Friday, 30 January 2015

ATCs take flight ...

Remember the ATC exchange I mentioned? Well, may be you do.

I signed up to Mark Montano's ATC exchange; he's in California, USA, I'm in Hampshire, UK. Although the closing date is 7 February, I've had to get myself motivated and moving to ensure they get there in time. They went in the post today, par avion!

ATCs are artist trading cards. The idea is that artists exchange cards they have made as a gift, business card, friendship type thing. They are not supposed to be sold. Originally they were made from playing cards, but as long as they are roughly that size, 2.5" x 3.5" (65 x 90 mm) they'll be OK.

So, in exchange for the bunch I've sent, I should get a whole load back from other artists, sort of networking, I suppose.

Here's mine under construction ...

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Special offer


Friend and BADFA member, Rachel Byass, is holding a special event at her new studio in Yorkshire:

On Monday 2 February, from 10:30 until 4:30, Rachel Byass is holding a Brushwork for Beginners Class.

The Day costs £70 and includes a set of her special brushes, valued at £49. All surfaces, paint and lunch are included - so it is outstanding value!

Contact Rachel for more info, on:


The Firs,
17 Mill Hill Lane

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Another year ... getting busy!

Hello 2015. Well, we made it through the time warp into the next year.

The latest issue of the BADFA Newsletter has just been sent to the CD subscribers, which means I get two months to relax and enjoy myself before starting the next. Like!

Might even go shopping at B&Q ...
What I do hope to do, is to get a couple of painting projects underway. I've started a canvas experiment in naive art which needs some attention, but I really want to get started on decorating the hall, stairs and landing. Not so much the decorating bit, but the trompe l'oeil at the top of the stairs. I've sketched the outline and really need to get some paint on the surface.

I don't know about you, but the short, grey days of winter sap my enthusiasm for anything that requires too much effort.

I've signed up for an ATC swap, too. That means I have to produce 15 ATCs (Artist Trading Cards) before the beginning of February.

Spring is on the way! Busy times ahead.

What are you up to?