Painting live at the Festival of Quilts, NEC, UK and a lovely workshop in a Wooden House.

If you’re around for the Festival of Quilts this year, (NEC Birmingham, 10th – 13th August) do pop along and say hello!  I shall be there for the entire 4 days in the Through Our Hands Gallery.

Laura Kemshall and I will be exhibiting very diverse work from most of the 27 TOH Affiliated Artists on the theme of “A Portrait”. There were no rules, suggestions or joint discussions about the theme so all the work you see will be very original. My own piece, Self Portrait in the Third Person will be there – I collected it yesterday from Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, and was thrilled to receive the Peoples Choice Award for the Open 2017. Thank you so much to anyone out there who voted.


You can have a piece of work in our gallery yourself which would thrill us skinny! All you have to do is join the Portrait Shuffle  and return your work to us before 31st July. It’s all being done in aid of Save the Children, who do such incredible work with children all around the world.


Laura and I hope you will enjoy the TOH Gallery, and what we have planned by way of a live performance this year. Come along and watch the Battle of the Quilts (well, it’s not being called that really – it just sprung to mind!)

I have been a bit poorly since March but am much better now, and hope to get back into the swing of more quilts very soon. I’ve still been pottering of course in sketchbooks, and have visited Laura and Linda Kemshall at the Wooden House for a lovely day of Not Drawing!! (Drawing without a Pencil).

Laura is a brilliant teacher and we had an amazing day (and an amazing lunch it has to be said!) She runs her workshops in a newly converted cricket pavillion which is a great space for a small class (no more than about 6 I think) and Laura is very generous with her materials and time. The countryside around the village of Worsley and Bridgenorth where she lives is just spectacular too.

We did monoprinting, rubbings, tracings, and it was a lovely treat to spend a day with like minded people and just stretch my ideas.

Immediately below is a tonal tracing, and underneath that, Laura encourages me to go large and loose with charcoal.

Coloured monoprint of a persimmon for a sketchbook page.

and finally a bit of therapeutic piecing after a turnout of small bits and bobs from my stash.

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  1. So nice to see your smiling face again and hear of your continued success. Your work is always stupendous! Which caught me thinking, now why would she spend her time in a workshop, as talented and innovative as she is? Oh, such a good reminder that we all, at any level, can gain by exposing ourselves to the particular talents and in the moment creativity of others. Ideas come from the unlikeliest places sometimes, and we all need to stretch ourselves in a safe environment from time to time. Thanks for the reminder!

    • Hello Sheila, and thank you. Sometimes it’s just fun to be with others, and there’s always something new in approach or ideas. Every person has their own takes and thoughts about a subject matter, and I love to see that. I’ve been in classes of 20 people all drawing the same model and not one of the drawings has been the same – we all see things differently! As for talented and innovative? Well, you’re very kind, but I’m sadly lacking!! I always strive to do better and find change comes very slowly xx

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