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Artistically, what would you most like to acheive in 2015?

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Feed from working practice - Lesley Birch Artist

Sand Grit and Rock at Staithes

22 Sep 2014 11:37

Check out my weekend in Staithes painting on the beach with artist colleagues. http://lesleybirchart.wordpress.com/

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Body of Work

12 Jun 2014 02:49
Updated 12 Jun 2014 02:52

If you're interested in reading/ hearing about my techinques, then please email me on info@lesleybirch.co.uk to be included on updates. I run some workshops in York, but mostly struggle to pull together my painting strategy into bodies of meaningful work (for me!) and relay this to an audience. NOt an easy job. But hey - We only live a short time. Once!! As Far As A Know! But there's a theme for a body of work.

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New Blog

12 Jun 2014 02:26
Updated 12 Jun 2014 02:27

If you have followed me over the years and would like to see future posts with more pix and more exhibition news, then please do follow me on my new blog at http://lesleybirchart.wordpress.com/

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Moving ON

12 Jun 2014 02:22
Updated 12 Jun 2014 02:54

Well I'm now posting in a fairly new wordpress blog having taken some months to adapt to a new format. A bit of a change much like teaching new syllabuses over the years, but hey! Painters online has been superb and a great starting point for me. But hey, we all move on ...

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Painting in Series

11 Jun 2014 18:23
Updated 11 Jun 2014 18:24

I'm working on a series of square canvases at the moment - including figures into the landscapes - sisters, children, mothers and daughters - They're evolving slowly but surely. I'm working in acrylic, ink, pigment with a fairly limited palette. Will post pix soon.

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Framing Costs

03 Jun 2014 17:03
Updated 03 Jun 2014 17:03

I'm busy getting pictures framed and wondering about the costs here. Yet I feel it's so important that the frames suit my type of work. And the big, chunky, handpainted frames by Alan at York Rose in York do the paintings justice. But it's SO COSTLY. And when galleries put the paintings in the storeroom instead of the wall, that's even more frustrating. More and more the life of an artist is about marketing, pushing, challenging ---- can't wait to get back into the studio.

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Paint and Reflect

29 May 2014 00:06
Updated 29 May 2014 00:33

It's been a very good painting day today working on several canvases at a time. Process and reflection are everything and I am finding my way thru. One piece I've had in mind for ages and am actually pursuing it! After all the train journeys, delivering to galleries, etc etc, this feels so good! And, of course, it should!!

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Royal Academy Summer 2014 outcome

24 May 2014 01:53
Updated 24 May 2014 01:57

Well, it's been a final rejection - shortlisted, going through two rounds and finally the simple words "Not Hung" yesterday on the website area. A long haul of waiting and anticipation. It's still worth it though - don't know why but I feel strangely liberated! I have booked my train on Tuesday to go down to the Academy to collect my painting. BUT I have been lucky enough to then take it to the Llwelleyn Alexander Fine Art Gallery who are running NOT the Royal Academy Exhibition from June 10th to August 16th. The gallery is near The Old Vic, Waterloo, London. Their special exhibition couldn't happen without the RA Summer Show and is inspired by the Paris Salon des Refusés Exhibition of 1863 where artists were refused the opportunity to exhibit in the Elite Paris Salon Exhibition. I'm sure you readers know all about this, so I won't go on... Anyway, I'm in the REJECT SHOW!! Way Hay!. One door closes, another opens ... but it's still not as good as the REAL Royal Academy.

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Discovery Drawing Workshop

20 May 2014 20:35
Updated 20 May 2014 20:36

I've been putting together my first Drawing Workshop. This is in response to requests from people who want to try some of my freeing techniques. I'm just planning it with an organiser in York. Basically, I trained as an English Teacher, but I am NOT an art teacher. I repeat NOT. And so I'm a bit nervous and daunted about this. I have been used to secondary school and sixth form pupils and so I don't want to be too bossy around adults. Anyway, we shall see ...

