Just back from a week in Cyprus, soaking up some winter sunshine. There is nothing exciting to report, because the whole week was spent relaxing, chilling, doing nothing – other than taking advantage of all of the hotel’s facilities. We ate, we laid in the sun, we swam in the pool, we drank in the bar (a fair bit), and we strolled to the mall and back – rinse and repeat.

I did smuggle an art journal and pencils into my luggage, and treated my self to some sketching-doodling time. It was great to have time to just doodle, sketch without pressure to produce anything usable …

But now I’ve had two weeks off work, it’s time to brace myself for the dreaded return to the office, on Monday.

I’ve got a busy couple of weeks ahead – BADFA’s convention in Crick, next week, and Ministry of Mixology in Coventry the week after. In between I’ve got to be in London for a photo day with Julie. Going to be looking forward to another break soon.

Julie has a special event (at work) soon. She wanted a board to count down the days; something appropriate to chalk up the numbers, she says. So I spent today with brushes and paint; surprisingly I got the whole thing done in one sitting.

The title is the chorus from Enya’s Orinoco Flow.

What do you think?

Suz Humphrey’s Friday morning class

As the date gets closer, so the pace quickens. So much to fit in!

The badges are finished – but the design remains secret until the big day. It is hand painted and should please the FolkIt fans, and the traditional Folk Art painters. The bits and pieces for Friday Night Fun have been ordered, and are in the post – under plain wrapper. Something else that will be a surprise on the night.

I’ve prepared my class for Saturday, and there will be some extra flourishes for my students – a little added value.

I’ve rounded up the paints, table coverings, and a box full of random items we needed last year – I guess we’ll need them again – and the mdf blanks will need to be arranged to fit in the car, too.

Supplies from our sponsors, DecoArt, of their Media Range, have arrived, and traders are booked to fill the tables with good, must-have stuff. This year we have a new trader bringing brushes at special prices.

The big rush now is to get the last newsletter out to members before I go on holiday. Luckily the team proof read before we go live, otherwise there’s no telling what gobbledegook I’d be sending.

Then all that will remain is for Julie and I to catch the plane to Cyprus, and enjoy a week in the sun (we hope).

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Oi! You at the back! Get in line!

It’s been a busy day at chez Kim. Apart from getting motorbikes serviced and tidying the garden, I’ve put my brushes to good use on some preparation for BADFA’s forthcoming convention. See previous post for details.

One of the convention’s conventions is to present each attendee with a badge for the occasion. Of course the badges have to be hand painted, what else! And this year it falls to me to do them. I also did 2014 and 2016. Anyway, here are this years badges in progress. Look at that! There is always one little rebel who has to be out of step!

So far they are only gessoed – a bit like Ford’s original production line – any colour you like, as long as it is black.

I’ve also been experimenting with DecoArt Modelling Paste, and Crackle Paste for more texture options on the mixed media day of the convention. More on that later, once it is dry and I know if it has been successful.

I’ve still got to work on the highly secret goings-on that will be Friday Fun Night. This is the after-dinner entertainment when, after you’ve all had a few wines, I get you to take part in an evening of cultural and educational activities …

I hope you have all booked your places – early bird discount ends tomorrow (19 February). I’m looking forward to seeing you there.

 

 

Hey! Remember I told you that Suz Humphreys and I are teaching at the BADFA convention this year? Well I forgot to tell you that non-members are welcome … AND … that there is Earlybird discount for those who book before 19 February.

Suz will be doing her Peacock Feather on Friday morning (31 March), and a FolkIt Candle in the afternoon.

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And I will be running my mixed media art journal cover all day on Saturday (1 April).

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Full details and booking form on the BADFA site. Get on over there and book!

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Kim’s Saturday session

For full details and to book your place go to the BADFA blog site!

For the first time, I’ll be teaching at the Convention. Our main event is international visitor, Peggy Harris from Nashville, TN, but we were asked to cater for a broader skills base, so Suz Humphreys and I will be adding a little seasoning to the mix.

Suz is doing two half day sessions on Friday (31 March), starting with her Peacock Feather in the morning, and a FolkIt piece in the afternoon.

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I am running an all day session on Saturday (1 April – April Fools’ Day – is that significant?). It will be multi-media work on an art journal, using the DecoArt Media range, with lots of ‘whatever’ – choose your finish; Steampunk or Steampink – Industrial grunge or Girly Goth.

If I’m really lucky I’ll get to flex my traditional brush-strokes muscles on Sunday (2 April) and lead a ‘Ribbon and Daisies’ class, too!

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I enjoyed the last doodle I did. It expanded on the Inktober challenge. I was looking around for another subject that would be interesting and recognisable and decided on a local landmark.

Just down the road, in Warsash, there is a clock tower. It used to be the water tower for Warsash House, but the water tank has gone, it has been restored, and is now a residence.

So here is my rendering of the tower (pen and wash on Bockingford watercolour paper), as seen from Warsash Road, near The Ferryman pub (used to be the Great Harry pub).

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The Clock Tower, Warsash