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

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Open Studios over for another year

Most of the new originals on display!
A big thank you to all of you who visited the Herts Open Studios I shared with Teresa Newham throughout September. We met some wonderful people and had a chance to show different watercolour and printmaking techniques to some budding artists (keep budding, folks, you'll get there...).

Although we were kept pretty busy painting, cutting lino and trying to seduce visitors into Tea & Cake (Teresa and I ate most of the cake) we still managed to be quite productive!

Teresa cutting out a frog for her print
Teresa worked on a linocut of a frog, which hopped into her garden especially to be immortalised in print. I produced a series of increasingly wild watercolours using my 'chuck a lot of water and paint at the paper, swirl it about a bit and see what happens' technique. This always ends one of two ways 1) something very interesting and free 2) utter disaster. But it's a huge amount of fun trying not to use too much detail, keeping things nice and sploshy (technical term) and not worrying about the outcome. After all, there was only a steady stream of people watching you wondering which way it will go to worry about. Luckiy it mostly went the way of 1. But there are two paintings of which we will not speak.

Sploshy Kerry from one of my photos of Valentia Island.
A couple turned out very well indeed, in the circumstances, and may even make the odd exhibition as a change from all the detailed spiritually inspired work I do.

Ballinskelligs, Kerry
Carn Les Boel, Cornwall
We've had a wonderful month and are already looking forward to next year when we hope to see some of you again!