NEW LOOK BLOG, NEWS & MORE …

Good afternoon, I hope my latest blog finds you all well and enjoying the beginning of British Summer Time … in other words I hope you’re well and fully prepared with wellies, raincoat and umbrella for next month’s bank holiday break 😉

Now where to start? Okay first things first, I want to say a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of my subscribers, you put up with my ramblings and I truly appreciated that. You have unknowingly, and unbeknown to me until recently, rocketed my wildlife artist blog through the online blogging ranks. I’ve been informed that I’ve made the top 25 Wildlife blogs on the internet!!! How cool is that! 🙂  https://t.co/c7Q0LB9xwE

So now is a great time to up my game, so to speak, and offer my readership (that’s you my dear subscribers) more in the way of advice and encouragement to show you all how much I value your ongoing support 🙂 Therefore, as you read through today’s blog you’ll notice, I hope, the addition of colourful headers which will categorise topics in this and future blogs and to which I’ll be adding more as the weeks go by.

This week’s advice isn’t just one tip but three blogs worth, nothing like starting things off with a bang eh lol.

My advances in the blogging world have led, in part, to be invited to become a ‘guest blogger’ for a company called Stronghold Media  My first two blogs concentrate on How to market yourself as an Artist Part One and Part Two For my third blog I was asked to write about Why ‘creatives’ need a Blog If you have time I’d love for you to pop over via the highlighted links and take a look, let me know what you think and maybe you could even suggest topics for future blogs. The blog I’ve been asked to write next is about Tips for beginning Creatives. Suggesting ways of evolving your hobby into a career. If this is something you’d like to do then it should be an informative read and all being well will be published next week.

Hope you’re liking the graphics 😉 I worked on them whilst staying at my mum’s for the weekend 🙂

Starting this blog portion off with the long awaited news that my next free YouTube tutorial has now gone live! At long last I hear you say, well yes you’ve every right to say that and I have given myself a sharp kick in the rear to stop procrastinating, to stop trying to get all the tech stuff perfect and to stop worrying that my voiceovers don’t sound like I went to a Swedish Finishing School (which I didn’t so why would they? lol) So for those of you who may be interested here’s an interactive thumbnail that should wiz you over to my latest YouTube channel video … oh before I forget to mention – once you’re over there be sure to subscribe if you haven’t already. I’ve received a message from YouTube encouraging me to make more videos so that I can reach my first milestone – 1,000 subscribers! No pressure there then lol. Okay here we go:

If you do decide to go and visit my YouTube channel now be sure to come back and read the rest of this week’s blog.

I’ve had some wonderful feedback and have had my first YouTube video request – a tutorial on creating black fur with pastel. So this will be my next ‘Wednesday Workshop’ and is being planned out already.

Before the release of that one I’ll be posting a couple of short technique videos, one of which I’ll be recording this evening.

In keeping with the subject of tutorials is next month’s Wildlife Art Workshop due to run on Saturday 5th May. Subject is a Cheetah. The venue is The King’s Centre, Wigston, Leicester. 9am – 5pm. There are some places still available but I do suggest booking as soon as possible before I close further entries. I have to cut off approximately a week before the event to allow me time to purchase the correct amount of materials etc. So here’s a link if you want to find out more about my workshops or to book a place:  Summer 2018 Wildlife Art Workshop

Moving on …

In honour of #NationalPetDay I’m offering a 10% discount on pet portrait commissions placed before the end of this week (Sun 15th Apr deadline) Just mention this blog/newsletter post when enquiring and the discount will be applied to your quote:  http://www.kerrynewell.com/commissioning/

This offer only applies to pet portraits commissions.

Book now, pay later and still receive the 10% discount offer. As long as you contact me before Sunday 15th April the offer will stand.

Testimonials – a page on my website where you can read reviews from satisfied clients.

