AUGUST 2017 Newsletter
CARTSHED TEACHING SPACE
I spent the best part of June and July working on the build for my new CARTSHED teaching space. Thankfully I managed to get it watertight before our rainy season started! So, it’s pretty well ready for action (apart from the plumbing!). I’m really pleased with the feel of it and will be starting teaching there in September. Go to my teaching page for photos and details of Art Mentoring (starting from Sept 18) and my ‘draw, Draw, DRAW!’ weekend course (30 Sept / 1 Oct). Come and have a peek inside during our Open Studios on Saturday 5 August and Saturday 2 September.
FIRST SATURDAYS OPEN STUDIO
We’re hoping the rain eases for our FIRST SATURDAYS Open Studio on 5 August (and hoping it then continues to stay dry as we’re going camping next week!). We’re throwing open our doors again Saturday 2 September. There’s plenty of work to see, including ‘Chamala’ above and ‘Bacelia’ below (Acrylic on canvas 61x61cm), one of the last in the series of wild garden paintings I painted in 2014.
It was really good to meet so many of you at our studio during the Wylye Valley Art Trail! It was definitely the busiest ever! Thank you for visiting. And if you purchased a painting, I hope you’re enjoying living with it and it’s behaving itself!
FIRST SATURDAYS OPEN STUDIO
And if you missed the Art Trail, don’t worry, simply come along to our FIRST SATURDAYS Open Studio on 1 July! Lots of work to see, including ‘Ambria’ (triptych 41 x 128) above, and Tanya’s captivating ‘Marmaduke and Myrtle’ (Oil on wood) below.
We’re open from 10 – 5. It will be great to see you.
CART SHED STUDIO
Well, with this good spell of weather, I’m busy hammering the roof onto my new teaching studio and only hit my thumb a few times! There’s still lots to do but I’m aiming to open in the autumn. Exciting!
Here’s what I’ll be offering…
Art Mentoring, Painting Retreats and courses: Develop your individual approach to making art in a purpose built and fully equipped painting studio in the creative ambience of Bull Mill and surrounded by stunning riverside, woodland and meadow landscapes.
Book for a regular day every week
A weekend painting retreat
A week’s painting retreat
I’ll also be running some themed drawing and painting courses. Watch this space for more information, but you’re welcome to register your interest, just contact me.
And if you come to our Open Studio , I’ll give you a guided tour!
MAY 2017 Newsletter
WELCOME TO MAY! In my opinion the best month of the year! A month of riotous new growth, wall to wall daylight and, hopefully, letting the rayburn go out until the autumn. Not to mention, of course, my birthday month!
We’re now entering the run up (or countdown) to the Wylye Valley Art Trail from 27 May – 4 June. We have lots of preparations beforehand, commissions to complete and…
‘FIRST SATURDAYS’ Open Studio 6 May
Once again we’re clearing up the debris and wanton devastation of this past month’s work in the studio so we can welcome you to our ‘First Saturdays’ exhibition on 6 May from 10am – 5pm. I’ve been working on some river triptychs, see image below, still unfinished and the photo only taken on my phone, but it will give you an idea.
It will be great to see you if you can make it.
WYLYE VALLEY ART TRAIL 27 May – 4 June 2017
The free brochure for this year’s Art Trail is available in Wiltshire Tourist Information Centres, Libraries, Arts centres and lots of other places. Or you can pick one up from our studio. You can also view the trail website at www.wvat.co.uk.
There are 73 venues set in some of the most stunning landscapes of South and West Wiltshire. Over 360 artists and craftspeople taking part.
The other artists at Bull Mill will also be opening their studios and workshops for the 9 days. See details at www.bullmillarts.co.uk. Coffee, teas and cakes will be available in aid of the Wiltshire Wildlife Hospital.
APRIL 2017 Newsletter
I’m over the moon to announce that on Friday I won the Individual Artists Award at the Wiltshire Life Awards! A real surprise, a boost and validation! It was a great evening (even though black tie isn’t really my style!)
We have a busy time coming up over the next few months, starting with our First Saturdays Open Studio on 1 April (no joke!). We’re also starting to think about the Wylye Valley Art Trail at the end of May.