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Memory & Imagination in Painting

17 Apr 2014 17:47
Updated 17 Apr 2014 17:59

The artist's memory is a wonderful thing and even though sketchbooks are handy for colour logging and mapping out shapes, the memory is the important thing - that feeling of the moment. I recently noticed that a painting of mine The Blue Pool has come from a memory of Durness Golf Course up in the North West of Scotland. I had no idea where the painting came from and simply thought it was my imagination, but then my husband showed me a photo of the golf course from our holiday and I realised it had entered the painting. No copying off a photograph. No sketching even on this one! So the painting ends up a sort of atmospheric, dreamy piece coming from the artist's imagination. You can see the photo of Durness here http://lesleybirchart.wordpress.com/

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A peek inside artist's studios

16 Apr 2014 16:09
Updated 16 Apr 2014 16:10

Seeing inside artists' studios I find completely fascinating. Some are really messy and appear disorganised - like mine - and others are so tidy you could eat off the floor. Nevertheless, they are ALL different. Check out a peek into artists studios where I've posted pictures of my studio and friend Karen's here at http://lesleybirchart.wordpress.com/author/lesleybirchartist/ The Picture here is my friend Karen Stamper's studio in Cambridge -- it's gorgeous!

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Exhibition Submissions

10 Apr 2014 18:29
Updated 10 Apr 2014 18:30

My piece is framed and labelled carefully ready for its trip York to London tomorrow for the RA Summer Exhibition shortlist. It's such a long haul but it's worth it. If I don't get the piece in here, it's going into Not the Royal Academy Exhibition. Which can't be bad!!!

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Blogging Bigger

04 Apr 2014 19:06
Updated 04 Apr 2014 19:07

I'm now posting on a Wordpress Blog which allows me to make tags and post more than one photo. It's been a bit of a learning process - taking me ages to figure it out. The painters online blog is so easy to do, but I feel I want to cover a bit more ground, hence the wordpress one. Do check it out and let me know what you think. http://lesleybirchart.wordpress.com/

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Giving up English Teaching Job

23 Mar 2014 16:11
Updated 23 Mar 2014 16:15

This week I handed in my notice at school in so that I can devote more focussed time to my painitng in the studio. This was not a sudden decision, but we've had a bereavement this year and it really makes you take stock of your life. Of course, this does not mean I shall never teach again. It's just the six-day week in a boarding school has been doing in me head and has been exhausting. And that's only been part-time teaching. Now I can balance my work loads more evenly, between freelance teaching, painting, printmaking, sketching and galleries. At least I have the support of a very loving and tolerant husband.

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playing with colour

18 Mar 2014 23:37
Updated 18 Mar 2014 23:41

Had a very busy week tending to my current exhibition and so simply playing with colours to chill out, without worrying too much about the outcome. Also playiing with media - all on canvas -- inks, pigments (learned from a recent course with artist Francis Hatch down at West Dean), pencil, acrylics, acrylic texture gels, pastels made by me on that course- you name it!! When I loook at the image in black and white, I can then see if the tones are working and it's all very interesting. Fav colour, turquoise.

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Writing like the Wind

11 Mar 2014 18:00
Updated 15 Mar 2014 18:22

For me, it's all about the marks I make. These are the identity of the artist. Yorkshire Art Journal have reviewed my current solo show - running 3-29th March 2014 at The White Room Gallery, No 36 Priestleys, Bootham, York. It's been a pleasure to be interviewed by Katherine April Caddy, academic writer. Makes all the hard work come into perspective. Hey Ho, back to the studio. Oh, you can check out her review entitled Writing like the Wind, Yorkshire Art Journal on my website www.lesleybirch.co.uk

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Writing as an Artist

09 Mar 2014 17:04
Updated 09 Mar 2014 17:06

It's been a busy day writing, writing and more writing. Replied to questions about my work in my latest show for the Yorkshire Art Journal. It's really great to put pen to paper (or more like it fingers to computer) and write about one's work - helps clarify, highlight, analyse and review. Taken me 3 hours though.... aah, back to the studio.

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Private View Night

07 Mar 2014 15:55
Updated 07 Mar 2014 15:57

Been a heavy week with family bereavement and a friend's funeral too - couldn't cancel my private view and hubby says it will help me chill a little bit - but I guess the Prosecco at the opening will do that! Show is called March into Spring at a lovely new white gallery in York, Priestley's at 36 Bootham, YO30 7AL.

