Hope to see you at Beatrice’s (156th!) Birthday Party 29th Feb 2020 at the wonderful Hill of Tarvit Edwardian mansion house in Fife. This promises to be an exciting open day full of fun and entertainment to celebrate the life of Beatrice Sharp. I’ll be there with ‘Meet the Artist Watch & Try’ sessions, where I’ll be showing a painting being created throughout the day. Please note though, I’ll not be giving instruction at this event – come to my Hill of Tarvit art retreat 13th-15th March, or look at the Tuition page for other upcoming dates, if this is something that interests you. This will be a full day of activities, including music recitals and fun things to do for children.
Join us for the opening evening of our ‘Getting Lost’ exhibition at Off the Rails Arthouse, Ladybank, Fife. 10 artists showcasing our work inspired by the space and our experiences at last year’s summer school with Fraser Taylor, Adjunct Professor at the Art Institute of Chicago, who will also be curating this exhibition. Click to find out more.
Salted Moon – the Falkland-based craft group of which I am a part – had a superb open evening on Friday with around 130 attendees. Great new gallery space at the converted stables, Centre for Stewardship, Falkland, Fife. A wide range of work inspired by the natural environment of the estate for sale from our collective of six makers plus invited artists. One of us will aim to be there to show everyone around each day between 10am-4pm until 18th September, with a follow up showing later in the year. Click for more information.
Hope you can make the next event at Kellie Castle, Fife on Saturday 27th July 10am – 3.30pm ‘Sketch & Paint at Kellie’. Lots of supportive advice and demonstrations to guide you through the day using a selection of media – watercolour, inks, charcoal and graphite – to capture your experience. This is a great opportunity to develop your creativity with others at this wonderful National Trust for Scotland property that dates from the 14th century, spending time in the Arts & Crafts garden with its vibrant floral displays and stunning aspects of the castle. If not already a member, why not join the NTS on the day and get access to all their other venues around Scotland!
£45 includes all materials and equipment for the day – easels, papers, paints, drawing materials etc. – and access to the garden. Kellie Castle is situated near Pittenweem, Anstruther, in Fife KY10 2RE. Just contact me to book your place.
This coming weekend the 13th and 14th July, the Horncliffe Beer & Music Festival near Berwick on Tweed is the place to be. The Events Team have put together a family-friendly event packed full of music, food and arts – and I’ll be there too! There’s free entry, so come and join me and share in some lively sketching of the goings on – the bands, the food, the dancing… I’ll have lots of materials on hand for those who’d like to have a go using charcoal or line & wash. You can also purchase a sketchbook and materials to use on the day, and then add to after the event – and maybe sign up for some forthcoming classes while you’re there!
Madeline and Tim run the wonderful boutique Hotel Leone, situated in the foothills of the Sibillini mountains of Italy. They will be our hosts for this luxury painting retreat in October 2020. Such a unique opportunity not to be missed, so get in touch with them now as bookings have already started!
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
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.