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Well January has melted into March somehow and this is my first post of the year – sorry it is so late. I thought I would put down some of my thoughts and plans for the year here anyway.

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Night shot after Day 1 of a whole weekend painting retreat in the studio

My most exciting news is the move into a bigger, lighter and airier studio than I was in before. It’s in the same building, but has a beautiful Northern light – the best for artists, with no direct sunlight but fabulous light for working in, with three large Victorian windows and white walls and ceiling. More windows into the gallery provide extra light and a beautiful wood floor makes for a gorgeous atmosphere. With this space I have plans!

I want to create a mini arts centre within an Arts Centre. A place for healthy arts practices and workshops as well as a place for me to paint and illustrate the books I am commissioned for this year.

The venue is Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton.

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Wayne Attwood RBSA teaching oils

If you look on the Workshops page of this site you will see more details  – keep checking because new and exciting things are being added all the time. We have a good on site cafe and are only 10 minutes walk from Wolverhampton railway station – right in the middle of the UK.

Here’s a quick summary of things happening soon:

March 2nd / April 6th / May 10th  Soundbath for Relaxation with Liz Pritchard 7-8.15

March 28th Find your Creative Mojo with Clare Wassermann – creative sketchbook addiction

Celebrate the Seasons – Creative Art and Stories with Ana Lines and Clare Wassermann
Spring – Sunday March 26th                           day worskshops
Summer – Sunday May 7th
Autumn – Sunday September 3rd
Winter – Sunday December 3rd

March 23rd Oil painting with Wayne Attwood – FULL

May 5th Mandala Yoga with Catherine Spruce 7-9pm

May 14th – Painting A Theory – Carl Jung – Art as Therapy with Hannah Boyd and Clare Wassermann 10.30 – 4

May 16th Sacred Art – Movement and painting with Clare Wassermann and Sarah Vernon

If there are any workshops you would like to see here please feel free to suggest them – let’s see if we can make them happen.

I am very pleased to be collaborating with story teller Ana Lines this year and also developing ideas with Anne Marie Lagram. – a live art event inspired by Medgel- the witch- resulting in a collaboration of challenging visual imagery, story telling and audience participation!

I am looking forward to sharing an exhibition with feltmaker and painter Kanj Nicholas and being part of an exhibition to commemorate 70 years since Partition in India and Pakistan in Wolverhampton in August organised by Komlaish Achall.

I have a few trips to Saudi Arabia this year (it’s complicated!) and I am looking forward to sketching and getting to know the country better – maybe some art to do with issues around that country will emerge.

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Peace Doves Saudi – hope

 

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Architecture and Palms

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Hopooe and the City

 

 

New things are emerging every week so keep checking back – especially on the Workshops page.

I am also on Instagram as Clare_Wassermann_Art
Facebook – Clare Wassermann Art and Stitch
Twitter – Clare Wassermann

 

 

2016 – A good year for art

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If you don’t know me already this is a little about me and the year that has nearly finished. It’s been a whirlwind, very busy but very happy-making!!

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Clare Wassermann lives and works in Wolverhampton. Originally gaining an honours degree in Music with Education, then teaching and playing saxophone and clarinet in London and Nottingham, she re-qualified as a Registered Homeopath and returned to Wolverhampton in 2001. For fourteen years she happily combined teaching and homeopathy but then her artwork suddenly began to take off.

“I have always enjoyed painting, drawing and stitching since childhood, encouraged by my father who was a long-standing member of Wolverhampton Society of Artists, but suddenly my work really began to sell in 2014”

She had started to paint larger paintings which were very vibrant and uplifting and buyers were inspired by their optimistic and health giving properties. “I love the idea of layer upon layer in paint, memories and experience. Some paintings have ten or even twenty layers built up and most are in response to my meditation and yoga practice. All are a pure celebration of my external and internal landscape. Juxtaposition of edges and colour combinations excite me.

I use recurring symbols, meaningful to me and sometimes words in my layers, building up and letting go of images as I work.

Sometimes I work in fabric and stitch for even more texture.

I use my intuition, as far as possible, to take me on the journey towards a final balance point. This art practice becomes a metaphor for life”.

 

In January 2016, after a successful exhibition, she took the plunge and rented a studio at Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton and since then things have moved apace.

An American Author, Kathy Walsh, admired her work on Instagram and asked her if she would illustrate her next children’s book. “I looked at her previous books on Amazon and saw that she was writing with an aim to promote peace and mindfulness for children”, Clare commented, “so I decided to accept this opportunity and embrace a new genre for me”.

The first two books, “Today An Elephant I Will Be” and “My Mindfulness ABC” are now available and I’m working on the third which will be out in the early part of next year. Kathy and she are planning some events in the U.S.A. next year.