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Summer Exhibition Submissions

14 Feb 2014 14:55
Updated 14 Feb 2014 14:56

It's that time of year again and I've hummed and hawed and cogitated and basically fiddled about with two small mixed media pieces for entering this year. It's a digital entry - the first time ever - and so it was a long process for me ensuring the photography was just right - clear colour with the right pixel sizes. In the end, today I finally clicked the button. Deadline tonight midnight 14th February. If anybody else is entering, then good luck.

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Selection Process

28 Jan 2014 01:52
Updated 28 Jan 2014 01:53

I've had a busy weekend in my life drawing group, Donderdag Collective, sorting out between us what pieces we should show in our first exhibitions coming up in February and then later in May. Very exciting. A bit of Bucks Fizz Sunday morning helped us along!

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Burns Night Memory

25 Jan 2014 14:41
Updated 25 Jan 2014 14:42

A great time dancing the night away last night at Rugby Club Burns Night raising money for charity. My painting A Scottish Memory was in the raffle and I was delighted to give it to a very appreciative Yorkshire Farmer and his family.

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Palette and Materials - No Reds!

22 Jan 2014 15:57
Updated 22 Jan 2014 15:58

Acrylics today: Titanium white, Mixing White, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Pale Umber, Phthalo Blue Dark, Cerulean Blue Dark, Gold, Yellow Ochre, Pale Lemon, Quinadronine Gold, Powder Blue. Matt Medium by Daler Rowney. Soft Gel Medium by Liquitex. Brushes: Fan, Filbert, Large 1 inch Flat, Sponge, Spray Water. Why no reds? Because I want to keep it all harmonious, subtle and understated. The lemon yellow mixed with the blues makes some lovely greens.

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Inspired by Trees

15 Jan 2014 18:01
Updated 15 Jan 2014 18:02

Since my exhibition at the beautiful York Cemetery Chapel the original inspiration is now kicking in. I've had it in mind for a while to work in ink on gesso, on board or on paper and so I'm playing around, expressing the abstracted shapes of the stark branches seen through the cemetery window. I'm posting the process on my facebook pages. www.facebook.com/lesleybirchartist. Haven't a clue really where it's going - just enjoying meself! The artist has to take risks!!

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Follow My Work in Progress

12 Jan 2014 10:48
Updated 12 Jan 2014 10:53

Taking risks, playing, reflecting, waiting, looking, making a mark, whiting out, scraping back -- all the process of how I work. Take a look and follow my artworks changing on my Facebook page. www.facebook.com/lesleybirchartist.

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New Intentions

11 Jan 2014 18:40
Updated 12 Jan 2014 10:46

Well, a good start to the New Year with some printmaking this week, using an old intaglio press - that's the one with a big wheel! Am assessing these pieces critiquing as an artist, deciding which ones work and which ones don't. Difficult, but am deciding to stay subjective! Resolution 2014 - to be more focussed and clearer about the work. Oh and Happy New Year to all at painters online!

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A Creative Life 2014

25 Dec 2013 19:21
Updated 25 Dec 2013 19:22

Merry Christmas everyone and thank you so much for all your comments, advice, ideas and shared work here on this fantastic painters online site. Remember to keep creative, keep drawing, painting, watching, looking intently, concentrating, playing, risking, hoping and communicating.

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exhibition over

09 Dec 2013 09:05
Updated 09 Dec 2013 09:05

Well, I've had a two-day show in the most beautiful chapel in York - Winter Beach has sold so goodbye! I spent the two days sketching the trees from the beautiful chapel windows.

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Making the next mark

01 Dec 2013 22:28
Updated 01 Dec 2013 22:29

It's always the case that one reaches a standstill with painting and has to wait, reflect, look, mull over it, read, ignore and generally wonder when to make the next move. Although it doesn't feel strategic, it probably is more than we think. My Holy Isle piece is on the go and I've been waiting for the next mark for weeks now. Not yet. It may be that there is no next mark...

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Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway

27 Nov 2013 14:10
Updated 27 Nov 2013 14:13

Two canvases on the go - One from Arran looking towards Holy Isle and the other Old Man of Storr rock formation near Lochinver. BUT Now the fear sets in. I want now to move them to completion but I know that they will not end up this subject matter. If I push too hard to keep them representing the actual place or thing, then I may lose the spontaneity of the mark. And this is the fear - of ruining what I've already done. The decision to move forward and abandon the initial image idea is a possibliity and usually works for me. - a voyage into the unknown. I need to feel the fear and do it anyway - Make the next few marks and keep on track.

