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The From Pigments to Paint free online series with Andrew Field Fine Art and Pippa Pixley, artist & illustrator, concluded this month with another exciting workshop. This time we featured special guest artist and master paintmaker Pip Seymour, creator of the Wallace Seymour Earth Pigments Range: a staggering collection of over 100 brightly-hued minerals to experiment with! The earth pigment palette is sourced from around the world – the rich, red Rudstone clay from North Yorkshire; Viviante, a blue ochre from the Black Sea; and exotic Cinnabar from the Tuscan volcano of Monte Amita – to name but a few.

If you would like to add real richness and depth to your work, then you will definitely enjoy trying these fabulous materials!

In this special workshop practicing artists demonstrated how they use these fantastic finds, discussed the fascinating origins and stories, and answered audience questions in this live zoom session. All featured art materials can be found at @artreqltd

In the September edition of our series of artist demonstrations of delicious natural art materials, we focussed on understanding and using ancient drawing materials – rocks, minerals, clays, charcoal and ink!

Fine Artist Andrew Field and myself shared an exciting  Wallace Seymour Fine Art workshop, demonstrating how to draw and paint using these historic tools and sharing stories and histories of how the old masters used them in their work. We were joined by special guest artist Hannah Ivory Baker who shared her practice. It is really exciting to explore new mediums and materials in our work and to see where these new possibilities can take us…

charcoal study by Hannah Ivory Baker

All art materials demonstrated can be found at www.artreq.co.uk where you will find over 60 varieties of ancient drawing materials to try out!

 

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In the August edition of our series of artist demonstrations of delicious natural art materials, we focussed on recreating the colours of the sea and the sky using natural blue pigments.

Fine Artist Andrew Field and myself shared an exciting Summer Blues Workshop in which we demonstrated how to use Wallace Seymour Fine Art pigments to create beautiful signature blues for our seascapes and skies. We shared stories and histories as we made oils, watercolours, and tempura from pigments of naturally differing shades and hues. Andrew also took a moment to reflect on how Turner, John Sell Cotman, Thomas Girtin, and Constable created their signature skies in beautiful shades of blue.

Our special guest artist was the amazing Maggie Cochran! She showed us how she uses Wallace Seymour acrylic paints to capture the beauty of the Cornish coast.

Join us in September to explore their wide range of ancient drawing materials…

Wallace Seymour make beautiful quality fine art materials, specializing in rare and ancient colours used by the masters such as Turner and Rembrandt. They are a British company based in Yorkshire and run by artists Pip Seymour and Rebecca Wallace. They have a real passion for producing quality products. Their range of materials can be found at ArtReq and you can order online at Art Req Ltd.

 

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During lockdown I have been leading a series of Mindful Drawing Workshops for Headway’s Digital Day Centre platform during June and July. The charity works with brain injury survivors and their carers to help support recovery.

In our workshops I have shared a gestural mark-making approach that has helped to build confidence and dexterity. The workshops are a wonderfully mindful process as it teaches us to slow down and observe, to take notice and to wonder. I love to scribble and make gestural marks full of life and movement because there is no right and no wrong – it’s just about expressing yourself freely on the paper.

 

The virtual drawing workshops have been a huge success with the brain injury survivors we support. During the first set of sessions members have been learning how to create a simple illustration of a mouse, hedgehog and bird with great results using only a pencil, teabag and coffee!”

– Headway Leicestershire, Leicester & Rutland

 

 

We decided to bring these demonstrations of delicious natural art materials from Wallace Seymour Fine Art Products to you at home.
In this live webinar I demonstrated tips and techniques for making your own pastels, while another fine artist, Andrew Field, shared the secrets of mixing your own acrylic and oil-based paints using a muller and glass plate to create signature colours and hues. It was lovely to have a friendly and enthusiastic audience of art lovers from as far afield as Canada and Japan – a big Thank You to everyone who joined our zoom tutorial!