Coming up in my next blog will be at least two more new categories including ‘Motivational Moment‘ for times when we need that little extra something in our lives, and ‘Conservation Corner‘ where we’ll focus in on either a species in trouble or group that is working to save a piece of our world. But for now I’ll finish this blog with a glimpse of a work that’s currently on my easel and a couple of dates for your diary:

 So, self explanatory really, a circus of clowns are making themselves known on my easel at the moment. This piece is a little different for me in that it’s composed of an acrylic airbrushed background, whilst the subjects and foreground are coloured pencil.

I’ve always worked in a wide range of mediums including oils, acrylics, watercolours etc but have only done so for personal work or medium specific commissions. However, recently I’ve been asked to produce works in a variety of mediums for my YouTube channel so with that in mind the window into my studio is now open.

In the coming months you’ll be able to see my works in progress in different mediums and I’ll be filming examples for my YouTube channel that will correspond with these.

 

Last but not least are a couple of events for your diary, they’re already firmly set in mine and I hope to see some of you at both events where I’ll be exhibiting:

www.ewa-uk.com

 

 

 

 

 

www.birdfair.org.uk

 

That’s it for me for now folks, I’ve much more to say, new items to add to my blogs but they’ll have to wait for the next instalment as I need to get back to a commission on my easel.

Thank you all so very much for your ongoing support, it really is appreciated.

Stay in touch, follow me on social media if you wish, but above all be blessed.

Over and out for now

Best wishes, Kerry xXx

 

WORKSHOPS FOR 2018 & YOUTUBE

Hi there folks I hope that you are all well and enjoying a relaxing weekend.
My apologies if you’ve already received a post containing the following items – due to server errors it didn’t send properly so some of you would have received it whilst others didn’t.
Due to delayed securing of my venue this year I’m making sure that everyone knows the workshop dates for 2018.
The Spring Workshop is due to run in just two weeks time, Saturday 17th February, so if you haven’t already booked your place I suggest you do it as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  The subject for this workshop is an Otter – I’ve added a sneak preview below:
The rest of this year’s workshops are as follows:
Saturday 5th May Subject:  CHEETAH
Saturday 25th August Subject: URAL OWL
Saturday 3rd November  Subject: POLAR BEAR
I’m busy this weekend filming, at long last, for my new YouTube channel.  This may be new news as it were to some of you – yes online tutorials for free lol.  I’ve already uploaded one – ‘Feathers in Pastel’, and I’m filming ‘Fur in Pastel’ today.  So if you haven’t already you may want to pop over to my YouTube channel too and Subscribe so you don’t miss out on my up and coming tutorials that are now being filmed and will begin to be released on a more regular schedule … yep all for FREE.  To make things easy for you here’s a link to my YouTube channel, don’t forget to hit the SUBSCRIBE button once you’re there:
Okay I’ll leave it at that for now folks
So its over and out from me and I look forward to seeing you all soon
Best wishes
Kerry xXx

WORKSHOPS, ILLUSTRATIONS & MORE …

Hi there folks, I hope you’re all feeling happy, healthy and well into the swing of 2018 🙂  While on the subject I don’t think it’s too late in the month to take this opportunity in wishing you all a very Happy New Year!

Oh my word how time flies and with the best of intentions the months have swept by since my past blog post.  New Year’s Resolution – post updates regularly, something you can hold me to.

Whilst on the subject of Blogs I’ve decided to rename these postings as Newsletters and will be setting up a separate area for Blog posts.  These will be more personable and contain tips & techniques, whilst keeping the Newsletters for updates on Workshops, Demonstrations, Original paintings and anything else that comfortably under the newsletter heading.

 Moving on….

The dates for my Wildlife Art Workshops for 2018 have now been secured and the subjects decided:

Spring – OTTER
Summer – CHEETAH
August – OWL
Winter – POLAR BEAR
For more information and to book your place please see the ‘Workshops’ page of my website: http://kerrynewell.com/workshops/

Note:  With the Spring Workshop being only 4 weeks away, I strongly advise booking your place as soon as possible so as not to miss out as places are limited.