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Just turn it upside down

26 Nov 2013 19:39
Updated 26 Nov 2013 19:40

What fun I'm having experimenting on tiny tiny canvases inbetween the bigger paintings. The other day I went into my studio and just glanced down at a wee orange and turquoise piece - THE WRONG WAY ROUND! It looked fab, so that's the trick. It is now the other way up!! And it works much better. We have to be flexible, we artists eh?

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Fearless Creating Book

25 Nov 2013 20:21
Updated 25 Nov 2013 20:22

Reading a great book at the moment by Eric Maisel. He talks about the difficulty in completing your work and then assessing it objectively - something I always find a problem. Am experimenting daily at the moment with oil paint on small box canvases and trying to find my mojo. So difficult and fearful to 'play' with a medium with which I am less familiar, complete it, assess it, trying to be true.

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fun with thick oil paint

23 Nov 2013 17:04
Updated 23 Nov 2013 17:04

I'm experimenting with little box canvases I've had lying about the studio - pushing thick, luscious oil paint around using a palette knife. Baby wipes are handy for cleaning. I don't bother getting the white spirit, wax or palette out. Just straight in there!

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Beneath the Misty Moon

21 Nov 2013 00:23
Updated 21 Nov 2013 00:25

Well it's fairly misty tonight and the painting is taking on a more colourful look - must be the light in my studio changing my palette. Of course, it's cold, wet and wintery outside, so I need a bit of colour. I've actually had quite a good week in the studio, inbetween teaching English Lit, cleaning the house and writing poetry. Thinking I'll use my poems to create a body of paintings. They might be a bit dark though -- autobiographical moments ... OMG too many ideas! It's late and I really must sleep!!

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The Latest Moon

08 Nov 2013 00:12
Updated 08 Nov 2013 00:13

The latest Moon painting happened tonight in the studio as well as a couple of others that just seemed to resolve. I've been working on these for well over a year, would you believe. They've been sitting against a wall for yonks until I make the next move. Sometimes you get scared of losing what you have and then you just go for it and make the mark. You take risks for something new and then it usually ends up your own mark - your artist mark and that's good. I think?

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Love the Blues

14 Oct 2013 23:51
Updated 14 Oct 2013 23:51

using all different blues at the moment in my palette - mixing with golds, naples yellow and lemon yellow to create vivid greens -- acrylic medium as well to make the paint blend -- using 1 inch and 2 inch brushes, pulling off different tones off the palette and slapping it onto the canvas. Always good music -- a bit of Johnny Cash goes down well.

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new colour

06 Oct 2013 18:51
Updated 06 Oct 2013 18:52

Just got a lovely new Liquitex tube of a brilliant blue used in my latest painting Blue Winter. It's very opaque and spreads like cream! Love it!

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hot September Days sketching

24 Sep 2013 18:04
Updated 24 Sep 2013 18:05

Had a lovely Sunday at The Dutch House, Crayke, near York - sketching with my Rotring pen and some watercolour whilst eating lovely pancakes in the courtyard cafe. Not great drawings, but hey, who cares? Have an exhibition on at this place - it's really an art centre, with gorgeous food and lovely plants and gardens. It's called The Dutch House because it's run by a Dutch couple, Cecile and Sjaak. They called their son York, because they love Yorkshire so much. Cecile is an artist and teaches workshops. Sjaak teaches about growing and gardening. Worth a visit if you're ever in North Yorkshire.

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off to preview

13 Sep 2013 01:28

'm off to The Schoolhouse Gallery this Friday for Jake Atree's preview. His painting is textured, atmospheric and timeless. I shall be going with a few art friends and really looking forward to it. I've met Jake once at the Dean Clough Gallery and am in awe of his work.

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Great North Art Show, Ripon

03 Sep 2013 16:45
Updated 03 Sep 2013 16:46

Had a lovely preview night last week at this show -- so many artists taking part, of which I am one - showing prints from my Edge of the World Series. Ripon Cathedral is a superb setting and me and husband Mike had a gorgeous pizza afterwards in the main street. What a lovely atmosphere in North Yorkshire.

