Sculpture has a wonderful effect on a garden - adding interest and intrigue - not only giving the viewer something lovely to look at but leading the eyes and feet around the garden. Sculpture means different things to different people - it might be a special piece of art, a fountain of even a bench. Anything that provides a focal point while enhancing the planting of the garden, adding drama and interest to the space.
In our busy lives, it’s easy to take simple but important things for granted and to lose our connection with the natural world around us. Providing us with the air we breathe, materials for our homes, our environment also gives us amazing inspiration for art. From the array of colours in a sunset to the complex structure of a pine cone, many artists use this inspiration in different forms of artwork such as canvas, wall art or sculpture.
As we emerge from the gloomy winter months, our thoughts turn to spring cleaning those forgotten corners of our house. Although it might not be time to pack away the gloves and scarves quite yet, this is the perfect time to get our clothes and houses all sorted and ready for sunnier times!
To celebrate the month of Love, I ran a Valentine's themed workshop to decorate a beautiful heart-shaped box. I though I'd share the process so you too can create a unique box, in any shape you fancy, as a unique gift for someone special or just for yourself! With Powertex & the huge range of embellishments, inks, rice papers & finishes, the sky's the limit on this wonderful project! Happy Making!
Whether you believe in New Year's resolutions or not, the month of January feels like a new beginning for all sorts of things. How do you make the most of that momentum and make positive changes to give your art a jump start?!
Getting back into a routine and finding time for your own interests can be difficult after the festive season but it's also the perfect opportunity to take any revived inspiration and enthusiasm and try something new. These are my top tips for making the most of your New Year fresh start:
Whether you feel you have any artistic talent or not, we were all born with the need to express ourselves in whatever form that may take. I believe that creative expression benefits our brains and our mental health, making us happier, healthier people. Read these 5 ways art makes a difference:
I love my Artistic Retreats studio but I know that it’s not always easy for people to spare the time and travel there, my workshops might clash with an existing commitment, so I also love taking my materials and ideas out on the road, visiting people in their own home – I call it Art@Home.
February has seen two trips to WI Denman College. At the beginning of the month we explored Mixed Media canvas techniques, including crackle effects, structure paste through stencils, applied mixed media, adding texture & dry brushing. We even raided the tea bags & tea stirrers to add to our artworks!
Well 2017 has certainly started with some excitement! Powertex UK have launched a Design Team this year for the first time, & I've been chosen to be one of the team!
Each design team member has been chosen for their unique style, background & experience so there will be some interesting projects developed over the coming year.
It is always nice teaching at WI Denman College. Witha longer course there is more time to develop students understanding of the medium & a chance to create a more ambitious piece of art.
Our courses are never prescriptive, allowing students to explore the medium in their own style & this Stone Art couse was no exceptions.
There is always lots of art pieces in the Artistic ReTreats studio to provide inspiration to our students, but on occasion this has lead to students changing their mind about the course they would like to do.
One such occasion was a recent group of students who had booked to do the 'Sculpture in a Day' workshop, but on arrival they spotted the fairy houses that had recently been made for an artist's event at NT Stowe Landscape Gardens & asked if they could make them instead.
We always welcome requests for tailor made courses & are happy to put together a course to make a special project or for a combination course over a longer duration than our standard workshops.
An example of this was when we had a customer who wanted to make a tiger sculpture as a present for a friend who runs a wildlife park, and in addition wanted to try her hand at a Mixed Media canvas & a Funky Fish.