW TO PAINT ON THE GO: OUR TRAVEL TIPS & TECHNIQUES
‘Windmill’ by Kim Whitby, Semi-Finalist of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016
Packing light is every artist’s nightmare. Whether you’re painting in plein air or planning an urban sketching tour, it can be a little overwhelming when it comes to narrowing down the essentials for a trip. With your studio host to hundreds of materials at your fingertips, where do you begin? We asked our staff artists about their must have materials and their top tips and techniques for taking your practice on the go.
LIMIT YOUR PALETTE
Reducing your palette is first trick to travelling light. A core range of colours can be used to create a spectrum of different shades. Try limiting your choice of palette to six essential pigments, such Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Yellow, Terre Verde or Sap Green, Ultramarine and Titanium White. Using an artist quality paint loaded with pigment will ensure the colours don’t muddy, and your hand-mixed shades will remain bold and rich in colour.
Whether you’re painting or drawing on the move, most brands offer sets tailored to plein air, landscape or portraiture themes, helping you limit your colours to just the essentials. Michael Harding Plein Air Set offers a selection perfect for outdoor painters whilst the Sennelier Landscape Set offers oil pastel artists a selection of earthy pigments.
There is nothing worse than having hundreds of pounds worth of art materials confiscated at the airport security desks. Explore our top tips for taking your materials abroad and make security a stress free experience.
1) If you’re travelling hand luggage only at the airport, remember that all liquids in your hand luggage must be below 100ml and in a clear, zip lock bag. This includes all toiletries, creams and gels and is limited to a maximum of 15 items per person. Tubes of paint, inks, mediums and gels all count towards this restriction.
2) If you’re planning a big painting trip, artist paints are permitted, providing they are not lead based. To be on the safe side, check a bag into the hold to avoid disappointment when travelling through security.
3) Be mindful of the materials you are packing. Hazardous or flammable liquids are not allowed, so leave your brush cleaners and turps at home.
4) It may not seem like a dangerous item, but some materials can fall under the sharps and tools category. Ensure all lino cutting tools, palette knives, scalpels and scissors are all checked into your hold luggage to ensure they aren’t disposed of at security.
OUR STAFF ARTIST’S ADVICE
“I was in Bologna and kicked myself for not taking the Rembrandt Retractable Brushes!” says Heather from Soho. “Small and affordable, they were perfect for painting on the go – especially if you prefer to paint with a natural hair rather than the synthetic brushes.”
“This year I am going to South Italy and Israel. For both destinations I need to take a flight so lightweight and portable art materials are my thing.” says Aurora in Soho. “For the past two years I have been travelling with a standard size watercolour set and I have always noticed how much heavier my overall luggage is because of my full size equipment. This year, I bought the Cass Art Watercolour Quarter Pan Set with sketchbook bundle, and I am absolutely amazed at the quality of the paint!
The quality choice of pigments such as Cadmiums, Cobalt, Viridian and Quinacridone and the little brush make it a must have for me. I can already feel the bliss of being with my friend by the River Jordan, holding my slim watercolour set under the sun.”
Winsor & Newton offer a diverse range of watercolour markers and watercolour sticks as a great alternative for taking artist quality pigments on the go. Plus, these will not register as liquids when passing through airport security, so are perfect addition for those trips abroad.
Derwent Pencil Wrap
Pen wraps make organising your essential materials a simple process, whilst saving space in your bag. The elastic tags expand to fit an array of different materials, from brushes and pens to pastels and charcoal. The range of different compartments lets you take the vital parts of your studio away with you, whilst keeping your colours separate. As the wrap tightly holds your materials, it also reduces the risk of breakage in transport.
Painting in plein air can be a challenge, especially when the comforts of your studio are left behind. The Jullian Sketch Box Travel Easel is light and easily dismantled, with a free carry bag to make transporting from A to B a smoother ride. The Jakar Easel with Telescopic Legs lets you adjust your easel to suit your surroundings. Whether you’re on rocky moors or a sandy hilltop, this easel can adjust to suit any situation.
Water brush pens are perfect for on the go watercolour and ink work. Fill up the handle with a small amount of water and apply directly to your palette or drawing. No more balancing pots of water. You can create washes by gently squeezing more water through the brush.
TOP TIPS FOR TRAVELLING LIGHT
Try soaking a small cloth with some turps and sealing it in a zip lock bag to clean your brushes on the go. This will remove the majority of the paint until you get home, saving your brushes from being ruined by dried paint.
Consider taking preparatory sketches and drawings to revisit when you return home.
Ask yourself, do I really need it? Can this be worked in more detail when I get home? Chances are the essentials will be enough to help you capture your scenes on the go.
Winner Richard Allen on set of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016
PREPARE WITH ARTIST TIPS
“My tip is to pack all three basic colours and then maybe three more that you really like, which should be enough to start with (especially since it also means they can be mixed).”
Artist, illustrator and designer Felix Scheinberger challenges you to take your watercolours on-the-go and refresh your approach to capturing urban scenes. ‘Urban Watercolour Sketching’ offers tips and techniques to help you capture the moments around you with colour confidence. Find out more about Felix’s approach to watercolour in our exclusive interview: Storytelling in Colour: with Felix Scheinberger.
“I have a very tiny box of half pan watercolour paints which I use for everything – even quite large works, and I keep the same colours in my watercolour and oil selection which is very tight – two blues, two reds, two yellows, golden ochre, burnt umber and cadmium orange.”
Kim Whitby, Semi-Finalist of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2016 uses her Moleskine sketchbooks to capture on-the-go watercolours, before bringing them back to the studio to experiment with scale. Explore more about her practice and how she prepared for painting on-set outside for LAOTY in her exclusive interview.
NB These are not the dates that were originally published (The old dates clashed with half terms)
November 5th, 6th and 7th
10.00am – 4.00pm
At the Studio, Riverside Cottage, Bransbury
On this three day course you will start with a life model, drawing for reference and information. Using very rapid sculptural techniques you will construct 3D models from your drawings using paper mâché, tape, wood, and probably wire, and anything else that seems appropriate. When you start to ‘draw’ the model in 3D different information is needed – this adds to the interesting step from straight forward life drawing to sculpture.
The sculpture will become the model for your drawing and painting over the rest of the course.
This method opens your imagination to adapting the model. It sounds a bit weird and creepy – and why not? The models can take you way beyond masks, or even catrinas as seen below. The resulting drawings and paintings have an observed reality. It should be an exciting few days.
Coffee, tea, biscuits and a light lunch will be provided each day.
Some materials will be provided but you will be encouraged to use/recycle old drawings and paintings as well as other dry waste materials (egg cartons, loo roll holder, boxes, posters…who knows)
This is a Saturday course designed for those of you who have never painted with oils, or are very rusty.
I will provide the materials – you can start to accumulate your own once you know what you like to use. Picture below is sweet shop made real…you will need considerably less to get started. To start with this set would be like learning to drive in an Aston Martin.
You will start with looking at tone and becoming used to working with oils. It will be in a fun and supportive atmosphere, though possibly a bit messy.
The boring bits
10am – 1.00pm
Saturdays 20th and 27th October, and 3rd November, 2018
Materials, tea and coffee included
If you want to know more about this course please contact me Kate Measham