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New Paintings in New Studio

02 Sep 2013 14:43
Updated 02 Sep 2013 14:45

Just finished the first painting from the new space ... Actually the canvas has been lying dormant! I've layered it and worked on it over the years, but now finished! Some varnishing to do. And work on another two, developing well. Thanks everyone for your studio comments/advice/words -- been really lovely to read your ideas and taken on board some thoughts on lighting.

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studio move in

20 Aug 2013 17:41
Updated 20 Aug 2013 17:42

At last I am in, sorting out art books, paints etc. It's a fairly small space but I am going to enjoy having a proper place to work. Fab. I am so lucky.

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Reading, Absorbing, Musing, Researching

20 Aug 2013 12:37
Updated 20 Aug 2013 12:40

A good weekend visiting York Museum to see reconstruction of Richard III's head, based on the recent finding of his skull near Leicester. Fascinating stuff. A bit of sketchbooking out in me garden. Then a visit to York Library to renew my card where I always like to look at the art books -- now reading Martin Gayford's riveting story of a portrait - Lucien Freud's approach to painting -- entitled Man with a Blue Scarf. I have me work cut out!

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Off to Cork Street

10 Aug 2013 14:47

Well, I'm lucky enough to have had two of my pieces hung in this year's Cork Street Open. Artist Reception is on Wed 14th and so I've booked my York- London train tickets this week. I hope to catch the last of the Summer Exhibition whilst I'm there and check out the BP Portrait Awards exhibition - always enjoyable.

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Window at Last

02 Aug 2013 17:38
Updated 02 Aug 2013 17:38

A studio window at last and a floor. The space is small and will be even smaller when the plan chests are in, but I need them for big paper. The Belfast deep sink is in too and will be so much better than a normal sink.

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Daylight Bulbs in Artist Studio

30 Jul 2013 01:38
Updated 30 Jul 2013 01:39

So after a fabulous Highland holiday, running about, walking up hills, boating, I have strained my back unpacking stuff into the bottom drawer! So I'm holed up bed-ridden online -- all day today -- and now trying to figure out all about daylight tubes for my studio - which the workers are still working on! Any thoughts on studio lighting would be greatly appreciated .....

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one piece beginning to happen

12 Jul 2013 22:30
Updated 12 Jul 2013 22:32

one of the pieces is coming together, I think - a 90 x 90cms canvas with a base of textured gel medium - the one with sand in it -- LOVE the texture. I think I shall add some gold leaf to those craggy sections. No title yet, but it's definitely a seascape. The mood I'm in is an exploratory one, but my palette still returns to the usual turquoise blues. So hot today that I had to simply give in and relax! After all, I'm not teaching at the moment.

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have to paint

11 Jul 2013 23:06
Updated 11 Jul 2013 23:09

It's been lovely and sunny and my studio is still not finished, so I painted outside on the patio on my art table and on the ground, working on three pieces at the same time. I used big, old canvases with work I no longer like, going over the lot with Pip Seymour acrylics and huge brushes. At first it was not happening, then after a couple of hours, a shed of light (not literal) began to dawn on one of the pieces. It's a struggle to make it happen. I am purely acting on my intuition.

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Two pieces shortlisted

05 Jul 2013 15:49
Updated 05 Jul 2013 15:50

I have two of my monochrome monoprints on the shortlist for the Cork Street Open and deliver them in early August to London. Fingers crossed ....!

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The Shock Factor

02 Jul 2013 23:11
Updated 02 Jul 2013 23:24

Well, after having had six paintings framed for exhibition this week at the Harrogate Art Show, I am now replacing TWO of them with safer landscapes. This is because two of the works are nudes and are considered in poor taste. Of course, I should have thought about it. This exhibition is at St Peter's Church BUT my paintings were already on the show's main webpage. And it's an 'arty' exhibition. Or so I thought. I guess the organisers got it wrong and did not specify. Really I should know better. But hey, I am Damien Hirst now. I have the power to shock! Roll on the Press. Is there a debate here about the Nude and Art then?