‘First Saturdays’ Open Studio 1 April
We’re hoping for some beautiful spring sunshine next weekend so we can throw open our studio doors for our ‘First Saturdays’ exhibition on 1 April from 10am – 5pm. I’ve recently had a change- round of paintings at several galleries, so will have a fresh range of work on show, including ‘Selena’, above and ‘Whivara’ below.
After a hugely successful ‘Wild Wood’ exhibition in Shaftesbury earlier this month, in which half the work was sold, Tanya will be showing a selection of unique and stunning pieces, including ‘Merla’ left.
You’ll also be able to see where my new teaching studio is going to be (we now have a concrete base for it and I’m waiting for the surrounding walls to be fixed before I can start putting up the building).
It will be great to see you if you can make it.
WYLYE VALLEY ART TRAIL 27 May – 4 June 2017
I’m still involved with organising this exciting biennial open studios event, but now as treasurer and a bit of work on design and publicity. The free brochure for this year’s Art Trail is currently being printed and will be ready by the second week of April.
There are 73 venues all over South and West Wiltshire and over 360 artists taking part. The other artists at Bull Mill will also be opening their studios and workshops for the 9 days. The Art Trail website is up and running at www.wvat.co.uk.
‘STICKS IN THE SMOKE’ Project
After the sad news of the closure of the Curwen Gallery, which I told you about last month, I’m still researching and negotiating alternative possibilities for my ‘Sticks in the Smoke’ exhibition next year.
Meanwhile I’ve been discovering, exploring and drawing more London parks and gardens. Most recently, last week, at Brunswick Square in Bloomsbury, where one of my drawings was of the ancient and gnarled Brunswick Plane (above): the second oldest plane tree in London.
On the same day I had a meeting about possibly creating illustrations for a booklet about all the garden squares in Bloomsbury, which will be presented to the Queen next year. Exciting!
You can read my ‘Sticks in the Smoke’ blog at www.nickandrewblog.wordpress.com.
MARCH 2017 Newsletter
This time of year I love to see those tantalising early glimpses of spring! Makes me impatient to get out there to capture the season’s changes in some new canvases!
News below about forthcoming events. But first of all an important update about my ‘Sticks in the Smoke’ exhibition: As you know, this was due to take place in April at the Curwen Gallery. Sadly however they’ve had to make the difficult decision to close the gallery from the end of next month (after 35 years!) which means my show won’t be happening as planned! They’ve been struggling with the downturn in the London art market for months now and it’s no longer sustainable. I’m especially disappointed as Curwen gave me my first London exhibition back in the 80s (when they were the Upstairs Gallery at the Royal Academy).
But anyway, I’m really trying to see the positive side: I’ve been getting some good publicity with the ‘Sticks in the Smoke’ project recently, with a feature coming out shortly in London Landscapes, the London Parks and Gardens Trust publication. I’m continuing with the project and the blog throughout this year and hope that interest will grow further. I’m currently contacting other galleries to host the exhibition next year. I’ll keep you posted. I was at Lincolns Inn Fields last Thursday while Storm Doris was raging overhead! See the drawing below.
I’m also planning to get some prints made of my sketchbook pages. More about those in future Newsletters.
Tanya Hinton ‘Wild Wood’ Exhibition 1 – 14 March
Tanya’s exciting ‘Wild Wood’ exhibition at Shaftesbury Arts Centre is running from 1 – 14 March. A stunning ‘must see’ show, full of her unique paintings of characterful creatures on wild and weathered wood, including a collection of Arctic inspired pieces, such as ‘Skol and Hati’ (Oil on ancient door), below. Go to www.tanyahinton.jimdo.com for more information and images.
‘First Saturdays’ Open Studio 4 March
After our very busy Winter Sale, we’re getting back to our regular ‘First Saturdays’ Open Studios, starting on 4 March, from 10am – 5pm. Most of Tanya’s work will be in her Shaftesbury exhibition so this Saturday I’m taking over the whole studio! New pieces on show will include ‘Parrea’ Acrylic on canvas 107 x 61 cm (at top). Less recent will include ‘Athyria’ Acrylic on paper 46 x 46cm (below).
FEBRUARY 2017 Newsletter
It’s going to be a busy year!
Only 3 weeks into the New Year and there’s already a lot to report!… about my ‘Sticks in the Smoke’ exhibition, Tanya’s Wild Wood exhibition at Shaftesbury Arts Centre, the last 2 days of our WINTER SALE. And, I’m really excited about my New Teaching Studio! To find out more, read below.
