Author Archives: ArtandSoul

Two new June workshops at Falkland estate, Fife

WORKSHOP 1: ‘Up Close & Mono’ Creative Natures. Monday 10th June 2019 10am-3pm £35 followed by optional discussion and feedback of previous work. 

In this intensive day, we’ll spend the first short while gathering inspirational natural materials such as leaves, bark, branches and feathers near to the stables to bring back to the studio for close creative study of form, texture and tone in monochrome. Building on skills learnt in previous workshops we’ll use graphite pencil, charcoal and ink to produce finished artworks and also sketches for your further development at home. There’ll be a variety of materials on hand including drawing boards and a selection of papers, but please bring your favoured things along too, if you wish. You’ll also need a packed lunch or to buy things locally. Everyone’s encouraged to use a sketchbook regularly between these Creative Natures sessions, so by all means bring yours along if you wish to discuss your work, and be given ideas for progression over a cuppa at the end of the workshop.

WORKSHOP 2: ‘Ready, Set – Sketch!’ Creative Natures. Friday 28th June 10am-12.30pm £25

A fun and lively half day session out and about for those who’ve been on a Creative Natures charcoal sketching workshop before, and others keen to give this wonderfully expressive medium a try. We can easily get stuck and feel demotivated or overwhelmed when trying to decide on how to tackle a subject, thinking ‘Where do I start? That’s why this charcoal sketching workout workshop is the ideal antidote – you’ve no time to think! Following some energising creative warm ups to get the juices flowing, we’ll be taking short walks while travelling light, producing several sketches in between, working fast and loose. All materials supplied, but if bringing your own sketchbook, size A3 is recommended.

Just get in touch, and I’ll book you in!

Open Studios North Fife 4th, 5th, 6th May

The wonderfully extensive and eclectic Open Studios North Fife is back once again during the first weekend in May – Saturday 4th to Monday 6th. I’ll be at a different location this year at craftsman Leo Norris’ venue 67, where I’ll be exhibiting alongside Leo and artist blacksmith, Jim Shears. You’ll be able to see my new range of paintings in a wide variety of mediums, charcoal sketches and prints along with my decorative and functional hand carved greenwood spoons and other items for sale. I’ll also be giving some short demonstrations when time permits. You might also win one of my creations in the raffle! More updates as we get nearer the time. Open Studios North Fife

Creative Natures: Charcoal Sketching Out & About at Falkland Estate 10-12.30pm Friday 22nd March 2019

Join me at the Centre for Stewardship, Falkland, Fife for another in the series of Creative Natures workshops. Using charcoal made from wood gathered locally on the estate, we will spend the morning sketching the trees and water features of this beautiful living landscape in a lively, expressive style. Through a mixture of demos and instruction, you will be guided through a supportive and fun experience covering aspects of tonal range, composition and perspective. Suitable for any level of experience from those just discovering their creativity, through to others looking for more artistic challenge. We will be out walking the trails so please dress appropriately. In the unlikely event the weather conditions are too challenging, we will base ourselves in the Hub working from gathered local found objects and references. Cost £25 – all materials supplied. Meet in the Craft Hub, Falkland Stables to be ready for going out at 10am.

To book just email: or call 07796 895045

Art for Beginners & Improvers Block 7-update

Class 3 update at Forgan Arts Centre! First forays into colour for some of you. We’ll be having a little look at mixing colour, a bit of theory and simple applications using flowers from life and also a small marine subject. Bring what materials you have, and there will be lots of other things on hand – so not to worry if you’re still building up your selected kit! See you there!

Forgan Arts Centre AFB&I class – week 7

Hi everyone. As discussed last week, the main subject of our class at Forgan on Wednesday 5th December will be the pub interior scene along with a revision of linear perspective. Bring your usual selection of materials – other stuff will be on hand. If you’ve any questions just ask…

Greenwood Spoon Carving at Off the Rails Arthouse

Looking forward to seeing you all at Off the Rails Arthouse for the Greenwood Spoon Carving course this Saturday 8th December at 09.30am – the kettle will be on! We’ll start off with a welcoming brew infront of the cosy fire, as we discuss the plan for the day. If you’ve any questions, just get in touch.


Craft Symposium Falkland Estate – charcoal sketching Sunday 19th August

Join me at the Craft Hub, Falkland Centre for Stewardship, Fife KY15 7AF, for a charcoal sketching taster workshop on Sunday 19th August as part of the annual Craft Symposium event. All materials provided – just turn up on the day between 11am and 4pm and get creative! You will also have the opportunity to sign up for my next upcoming art classes. Also, lots of local makers to see and crafts to have a go at, so why not make a day of it!