I have had a few courses so far this year. After finishing the C&G I've added a acrylic painting course with Flora Bowley, a couple of courses with Sally Jean and yesterday I spent with Sarah Ross-Thompson.
The Flora Bowley course I became very frustrated with. It's all online and they make all the videos in HD. Now I know I struggle with online videos here because of our internet, it even takes half an hour or so to let a two minute YouTube stream in, but I really for the life of me can't see the importance of HD on a computer screen anyway let alone one that, for me at least, literally takes days to download. I gave up in the end and I'm still waiting for the book I was promised to arrive. I'm sure it will but all the good intentions and directions this course was supposed to invoke went right out the window on about week three.
The Sally Jean course was another online one. I haven't done any soldering for years and wanted a refresh. She was fun and informative and I now have a whole stack of glass, copper tape and solder to make use of and I am scouting about for items to put to use. It is the sort of thing you need to set up for a long session so when I have quite a few things I will set too.
Just a few of the pieces from Sally Jean practice. I have plans...!
And the lovely Sarah Ross-Thompson we met during the Dorset Art Weeks.
Yesterday was spent in a huge heap of stuff and glue learning different ways of creating depth of tone where plastic, shiny items (parcel tape, PVA) would resist the ink and print as white and absorbent, ridged items (scrim fabrics, scratches) would hold the ink and print as dark. There is plenty to read about on her website.
One of our late babies sitting outside my studio window. They've all become very used to us in there now and really don't take any notice so we can be very, very close to the birds. It really is quite wonderful.
And the little boxes...
All snuggled up in layers and layers of threads ready to be transformed.
And the sun has come out on St Swithin's day!! There were one or two drops earlier but we're hoping Mother will ignore them and take into account She has already done more than 40 days and 40 nights worth of rain!!