Meanwhile, I’m over the moon and honoured to be shortlisted for the Arts and Culture category in the 2017 Wiltshire Life Awards. The ceremony is in March, so I’ll let you know how it goes. Hmm, that gives me a month to get my suit dry cleaned!
There’s an illustrated interview about my work, featuring in The Artist Magazine this month. Click here to view the article.
WINTER SALE- ends 4 February!
We’ve had lots of visitors and some good sales at our Bull Mill Studio WINTER SALE over the past three Saturdays. Now only 2 Saturdays to go: 28 January + 4 February, 10am – 5pm. It will be great to see you if you can make it, we promise to keep the woodburner roaring for you, so you can stay as long as you like, with a plentiful supply of tea and coffee!
In the back studio we have a mixed selection of pieces, prices reduced by up to 50% (In the front we’ll be showing recent work which will be at gallery prices.)
‘STICKS IN THE SMOKE’ Exhibition..
The exhibition for my ‘STICKS IN THE SMOKE’ project will open at the Curwen Gallery, Windmill Street, London on 5 April 2017 and runs until the 29th. The Private View will be on 4 April, 6 – 8pm, it would be great to see you there if you’re able to make it. On show will be around 60 studies ( like ‘Lower Grosvenor Gardens’ at the top of the page), based on drawings made at 60 public green spaces in London over the past year. There will also be a few larger works but I’ll be producing a collection of larger pieces for a follow- up show in 2018. My sketchbooks will also be there (see below, a recent sketchbook drawing at Millbank Gardens), but I’ll be happy to show you them beforehand at my studio. View my ‘Sticks in the Smoke’ blog here.
A proportion of the exhibition sales will go to support the SENSORY TRUST, a charity which aims to make green spaces more accessible and enjoyable for all people, regardless of age, ability or social circumstance. www.sensorytrust.org.uk.
For more information about the ‘Sticks in the Smoke’ exhibition, please view the News Release here. If you know anyone who might be interested, or any contacts you might have in the arts news media, I’d be very grateful if you could forward this to them. Thank you!
TANYA HINTON ‘Wild Wood’ Exhibition..
Tanya is working hard towards her exhibition at Shaftesbury Arts Centre from 1 – 14 March 2017. I can see already that it’s going to be a stunning ‘must see’ show, full of her unique paintings of characterful creatures on wild and weathered wood, including ‘Bombur’, below. Go to www.tanyahinton.jimdo.com for more information and images.
NEW! Teaching Studio at Bull Mill..
Over the next few months, I’m going to be putting up a new, fully equipped Teaching Studio (similar to the one above), alongside my own studio , in which I will be offering art studio space and ‘Art Retreats’ for up to 3 people at a time, who I can work with on a mentoring basis.
I can’t wait to get started and will let you have more details in forthcoming Newsletters, so watch this space!
WINTER SALE 7 Jan – 4 Feb 2017
Our Bull Mill Studio WINTER SALE! will be open every Saturday from 7 January – 4 February 2017, 10am – 5pm. In the back studio I’ll have a selection of mostly older pieces, dating back to the mid 1990s, including the pieces illustrated here (Above: ‘Hazel Path to May’ Acrylic on canvas 69x69cm. Below: ‘Osaria’ Acrylic on paper 71x62cm, ‘Concella’ Acrylic on canvas 51x51cm, ‘Capreola’ Acrylic on paper 61 x 50cm). Prices reduced by up to 50%. (In the front will be recent work which will be at gallery prices.).
Tanya Hinton also has some of her fantastic Wild Wood paintings in the WINTER SALE (including ‘Bastet’ 132x75cm, below). Go to www.tanyahinton.jimdo.com for more information and images
December 2016 Newsletter
‘Brushstrokes for Christmas!
It’s back to the wellie- wearing season again here at Bull Mill – heavy rain over the past few days turned the lane into a torrent and brought a flood outside my cottage! The last few hazel leaves are clinging on in the woods and turn almost fluorescent yellow in the late autumn sunlight (I have in mind a series of paintings based on those. I’ll let you know when they materialise!)
