Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
I started working today on a commission I have been given, I have never done beach huts before. I know there is a problem with angles on the yellow hut in the fore front, but I can put that right tomorrow. It really hard to know what the customer expects when the only brief was beach huts? It may end on the wall yet.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Also Pat my neighbour as been going on about making christmas decorations, I thought perhaps we ought to think about halloween first, so I made this design and he cut it out in plywood and then I painted it. I am not sure it cost effective, as I think to make it worth while we would have to charge about £4 each and I don't think they will sell at that price. But we have made a few and will see. If they don't sell we will just use them to decorate our studios at the end of October.
I have also learnt about some events that the centre will be hosting. In September we will be celebrating 40 years of the craft centre so it will be an evening with us open and they are having an graffiti artist do a mural at the centre. There will be a meet the artists gathering with wine and nibbles. Also in October a craft fair will be taking place outside in the centre so that should bring in a nice lot of visitors. They are also considering taking a selection of work from the centre to a woman's fair but thats not fully decided yet. So its all good and hopefully will improve the amount of visitors.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The photographer from the local paper came at about 3:30pm It was a bit weird as I had to tell him what I wanted and he just sort of mumbled, but the photos looked ok, even though he was reluctant to show me them. It will be in next Wednesdays Somerset Times and goes to hundreds of houses so I am hoping they give me a good write up. They are also going to try and get it in the Weston mercury as I am from Weston. I took everyones advice and wore something I felt comfortable in. I wasn't nervous in the end. I just went into bossy mode and sorted out what I wanted.
I finished my pebbles painting today , no excuse not to, as the I couldn't wander round and chat and watch ducks and horses, because of the rain. I will frame it and get it up tomorrow .
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Artist Janice Ashworth has just moved into Unit 11 Clevedon Craft Centre. Wellydog Gallery, named after the family’s 17 year old dog, has a variety of watercolour art work, ranging from tiny 2.5 “ x 3.5 “ aceo’s to large framed paintings. These include studies of water, buildings and local scenes. Art cards of the work will also be available soon.
Janice studied Fine Art at the University of the West of England and followed it up by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. She has taught at both Weston College and the City of Bristol College and is now putting her teaching experience to use by setting up Learn to Paint workshops. These will start in September in the teaching room at Clevedon Craft Centre, A special introductory rate is available on the first workshops.
Clevedon Craft Centre will be part of the Made in Somerset celebrations in September and you can meet some of the artists during this time, check out details on the North Somerset Council webpage.
You can visit Janice in her workshop, where you are likely to find her painting, Wednesday to Saturday and Sunday afternoon. or contact her via e-mail Janice.firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 07702 090684
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
I love seeing her pots outside her studio drying, it certainly shows it is a working group of studios not just a shopping centre. Visitors really can see most of the artists and makers producing their work onsite.
Her work is very colourful and a feast for your eyes when you walk into the studio. I am lusting after one of her cake stands, but that will have to wait until after Christmas. She makes a lovely variety of objects, teapots, oil bottles and clocks among them, all brightly coloured and well worth a visit to see.
You would also meet Sam, who keeps her company as she works, he is so sweet x
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Thankyou Steve, Love you x
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
I finalised my workshops today. The first beginners one will now be on the 10th September, so its only 4 weeks away, I really hope I can fill it, in time.
Friday, August 12, 2011
I also thought I would do the next 'Meet the neighbours'.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I used the last of my cotton bags and put transfers of my paintings on them, I think they look ok, they got a lot of attention and meant I could put "gifts" on my sign in the hope of getting more people in through the door.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Saturday, August 6, 2011
I had a good day today, even though it was not hugely busy, I sold my first painting. Yay!!! I was so pleased I went and forgot to give the lovely lady her receipt, opps!!
After some conversations I had over the last few days with various people, I decided I needed a bigger board outside. I also noticed that people with children were reluctant to come in and if they did, they came in separately, so I wanted to put a children welcome sign out.