Exhibiting at London’s Mall Galleries
My work has been chosen for an exhibition with a prestigious art group that enjoys royal patronage. My picture will hang alongside work by leading painters, printmakers and sculptors at the Society of Women Artists’ (SWA) 154th Annual Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in central London. The exhibition will be officially opened on June 4 by the SWA’s patron, HRH Princess Michael of Kent, and will run until June 13.
My etching of Shakespeare’s Globe theatre has been selected for the show. I am so pleased that my print has made it into the exhibition – hundreds of people enter every year and it is wonderful to be one of the ones who made it through.
This particular print of the Globe – one of London’s many wonderful buildings – is very special to me because it’s the culmination of
many months of work. I was squashed by crowds of tourists while sketching in front of the theatre, died my hands yellow when using chemicals to etch the image onto a metal plate, and finally exhausted myself printing out the image on a heavy press which I have to climb on just to make it move!
The Mall Galleries, at The Mall near St James’s Park, are open daily from 10am-5pm, closing at 3pm on the final day of the exhibition. Admission is £3.
Teddington Art Fair
Free and discounted tickets are available for an art fair in Teddington. I am joining hundreds of other artists and craftspeople for the Landmark Midsummer Art Fair from 19-21 June.
I will be at stand no. 13 with my paintings, prints, cards (pictured) and gifts. The fair is open from 20-21 June from 10am-5pm 9entry £4). The private view is on 19 June from 6-8.30pm.
The event will be held at the Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Rd, Teddington. If you would like free tickets for the private view or discounted tickets for the public days please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Masterclass in drawing skills
THE LOST art of accurate drawing will be showcased in a new exhibition I am taking part in featuring techniques used in the Renaissance
Drawing Closer to the Masters will be at the Riverside Gallery in Richmond from 23 May-01 August.
It features the work of myself and other students of Teddington artist Anna Tikhomirova, who since 2009 has run a weekly Academic Art Class at St Thomas Aquinas Church in Ham.
Students are taught the principles of measured drawing, perspective and tone.
They begin by copying the works of famous artists to learn their techniques, before progressing to doing still life, landscapes and portraits.
Miss Tikhomirova comes from an old dynasty of Russian artists and was trained in the skill of measured drawing from an early age.
When she moved to the UK, after graduating Stroganov Academy for the Applied Arts, she was surprised to find that these techniques were hardly ever taught in her newly adopted country.
She said: “Although British art education puts a lot of stress on creativity it is surprisingly vague when it comes to equipping students with actual skills.
“My class has helped a number of people to discover the joy of artistic freedom which comes from mastering the basics.
“This eventually leads to deeper knowledge and eventually to the satisfying feeling of unity with the artistic community through the ages.
“My class helps bridge the gap between the modern day ideas and the seemingly astonishing representational abilities of the artists of old.”
The Riverside Gallery, in the Old Town Hall, Whittaker Ave, is open from 10am-6pm Mon&Wed, 10am-5pm Tue, Thu & Fri, and 10am-1.30pm Sat.