Last year I was very blessed to be part of SmallBizSat, and from this was chosen to be part of SmallBiz100 – one of 100 businesses chosen across the UK and invited to Downing Street on 30th Nov.  Wow what a wonderful day that was! 🙂
An arresting time outside number 10! LOL   Yep he really was that tall – a staggering 6’8”
Following my wonderful trip to London last November I was offered the chance to skill swap one day a week with local company Stronghold.media, a new and ambitious company here in Widnes, Cheshire.  They’re specialities include website design, brand identity, social media marketing and content creation.  The perfect company to outsource the jobs that take me away from being creative.
https://stronghold.media
Therefore, soon to be free from the hassle of managing my website, I’m looking forward to getting back to doing what I love the most, artistic endeavours at the easel.  Thankful to say that since having this company on board, in my corner so to speak, I’ve finished three new paintings – a truly productive start to 2018:

While staying on the ‘easel’ subject, I’m pleased and relieved to say that at last I’ve found time to sample a set of coloured pencils, Luminance 6901, sent to me from the Caran d’Ache headquarters in Geneva:

 

I’m pleased to say that I’m really enjoying trying out this new medium (new to me that is).  The materials produced by Caran d’Ache always excel my expectations and these coloured pencils are no exception.

For those of you who know me well will also be aware that I’ve demonstrated their pastel pencils for them since 2011.

If you’d like to know more about their products please check out their UK online store:

https://store.carandache.com/shop/uk

 

 

Another surprise to the start of 2018 was being invited to be the illustrator of a series of children’s books!  After taking time to think about this region of design into which I have hardly dabbled, a thought which I’m assuming lasted a millionth of a second lol, I said yes.  And both myself and the author are pleased with my design of the main character.  Early days, there’s at least four more mice characters to design plus many other animal characters, backgrounds and settings. So watch this space for more news on this mini adventure.

 

Okay well I think I’ll leave it at that for now as I need to get back to the easel and get the coloured pencil project completed as I have a new commission waiting in the wings.

So it’s over and out from me for now

Thank you once again for dropping by and following my endeavours

Be blessed

Love & hugs Kerry xXx

p.s   If you would like me to add anything in particular to my weekly blogs/newsleter then please pop your ideas in an email and forward them to me at kerrynewell1@gmail.com and I’ll see what I can do.

Note:  Don’t forget to add that number 1 after my name in the email address or I won’t receive your message.

Byeeeeee xXx

 

EXHIBITING SUCCESS, ESTONIA WILDLIFE & MORE …

Hi there folks I hope you are all well and enjoying the beginning of autumn and unlike me are not wondering what on earth happened to our summer this year – I think I must have blinked and missed it! lol  Well whatever the weather life is for living so I’ve been out and about with Gerry, my trusty Canon 60D, grabbing a breath of fresh air whilst dodging the rain in an attempt to capture the local wildlife onto a memory card …

For me living my life as a wildlife artist isn’t just about putting pencil to paper or paint to canvas.  Instead it involves all aspects of my life from the books and magazines I read, to the bird feeder in our garden, to conservation aspects at home and abroad and more.  It also involves taking my own photographs which I manipulate to create unique reference images for myself.  It’s all part of my story, my journey, and it’s lovely to be able to share it with you all.  If you’re interested a brief glimpse into my journey can be found on my ‘Artist Profile’ page of my website:  www.kerrynewell.com/artists-profile/

Okay let’s catch up over coffee, I’ve mine by my side as I hope you have too, my mind does tend to wander whilst writing so the following may or may not be in chronological order lol

As the title suggests lets begin with a look at my most recent exhibitions:

Friday 28th July – Sunday 30th July saw my first time exhibiting at the E.W.A  Exhibition of Wildlife Art  www.ewa-uk.com held at Gordale Garden Centre, Burton, S Wirral, CH648TF  www.Gordale.co.uk  For the past five years I’d been invited to exhibit at N.E.W.A (now known as E.W.A) but the dates always coincided with other commitments until this year.  Whilst the exhibition space per artist was smaller than I’m normally used to at other venues the venue itself was outstanding.  Advertising by the organisers was brilliant, demonstrated by the sheer number of visitors alone.  Fellow exhibitors were a joy to be around and I believe I wouldn’t be alone in saying that the event was enjoyed by all and a true family atmosphere was created and held throughout the weekend.  Last but definitely not least sales were good and networking priceless, with the original painting ‘Invincible’ being one of my sales during the event.

For the past 8 years August has always been the focus for the biggest exhibiting event in my diary and this year was no exception – Friday 18th through to Sunday 20th August hosted Birdfair 2017 in Rutland, Leicestershire  www.birdfair.or.uk and my stand was, as usual, stand 21 in the Art Marquee.  As usual, throughout the weekend, sales and networking ebbed and flowed as visitors made their way from lecture marquees to the rest of the marquees at the event and back again.  What was new this year though was my ability to begin advertising my links with Wildlife Art Experiences www.wildlifeartexperiences.com a unique company specialising in offering everything a wildlife enthusiast needs whether it be clothing, photography or even art this company has everything:

‘Wildlife Art Experiences; home of the most unique and captivating engagements with the beauty of the natural world. Whether you are hoping to start your journey into the wonderful world of wildlife art and photography, or looking to refine your already experienced skillset, we have something to offer you.’ 

I was invited to be a part of the art tuition aspect of this company leading art tours to South Africa and Estonia and to run art tuition courses in the UK, which leads nicely on to my next portion of this blog ….

The owner of Wildlife Art Experiences, Phil Gould, is taking me over to Estonia for a four day business meeting later this month, so to say I’m excited is an understatement lol.   We’ve been invited to stay in a beautiful log cabin that overlooks the Baltic Sea and an agenda has now been set in place by our hosts and will include visiting the area’s breathtaking scenery to demonstrate the wildlife and artistic potential.  With the Estonian forests boasting 65 different species of mammal including Brown Bear, Wolves, Lynx, Beavers, Wild Boars and Elk I’m hoping to get plenty of quality reference images and a real first-hand insight that I can then offer clients who want to expand on their artistic journey.  The country also boasts a wealth of bird life including Sea Eagles, Spoonbills, Flamingoes, Purple Heron, Pelican, Tundra Swan, Egyptian Vulture, Gyrfalcon and Ural Owl.  So there really will be something for everyone and artistic tours tailored to an individual client’s need will be a certain.

Places of interest that we will be taken to during our four day stay will include Kabli which is home to the famous bird-ringing station and picturesque seacoast including the ‘old captain’s’ village and the local resort town of Parnu where we will be meeting the local modern art and ethnographic film festival curator who is developing the Baltic Sea floating art centre.

Looking forward to sharing more on this after my initial visit and will hopefully have dates and prices for art-based tours soon after … so watch this space 🙂

South Africa beckons in February 2018!  There are still a few places left if you’d like to join me for a 10 day art-based tour/safari.

This exclusive safari will start with four nights at our South African safari base, Rukiya Safari Lodge. Rukiya is located on the banks of the Blyde River in the Wild Rivers private Nature Reserve and is also a key location for our leopard research program. You will then visit the exclusive Thornybush game reserve, which is also in the greater Kruger park, followed by three nights at Black Leopard Camp set within the magnificent Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve.  This safari offers superb opportunities to see, sketch and photograph the prolific variety of indigenous wildlife that are found in this area.  With ample space in the evening to turn your photos and sketches into paintings should you wish.  We understand that as an artist you have a special approach to viewing wildlife, which is why our artists safaris are specifically catered to meet your needs and of course offer personalised tuition with Kerry each day.

