Some meditative music and inspiration

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Last night I was lucky enough to have a ticket to hear Ex Cathedra sing at St Peter’s Church in Wolverhampton. The music was beautiful, historic and other-worldly. I was transfixed and mesmerised.

No applause all through enabled an atmosphere of divine meditation throughout. The church was lit by candles only and the singers held candles to see. A small group with the purest of purest perfect voices. Music in many forms, both western and more esoteric eastern help me to visualise colour, form and ideas. This can then transfer into artwork. Quite apart from that both art forms can lead to a deeper inspection.

This image is a mergence of two, one the view of the window and ancient brickwork in front of me and the other a winter tree with an abandoned nest signifying homecoming.

I am painting this afternoon in my studio at Newhampton Arts Centre. All welcome to visit. Some gifts for Christmas available.

Who knows what that experience last night will bring.

#inspiration #art #music #wolverhampton

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A brief early 2018 overview…..Upcoming Workshops and Exhibitions

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Workshops for you to participate in at my studio in central Wolverhampton

Lots of lovely creative workshops planned for early next year. Please contact me to book – more details on the Workshops Page.

Sunday 4th February
11.15am – 1.15pm
Sketchbook / Art drop in club £5

Thursday 8th February
8pm – 9.15pm
Relaxing Soundbath with Liz Pritchard £8

Friday 16th February
10.30am – 4pm
Creative Sketchbook Day with Clare Wassermann
Tap into your creativity £35

Monday 26th February
10am – 3.30pm
Simple Stitch with Elise Stewart £25

Thursday 1st March
10.30am – 3.30pm
Art Jewellery with Linda Alton £35

Saturday 10th March
11am – 3pm
Hellebore Brooches – Needle Felting with Kanj Nicholas
£35

Thursday 8th March
10.30am – 3.30pm
Oil Painting with Wayne Attwood £25/£30

Thursday 15th March
7-9pm
Social Media for Creatives a workshop you shouldn’t miss by Tosca Lahiri

£10


Sunday 18th March
11.15-1.15pm
Sketchbook / Art drop in club £5

Thursday 22nd March
8pm – 9.15pm
Relaxing Soundbath with Liz Pritchard £8

Thursday 22nd March
10.30am – 4pm
Abstraction Day with Clare Wassermann
£35

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“Crow” Clare Wassermann Oil on paper

I do hope to see you at one or more of these lovely days.


Upcoming Exhibitions

I currently have some work up at The Lighthouse in an exhibition alongside other local artists so if you are off to the cinema please do have a look in the gallery downstairs.

In 2018 I have a solo exhibition at The Museum of Cannock Chase Gallery from April 28th – June 17th

It’s free to come and there is a lovely museum to take a look around plus a cafe and wonderful walks on the Heathlands on this part of Cannock Chase adjascent.


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“Forest Bathing” Clare Wassermann – acrylic on canvas

Exhibitions Coming Up

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This weekend (October 14th and 15th) is the second Wolverhampton Open Studios event – it’ll be a lovely way to visit artists in their homes and studios. I am taking part between 10am and 2pm each day.

Here is the link to the website – you can see everything that is happening here – I am exhibiting in my studio and at Boundary Way Allotment Project which is open from 1-5pm both days.

www.wolverhamptonopenstudios.co.uk

and here is a link to Boundary Way: https://boundarywayproject.blogspot.co.uk/2017/10/a-sense-of-place-art-exhibition.html

What’s On from now until Christmas

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What’s On – Clare Wassermann’s Studio – Room 103, Gallery Building, Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton

Thursday September 28th

Sound Bath with Liz Pritchard – a beautiful way to relax and immerse yourself in singing bowls, crystal bowls and gongs. 8 – 9.15pm early booking essential – very popular!

£8

Saturday September 30th

“Painting With Fibres” – Autumn Offerings in felt with Kanj Nicholas11am-4pm all materials included (SOLD OUT)

£55

Sunday October 1st

Sketchbook Club. Come and enjoy tea/coffee and make work in your sketchbook with a group of like-minded people. Untaught / bring your own materials / have fun 11.15-1.15

£5

Friday October 6th

Medgel-‘Portrait of a Witch’ is a collaborative piece between visual artist Anne Marie Lagram and storyteller which will entice an audience to become involved in exploring the landscape and components that make someone be identified as a witch. Pagan festival downstairs on Saturday

FREE – but please let us know you are coming

Saturday October 14th – Sunday October 15th OPEN STUDIOS

In association with Wolverhampton Society of Artists 11 – 2.30pm

FREE

Thursday 12th October

Sound Bath with Liz Pritchard – a beautiful way to relax and immerse yourself in singing bowls, crystal bowls and gongs. 8 – 9.15pm early booking essential – very popular!

