Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Purple and Grey Feb Update

Well we are racing through 2018 and have already had two workshops and several art group meets at our wonderful Tansley Village Hall venue.

We have also been sharing our wisdom around the kitchen tables of Derbyshire with some lovely artists.

It's what we enjoy the most, being able to have an informal chat with our clients and then watch them follow up on advice and take off. Sometimes it's just a bit of reassurance that they are on the right track, other times it's the first of many meetings as they start a new art business.

If you are thinking of booking a consultation we are now fully booked till April, but here's what you can expect from us.

No business language, just cold hard facts about how to go about getting yourself out there and the steps you personally need to take. We listen to where you have come from and where you would like to take yourself in the future. Only you can put the advice into practise, only you can motivate yourself everyday afterwards, but all our clients have left feeling inspired to give it a go and move closer to the goal of turning a desire into something solid.

Look for the artist interviews on this blog and read their stories.

You can also come along to our next FREE networking event below and talk to us about what we may be able to do for you.



March 14th 2018 10.30 - 12.30
 Deda
Join us and view the current exhibitions at Deda and have a coffee in the cube cafe.
Meet the people behind Deda and find out more about this amazing award winning art space.
Déda and CUBE café|bar are located at 19 Chapel Street, Derby DE1 3GU
​(towards the north of the city centre and the Cathedral Quarter.)

Purple and Grey News

Listen to Grey on the Artsword YouTube channel 15.30mins in below:




Artsword are looking for artists to interview get in touch with them!

Tomorrow Purple is conducting the first of her Childrens art club.
Aimed at pre-school and primary school boys and girls. A short story will be read at the beginining of each session to inspire creativity with lots of help and encouragement along the way.

Each session focuses on a children's book kicking off with one of my current favourites "Stickman by Julia Donaldson" on Wednesday 21st February 1-2.30 #modellingclay #twigs #drawing #colouredpencils .

Families welcome

all materials provided

£8 per person
children under 5 free to be supervised by a paying adult

family (up to 5) £30

free tea/coffee or soft drink

ONLY FEW PLACES LEFT - TO BOOK paypal.me/KarinaGoodmanStdio61/
or email karinagoodman@icloud.com for a booking form

2018 dates see https://www.karinagoodmanstudio61.co.uk/childrens-workshops.html

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Charcoal Challenges

We had a lovely day playing around with charcoal yesterday. We had an intimate group due to some flu related canclations but that didn't stop us enjoying learning the techniques of charcoal.
For the first session we played about with mark making introducing the concept of adding and taking away.

The fun part was drawing the chocolate but it was difficult to stop it being eaten first!
We then spent some time combining all that we had learnt into a small still life.

After a much needed lunch we progressed onto quick portrait sketches it was a steep learning curve for those that had never drawn before let alone in charcoal but everybody did really well and took a lot from their time with us.
It was a nice way to spend valentines day charcoal and chocolate what could be better! 


Our next events are:
#Networking
March 14th 2018 10.30 - 12.30 
 Deda 
Join us and view the current exhibitions at Deda and have a coffee in the cube cafe.
Meet the people behind Deda and find out more about this amazing award winning art space. 
Déda and CUBE café|bar are located at 19 Chapel Street, Derby DE1 3GU
​(towards the north of the city centre and the Cathedral Quarter.) - FREE No booking required just turn up.

#Learn
Painting and Platters
May 9th 10-2 pm
Cost £45
Discover the wonderful world of water soluble oils and the freedom and flexibility they give you as an artist. 
This Workshop will explore the traditional method of using oils with the fat over lean principle, the use of a palette knife and then a looser and even semi abstract way of applying this versatile medium. The work and knowledge explored during the workshop can be interpreted to any subject, so you are welcome to bring your own reference material.
Bring your own brushes and paints or use ours but please bring a large 2” flat brush, palette knife, baby wipes, apron, a small canvas board up to 10” x 8” and a large canvas around 40/50 cm.  Please bring something to transport home too as they will still be wet!
We will also provide the lunch and endless hot drinks as required so you can enjoy the art.

How to book
Each workshop package is £45 per person. Cash or PayPal accepted use this link to pay:  https://www.paypal.me/purpleandgrey/45
Maximum number of participants is 10.
Each workshop runs from 10 am until 2.00 pm with a  break for lunch.
Bookings made via email  ( purpleandgreyinfo@gmail.com )and once payment has been accepted we will hold your place. Please use the words Lunch and Learn in the subject title of your email.




Friday, 19 January 2018

Soup,Spills and Thrills


Last Wednesday we commenced the first  of our lunch and learn workshops, we thought we would share the results from the day.
Grey was on duty as the facilitator  and began the day with a quick discussion about still life its purpose and possible usefulness to the group in their future paintings. Composition was experimented with and this was followed by more tea and coffee.
The rest of the morning involved tone and looking at shadows in relation to an object which in this case was Greys sons birthday balloons!


