Thought You Might Like The Look Of One Of These

I have put all of this info on the workshops page of this blog and it's on my website too:

New Workshops for autumn/winter 2015-2016
In our spacious barn studio, 5 miles south of Norwich
With artist and tutor Annie Brundrit

Introduction to Drawing:
I’ll help you to make a start with various types of drawing using pen, pencil and ink.
You’ll know why drawing is absorbing and fulfilling. See January’s workshop too.
Suitable for complete beginners or if you feel ‘rusty’!
10:30-15:00     £35     Thursday 24 September

Confidence with Colour:
Exploring acrylic and watercolour, I’ll help you to mix and use colour more effectively.
Make beautiful colour experiments to take home.
Workshop content is for beginners or more experienced painters
10:30-15:00     £35     Tuesday 20 October

Introduction to Mixed Media Techniques:
Explore how to combine and overlay wet and dry techniques on paper.
I’ll help you work with simple imagery to get you started.
Suitable for complete beginners and the more experienced alike
10:30-15:00     £35     Friday 23 October

Handmade Christmas:
Try your hand at simple Scandi inspired craft projects.
I’ll help you use folk art motifs to make small decorative items with a festive theme.
Suitable for beginners but some experience of hand sewing useful
10:30-15:00     £35     Saturday 20 November

Developing Drawing Skills from Observation:
Love to draw but feel a bit ‘stuck’? I’ll help you explore some new techniques.
Try different media and tune back in to really looking and seeing.
For those with some experience of drawing, this extends the September workshop
10:30-15:00     £35     Friday 29 January 2016                                                   

Developing Mixed Media Artwork:
Combine wet and dry media and materials with paper, fabric, hand stitching and embellishments.  
There will be lots of inspiration and the opportunity to ‘play’.
This workshop is designed for those with some experience
10:30-15:00     £35     Monday 15 February 2016

For more information and to book your place:
Contact me through my website:
Or ring 07717 366 057
Maximum six people at each workshop ~ all materials provided

Price Includes refreshments and a wholesome home-made lunch.

What Goes On Behind That Gate...?

Don't forget we're opening up the barn and shed this weekend: tomorrow and Sunday  - 11am to 4pm 
You are most welcome to drop by to see what we do behind the shabby pink fa├žade...
I can promise you one thing - it's no less shabby behind the gate - but I think you might be in for a surprise...! 

I'll have some new work on show - as will my parents-in-law (that's not the surprise though)
One or two recent smallish pieces here:

This (above) comes from the pen drawings I showed you in my last post.

Below are pieces with painted found papers and found papers, some graphite drawing and some of the geometric pen drawings too:

This one is tiny: A6 size:

As are these pen drawings - ready to be added to another collage maybe 
Starting to get a bit anal here - loosen up lady!

Oh Look What Happened Whilst I Wasn't Thinking

I've been busy getting work ready for exhibitions and for our studio workshop open days.

These are the times when I abandon art work and I hate that as I become dis-jointed, which makes it really hard to re-connect.

Making art is like having a lover - on my mind constantly - but only fleetingly visited; intense and all consuming when I'm there. My art waits in the wings, whilst life's mundane tasks are metered out, for our next indulgent time together.

People think you need a break - because people need breaks from the work they do generally. 
Art is different though. 

When you take a break from your creativity, you severe a vital connection, which amounts to losing the thread of your thoughts.

Thoughts have to be nurtured and lived with and listened to.
Certainly my artwork is the physical manifestation of the ongoing consolidation of my thinking and response.

In the moment - that's where I have to be in order to make art.
With such a busy life, the problem becomes finding long enough moments to be in.

But, you know what?
All of the above means that I research - I drool at Pinterest - I find some images I like and print them out to stick on my shed wall as inspiration.

Except I didn't have time to be in my shed and paste them up.

Instead I found myself with pen in hand, doodling all over them.

So these mini responses just appeared - seeds of new thinking?

Snatching A Little Pin Time

Sometimes I think I might be a bit addicted to Pinterest and this is why..

Thicket Assemblages

Mimesis XV

Mimesis III, IV, Nocturne Grandes XXII, XXI

Almost every time I have a little look at my Pinterest pages, I find a new (to me) artist, designer, piece of work, idea, possibility!
Last night it was Robert Kelly - an American artist based in New York.
His studio - never mind his art - is amazing:

Look at the scale and relationships of the space, furniture, window frames with the artwork and its placement in that space. I love that there is a small piece of Kelly's in the corner, almost the same size as the grey electrical box near the window. I love that the verticals of the radiators under the window are echoed in the large piece on the left.