'Artists are gnostics, and practise what the priests think is long forgotten.' - Hugo Ball

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

A wonderful Open Studios!

No idea what this demo is going to be!
What a great few weeks thanks to my artist friend, Teresa Newham and her husband Jon (Art Assistant Extraordinaire), who allowed me to share their home throughout September for Herts Open Studios. We had a wonderful time welcoming visitors, painting and sketching, chatting and getting through rather a large amount of tea.

Teresa experimented with coloured pencils (nothing like trying out something completely new while people troop past!) and I stuck with my usual watercolour, managing to almost complete a Sun Horse (see previous post) and a round mooney, blobby, earthy thing (above) that looks lovely, but I have no idea what it is. Maybe it will turn up here eventually as a 'proper' finished painting and maybe it won't. We shall see. But I had a lot of fun creating it and chatting to visitors about it.

Teresa tries out her pencils
Thanks to all of you who came and made it all so special. We had nearly 100 visitors, sparking some really interesting conversations, and we had the chance to encourage quiet a few people, young and old, to take their art a bit further and enjoy it. Open Studios is a chance to show our work, of course, but it's even more about sharing the enthusiasm and joy that creativity brings. The response from everyone was so encouraging we plan more of the same next year!

Teresa's lovely dresser becomes a great big easel!


Teresa N said...

Fun wasn't it? I have withdrawal symptoms . . .

Sue W said...

I can always come around and erect a display board in a really inconvenient place while drinking up your dwindling (dwindled?) supply of Betty's tea ;-).

Just kidding - it was wonderful!