£8

Wednesday October 18th

“Sacred Earth”  Gentle movement to inspire painting on the theme of Harvest and Abundance – with Sarah Vernon and Clare Wassermann  – no experience necessary

£35

Sunday November 5th

Sketchbook Club. Come and enjoy tea/coffee and make work in your sketchbook with a group of like-minded people. Untaught / bring your own materials / have fun 11.15-1.15

£5

Thursday 9th November

Sound Bath with Liz Pritchard – a beautiful way to relax and immerse yourself in singing bowls, crystal bowls and gongs. 8 – 9.15pm early booking essential – very popular!

£8

Saturday 12th November

Keith Hackwood – psychotherapist and Mindfulness trainer “Mindfulness For Self-Compassion”  explore  ways of applying mindfulness to caring for ourselves

£25

Thursday 16th November

Oil Painting with Wayne Attwood Vice President RBSA 10.30am – 4pm

£25 or £30 using our materials

Friday 17th November

Batik on Rice Paper Workshop with Jacky Fellows – materials provided except please bring watercolours and brushes. 10am – 4pm

£25

Saturday 18th November

Textile Workshop with Clare Wassermann in Association with Wolverhampton Society of Artisits

£25

Saturday 25th November

Felting with Kanj Nicholas – Painting With Fibres – wet felting to produce a piece celebrating Winter

£55 inc all materials

Saturday 2nd December

Needle felting with Kanj Nicholas – a Christmas Theme

£35 inc all materials

Sunday December 3rd

Art making as a response to stories told by International Storyteller Ana Lines – Clare Wassermann leads the art making. Theme “Winter” – no experience necessary. Age 15+     10.30am – 4pm

£30

Thursday December 7th

Sound Bath with Liz Pritchard – a beautiful way to relax and immerse yourself in singing bowls, crystal bowls and gongs. 8 – 9.15pm early booking essential – very popular!

£8


Please book via Clare www.clare.wassermann@gmail.com

Open Studios coming soon

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Today I have been at the framers working on some lovely floating frames for some very small works. I wanted to have some affordable art pieces for my Open Studios coming up on October 14th and 15th. 

This will be part of many Open Studios throughout Wolverhampton that weekend. More details to follow soon. 

Here’s what are being framed as we speak:

Shropshire Hare – 7″x5″ acrylic on canvas

The Deer Who Came To Dinner – 7″ x 5″ acrylic on canvas

Moonlight Becomes You – 7″x5″ acrylic on canvas

Challenge Yourself

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We’ve had some wonderful art making this summer … a small group here and a few “outsiders” have worked away at a month of a landscape a day and then a collage a day for another month.

So ….. what’s next? Who’s joining in with “A Sense of Place”? The idea is to produce a little piece of art a day along the theme. It’s a broad title and a sense of place can be anything it means to you.

Ideas:

Where you are now

Something from your history

Your ancestors

Your homeland

A story setting

Landscapes you love

Ideas of places you’d love to go

Your community

An imaginary landscape

Places you have visited that day

Holiday destinations

Around your home and garden

Your town

Your country

The World (!) zzz ….

I could go on.

Let us know what your thoughts are as you produce each piece. Please post on Instagram or Facebook

and anywhere else on social media you want to and please tag #asenseofplace17

That way we can search the tag and see what we are up to.

This begins on September 6th and the aim is to produce one a day but it doesn’t matter if it’s less frequent. Who’s up for it?

Challenges give rise to Growth

My Instagram is clare_wassermann_art

Are you making time?

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Are you?
I have just come back from a research trip to Italy. I am looking for a venue near Pisa to host an art, storytelling and photography retreat where people can explore the senses of Italy in a creative way. The art aspect may not be the whole point in fact. 
Although myself and my two colleagues walked a lot and discussed a lot, packing in a medieval town and a rustic village where another workshop leader, Rona Barbour, lives we still made time for a little artistic dabble. They wrote and photographed whereas I sketched and painted. For me this activity seals the day, imprinting memories indelibly. 
More importantly it allows me to breathe in the situation and process it. 
In whatever way is right for us I firmly believe that we all need to make time. Stop. Use our senses. Breathe. Live fully. 
#creativity #breathe #now #workshops #mindfulness #art #photography #storytelling #Pisa #Italy

Sketch from a café in Pisa

We picked wild walnuts near Pontremoli – delicious peeled and fresh like this.

What’s On in the Studio – Quick View – August – December 2017

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August 21st and 22nd Bread breaking and Peace Event for women – two separate evening events. Bring bread and a cushion / blanket. Meditation and peace evenings.

