During the current COVID-19 Corona Virus pandemic I will be sharing fun stories and art activities suitable for enjoying with your children, helping them to keep creatively engaged…
This hands-on drawing session at the fantastic Jersey Zoo will have children laughing out loud as they learn Pippa’s top tips and techniques and hear her funny animal stories. Each session lasts one hour and is suitable for all ages and abilities
Book tickets here at eventbrite…
Suminagashi is the beautiful Japanese artform of floating inks on a bath of water to create a monoprint. This is normally done in the studio, but whenever possible I love to work in the wild – the great outdoors. The process involves using an ink stick which I grind onto an inkstone with a little water, moving it in a circular motion until I reach the right consistency of ink.
With the brush inked (and with minimal movement) I dip the tip of brush horizontally onto the surface of the water to create concentric circles. Various patterns and shapes – swishes and swirls reminiscent of the knots, grain and ring forms of trees, or the contours of maps and mountain ranges – are created by the breeze. It is a really wonderful process, something quite magical and serendipitous.
You never really know what kind of a print you will make, it is very dependent on the conditions; a sudden breeze, the movement of a dog or just your own breathing can affect the image, changing it in some way. It’s exciting knowing that just as every snowflake is different, so, too, is every print. No matter how many I produce no two will be the same; each one will be unique and special in some way. The prints are used in a number of ways – for book covers, endpapers, framed original prints or wrapping paper – depending on the purpose and the type of paper used. If you love playing with inks and hearing the soothing sound of water you will love this aqueous surface design printing method.”
Learn more about my Marbling & Suminagashi courses here…
I was absolutely thrilled to be featured in edition 42 of my favourite arty magazine, UPPERCASE, published by the amazingly talented and prolific Janine Vangool.
Kintsugi is the beautiful Japanese art of repauring broken pottery with gold, which is a wonderful metaphor for life. The cracks are our experiences in life. We don’t have to be broken by them, they can make us stronger and more beautiful. Instead of hiding the cracks that life brings, you embrace them and turn them into something unique, something magical. It is the experiences that happen to us that shape us and make us who we are, who we become.”
Would you like to learn the art of creating beautiful paintings? Then this class is for you!
It is an exciting one-day course set in the heart of the Peak National Park. You will develop your skills in using line, tone, and colour. The day will begin by understanding the fundamental principles of light and tone, experimenting with a range of mixed media materials. I will show you how to translate and transcribe the landscape by slowing down and observing the surrounding environment through mark-making exercises using Japanese ink and charcoal.
You will develop palette themes, and experiment with mixing and making your own pigment paint with the ancient painting method of egg tempera (free-range organic eggs from my own hens) as well as making glazes and layers in acrylic, oil and cold wax. You will discover the secrets of how to apply contrast, colour theory, and tonal values to create beautiful scenes.
This workshop will be hosted in the delightful hamlet of Hollinsclough in the Upper Dove Valley, and is suitable for beginners as well as seasoned artists. Everyone will leave relaxed, refreshed and infused with creativity. All materials will be provided as well as refreshments throughout the day – including lunch, tea, coffee, cake – you just need to bring an apron!
Landscape Painting Workshop – Sat Nov 9th – 10.00am – 4.00pm – £85
This new exhibition at Derby University marks the end of my artist residency in which I have worked alongside and lectured their third year MA Illustration students. Through the AA2A programme I have been able to share tips and techniques from my experience of working with publishers and agents to write and illustrate for the children’s picturebook market.
It was a lovely launch event with my fellow AA2A artists, faculty members, friends and family present. Thank you everyone!
Thanks to Incy Wincy’s Day Nursery at Bedale for inviting me to join them at the stunning Thorp Perrow Arboretum to find natural inspiration for our printerly art among the majestic trees bearing such splendid autumnal hues!
October 24, 2018