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Another unexpected development has been teaching art workshops in the studio space. I work with small groups to open up creative ideas and build confidence in expression in paint and mixed media. Artists who are experiencing block and adults who feel that they would like to paint creatively but lack confidence have all enjoyed these unusual and enjoyable days.

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Details on the Workshop page

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Some items are in my SHOP (always being updated)- otherwise contact me

A big THANK YOU to all those who have supported me and encouraged along the way. You know who you are, and I couldn’t have kept it up without you.

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“Gentle Rain” Acrylic on box canvas 30″ x 30″

 

For more information please visit www.clarewassermannart.com
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Shop details and Workshops

Shop details

Many folk have been asking me how they can shop for my art online. Just a quickie to let you know that there are some items in my shop which I am updating whenever I can but there are definitely Christmas cards, some prints and other cards.

It’s so easy to buy from it. Go back for updates if you can as I am trying to add to it when I’m able. If there’s something you’ve seen that’s not in the shop then please do email me (see below).

The message in the cards below reads “Peace and Joy”. Proceeds are going to Compton Hospice.

Here’s the link: http://etsy.me/2eEV3go

Workshops:

Just a few places left on my Creative Painting workshops on Jan 17th and 31st. £35 for the day and enough inspiration for a year. Email me on clare.wassermann@gmail.com if you’d like to book a place.

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Meanwhile, wrap up warm and enjoy the last of the Autumn leaves!

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

 Whether we practice meditation or creative art or anything else, at first our experience is fresh and illuminating. When we begin, we have no thoughts of having already accomplished something. Then we can learn. But after a while, it can get stale. We may think we know something and lose our motivation. Our cup starts to fill, and there is less room for something new. When we become aware that this is happening, we can take a fresh start and return to a beginner’s mind. We may find it challenging to keep to our beginner’s mind. But it is so worthwhile. With a beginner’s mind we can learn from everyone and everything we encounter.

This is why sketchbook work is so important to me. This is why I like to teach about it in workshops. These sessions can be for artists in practice or complete beginners but are about processing ideas in a very guided and comfortable way.

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Dates for other workshops will also be under the Workshops tab above

 

Recently I’ve been preparing some lovely velvet stitched velvet versions of my bigger paintings ready for Christmas gifts. They are mounted in a deep white box frame and the whole thing measures 10″ square.

Message me if you are interested. They are £35 plus postage.

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(The above piece is sold but another can be made).

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(Might have to get going with my Etsy shop again – note to self!)

 

Finally the exhibition with a bird theme at Bantock House Wolverhampton runs until September 13th. Plenty of yummy cakes in the cafe next door!

 

 

Summer Updates

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I certainly am enjoying the longer days of Summer despite the enormous amount of rain that we have experienced here in the UK. But the upside of that is that everything is very lush and green around where I live. The garden is romping away and the weeds are growing, as usual twice as fast as everything else!

It’s been a busy two months. My ‘creativity in paint workshops’ have taken off – all the sketchbook, 12″ canvas and 30″ canvas ones have filled up here in Wolverhampton, so I am shortly going to release some more dates on the Workshops page of this website. However I am taking to the road in October and doing some teaching in Cornwall (October 26th in Mylor Bridge, near Truro and October 27th at Threemilestone, also near Truro).
It’s all about expressing yourself in paint in sketchbooks and on paper – beginners and more experienced are very welcome.

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Connect and Unite – Sketchbook 2016

Exhibitions

Crazy mad summer time – the season for art to come out of the closet it seems. I am lucky to be selected for exhibition currently in Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Asylum Gallery Wolverhampton and I’ve just been astounded to find myself in the Macynlleth Open at MOMA Wales from July 9th – September 1st with a small oil painting entitled ” At My Side My Cradled Infant Slumbers Peacefully” taken from a line from a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. A great honour to be part of this.

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“At My Side My Cradled Infant Slumbers Peacefully” Oil on Canvas 8″x 12″

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“Gentle Rain” Acrylic on box canvas 30″ x 30″

Pintar Rapido

We had our own Pintar Rapido here in Wolverhampton last weekend which was a great community event. We called it Paint The Day – 70 members of the public got their paper and canvases stamped and rushed into the very changeable weather to paint scenes in the local area of Whitmore Reans in Inner City Wolverhampton. We returned our work by 5pm and overnight some elves hung the exhibition.

It’s still up until next Saturday (July 9th) at Newhampton Arts Centre for the public to see at midday for two hours during the week and all day Saturday until the closing in the evening. All work is for sale and there is an auction on Saturday of remaining pieces. Proceeds go to keep this lovely Arts Centre open as the funding has all been removed by the Council due to continuing austerity measures. Do go and support everyone if you can – there’s some lovely children’s work.