Wallace Seymour make beautiful quality fine art materials, specializing in rare and ancient colours used by the masters such as Turner and Rembrandt. They are a British company based in Yorkshire and run by artists Pip Seymour and Rebecca Wallace. They have a real passion for producing quality products. Their range of materials can be found at ArtReq and you can order online at Art Req Ltd.

“This was brilliant, thank you. I’ve read about making paints, but it definitely helps to see someone do it themselves!” – Jane H

“Really enjoyed the demo, it was great! Thanks so much.” – Terry B

“Thank you so much to all of you involved in your brilliant online workshop today. Absolutely outstanding and much appreciated. All good wishes.” – Fran W

 

Watch out for our next live artist demonstrations in August in which we will focus on creating beautiful watercolour paintings using the fantastic Wallace Seymour range…

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Would you like to join me for my Nature Drawing Online Workshop? This half-day course features some of the ancient drawing materials and natural inks demonstrated today – you will even receive a parcel in advance so we can all create beautiful artwork together…

 

 

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We would have been at the stunning Lingholm Estate in the head of the English Lake District’s beautiful Borrowdale valley today along with other amazing artists and watercolourists for a full day of live art workshops, but as we can’t at the moment with conditions as they are, we decided to bring these demonstrations of delicious natural art materials from Wallace Seymour Fine Art Products to you at home.

We had over 30 artists and art lovers in attendance for the live zoom webinar from as far afield as Wales, Panama, and the United States. We shared a video of natural ink artwork made by Pip Seymour himself and two 30 minute demonstrations – I presented the botanical inks range and Andrew Field showed how he uses the 18th Century watercolours to produce Turner-esque effects. We also enjoyed a Q&A session, some friendly chat, and the experience of witnessing a little chick hatching from its egg live on camera!

Botanical Inks with Pippa Pixley – 

These natural ancient materials are made from plants. These inks can be used neat or diluted with water to create wonderful soft washes.

 

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Would you like to join me for my Nature Drawing Online Workshop? This half day course features some of the ancient drawing materials and natural inks demonstrated today – you will even receive a parcel in advance so we can all create beautiful artwork together…

Watercolour with Andrew Field – 

Looking at watercolour painting techniques, moving from small studies to larger finished works.

 

You can order the featured art materials in the UK from Art Req Ltd.

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As we are all faced with times of uncertainty due to the outbreak of COVID-19, I wish to reassure you that the safety and wellbeing of my clients and colleagues remain my primary concern and focus.

In view of this, and in line with recommendations and guidelines from the World Health Organisation and our Government, I will be canceling personal appearances at public events and group courses for at least the next 6 weeks. If you have already booked on one of my courses during that period you can expect me to hear from me soon.

However, I will be making more of my courses and artwork available online and I’ll be keeping in touch through Twitter, Facebook & Instagram. I’ll post updates on this as the situation develops. I wish you all a really creative time and please keep you, your loved ones and our community safe.”

– Much love, Pippa xx

If you would like to book tickets for this workshop click on the image above.

My suminigashi work is going to be featured in the next issues of the fabulous UPPERCASE Magazine and the prestigious Pressing Matters Magazine. Sooo excited!

***Now SOLD OUT!***

Pippa’s Kintsugi Workshop on May 12th 2020 at the absolutely fabulous Chatsworth House in Derbyshire’s Peak District.

In this Wabisabi inspired class you will work with real gold to repair stunning ceramic pieces that you can take home as treasured momentos at the end of the day.”

The Kintsugi package includes:

  • Beautiful handcrafted ceramics to work with
  • All craft materials & packaging
  • Tea, coffee and fruit juice on arrival
  • Chatsworth still and sparkling water
  • Mid-morning break: tea, coffee & mini pastries
  • Two-course lunch by the Chatsworth chefs
  • Mid-pm break including tea, coffee & biscuits
  • Complimentary parking
  • WIFI

Learn more or book your tickets through Pippa’s eventbrite page…

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.”
– Pippa

Learn more about my Marbling & Suminagashi courses here…

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 – £110

 

You can book a place by visiting CraftCourses.com or message me with any questions via my contact page…