Monday, 14 May 2018

Bringing Art to the Board Room!

Today we were invited to deliver a session on mindful art journaling at The National Headquarters of The Youth Hostel Association for mental Health Awareness Week.
Its great to see a corporation allowing their staff a moment of me time in the busy working week.
We really enjoyed delivering this session it was lovely to see the staff get engaged with art again as for some they hadn't done any since school.
We explained that art journaling is for anyone you don't need permission to be creative its your personal journal to put into it what you like.
We didn't know how the session would be received but we were thrilled with the results some real emotion came out on to the page it was fabulous and inspiring we hope that they continue in some way with creativity.
It was also fun turning a board room into an art room so any other companies out there let us know if we can bring art to your board room too!

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Water Soluble Workshop

We are currently half way through our workshops for 2018, last week was the wonderful world of water soluble oils and the freedom and flexibility they give you as an artist.
During the workshop our participants explored the traditional method of using oils with the fat over lean principle, the use of a palette knife and a looser and even semi abstract way of applying this versatile medium.
Lunch was provided and it was a great day all round our next workshops can be viewed here: 

Thursday, 10 May 2018

The Purple and Grey Artist Interview with Sylvia Oxspring.

Who are you and what do you do?

  My name is Sylvia Oxspring.  I am an artist working out of my studio in Kelstedge. Art is my hobby and I love to paint in my spare time. My time is limited like everyone else, but I like to spend a little time for art each day, even if it’s just preparing canvases or just sketching, watching tutorials, or planning the next piece. I thought I’d left it to late in my life to start painting, but they say it’s never too late and I’m really pleased I decided to give it a go!

How long have you been painting?

About five years but more seriously in the last two years I suppose since I’ve had somewhere separate to the living areas of the house to create art.

Have you recently got into painting or have you always painted?

  I have always wanted to paint, I always liked drawing and just doodling. I did a little painting during my teens, but then other things got in the way work, marriage, children, all the usual things, but the itching to paint was always with me so I decided to get started.

You have attended many purple and grey art group sessions what are the advantages of being part of a group?

 I think the purple and grey art group has been great for me, it is good meeting other people and talking about all things art and realising that other people have the same anxieties it helps build my confidence to just go for it.

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

  I am very lucky, my husband made me a studio out of the outhouse that was at the front of the house. It’s not huge but it’s a good space He built a porch and attached it to the outhouse which he dry lined put on a new roof and fitted under floor heating it’s great. So, I have no excuses now I have to get on with it.

For the future what do you hope to achieve with your art?

I want to improve my work, I try different mediums and techniques, trying to develop an accomplished style.