Open Studio Exhibition 2021

I am opening my studio to show new work.
The dates that the studio will be open are from Saturday 7th to Sunday 15th August.

The West Braes Project are holding a Gala day on Saturday 7th August to mark the official opening of the refurbished tidal swimming pool. Artists in Pittenweem are having an ‘Open Doors’ event that same day. There will be 19 venues open including my Studio.

Map of Open Doors Venues

Strawberry Sketch

This farm shop punnet of strawberries looked so wonderful I just had to do a ink and watermedia sketch. I have my sketch book which has a nice midtone colour which helps speed up the process. White was done with a pitt artist brush pen. A nice treat to eat them after the sketch was finished.

Sharpening Pastel Pencils

Pastel pencils can be so fragile. I often have broken them in the process of tying to get a point. Costly mistakes. Below I have taken some photographs showing how I have learned not to break the points.

I use a knife with a sharp blade to create a squared off edge see below

Photo below shows stage where it is squared off.

Final carefully whittled down to a nice point to work with.

East Neuk Open Studios Winter Exhibition 2020

ENOS Winter Poster 2020

ENOS Virtual Christmas Market

This year ENOS can’t hold their usual Winter Showcase, so over the weekend of 27th – 29th November many unique and handmade artworks will be offered for sale by the artists themselves, online. Look out on the ENOS website, Facebook and Instagram accounts as well as each participating artist’s own websites and social media, and you will find unique gifts and cards to buy and you will be supporting the local economy too.

Friday 27th at 8pm there will also be an ‘Artists Talk’ via Zoom. Four members (Katie of Tablet & Haar, Philippa Mitchell, Audrey Stenson and Leonie Macmillan) will be talking about their practice and how it has changed in this strangest of years. Email  zoom@eastneukopenstudios.org to book your place if you’d like to be in the virtual audience and maybe join in the conversation or ask a question. It will be streamed on Facebook too.

https://www.eastneukopenstudios.org/

https://m.facebook.com/eastneukopenstudios/

https://www.instagram.com/eastneukopenstudios/

Wormit Bay, Sunset Study

I thought I would post yesterdays work in the studio. I like to do a study before considering any larger work. Sometimes that study could be just in monotone however I wanted to test colours out on my favourite orange Mi-Teintes pastel paper. Here is a photo of my sunset study with a tray of pastels I selected for this painting. A swatch of paper I used for testing the pastels. The grey colours you see in the bottom right corner of the tray are so important to the work and desirable to have in any pastel collection. I use either a pastel pencil or charcoal for drawing a loose sketch to begin with as this can easily be corrected without damaging the paper. Now I am inspired and ready to start the larger painting.