Creative Mixed Media Workshop at Studley Green

It was my pleasure to run a creative mixed media workshop with the members of Studley Green Art Group last Thursday. The Studley Green Art Group has been running for a number of years now, firstly under the tuition of Sue Fawthrop who relocated to Dorset September 2010, and now by the members with visiting tutors three/four times a half term. The group (limited to 20) comprises a number of enthusiastic amateur artists – some who have regularly participate in Bucks Open Studios – and meet once a week – Thursday mornings from 09h30 – 12h30 during school term time – at the Studley Green community hall – opposite the Studley Green Garden Store (HP14 3UB) (Junction 5 of M40). Members paint mostly in acrylics and watercolours, and also mixed media ie collage. We had a fantastic lively and productive session creating various still life pieces experimenting with tonal, warm/cool colours and new ways of working without brushes. Here are some examples of the fun we had with more images coming in a later post.

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Film Director exhibits with Islington Art Society – last day today

Award-winning film director Gillies MacKinnon with his oil painting “Nineteen Elements”, pictured at the Islington Art Society’s autumn exhibition, in the Hornsey library’s Original and Promenade Galleries in Crouch End on Sunday.

MacKinnon, who studied at the Glasgow School of Art, is known for films such as Regeneration (Behind the Lines), Hideous Kinky and The Last of the Blonde Bombshells, and his recent television work includes The Village and Inspector George Gently.
MacKinnon is among the 90 society members exhibiting 240 artworks. Last chance to see 1.00pm-5.00pm Saturday, 22 November.

Florals all the way…..

Just can’t stop painting florals at the moment, I’ve definitely got the BUG!! Here are 2 more mixed media collages that I finished this week, Amaryllis and Cherry Blossom. Both are created without using a brush – a very liberating experience.

Amaryllis Cherry Blossom

Will post images of the different stages they went through on my  next blog.

Islington Art Society Autumn Exhibition

It’s that time of year again that sees The ISA Autumn Exhibition opened this year by Sandy Nairne, CBE, Director of the National Portrait Gallery. The Exhibition runs until 22nd November at the Original Gallery, Hornsey Library, Crouch End, N8 9JA and entry is free.

There was a terrific turn out at the Private View where I managed to sell 2 of my works!

Here are some pics of the event:

IAS 29 With Stage Whisper taken by Amanda Eatwell: check out her website it’s awesome!

…….. and another with friends

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and one I took of Amanda with her lovely camera….


and others…..

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How I Created Sunflowers

Creating Sunflowers without a brush:

Sunflowers 1 Acrylic paint applied loosely to 50 x 60cm 140lb dampened watercolour paper with wet kitchen towel, and stamped with sequin waste to provide texture.

Sunflowers 2 Sections were ‘knocked back’ using white apint applied with a baby wipe and form was created using sponges and a palette knife.

Sunflowers 3 Darks were applied with Brusho sprayed with water.

Sunflowers 4 Collage applied and interest added using stencilled letters and texture plates.

Sunflowers (584x800) Finishing touches with more palette knife and oil pastels.

Red Lillies in Stages

How I created Red Lillies without using a brush:

Red Lillies 1     Acrylic paint applied loosely to 50 x 60cm 140lb dampened watercolour paper with wet kitchen towel, and stamped with sequin waste to provide texture.

Red Lillies 2 More definition applied with a baby wipe.

Red Lillies 3 Sponges applied to give texture and side of credit card to suggest stems. Stamping with corrugated card and texture plates to provide interest.

Red Lillies 4 Collage applied and oil pastels to strengthen design.

Red Lillies (557x800) More collage and adjustment – Finished piece.


Painting and collaging without a brush

I have a studio full of brushes, but sometimes I just want to try using other things – these 2 paintings/collages were created by using other implements such as fingers, sponges, baby wipes, kitchen towel, stamps and stencils and the odd twig or two. Great fun and really releases your creativity – I challenge you to try.

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I’ll create a new post showing the stages of how these were produced.