For lots more information, images, full itinerary and prices please see either:  www.OnTrackSafaris.co.uk  or  www.WildlifeArtExperiences.com

Now for those of you who follow me on social media you’ll know that I was recently commissioned by Panasonic to create a Sea Eagle painting using a specific reference image, well I hope you’ll all be pleased to know that I completed the commission with a little time to spare and it was enthusiastically received and was used as a promotional piece by Panasonic on their stand at the Rutland Birdfair!  Needless to say I was over the moon lol.

 

Now I know a lot of you have been asking when my next YouTube video will be going live, and I truly am trying to get it completed for you all, hopefully at some point next week it should be finished and ready to share 🙂  Thank you for your ongoing encouragement and your patience – both of which are truly appreciated xXx

Okay I’ll leave it at that for now as I need to get back to my easel and get this painting of wolves nearer to completion ….

So it’s over and out from me for now

Thank you once again for dropping by and following my endeavours

Be blessed

Love & hugs Kerry xXx

p.s   If you would like me to add anything in particular to my weekly blogs then please pop your ideas in an email and forward them to me at kerrynewell1@gmail.com and I’ll see what I can do.

Note:  Don’t forgetting to add that number 1 after my name in the email address or I won’t receive your message.

YOUTUBE CHANNEL LIVE & MORE …

Hi there folks I hope that this Blog post finds you all happy healthy and enjoying the beginning of the school holidays.

After three years of verbal nudging from family and friends the time has finally arrived – yes my new YouTube channel has finally gone live with my first video now showing!!!  Thank you all for your patience and encouragement it truly has made a difference and is appreciated more than you know.

So here goes:

https://www.youtube.com/c/kerrynewellprofessionalwildlifeartist

I’ve also added a brand new page to my website too that is linked to my YouTube channel:

YouTube Channel

This new page is set up to include interactive ‘video thumbnails’ that when clicked will direct you to the appropriate video on my YouTube channel:

 

 

 

 

 

If you’d like to see a video covering a specific subject or medium just let me know by dropping me an email at:

kerrynewell1@gmail.com

And I’ll do my best to oblige

Moving on I’d like to announce that I have been invited to exhibit at this years EWA (Exhibition of Wildlife Art) due to run next weekend  Friday 28th July – Sunday 30th July at Gordale Garden Centre, Burton, S Wirral, CH648TF.  Here I’ll be not only exhibiting my work but demonstrating too.  I’d love to see you over there, don’t forget to drop by and say hi if you can 🙂

www.gordale.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Moving onwards into August – usually one of the busiest months in my calendar and yep this year’s August is no exception, and as if I’m not busy enough already I’ve added, in conjunction with ‘Wildlife Art Experiences’, a series of ‘Tuesday Taster ART Workshops’ commencing on Tuesday (there’s a surprise lol) 8th August!  These taster workshops are primarily for those of you wishing to dip your toe into the waters of the art world without having to take on a whole day or weekend workshop (although they’re not as testing as you might think).  Due to run from the Shropshire Falconry centre set in the glorious surrounds of the Shropshire countryside these workshops have something to offer everyone.  A 4 hr timetable will enable you to really get to grips with the materials and subject, the tuition and materials needed are supplied so that all you will need to bring with you is a smile and a willingness to learn.  It’s here that I hope to ignite, encourage and inspire you creative flame 😉

If you’d like to know more or reserve a place on this ‘Tuesday Taster’ or one or more of the subsequent dates please drop me an email and I’ll be more than happy to help:  kerrynewell1@gmail.com

Forthcoming Tuesday Tasters:

Tuesday 5th September 2017

Tuesday 3th October 2017

Tuesday 7th November 2017

Tuesday 9th January 2018

Venue details:

Shropshire Falconry
Holly Bank The Foxholes, Shrewsbury SY4 5UJ
+44 1939 236541

 

 

Moving on to the highlight of my year every year (and actually the place where I met my aforementioned Mr Wonderful lol) – the biggest date for my diary the BIRDFAIR in Rutland!  ‘Birdfair’ is one of it’s kind and attracts in excess of 124,000 people over three days, now that amount of visitors can’t be wrong.  It boasts art marquees, photography marquees, optics marquees (binoculars and telescopes not the alcoholic kind lol) but before you say argh!  There is a marquee with a full licensed bar and restaurant lol, as well as lecture marquees, marquees hosting wildlife and birding holiday stands, books, collectables, yep it goes on and on …. There’s even a huge charity auction …..