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studio conversion

28 Jun 2013 14:52
Updated 28 Jun 2013 14:54

it's raining and the studio conversion is now happening INSIDE the garage, although there is no window yet. Hammering, banging, chatting, plastering, bricking - it really is all go. There is now a wall inserted at the back. This is for a loo and utility for our kitchen, so the actual studio space is actually smaller than before. However, I shall have to be creative with the shelving, computering, easelling situation. It's all worked out and yet to be fitted. Maybe it'll be finished in a month? .... In the meantime, I'm mirror-plating recently framed works for the first ever Harrogate Art Show. Details on my website at www.lesleybirch.co.uk under exhibitions.

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Next Stages after Charles Reid Course

16 Jun 2013 23:19
Updated 16 Jun 2013 23:21

sorting out sketches and plans for future paintings -- absorbing effects from Charles Reid's wonderful course. Cadmium Red in the corner of eyes, dark against light etc etc. Have some ideas for works inspired by newspaper images I've been collecting.

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Painting What you Want to See

09 Jun 2013 16:17
Updated 09 Jun 2013 16:28

Just received Charles Reid's wonderful book "Painting what (you want) to See" which I had to order from the States - it's an old library book and in reasonable condition. Chris, on the course, told me this book was a winner. And it is! I really should have read this before attending Charles' course, because he really explains and analyses tone/value and how to deal with it all.
I've also posted another drawing I did from the course using Charles' b & w photographs -- I always tend to ruin the drawings, because I have trouble converting tone to colour. This is something to work on this year.

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Royal Academy Varnishing Day Experience

04 Jun 2013 16:02
Updated 17 Jun 2013 16:59

I'm sure some of you may have experienced this, so forgive me for going on, but it was SO SPECIAL. Although actual physical varnishing does not take place anymore, the Academy still retain the tradition of the event they call Varnishing Day, with music, a procession, a Church Service and, of course, champagne, canapes and the viewing of the artworks as well as a prize-giving. All like going back to school!
A procession to a Steel Band playing "When the Saints go Marching in" took us from the Academy to St James’s Church with a Service for Artists. We felt so important, stopping London traffic along the way in the bright sunshine.
Amongst the Academicians, I spotted printmaker extraordinaire Norman Ackroyd and Tracey Emin, who I much admire. And I think I recognised Ken Howard. In the beautiful St James's Church The Academy President addressed us and then Norman Ackroyd poignantly and meaningfully delivered the following words from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” :

“The poet’s eye, in fine frenzy rolling,
Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth
To heaven;
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.”

I was excited and moved by the use of this wonderful quotation - Remember I am an English teacher - albeit part-time - and it confirmed again to me that all the arts are linked – literature, music, poetry and visual arts. The idea of the painter as poet was at the heart of it all.
The Revd Malcolm Guite of Girton College, Cambridge then gave the Address, aligning we artists with the sentiment of The Bard’s great words and inspiring us on to keep true to our innermost creativity. Certainly, I feel a work of art coming on in response to this quotation. There is more about the experience here from Lisa Freeman, who I met during the celebrations in the gallery: http://artistlisafreeman.blogspot.co.uk/

All in all, it was a VERY special occasion and one I shall treasure for ever.

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Golden Ticket - at last!!

25 May 2013 22:32
Updated 25 May 2013 22:34

Today I was sitting on the decking in some sunshine (at last!) and my husband handed me an envelope with the green RA letters on it. I've been shortlisted with two of my works and waiting for the results over the last few weeks. At last the results have arrived. I opened in nerves and trepidation. The first thing that fell out of the envelope was a white card with ornate gold lettering The Royal Academy of Arts at the top and in black the big words VARNISHING DAY. I glanced at this and then opened the folded letter. But no rejection. "The Red Beret" has been hung in the gallery. Regret to say the other shortlisted work has not been hung. But hey!! I am happy. Now I am writing letters to my headmaster to ask for clearance off my teaching to attend the procession, ceremony for Varnishing Day. This is history and I am on cloud nine. My husband is teasing me a lot. It's like Charlie and the Chocolate factory -- I've been rejected twice and I now have the Golden Ticket!!!!! For 2013 at least!

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24 May 2013 15:23
Updated 24 May 2013 15:24

How lucky am I to finally look forward to a WARM, well-lit studio. Since returning from Charles Reid's wonderful course, I have moved all my art materials into cupboards, drawers and loaded shelves all over the house, while my garage makes its final full conversion into a studio. It's all very exciting AND stressful. I want to paint, but am ending up writing about my painting.

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