Last summer I was lucky enough to be selected to take part in one of my favourite TV shows, Sky Landscape Artist of the Year. It was a last minute application - I've always thought it would be fun if you were chosen to be one of the 'wild card' artists, who look as though they are having such a good time (even though it does always seem to be raining).
When the phone call came, it took a while before I realised that the good news the Sky producer was sharing was that I had been selected to be one of the artists in a 'pod' - quite a lot more stressful and I did have to think about it, but not for long! I've always been a great believer in taking opportunities when they are offered.
It was quite an experience and although I had a bad case of imposter syndrome, I really enjoyed the whole process; the production team were so friendly and bent over backwards to make the contestants' experience as positive as they could.
STOP PRESS! I won the first heat, and went through to the semi-final, screening Feb 24th
New series started on Jan 13th on Sky Arts and Freeview Channel 11.
In the absence of physical exhibitions, the Reading Guild of Artists is currently showing a series of gallery 'rooms' in this on-line exhibition, taking the theme of Reading and its surroundings.
I'm so happy that my entry, Silchester Eagle, has found a new home.
Introduction to painting in oils
Tuesday 16th March 2021 10am - 4pm
at Micklems Farm
This workshop is ideal for beginners, or for those who have previously used other media.
We will look at the fundamentals of painting in oils - techniques and materials - and the aim of the day is that you will leave with the confidence and knowledge to continue enjoying this versatile medium at home.
I recommend wearing old clothes or an apron to protect your clothing. By the end of the day you will have produced a tonal study and an oil painting of a still life in colour.
All materials are included.
Bring a packed lunch; tea, coffee, biscuits provided.
Later in 2021 I'm hoping to run a 'plein air' workshop aimed at those who want to gain experience in painting landscapes in oils on location outside.
See the Micklems Farm Creative Workshops website
www.micklemsfarm.com for details