Last year Birdfair raised a colossal £350,000 for conservation via Birdlife International (and no I haven’t put the decimal point in the wrong place lol) proving that when people stand together things can really happen!  This year ‘Saving Paradise in the Pacific’ is the project for Birdlife International and I’m so proud to be a part of this event again.

If you’ve never been then please check out the Birdfair website:  www.birdfair.org.uk

‘BIRDFAIR 2017’  Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8BT.

Just 36 days to go and counting …..

 

 

Okay I think that’s enough for you all to be getting on with for today.

So it’s over and out from me for now

Be blessed and thank you once again for following my endeavours.

Looking forward to chatting with you all again soon, love & hugs Kerry x

p.s   If you would like me to add anything in particular to my weekly blogs then please pop your ideas in an email and forward them to me at kerrynewell1@gmail.com and I’ll see what I can do.

PATCHING’S ART FESTIVAL 13th – 16th JULY & MORE …

Morning folks I hope that you’re all feeling well and enjoying what should hopefully be the beginning of some summer-feel-good weather.  The ground could do with some rain but I personally could do with some sunshine so bring it on …. 🙂   Well the sun is shining at the moment but I’m having to spend the morning in a garden centre in Liverpool while Bertie, my Landrover, is in the garage (yes I do name everything lol)  Thankfully Dobbies Garden Centre (and no I’m not getting paid to say that lol) has internet access, so instead of being a waste of time it’s actually going to be time well spent as I’ve trawled my way through a dozen or so emails and now I’m writing my latest Blog for you lovely people to read.  While back at home I’ve three paintings waiting to be worked on – one of them being a commissioned painting of a Sea Eagle for the world renown company Panasonic!  The other two paintings being ‘the wolves’ (yep still working my way through that one) and a second video being filmed for my YouTube channel, the subject being a Red Ruffed Lemur! 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay here we go:

As the title of this Blog states it’s that time of year yet again – the season of Patching’s Art Festival has arrived and the fun, for me, in all its glory begins tomorrow as I commence a four day stretch demonstrating for the world renown art materials manufacturers Caran d’Ache.  If you’ve never been before it’s well worth a visit, there’s two options if you do come:  1. leave your credit card at home and bring your partner’s card instead  or  2. ….. Nope just that first option lol.  There’s so much to see and do and with exclusive show prices everywhere you look you probably won’t go home empty handed 😉  Yep I’m speaking from experience lol.  So if you do come this year be sure to pop into the Art Materials marquee and say hi, I’d love to see you.  Here’s a link to the Patching’s website to wet your appetite:

Patchings Festival 2017

Okay moving forward towards the end of this month – I’m pleased to say that I will be exhibiting at this year’s EWA (Exhibition of Wildlife Art) 28th – 30th July at Gordale Garden Centre, Gordale, Chester High Road (A540) Burton, Wirral  CH64 8TF.  After many years of being invited to exhibit here this is the first year I’ve been able to accept as for once the dates aren’t coinciding with anything else on my calendar.

https://www.gordale.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Closer to home, well at home to be more precise my first YouTube channel video is ready and set to ‘go public’ next Wednesday!  Thank you to everyone who’s already subscribed and thank you for your patience too.  It truly is a huge learning curve for me as I’ve never claimed to be tech savvy even though I maintain my own website complete with meta settings, footer putters, permalinks and plugins lol  But when it comes to the domain where video reigns it’s a whole new ball game to say the least:

www.YouTube.com/c/kerrynewellprofessionalwildlifeartist

 

This first video was filmed using my Canon 60D camera but since filming and editing this video my husband, often referred to as my Mr Wonderful lol, has bought me a Canon Legria hf r706 Camcorder, so I’m looking forward to getting it out of the box next week and getting some more filming done (hopefully of a better quality as long as user error doesn’t handicap the process lol)  Watch this space …..

