I got there bright and early to set up my stall and the students started to arrive... all 18 of them. The workshop was held at one of my favourite venues, A community centre in Wigan called Sunshine House. The room is bright and inviting as is the centre manager Barbara Nettleton and her staff. I have run quite a few courses there now and am always stuck by the powerful community spirit I always feel when I am there.
I always have to do a little bit about how I paint even if there are students who have been before as the new ones need to get a feel for what my sessions are about.
We then had a go at some feathers which I had found in the woodland at Patchings.. I do always like to take something for the students to paint from life even if it was only some feathers. With this workshop any other working from life would have been tricky!!
I then painted eyes, noses and showed them how to do different types of fur depending on the animal. After lunch the students then chose an image to paint either from my selection or some brought an image of their own.
Everyone seemed really happy with what they produced and they all really embraced the techniques and way of painting....I am always surprised by how few students mix paint on the paper but I have hopefully given them the tools now to work with at home.
Here is a selection of work.....