Maggie Ayres

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Newsletter - July 2012

Welcome to my July 2012 newsletter. I am well aware that there has been little going on with my newsletters over the last year or so and for that I do apologise. However, I hope this month marks a fresh start and you will continue to enjoy insights into my processes and inspirations.

I am planning lots of ideas for future editions, as well as news of exhibitions, videos and regular exclusive images for you to download and print out at home.

Look out next time for an opportunity to win a copy of my new printed notebook!

There will be new developments on my website too in the coming months which will include more galleries to view, more information and photos on my workshops page, and a much-requested online buying facility.

I will also be attempting to do more with my to-date rarely used Facebook page,

Coming up in this newsletter

- Current and forthcoming exhibitions
- Workshops
- This month’s video “Graphite and Ink”
- Download and print your own exclusive copy of the image created in the video

Current exhibition

You can see some of my work at the Lesser Town Hall, Kirkcudbright as part of WASPS Studios summer exhibition until August 11th, from 10am to 5pm daily. There is a good variety of work on show from artists in my studio building, including paintings, glass, printed textiles and woodblock prints - well worth a visit and all work for sale!

Forthcoming Event

Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail is a lovely weekend event taking place from 3rd to 6th August from 11am to 5pm over the four days. It showcases the wealth of creativity that abounds in Scotland’s “Artist’s Town” with lots to see and do across the weekend. My studio building will be open so do come along and see what goes on!


As some of you may have noticed from recent communications, I have started doing 2-day workshops this year - limited to only 6 people at a time and taking place in my studio.

The first 2 workshops have now taken place and the feedback was extremely positive. I have 2 further workshops lined up later this year, and both are now fully booked.

Keep an eye on the newsletters for notification for dates for 2013 workshops - those of you signed up to these newsletters will always get advance notice before I announce them publically.


Video: Graphite and Ink

This month’s short video is called “Graphite and Ink” and shows the creating of a drawing using graphite and liquid ink pen. In the past I have kept most of my sketchbook work to myself. Here I show how a drawing develops and talk about the importance of line to me. I hope you will enjoy it. (By the way you can see more of my drawings in the summer exhibition in Kirkcudbright mentioned above)



Download a free high-resolution image for your own wall or computer desktop

This image is a high resolution version of the one featured in the video, exclusively for those signed up to this newsletter.

Graphite and Ink

Right-click on the image and select Save Target As. You can then save the image on your computer and print it off on photographic or watercolour paper at up to A4 size without losing any quality, or use it as a desktop background for your computer.

Be advised that the image is approximately 2MB big, so might take a little while to download

If you run into any difficulties then please let me know.


Questions and Comments:

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Wishing you all the best until next time,



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