Moving onwards into August – usually one of the busiest months in my calendar and yep this year’s August is no exception, and as if I’m not busy enough already I’ve added, in conjunction with ‘Wildlife Art Experiences’, a series of ‘Tuesday Taster ART Workshops’ commencing on Tuesday (there’s a surprise lol) 8th August!  These taster workshops are primarily for those of you wishing to dip your toe into the waters of the art world without having to take on a whole day or weekend workshop (although they’re not as testing as you might think).  Due to run from the Shropshire Falconry centre set in the glorious surrounds of the Shropshire countryside these workshops have something to offer everyone.  A 4 hr timetable will enable you to really get to grips with the materials and subject, the tuition and materials needed are supplied so that all you will need to bring with you is a smile and a willingness to learn.  It’s here that I hope to ignite, encourage and inspire you creative flame 😉

If you’d like to know more or reserve a place on this ‘Tuesday Taster’ or one or more of the subsequent dates please drop me an email and I’ll be more than happy to help:  kerrynewell1@gmail.com

Forthcoming Tuesday Tasters:

Tuesday 5th September 2017

Tuesday 3th October 2017

Tuesday 7th November 2017

Tuesday 9th January 2018

Venue details:

Shropshire Falconry
Holly Bank The Foxholes, Shrewsbury SY4 5UJ
+44 1939 236541

 

 

Moving on to the highlight of my year every year (and actually the place where I met my aforementioned Mr Wonderful lol) – the biggest date for my diary the BIRDFAIR in Rutland!  ‘Birdfair’ is one of it’s kind and attracts in excess of 124,000 people over three days, now that amount of visitors can’t be wrong.  It boasts art marquees, photography marquees, optics marquees (binoculars and telescopes not the alcoholic kind lol) but before you say argh!  There is a marquee with a full licensed bar and restaurant lol, as well as lecture marquees, marquees hosting wildlife and birding holiday stands, books, collectables, yep it goes on and on …. There’s even a huge charity auction …..

Last year Birdfair raised a colossal £350,000 for conservation via Birdlife International (and no I haven’t put the decimal point in the wrong place lol) proving that when people stand together things can really happen!  This year ‘Saving Paradise in the Pacific’ is the project for Birdlife International and I’m so proud to be a part of this event again.

If you’ve never been then please check out the Birdfair website:  www.birdfair.org.uk

‘BIRDFAIR 2017’  Egleton Nature Reserve, Rutland Water, Oakham, Rutland LE15 8BT.

Just 36 days to go and counting …..

 

 

Okay I think that’s enough for you all to be getting on with for today.

So it’s over and out from me for now

Be blessed and thank you once again for following my endeavours.

Looking forward to chatting with you all again soon, love & hugs Kerry x

p.s   If you would like me to add anything in particular to my weekly blogs then please pop your ideas in an email and forward them to me at kerrynewell1@gmail.com and I’ll see what I can do.

KNOWSLEY SAFARI PARK & SHROPSHIRE FALCONRY ART DAYS …

Good evening all I hope that this quick Blog update finds you all well, this isn’t something I normally do (sending two blogs out in the same week) but the following items are worthy of an extra share with you all to say the least.

Next Saturday (24th June) sees the launch of my work with Knowsley Safari Park – there’s so many species to choose from that I’m sure this venue is going to become a firm favourite with myself and participants alike.  And at only £80 per person per day it really is an unmissable event!

