Thursday, 20 September 2012

Tuition in Watercolour

Robin Holder, who will be our demonstrator in February has supplied the following information:
Weekend, Tuition in Watercolour - Painting the Fabulous Scenery Along the Mawddach Trail and Estuary with Landscape Artist, Robin Holder
2 places available. 6th & 7th October. For full details please go to

Nearer to home, Nigel Street is running two separate watercolour tuition weekends at Trumpet Corner on 6/7th and 13/14th October. See the post on this site

Saturday, 15 September 2012


h.Art has given us a week of galleryvanting around Herefordshire - Galleryvant definition: to go about in search of pleasure in many places where art is displayed (etymology 2012: combination of gallery and gallivant). This is the third year we've done this since moving to Herefordshire and has introduced us to new artists and off-the-beaten track venues and villages we might not have discovered without art as the incentive. Sometimes it was a great relief to find another h.Art sign when driving along a narrow lane with grass growing down the centre.

We also managed some more urban settings - Hereford, Leominster and, of course, Ledbury.

Friday, 7 September 2012

Image and Word

A must see exhibition at a must visit venue - Monnow Valley Arts Middle Hunt House, Walterstone, Herefordshire HR2 0DY ( venue 10). Superb views, four acres of garden complete with sculptures and carved lettering. The Image and Word exhibition features 50 prints and limited edition prints from the Julian Francis Collection of Prints and Private Press Books. Additional prints and books are available for sale, including prints by Eric Gill, David Jones and John Buckland Wright.
the most comprehensive exhibition of 20th and 21st century wood engraving I've ever seen

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Trudy Friend

Trudy Friend gave us a wonderful demonstration yesterday and our new projector gave everyone a clear view of her eight basic strokes for drawing and painting. She worked rapidly to produce a variety of drawings that made use of these strokes and gave a clear running commentary on what she was doing. Very impressive stuff.

If you want to find out more about Trudy and her books and DVDs then visit her website This also has some YouTube video clips so you can watch her work. Here's one of them:

Trudy worked into one of drawings with a water brush - something many of us had not seen before. The Pentel water brushes are available from