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partially worked painting in West Park Conservatory

Finally  to mention I am part of a lovely exhibition at Tettenhall Wood Institute which is of a wonderfully diverse and contemporary spread of work by Wolverhampton Embroiderers’ Guild. Open 10-4 July 9th and 10th

 

My unique dream

I know it’s a fantasy …

I realise this is pure fantasy, but I might just set this as an intention here and now in front of you all. I want a van with my painting as its skin! It would be great to travel in it around the country and Europe (presuming we Brits can still get in). Painting pictures, going to festivals, camping out and meeting people

I believe in setting intentions and goals – this is how dreams come true! It’s worked for me a lot in the past!! Why not! Yogini Archer pose here I come!

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So lucky this morning to have taken part in a Yoga for The Solstice session at a location near Lower Penn, Wolverhampton which overlooked three counties here in the middle of England. We shared it with rabbits, magpies, swifts, swallows, bees and an eagle. So inspiring to do yoga in nature especially with a view. We eventually brought out the sun …

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A new piece of art

I was hugely inspired by a visit to a local urban garden in Waterdale which opened last weekend as part of the National Garden Scheme. When something moves me as much as this did I have to get it on to canvas:

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Waterdale – 12″x 12″ acrylic on box canvas

Workshops

I would just say that I have had some wonderful experiences teaching my workshops on creative freedom in paint over the past few weeks. There are details on the workshops page of this website – click here

 

 

The Inexpressible

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Sketchbook work

One of the beauties of keeping a sketchbook for painting in, I find, is not necessarily making notes and thumbnails for future work, but simply to feel an emotion into. This is what I try to teach on some of  my workshops.

The sketchbook is a freeing and liberating place sometimes, without the importance of a full sized painting.

This week I attended a funeral for a colleague who’s life was cut short before she was even 40 years old. There are no words for this. It was useful for me to express the inexpressible. Both art and music do this for me.

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A Pleasure Trip

Yesterday I went to Saltaire, Yorkshire to visit the open houses there which have displays and sales of art in them from artists of the area. The houses in themselves are treat to visit, built as they were originally as dwellings for workers in the mill belonging to Titus Salt. There was some excellent art to be seen – it’s all open again today if you can manage the trip.

Salt’s Mill itself is now an amazing building with galleries, shops and a huge amount of work by David Hockney. It was fabulous to stand so close to paintings such as this which are all in a shop which is filled with art books and materials – heaven!

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This is Salt’s Mill – huge! What’s more it has the most glorious kitchenware shop!

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Workshops

See the workshops page above – I have opened a couple of new dates for Creative Sketchbooks workshops – click here for information as to what’s available – they are proving very popular.

Exhibitions

Two coming up soon

  1. Wolverhampton Open Studios – my studio at Newhampton Arts Centre, Dunkley St., Wolverhampton WV1 4AN is open on June 25-26th 2016 from 10am – 3pm.
    Lots of other houses and studios are open that weekend.
  2. Bantock House and Park, Wolverhampton July 23rd – Sept 4th 2016 with a theme of “Birds”. Children’s activities and exhibition in the gallery. Street Art also by Steve Edwards.

Today’s first joy:

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My first few copies of my first ever book illustration work have arrived! I have just a few for now, but more on order, and they are coming with me to the artisan fair “Make It Or Bake It” tomorrow morning on Tettenhall Green, Wolverhampton 10am – 3pm. So lovely to see it finally in print. Kathy Walsh is an American authoress with whom I have been working this year. She lives in New York and Santa Fe.

The Joyohboy Book series gives children the tools they need to lead a more peaceful balanced life. Children learn to connect with their hearts, think positively, and to express their feelings. “Today an Elephant I Will Be” connects children to their animal guides. As they search for peace they realize that peace is an inside job. Peace is a feeling, as they look into the eye of the elephant they see peace that carries them through the day.

Today’s other joy:

I have thoroughly enjoyed a day of lino print making today with Amanda Hillier. I could easily get very hooked! Can anyone give me a few more hours in the day please to fit everything I want to do in to this life.
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Reincarnation is looking like an option!

 

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The Night Garden Framed

Being an intractable insomniac I am trying to use those night time waking hours usefully I suppose. My brain is awash with colour and ideas from about 3am onwards and I could so easily get up and begin my day then. I choose not to at the moment and am enjoying the very beginnings of the first bird’s song through to the joyous uproar of the dawn chorus.

I am working on a series of paintings illustrating the sounds and textures of those dark hours. I framed this one yesterday and it’s ready to go.The image size is 12″ square and it’s in a nice deep box frame. It’s called “Night Garden”

I keep in mind, as I paint, how the birds sing just for the sake of singing. Just because they have to. Just because that is what they are made to do. Just for the joy….

I have an Open Studio on June 25th and 26th at Newhampton Arts Centre from 10-4 as part of Wolverhampton’s very first Art Trail. More details and a map of all the open studios will follow here as soon as I get one.

Please don’t forget to have a look at my workshops dates if you are interested. Please click here for availablility

Note: the above painting sold this morning. I’m working on the next in the series.