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Month: October, 2020

Starting next week…

It’s been ages since the last newsletter, mainly because nothing much has been happening as far as classes and activities go.  It has been a great time for going out and painting nature though. The tree outside my window is slowly turning a beautiful gold colour with the season. This month we have an online class starting, a Youtube demonstration video, and preparation for a tree project starting in the new year.

Classes and workshops

An Online course in Drawing and Painting nature  starts next Tuesday 13th October. It is a ten week course in association with Imperial College and The South London Botanical Institute. Follow this link:

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/evening-classes/autumn-spring-courses/october-courses-list/drawingnature/

 The Tree project will include free online workshops and discussions on painting trees and collecting stories about them. All of which will finally form an animation telling folktales about trees. I’m currently applying for funding for this project and will let you know more as things develop.

Youtube Demo

This is my first attempt at a Youtube video. I give a demonstration of how to do a flat wash, and how to do a graduated wash. I minted to do more soon. I hope it is useful:

Exhibitions

Wildlife Photographer of the year is now on at the Natural History Museum, book tickets from the website: 

https://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/exhibitions/wildlife-photographer-of-the-year.html

The Hayward Gallery exhibition Among the Trees is only on till the end of October, so go and see it now:

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/art-exhibitions/among-trees?eventId=855751

Painting tip: Relax, watercolour works a lot better if you relinquish control occasionally.