Observing

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I love experimenting with watercolour as there are so many variables – type of pigment, wet or dry surface, granulation and transparency, degree of drying-ness of the painting in progress, brushes, tools and masking. Many of my sketches and experiments focus on playing with any of these, but recently I’ve been drawn to observational work. Continue reading

Last Available Dates for Summer School | August

Starting week beginning 31 July:

*NEW* EVENING CLASS  3 x Thursdays 7-9pm – 3rd, 10th & 17th August – All levels (previously Intermediate) £20 each, discount for returners £15. Book all three for £50 (materials included) or £45 (using own materials) *PLACES AVAILABLE*

DAY CLASS Saturday 5th August *NOW FULL* Improvers 10.30am – 3.30pm (please note this has changed from a Beginners’ Day) £45 (discounts for returners and using own materials)

I am still taking bookings for groups at their own venues, though. I will also take bookings from groups of 3-5 who wish to enjoy a class together at my studio. Group rates apply – please enquire. 

During term time it is challenging for me to run classes as my job takes up much of my energy, however I am happy to plan an occasional half day masterclass (demo plus focus on particular technique) if there is enough interest – let me know your thoughts. Beginners – I will upload information on my website shortly which will enable you to get a head start.

Please register your interest via the form below, stating your experience with watercolour. Feel free to ask any questions. Your comment will not appear.

Best wishes for the rest of the summer

Janine

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Watercolour Classes 2017 – August Update

Full Days

1st July Beginners’ Saturday – FULLY BOOKED

14th July Beginners’ Friday 10am – 3pm – ONE PLACE LEFT

15th July Improvers’ Saturday 10.30am – 3.30pm  – 1 PLACE LEFT

21st July Improvers’ Friday 10am – 3pm  – 1 PLACE LEFT

5th August Beginners* Saturday 10.30am – 3.30pm *changed to Improvers – FULL

£45 each, discount for returners / bringing own materials

Download 1Watercolour Beginners Information 

Download Watercolour Materials (for those wishing to purchase their own)

Short Courses

*NEW* EVENING CLASS  3 x Thursdays 7-9pm – (27th July possibly) 3rd, 10th & 17th August – STILL BOOKING

*NEW* AFTERNOON CLASS  3 x Tuesdays 1.30-3.30pm – 1st, 8th & 15th August – FULLY BOOKED

£20 each, discount for returners £15

Please register your interest via the form below, stating your experience with watercolour. Feel free to ask any questions. There are information brochures available, which I’ll add to the site (hopefully!).

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Wirral Open Studios Tour 2017

IMG_4124This year over 60 artists are taking part across Wirral in 36 venues – shared spaces and studios – on 10-11 June (Saturday 10-5 Sunday 11-5). You can download the brochure with listings and maps here or pick up a printed version from any of the artists or venues across Wirral. Continue reading

Athens: Platforms Project

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Platforms Project is Athens’ Independent Art Fair, open this year 20th – 25th May. Artist groups from all over the world are taking part, including SCI, a group which developed out of Liverpool Tate staff artists’ Soup Collective (SC).  The ‘I’ in SCI stands for ‘including other artists’, which is how I got involved.

IMG_7715SCI’s theme for the fair is consumerism and branding and the exhibition, titled ‘CODED‘ includes work from 22 UK artists in addition to Soup Collective’s six members. In keeping with the theme, artists have used food packaging as a basis for their contributions (which also seems apt, given the group’s name!). I found this an exciting proposition, given my concerns about the food industry, packaging, processing and environment. Continue reading

Watercolour Classes 2017

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1st July Beginners’ Saturday – FULLY BOOKED

14th July Beginners’ Friday – ONE PLACE LEFT

15th July Improvers’ Saturday – 3 PLACES

21st July Improvers’ Friday – 2 PLACES

Late July and August dates to follow.

Please register your interest via the form below, stating your experience with watercolour. Feel free to ask any questions. There are information brochures available, which I’ll add to the site (hopefully!).

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Experiments & Sketches

Watercolour is a feisty medium – I refuse to say ‘difficult‘, though it’s often said to me by those either keen to learn or keen to avoid it. I also refuse to talk about ‘rules‘ because that implies a power imbalance between the artist and the paint. It may begin that way but, like learning the rumba, eventually the dance starts to look and feel more sensual and natural. Continue reading

Chester Arts Fair 18-20 Nov 2016

caf16socmedimg I’m delighted to be joining more than 90 artists as part of this year’s Chester Arts Fair at Chester Racecourse on the weekend of 18-20 November.

It’s always a challenge to begin something new and I’ve just been an arts fair visitor so far, dropping in on other artists and weighing up the possibility of showing my own paintings, deciding whether I’m ready and if I’m prepared to take the risk in terms of energy and funds. Continue reading