Summer Sunshine

Art, exhibitions, Outdoor life, workshops

At last it is truly here! The British Summer. Time to throw the studio windows open and get out and about in the garden and plein air sketching.

I have just had an enjoyable time in Wales discovering the area between Cwmtydu and Cardigan. Unspoilt and rugged, the cliffs inspired some sketching and the beaches and hedgerows inspired some walking. Waterfalls on beaches and quiet roads have made this place a new favourite for me.

Tresaith Sketch
Plwmp Tart, Penbryn sketch

Japan Work

This year has mostly been taken up with a consolidation of two visits to Japan. I cannot begin to describe how this country appeals to me so much. The people, the countryside, the efficiency and ethos captivate and of course the temples are an utter sanctuary. In these tranquil places every angle seems to be a perfectly framed view.

I kept several travel sketchbooks whilst there and have been invited to make an exhibition on the theme this summer. Here is a glimpse but there are about twenty works in total. The date is to be confirmed but it will be at Cafe 86’d in Ironbridge, Shropshire for a couple of months. This is one of my very favourite eating establishments in the UK – my go to for lunch when in the vicinity.

These pieces feature many, many layers of collected papers, stitch, pencil and ink. Others are painted but layered in the same way. It has been a definite labour of total love.

Events in the Studio

As ever there are plenty of things going on in my lovely studio at Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton. Tonight there is a Women’s Circle which will also happen on July 2nd, the next New Moon. Only £5 – a chance to connect in peace. Let me know if you would like to come. Info here although the second date is wrong – it should read Tuesday 2nd July
https://www.facebook.com/events/673197123130651/

Otherwise there are more events on the Workshops page

Boundary Way

Boundary Way Allotments Project has had a new round of funding and this year some of the focus is on the role of fungi in nature. We had a superb visit from Rich Wright of Kew Gardens. He is a Mycologist and told us so many interesting facts about mushrooms and the amazing mycelium layer below the ground connecting plants and trees that we were all really inspired.

Hannah Boyd and myself had a lovely afternoon sketching fungi and making folding books from abstracted mushroom related art with a group of Bpoundary Way artists. More events are to come for the public in the Summer. One is here but I think it is sold out – watch this space for more.

Wolverhampton Society of Artists

I have recently joined this Society which is 100 years old this year. There has recently been an exhibition for new members to exhibit in. I was pleased to have sold these two pieces and look forward to spending more time with the society.

In The Womb Of The Earth – Hare – oil on canvas 20″ x 12″

There is one other available in the series:

In The Womb Of The Earth – Foxes- oil on canvas 20″ x 12″

and a sketch for a badgers piece is waiting!


I am sure there is a lot more to say – but it is time to go and enjoy the sunshine! See you soon.

Clare xxx

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Bird Love

Art

Anyone who knows me will not be surprised when I say how much I like birds. They appear in many of my paintings.

One of my favourite, apart from the dove, is the hoopoe. He is sometimes to be seen in southern areas of the UK but they proliferate here in Saudi Arabia. Very shy, they run between the trees scuttling from view if they sense you.

However if you have patience and sit still they come quite close.

Today’s collage is mostly water colour with just a little decorative collage because I had plenty of time. Is he sitting on a giant patterned egg? I wonder what bird of paradise would hatch from this?

Meanwhile I’m enjoying the shade of palm trees and the air con in the 43 degree heat.

If you would like to join in please tag #collageaday2018 on Instagram or Facebook. I can’t comment (on Insta from here) but I can see your posts. I can comment on Facebook. Restrictions!

Ongoing jouneys with sketchbook can be seen at my other BLOG here: www.clarewassermannartjournal.wordpress.com

Have a great day!

Why I have walked and sketched in the cold so much this long winter

exhibitions, Outdoor life, workshops

Welcome to Spring!

At last the weather is warming, the buds are unfurling and the blossom is about to burst. We are starting to think about going outside in our gardens and sampling some country air. For me I am excited to be out in nature walking in the woods and having a bit of a commune with some trees!!

I’ve done a lot of walking and sketching this long cold winter …. why?

 

My first solo exhibition

I am incredibly happy to announce that I have been asked by The Museum of Cannock Chase to produce a large amount of work for an exhibition in their lovely gallery.
I have been busy walking Hednesford Hills, Brocton Coppice and other areas of The Chase and exploring the animals, scenery and plant life, painting and sketching in the landscape. It’s been a long and cold winter and sometimes the paint froze on palette and paper. Sometimes I used my iPad to sketch in a David Hockney fashion to alleviate the problem. It has all resulted in a growing fondness for the area and a body of work that I have really enjoyed. I have worked in oil, acrylic, mixed media and textiles and have relished the focus that it has brought to my practice.

 

I’d love you to come

The exhibition runs from Saturday 28th April until 17th June and the museum is open from 11am until 5pm 7 days a week (last entry 4.30pm).
There is a nice little coffee shop and other exhibits to look at plus some gorgeous walks right on the doorstep. There’s plenty of parking and the gallery is accessible to all.
Here is a link to the website so you can find out more

 

Workshops for You

A new list of exciting creative workshops in this lovely light and spacious Victorian Studio at Newhampton Arts Centre over on my website – click HERE.

They range from oil painting, encaustic wax art, a day of pastel tuition, meditative sound baths to creative textile work and feltmaking as well as batik and an art club every month.

Some of these days are run by me and some by a lovely group of tutors who are experts in their fields.
Newhampton Arts Centrre is a hive of activity in Wolverhampton and it’s website is here – please see what else there is for you.

Please get in touch if there’s something else you’d like to see happening or if you would like to run a workshop yourself.

Do keep revisiting the website because more is always being added!

You will always be made most welcome so why not explore your creative side and try something new?

 

 

Meanwhile enjoy the warmer weather and stay well, happy and creative