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Newsletter - March 2013

Welcome to my latest newsletter.

Firstly I'd like to say a huge thank you to all of you from around the world who respond to my newsletters and keep in touch giving me feedback and warm support. Of course I realise that much of the content may not seem applicable to you so far away, so I find it all the more heart-warming. Many many thanks. I love to hear from you.

At last I seem to be throwing off the will to hibernate and am really looking forward to creative months to come!

Coming up in this newsletter

  • Open Studio Weekend.
  • Workshops
  • Exhibition - The Great Curve
  • Spring Fling
  • Encaustic Art
  • Notebook Winner and special offer


Open Studio Weekend

April seems to herald a busy year ahead beginning with Wasps open studio weekend on 6/7th April.

Most of the artists in the building, including me, will be opening their studios to the public with a large variety to see and the opportunity to buy direct from the artists. Doors will be open from 10am to 4pm both days.



I am really pleased with the response to this year's programme of workshops in my studio and am looking forward to meeting many of you for the first time from near and very far, as well as catching up with those who have worked with me before.

There are still a few places available across the year, including one remaining space on the first Creative Process weekend, 20th/21st April. You can check out the details on my website -

The cost of this workshop is £120. Please contact me as soon as possible if you are interested!


Exhibition -The Great Curve

At the moment I am preparing for a shared exhibition running from 1st-11th May with fellow artist Joanna McLeman Gisbey at Castle Douglas Art Gallery. The title is "The Great Curve" from a song by American band Talking Heads.

The Great Curve
Thanks to Joanna for the poster design

The key line for us from the song is: "the world moves on a woman's hips"

We will each be showing a variety of paintings, textiles and sculpture based on the theme of woman's experience, with a focus on fertility and motherhood and subsequent letting go.


Spring Fling

Spring Fling open studios weekend follows on 25th-27th May. My studio is number 32. Click on the link for loads of information and interesting details about this extremely popular event in South West Scotland.


Encaustic Art

Many of you who regularly visit my Facebook page and my blog will already be aware of my current adventures into the world of encaustic art.

This is an ancient method of painting onto a rigid surface with melted beeswax and resin. Layers of wax with the addition of colour, which in my experiments so far has been mainly ground chalk pastels, are built up and fused with a blow torch.

I have added silk fibres, threads, torn textile fragments and rust shards too to produce exciting lines and texture. Encaustic art is taking over my life and I am completely enchanted by this way of working! I see it as a fabulous addition to mixed media art.

The above image is one of my first finished pieces (original size 15cmx15cm). To see more, I have a gallery of them on my Facebook page here: or you can find them in this blog post:


Please "follow" or bookmark my regular blog ( or "like" my Facebook page ( for lots more images and information about what I'm doing.


Notebook winner and special offer

Congratulations to Maggi Birchenough for winning the draw for my notebook, "Graphite & Ink". As a thank you to all who have liked, shared and entered, I have arranged a 20% (£2) discount on the softcover version of the notebook at Blurb until the end of March! Visit this link if you would like to order a copy


Questions and Comments:

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Wishing you all the best until next time,



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