Events in 2020
It has certainly been a busy year, full of ups downs and many new challenges. The year started with regular classes planned at Oakley, Kingsclere, Viables and Baughurst and plans for one off workshops.
I enjoyed an overnight stay at London zoo in February with Mum which was an amazing experience and great opportunity to sketch animals from life. This trip has provided a lot of inspiration throughout this year.
In March everything changed and with my in person art classes cancelled it was a mad rush of research and learning new tech skills to get online classes set up, which I offered for free to start with. My first camera set up was mostly held together with blue tack until I was able to purchase an overhead camera stand, lighting remained a problem for a long while but I now also have an overhead light!
Moving my classes online has meant changing my normal teaching methods to a demonstration format and means that I am painting far more than before, which I have to say I do enjoy. Another result of teaching online means that I have had students from all over the UK and beyond join: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Malta, St. Lucia and even from a yacht once! The world has become a smaller place during these times and we have all benefited from coming together in this way.
I have fortunately been able to continue teaching for the Hurst online as well as offering my own classes which I am happy about although moving all the required paperwork online has given me a few headaches. It is all worth it when I hear how much people are appreciating the classes and this year has really proved how beneficial art can be for mental well-being. I have had such wonderful feedback it really brightens my day! A further sense of community has come about through the class Facebook group, which has seen an increase in participation, which is wonderful.
During the Summer I started doing some one off Workshops in addition to my regular classes and have been offering some festive themed ones this Christmas. I have also started offering one to one tuition by both email and zoom. Figuring out how to do all this, plan the lessons and then teach them has kept me extremely busy.
I was asked to do an online nature journaling workshop for a local Brownies group who missed their camp due to lockdown.
In June Basingstoke art club asked me to do a painting demonstration for them
Students enjoyed joining in with my drawing challenge ‘Naturetober’ where my students and I worked from a nature themed prompt list with the aim to make a drawing each day of October.
During the Summer I held an exhibition of my students’ artworks online.
I have undertaken a number of Commissions this year and already have another booked in to start on next year.
Hampshire Open Studios Online
I am happy to have an online only listing with HOS this year.
Hampshire Open Studios is an annual art trail where the visiting public can meet artists in their homes, studios and galleries free of charge - this year however we have to do things a bit different Over 100 studios are listed on our website, check out their details and view their work online.
My Hampshire Open Studios Online Artwork Sale
Although unable to open my studio this year, please have a look through my gallery pages and if you are interested in making a purchase get in contact. I am happy to arrange for Artwork to be viewed in the garden (socially distanced) prior to purchase.
I am also happy to mount and/or frame artworks to your specifications. Artwork, cards and prints can be either posted or collected.
Take a look into my studio on social media throughout open studios week
Artwork sales, (including prints and cards), online workshops, demonstrations and courses all online.
Hampshire Open Studios
Old Basing Festival Virtual Exhibition
After the Festival was cancelled due to coronavirus the Art Club decided to keep painting and put on an online show, with excellent results. This and previous exhibitions are on the Basingstoke Art Club website for all to enjoy.
Basingstoke Art Club
Online Exhibition of Student’s Artworks
27th July – 1st September
An exhibition of artwork created by participants of my online art classes over the last few months.
After having to stop my ‘in person’ classes in March due to the pandemic, I began to explore the possibilities of teaching online. It was quite a learning process for both myself and my students! These online lessons kept us all going throughout lockdown and were a welcome break from the news and isolation. This exhibition seeks to spread the simple joy of creativity that's helped keep us all positive during these uncertain times.
I was honoured to be invited to do a painting demonstration on Zoom for Basingstoke Art Club of a Snow Leopard in Watercolour and Inktense. It was a lovely afternoon for club members and friends to catch up and get an insight into my painting process.
OPEN ART 2020
29 February - 21 April.
Exhibition showcasing the work of local artists. Artwork in a variety of media and subjects will be on display, and there will be an opportunity to purchase an original piece of art.
While the gallery is closed you can view artworks on the gallery's Facebook page