Meanwhile, we have our exciting Bull Mill Christmas Bazaar starting on Saturday 3 – Sunday 11 December. I will have a wide range of work on show including three winter seascapes, including ‘Pagura’ Acrylic on canvas 101 x 81cm at the bottom. Also a wall of small ‘Christmas present’ paintings. Tanya will be showing lots of new pieces, including ‘Inari’ Oil on wood below (see more of Tanya’s work at www.tanyahinton.jimdo.com).
Come and join us to celebrate the run up to Christmas with a mince pie and a glass of mulled wine. There are lots more Christmas gift ideas in the rest of Bull Mill, see the card here for full details..
I’m showing a range of winter- themed paintings for inclusion in the Christmas Exhibition at the Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LN. Tel: 01935 815261. It runs from 26 November – 23 December. It includes ‘Hibera’ Acrylic on canvas 61 x 61cm at the top.
Three new canvases will be hanging in the Quartz Visual Arts Festival at Queens College, Trull Road, Taunton, TA1 4QS. It runs from Friday 16 – Thursday 22 December from 11-5pm. Tanya will also be showing some work there. Find out more here
Please do contact me if you’d like more information, prices and purchasing options.
November 2016 News
‘The nights are drawing in..!
On these chilly mornings the first task in the studio is to light the fire before any kind of creative activity can take place! Then brew a pot of coffee to sit on top! And from this week it’ll be dark when we close up in the evening!
We can’t even think about hibernating, though! At least not yet, there’s just too much to do! I have to get new work ready for delivering to galleries around the country in November. But before then, they’ll be on show (and available for purchase) at our ‘FIRST SATURDAYS’ Open Studio, on 5 November from 10am – 5pm. October’s new crop include: ‘Filipenda’ Acrylic on canvas. 107 x 107cm (above) . It will be great to see you if you can make it (we’ll have the log fire blazing!)
I am working on a series of winter- themed paintings for inclusion in the Christmas Exhibition at the Jerram Gallery, Half Moon Street, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 3LN. Tel: 01935 815261. It runs from 26 November – 23 December. I’ll include some images of these in next month’s newsletter.
Tanya Hinton is showing some new pieces at our Open Studio on 5 November. See ‘Song of Summer’ Oil on Wood. 67 x 15cm, below. She also has work on show this month at the ‘Dansel Gallery’ Abbotsbury. www.danselgallery.co.uk . and ‘The Old School Gallery’ Yetminster. www.yetminstergallery.co.uk. Find out more at: www.tanyahinton.jimdo.com
We’re enveloped in the colours and moods of Summer: the riverbanks a riot of colour and pattern; the cool woods full of bracken and dapples of light; the morning mist with dewy cobwebs catching the morning sun.
I’ve spent the past few weeks in the studio working on a new collection of canvases which celebrate the summer, including ‘Emphyta’ acrylic on canvas 56 x 51cm ‘(above). These will be delivered to galleries around the country over the next couple of weeks, but before they go, I’d love you to have a preview of them in our forthcoming ‘First Saturdays’ Open Studio at Bull Mill Studio. Also see Matutea’ Acrylic on canvas 137 x 71cm (below)
As usual the studio is open from 10am – 5pm. Or please do let me know if you’d like to call in at any other time. It would be great to see you!
After her extremely successful exhibition in early July in Shaftesbury, Tanya Hinton is busy producing more wonderful wild wood paintings, including: ‘Herne’ (below), which will be in our open studio, painted in oil on a panel from a 200 year old door. See more of her work at www.tanyahinton.jimdo.com
July 2016 Newsletter
BULL MILL ARTS OPEN STUDIO
This is to let you know about our forthcoming Bull Mill Arts Open Studios on Sat 2 + Sun 3 July 10 – 5pm, in which everyone who has a studio here throws open their doors! The full list as follows:
Joanna Sims – Painting
Nick Andrew – Painting
Tanya Hinton – Wild wood paintings
Olivia Clifton-Bligh – Printmaking and sculpture
Philip Leevers – Drawing and painting
Sally Alexander – Gilding and drawing
Stephanie Gilbert – Jewellery
I’ll be showing new paintings that I’ve been working on over the past month or so, including ‘Agrimea’ Acrylic on canvas 76 x 76cm (I know it’s not a very summery piece but I still have plenty of ideas from the winter that I want to work on!). Also lots of other work on show, including in our Sale rack!