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!
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.
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.
It was a great honour to be asked to present this homage to the late, great Judith Kerr at Bath Children’s Literature Festival this weekend!
Judith Kerr (1923-2019) is best known as the writer and illustrator of such well-loved picture books as The Tiger Who Came to Tea, but for this celebration event I was also able to share the fascinating story of her early life as a Jewish refugee from Hitler’s Germany. We re-enacted her most famous tale, read the rhythmical One Night In The Zoo and featured Judith’s new book, The Curse of the School Rabbit, posthumously released by her longtime publisher, HarperCollins.
I’d like to thank Bath Festivals for inviting me and for managing such a lovely production, HarperCollins for their support, and the wonderful and responsive audience of children and adults who joined in with the storytelling and activities.
You can book my Judith Kerr Interactive Storytelling & Workshop for your school or setting by clicking here…
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!
The Printworks in Manchester invited me to host a prehistoric printing workshop to tie in with the screening of Aardman Animation’s latest movie, Early Man. I brought along my tabletop printing press, foam boards, paints & rollers; and everyone loved trying new techniques to produce ancient art!