The sun is definitely out and coming in through my studio window, at last. The daffs are out and the buds are beginning to show green. Spring has arrived!
It has been a busy time with some lovely work being produced by students at the end of term. So rewarding to see everyone gaining in confidence and also beginning to experiment with their paints and ideas.
I have a new drawing which I am hoping to print off and into my shop soon with the theme of the importance of respecting Nature and that we don't live on this planet alone. The quote I have used is by Thomas Merton "We do not exist for ourselves alone" and reminds me that we are connected to Nature for our existence and survival.
I am a great believer in staring out of the window and gazing at the clouds (not all day of course but to give myself a much needed break!) which keeps me constantly in touch with my own mind and my inner self. Periods of Calm are so important in our busy lives where we are told not to waste our time and that we should be doing something. Taking time to stare out of the window helps give this necessary escape for the busyness of life.
So the next time you begin to feel stressed and overwhelmed by all the things you have to get done, take 3 deep breaths, look up and stare at the clouds.
It is nice to think that Spring is just around the corner as the bulbs are now pushing their way through, the sap is rising and buds are breaking out on the shrubs in my garden. The distant woods are still bathed in a warm browns but when the sun fades they have an orange glow. It wont be long before we see touches of greens and yellow. Then as if by some overnight magic almost, the whole wood becomes textured in a variety of greens, yellows, mauves a mass of colour knitted together.
I have been teaching my students that the most important thing to learn when starting to draw or paint is to take the time to look and really see what it is they are drawing. To look carefully. To observe. It is not until we take the time to look that we can then see more accurately. We can then translate this into drawing using the necessary techniques and skills which can be acquired with practice.
It has been a busy start to the New Year with new prints on my Etsy Shop and a new teaching position at Henley College teaching Beginners Drawing and Painting to a lovely new group who are all very enthusiastic. I find teaching so rewarding.
I have also taken up Tai Chi again after a long gap and have a brilliant teacher Karen Pounds in Henley. Being a naturally anxious person I find the flowing moves, the quiet and calm so beneficial and a wonderful way to be in the present moment. A wonderful start to the New Year too. I hope you had a good start to the New Year too.
I have a Valentines offer in my shop between 1st - 14 th February a FREE 'Love Is...' art card with any purchase made. See the link to my shop in the menu.
December 7 th 2017
It was great to take part in Art on the Street last weekend and meet fellow artist's who were also braving the very cold weather outside.
I am back inside in the warm now and working on new illustrations for sale on Etsy. I am looking forward of course to snuggling up with the family at Christmas and watching box sets and playing board games.
Happy shopping! xxx
November 27th 2017
I am now preparing for Art on the Street in Maidenhead on SATURDAY 2ND DECEMBER 10-4 PM . Please come and say Hello :) http://www.artonthestreet.org.uk/
Autumn is rushing past and I am enjoying my teaching at the Adult Dyslexia Centre in Maidenhead with totally amazing students who are up for all the creative challenges and tasks I give them. They are such a warm and friendly group and a real pleasure to teach. Details of their work can be found on my Facebook Page DebbiePerryArt/Being QuietlyCreative@debbieperryart
On December 2nd I will be taking part in Art On The Street in Maidenhead from 10am - 4 pm
I will be selling my '...with Honesty' collection a collection of abstract still-life/nature mixed-media paintings based on the wild plant Honesty.
Come and say Hello :)) http://www.artonthestreet.org.uk/
I am looking forward to teaching at the Adult Dyslexia Centre in Maidenhead again this Autumn. I had a great time with very lovely students last year on my 'Art in Autumn' workshops. This year the workshops are called 'Inspired by Art' where we will be looking at the work of well known artists and creating Seascapes inspired by the Fauvist movement, Portraits inspired by Modigliani, Landscapes inspired by Kurt Jackson and Floral Still Life inspired by Matisse. Should be great fun and some wonderful work will be created.
This Summer we had a new edition to the family Odin our Jack Russell x Springer Spaniel puppy. He really does spring too, like a new born lamb.
I had replanted in the garden a batch of orange lilies and they were a fantastic show of colour. Our garden looks great in Spring but does not have much so far in the way of summer colour, so this splash of colour along with the reds of the poppies which had self- seeded was a wonderful sight against the bright green of the grass.
It was an ideal combination for paintings.
July 25 2017
I have now opened my Etsy Shop where you will be able to buy my work. At the moment I am starting with works on paper and postcards of my work. If you wish to buy works on board or canvas please contact me at email@example.com
M y new collection is called '...with Honesty' based on the plant Honesty (Lunaria annua) and explores relationships between shape, space, texture, with a limited colour palette. Some of the paintings I have on the website.
I will soon have a shop with Etsy so watch this space for a link :)
1:1 Classes will be starting again from August so please contact me for further details.
Enjoy the sunshine :)