Wow what Month !!!! – June 2016

Patchings Festival:

I love Patchings Art Festival – the friendly festival  meeting up with old clients and friends – the two aren’t mutually exclusive.

Producing some paintings, chatting, chatting, chatting and selling. Loosing your voice, exhausting.

"Mixed Eggs" 60x40cm Oil on Canvas
“Mixed Eggs” 60x40cm Oil on Canvas

Then it was back to Norfolk to unload and reload the car, on to the Limousin France teaching for Mike and Sarah at Shades of France.

Had a lovely group, extremes of temperature 9℃ to 38℃ , lots of lovely food and wine, bought a new leather bag to catrrying my sketch book and palette in (any excuse).

Demonstrating in watercolour and oils mainly, really got the crew to get wet with their watercolours always love seeing peeps get brave with their paint.

Limoges France Oil Demo
Limoges France Oil Demo

When you receive unsolicited feedback it is always a boost and I received this this morning from one of the ladies who came to France

“Thank you so much for a stimulating and fun painting course.  I am bubbling with enthusiasm and looking forward particularly to developing the wet-in-wet technique and we  did some sketching and painting in around Parce, to keep up the momentum.”

On return from France it was unload the car and load it again for the Royal Norfolk Show, the Uk’s largest 2 days Agricultural show. A great 2 days despite the rain on WEdnesday afternoon.

I was in the area of Broads’ businesses  – the Broads village – (for those stateside the Broads are 125 miles of navigable waterways).

I completed an oil painting of the village, which was purchased on day 2 so was a very happy chicken.
Linda H Matthews Painting at the Royal Norfolk Show ©Julian Claxton Photographer
"Broads Village" RNS 2016 40x50cm Oil on Canvas SOLD
“Broads Village” RNS 2016 40x50cm Oil on Canvas SOLD

So that’s Nottinghamshire, France and Norfolk.

Now July, this last weekend I attended a workshop , in Norwich, arranged by Merrie Fuller-Curtis and lead by artist James Bland.

A wonderful testing weekend trying to get us all out of our comfort zone, using one model in 2 poses sketching and painting. Attempting to create a narrative between the two figures, I was happy with the result. But it definitely made me slow down and be more cautious.

"Two Girls" Oil on Canvas
“Two Girls” Oil on Canvas

Next week I am taking out Spanish students visiting Norfolk, and then, on 16 July, I am one of 90 Artists painting at Windsor Castle as part of HM the Queens birthday celebrations and chance to get one of my paintings into the Royal Collection (we’ll see)

Adios for now, Linda




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