A Summer Art Fair, New Monoprints for Sale and Sketchbooks on Tour!

I’ve been invited to spend 3 days drawing with ink and chopsticks as part of the Chidwickbury Arts Fair! click on the photo below for all the details. it would be great to see you there in the grounds of the wonderful Chidwickbury Estate.  I’ve never participated in anything like this before and am looking forward to it.

  

I have some new summer monoprints for sale in my shop!

and finally, if you read my last blog post you’ll know that two of my sketchbooks were selected for Sketch 17 at the Rabley Drawing Centre in Wiltshire. This exhibition of 100 sketchbooks is now going on tour to the following venues:

22 July – 3 September 2017
Black Swan Arts, Frome
2 Bridge Street
Frome, BA11 1BB

9 September – 6 October 2017
Plymouth College of Art
Tavistock Place
Plymouth PL4 8AT

20 November – 15 December 2017
Peter Scott Gallery
Lancaster Arts
Great Hall Complex
Lancaster University LA1 4YW

Have a great summer!

drawing is the thing!

it’s an exciting time for drawing.

I’ve been part of Julia Kay’s Portrait Party since 2010. a  group of delightful, talented people from all walks of life, all drawing each other in all corners of the world! it has changed my life in many ways, all for the better, too many to recount here. I’ve met quite a few of the artists in the ‘real’ world and hope to meet more as time goes on.

Portrait Revolution has just been published, a book full of inspiration, tips and techniques for creating portraits from people in the Portrait Party. I am delighted to be one of 15 featured artists in the book.

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I found out today that two of my recent sketchbooks have been selected for the Rabley Drawing Centre Sketch 17 drawing prize and touring exhibition! one is Not Moleskine which I recently wrote about in this blog and the other is Unseeing and Now Broken. you can see my Facebook album with the drawings from this sketchbook here –

decay, appropriation, power, fallen regime, history, myth, nothing lasts. beauty does. looking at the Parthenon/Elgin Marbles at the British Museum. and other things.

Posted by Maureen Nathan on Tuesday, February 7, 2017

you can see why I think it’s an exciting time for drawing!

Spring!

the tulips and hyacinths are up and about to flower, the evenings are lighter and although still chilly it’s warm when the sun comes out. to celebrate the arrival of spring  I’m offering free shipping on drawings in my shop! use the discount code SPRUNG at the checkout to take advantage of this. valid until 23/4/17.

enjoy the coming lighter, warmer days!

not moleskine

the end of year festivities and ringing in 2017  were all very sedate for me this year. after my last blog post I developed pneumonia and was poorly throughout the holiday period. happily,  family and friends took very good care of me and I’m grateful for that.  I’m fully recovered but my drawing mojo went walkabout which worried me. I needed to find a way back to regular studio practice.

being part of a large artist community on facebook meant I didn’t have to look too far for inspiration. a friend and marvellous artist François Dupuis posted a drawing every day last year drawn in a small moleskine notebook. our work is very different and my intention wasn’t to emulate but  it seemed a good way to get back into some drawing rhythm. little and often. and I had an empty  lined notebook “not moleskine” in the studio!

and gathering energy I now have a shop where some of my ink and chopstick drawings are available and can be bought directly.  I will be adding to and updating this regularly.

some drawings from ‘not moleskine’