Friday, 23 February 2018

The Purple and Grey Interview With Artist Bill Lupton

Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Bill Lupton, and my background is in engineering. Following my apprenticeship, I progressed into factory management and remained in managerial roles for over 30 years. During the past 25 years my passion for painting became so strong that in May 2017 I decided to work full time as an artist. Now I spend my time doing classes, workshops, demonstrations, and painting holidays as well as selling my work around the world. I feel privileged to work with other people who have the same desire to be creative.

What subjects inspire your art?

My first painting was a row of old stone cottages in a nearby village, and I painted every brick in fine detail. I continued in that manner for a few years, trying to replicate scenes as they were, either from photographs or on location. I was becoming bored of painting scenes that I felt were not created by me, and often not very atmospheric. However, I remember seeing a photograph of a pretty white cottage in small farm surrounded by colours of summer, and thought of how it might look in the middle of winter in more rugged surroundings. So, I decided to paint it differently: I reduced the size of the cottage, added a stormy sky, and large bare tree, and even a tall grey mountain with steep slopes leading down to the cottage. The scene was almost unrecognisable, and had lots of very dark and very light areas. I was pleased with the result and enjoyed the whole process considerably more than usual, and I believe that’s where my approach changed. So, I suppose my main inspiration must be atmospheric and dramatic landscapes similar to those that can be found in Cumbria, Northumberland, Yorkshire Moors, the Highlands etc..

Where did you first hear about purple and grey and what benefits have they given you?

Purple and Grey emailed me to see if I was interested in running a watercolour painting workshop at Tansley Village Hall near Matlock. I had heard of them before but was too busy establishing my other regular classes, and selling my paintings, to investigate any further. However, we did agree that I would run a workshop in Tansley in April 2018, and I look forward to a long-lasting relationship where we can work together again in the future. Hopefully this will result in benefits for everyone involved.

Have you got your own studio if so describe it to us?

I am fortunate to have a spare bedroom that I use as my studio, it’s just about sufficient for my needs. It is filled with self-assembly shelves and cupboards where I store my materials and equipment, and a white bureau where I rest my painting board when working. Fortunately, it’s next to the bathroom where I can quickly collect my clean water when needed. It isn’t ideal, and I would love a converted barn or something similar to work in, but I feel lucky and grateful to have a room that I can leave set up for painting, and not have to pack everything away each time like I used to.

How often are you able to dedicate your time to your artwork and would you like more time?

Since deciding to turn a passion into my career in May 2017, I am fortunate to be teaching, demonstrating or painting most days. On a Thursday evening I go to my regular art group where I enjoy being Chairman.  I also run a regular weekly and fortnightly painting classes around the Nottingham area, and do workshops and demonstrations for a number of art groups and societies throughout the year up and down the country. I suppose I’m fairly busy at the moment, and since becoming an Ambassador for the SAA (formerly known as the Society for All Artists) and for StCuthberts Mill (suppliers of my favourite paper) more enquiries are coming in. If I had to state where I would like to spend more time it would be doing workshops, demonstrations, and classes where I find it immensely satisfying working through a painting with a group of fellow artists or students and seeing the results.

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
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

or email for a booking form

2018 dates see

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:
March 14th 2018 10.30 - 12.30 
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.

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:
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  ( )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.