Purple had the serious task of providing the lunch element and beavered away in the beautiful Tansley Hall kitchen setting out a fine table for our participants. 


Unfortunately her skills do not extend to serving soup and promptly dispatched of a bowl of leek and potatoe all over Grey. Which caused much merriment and reminded us all of the fabulous Julie Walters as Mrs Overall.
We shall be sending Purple to catering college immediately!




The afternoon progressed in a much more orderly fashion and our participants did a great job of arranging and depicting a still life as you can see from the photos below.







Please join us for our next lunch and learn workshop where you can see for yourself the excellent service skills of Purple Overall! 

Charcoal and Chocolate will be February 14th at Tansley Village Hall 10 - 2 pm £45 please see our website for booking details here.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Charcoal and Chocolate Valentines Special Lunch and Learn Workshop


Charcoal and Chocolate Valentines Special

February 14th 10 -2 pm

Tansley Village Hall
Church Street, Tansley, 
Matlock DE4 5FH

What better way to treat yourself on valentine’s day than time spent with likeminded people drawing in charcoal and eating chocolate! Let us pamper you as you explore this fabulous tactile medium.
Demonstrations and individual help will show students how to draw with beautiful line work; 
methods of placing tones for rendering images three dimensional; design of realistic works with supporting abstract elements; and ways to draw with painterly approaches.
   
All materials provided as well as endless hot drinks and of course chocolate!

Workshop Cost £45


To book please email: purpleandgreyinfo@gmail.com and mention any special dietary requirements.

Book all six lunch and learn workshops for £250

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Still Life and Soup Lunch and Learn Workshop by Purple and Grey



Still life and soup
January 17th 10 - 2 pm
Tansley Village Hall
Church Street, Tansley, 
Matlock DE4 5FH

Still Life Painting is an important field of art and a proven tool for teaching artists of every skill level the disciplines needed to create successful, beautiful paintings.

This Workshop will concentrate on many of the essentials of good picture making, with still life as the subject matter. Some of the principles discussed throughout the workshop will be composition, accuracy in drawing, colour and understanding form, edge control, lighting. The work and knowledge explored during the workshop can be interpreted to any subject of painting so it’s a great start to our year of workshops.

Bring your own paints or use ours, you can use any type of paint you like on paper or canvas it’s up to you.
We will provide the still life arrangement and we will also provide the lunch and endless hot drinks as required we aim to look after you so you can enjoy the art.

Workshop cost £45.

To book please email: purpleandgreyinfo@gmail.com and mention any special dietary requirements.

Special offer book all six lunch and learn workshops for £250.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Thank You!

Thank You!

Our 2017 program has now come to an end and we want to thank all of you for participating and attending all our events this year.
We have #networked #learned and #created in many different locations and met so many talented artists its been a real pleasure.

After two years we feel we are getting somewhere with how we want Purple and Grey to be and we are happy with our plans for next year. We will continue to be Derbyshire Regional coordinators for the SAA and we want to continue supporting new and emerging artists by giving them exhibition space and a place to meet and learn from each other.

One of the most rewarding parts of being Purple and Grey is seeing artists we have helped go on to bigger and better things whether some of those things have been winning competitions, partnering up with big materials companies, solo exhibitions and sales, or just venturing into new styles of work.

We have never claimed to know it all but we have enough experience to have been able to point artists in new directions and give them the inspiration to JUST DO IT! Sometimes all it takes is a little chat to a third party to kick you off!

Since July we have been plotting a program of workshops art meets and visits to venues for 2018 and we are excited to announce that we have a fabulous new brochure printed locally in Lumsdale. All our dates and details are on there for you to keep throughout the year, we are looking forward to networking at Deda and Harley Gallery as well as our guest workshops and regular art group meets.

We will be using this and our blog as our main communication in 2018 so follow us via email and keep an eye out for it in your in boxes! The next one details the first of our Lunch and Learn workshops so stay tuned!

So we hope you have a lovely holiday period and we shall see you back in the new year!

Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

End of Year Christmas Party


What a fabulous art group we have kind,funny, talented and brilliant company!
And just look at our birthday cake brought along by botanical artist Anne Chapman what a lovely surprise that was! Hard to believe Purple and Grey are two this year.


It looks like we have had a few to many but its non alcoholic punch honest!




The art quiz was quite taxing but luckily everyone was a winner in the end!



For more information about our Derbyshire Regional SAA Art Group visit our page here: http://www.purpleandgrey.co.uk/art-group.html