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.
- 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 - http://www.maggieayres.co.uk/workshops.htm
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.
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 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.
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: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151358689853297.1073741825.81674003296&type=3
or you can find them in this blog post:
Please "follow" or bookmark my regular
or "like" my Facebook page
for lots more images and information about what
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
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