Hosted by Rachel Arnold

 

Contact for info waterprophetarts@gmail.com

£10 or concessions
Monday August 14th Studio also open at selected times in the day FREE

 

Sunday September 3rd Art making as a response to stories told by International Storyteller Ana Lines – theme “Autumn” – no experience necessary. Age 15+      10.30am – 4pm £3o
Thursday September 14th Oil Painting with Wayne Attwood RBSA
10.30am – 4pm
£25 or £30 using our materials
Thursday 22nd September Meeting The Beloved – details to follow – evening
Thursday September 28th Sound Bath with Liz Pritchard – a beautiful way to relax and immerse yourself in singing bowls, crystal bowls and gongs.
8 – 9.15pm early booking essential – very popular!
£8
Saturday September 30th “Painting With Fibres” – Autumn Offerings 11am-4pm all materials included £55
Sunday October 1st Sketchbook Club. Come and enjoy tea/coffee and make work in your sketchbook with a group of like-minded people. Untaught / bring your own materials / have fun 10.30 – 12.30 £5
Friday October 6th Medgel-‘Portrait of a Witch’ is a collaborative piece between visual artist Anne Marie Lagram and storyteller which will entice an audience to become involved in exploring the landscape and components that make someone be identified as a witch.
Pagan festival downstairs on Saturday
FREE – but please let us know you are coming
Saturday October 14th – Sunday October 15th OPEN STUDIOS In association with Wolverhampton Society of Artists

11 – 2.30pm

FREE
Thursday 12th October Sound Bath with Liz Pritchard – a beautiful way to relax and immerse yourself in singing bowls, crystal bowls and gongs.
8 – 9.15pm early booking essential – very popular!
£8
Wednesday October 18th “Sacred Earth”  Gentle movement to inspire painting on the theme of Harvest and Abundance – with Sarah Vernon and Clare Wassermann  – no experience necessary £35
Sunday November 5th Sketchbook Club. Come and enjoy tea/coffee and make work in your sketchbook with a group of like-minded people. Untaught / bring your own materials / have fun 10.30 – 12.30 £5
Thursday 9th November Sound Bath with Liz Pritchard – a beautiful way to relax and immerse yourself in singing bowls, crystal bowls and gongs.
8 – 9.15pm early booking essential – very popular!
£8
Saturday 12th November Keith Hackwood – psychotherapist and Mindfulness trainer
“Mindfulness For Self-Compassion”  explore
ways of applying mindfulness to caring for ourselves
£25
Friday 17th November Batik on Rice Paper Workshop with Jacky Fellows – materials provided except please bring watercolours and brushes. 10am – 4pm £25
Saturday 18th November Textile Workshop with Clare Wassermann in Association with Wolverhampton Society of Artisits £25
Sunday December 3rd Art making as a response to stories told by International Storyteller Ana Lines – theme “Winter” – no experience necessary. Age 15+     10.30am – 4pm £30
Thursday December 7th Sound Bath with Liz Pritchard – a beautiful way to relax and immerse yourself in singing bowls, crystal bowls and gongs.
8 – 9.15pm early booking essential – very popular!
£8

Room 103, Gallery Building, Newhampton Arts Centre

All bookings taken in advance – do contact me to secure your space.
Studio address – Newhampton Arts Centre
Dunkley Street
Wolverhampton WV1
Car park and lift available. Cafe open Monday- Saturday for lunches
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Exhibition Tonight!

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Setting up 'Open Studio' for tonight's exhibition
Downstairs is a wonderful exhibition curated by Komlaish Achall to commemorate the Partition of India 70 years ago.
Opening at 6.30 there's music and refreshments.

Venue Newhampton Arts Centre Gallery Hall, Dunkley St., Wolverhampton WV1

I'm upstairs in room 103. Looking forward to seeing lots of friends.

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Personal Challenge Result

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Sometimes it’s a good idea to have a personal obligation to yourself to show up to a challenge every day. As a self employed artist who is selling internationally it’s easy to stay within the style your clients see as you. 
It is important though to continue to develop and exercise the creative muscle out of the normal zone. Hence today I have finished a personal challenge to paint a small landscape every day for thirty days. I set the challenge publicly so that I was accountable. Some days it was uncomfortable to show up to the easel. Some days I had to paint at 5am to get it done. But I did it. 

Today is the last day. I can truly say I have developed over the short time and experimented in ways I may not normally when working on commissions. 
….and funnily enough I have sold three of them completely unintentionally. I wouldn’t have guessed that would happen. 
Here’s to setting slightly uncomfortable goals!

“Stiper Stones, Shropshire- at dawn” 
11″x6.5″ acrylic paint, Quink ink, Noodler’s Ink, Indian Ink