I have been sponsored to paint a gorilla to raise funds for local charity Break and Born Free Foundation - he will be paraded around Norwich along with others in the summer and then auctioned off in October...
Ah Sunday, what a perfect day it was.
I always look forward to going down to our life class in Suffolk, & this time the freedom of being able to use a full imperial piece of paper again was a joy!
Our model was my great friend Sarah, who has just started modelling again & Sunday was her first day at our class.
I did some good work - especially the last two longer poses of half an hour & one & a half hours. I had been using brown paper with indian ink &/ gouache in the morning, but switched to stretched watercolour paper with watercolour paints for the last pose.
Rebecca Lyne our lovely teacher is so supportive & nurturing to all her students, I really think she must coax the best out of us all !
In May she will be moving the class to the old Bank in Eye, Suffolk, where she is opening an Art Centre. There will be exhibitions & performances, classes & activities of course - which look really amazing & unusual - & what sounds like a very special café, so we can all make the most of the place. I can't wait. The website is www.thebankeye.co.uk incase anyone wants to check it out.
Had a lovely alpacary day out at the 2013 British Alpaca Futurity last weekend at the NEC, lots of gorgeous championship alpacas trundling about for me to drool over. Also great fibre trade stands, however the icing on the cake was being placed first and fourth in the felting competition. Well worth the trip!
I have had to change my strategy - which is not really the point!
Every Artist that shows their work for the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios 2013, is invited to show one piece in the fabulous venue of the Forum in Norwich for a week at the end of April. This piece should be typical of the Artists work & is of restricted size.
Here lies my problem. I can do less typical & small, or more typical & large!
To make a picture smaller (than usual), means that you have to restrict your movements & gestures & often you need to use different equipment. This doesn't always help of course, as I have found that odd limbs seem to migrate of their own will to the edges & further!
My new strategy is to concentrate on one interesting area & to allow the rest to be lost if necessary. I must confess to loosing most of a torso recently , using my new ways!
So, finally I have chosen a piece, which means that this Sunday I can indulge myself with my big brushes!
11 March – Well the wind is howling and the sleet is slanting and in theory spring is 9 days away! Luckily I have a fantastic wood burner in Kurt the Yurt so I can get nice and cosy tucked up out of the weather and get on with some felting projects. Although the furry beasts have their lovely warm fleeces they are all sulking in the stable waiting for their skivvy (me) to take them some more hay. Bring on the sunshine please!
Eleven diverse artists coming together for Norfolk and Norwich Open Studios