So take a look at the details below and email me on  kerrynewell1@gmail.com to book your place (or if you require more information) either way I look forward to hearing from you.

NEW and EXCLUSIVE Wildlife Art Workshops

Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot  L34 4AN.

SATURDAY 24th JUNE 2017

9am – 4pm

Just £80 per person (materials, lunch & refreshments supplied)

Max 10 participants

I’ve been running highly successful wildlife art workshops across the UK since 2010 and so was delighted when invited to create and run a new catalogue of art-based events here at Knowsley.

Knowsley Safari is home to over 700 animals and birds including Amur Tiger, African Lion, Iberian Wolf, African Elephant, White Rhino, Blue Wildebeest, Bactrian Camel, Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Fruit Bat and the ever popular Meerkat. This amazingly rich array of subject matter makes for the perfect venue for this new catalogue of artistic events and myself and the staff of Knowsley would love for you to come on board …

A comfortable and relaxed atmosphere awaits you on your workshop day. All materials, tuition, refreshments and lunch are supplied so that all you’ll have to bring with you is a smile. My workshops are specifically tailored to meet the needs of all artistic abilities so even if you’re a complete beginner you’ll be surprised at just what can be achieved in one day.

To reserve a place (or for more information) please email me at kerrynewell1@gmail.com and I’ll add you to the list of participants if applicable.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Note:  All of my art workshops and events have limited places so early booking is always advisable to avoid disappointment.

 

Also new for 2017:

Shropshire Falconry ART Workshop Experience Day

Shropshire Falconry Ltd, Shrewsbury  SY4 5UJ

Sunday 17th September 2017

10am – 4pm

Just £125 per person (materials and refreshments supplied)

Max 10 participants

Set in the stunning countryside of Shropshire, Shropshire Falconry is home to over 50 birds of prey including 17 Owl species, Kestrel, Harris Hawk, Buzzard, etc. Complete with an indoor flying arena, outdoor flying arena and training rooms there will be plenty of opportunity to get really close to these magnificent birds.

The centre isn’t open to the general public and I am the sole provider of art days here so this really is an exclusive event you wouldn’t want to miss.

A comfortable and relaxed atmosphere awaits you on your workshop day. All materials, tuition and refreshments are supplied so that all you’ll have to bring with you is a smile and a packed lunch. My workshops are specifically tailored to meet the needs of all artistic abilities so even if you’re a complete beginner you’ll be surprised at just what can be achieved in one day.

To reserve a place (or for more information) please email me at kerrynewell1@gmail.com and I’ll add you to the list of participants if applicable.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Note:  All of my art workshops and events have limited places so early booking is always advisable to avoid disappointment.

 

Okay I’ll sign off now and leave you all to enjoy the rest of the evening, I’m going to make the most of it as I’ve a very busy week ahead but I’ll save all of that news for next week’s blog update.

Be blessed and thank you once again for following my endeavours.

Looking forward to chatting with you again next week, love & hugs Kerry x

YOUTUBE CHANNEL, BADGER WORKSHOPS & MORE ….

Good morning folks I hope this, my latest blog, finds you all well and living life to the full (which in my case involves being creative at least once a day).
Creativity comes in all forms shapes and sizes and for me this doesn’t ring any truer than at present as I enter the world of filming and video editing! Yes the time for online tuition has arrived (about time I hear you say lol). I’ve recorded and edited the first workshop video from humble beginning to completed painting, it’s a Macaw parrot in pastel on velour paper, and I’ve also recorded a short video demonstrating how I prepare my pencils using a knife and sandpaper (I’ve been asked by several individuals for this). Voiceovers are going to be added this coming Sunday to both videos, and I’m just waiting for the arrival of my new Canon camcorder courtesy of my husband Gary, bless him, then I’ll film the finishing shots. So yes the time is near my wonderfully patient subscribers … and if you haven’t subscribed yet or you didn’t even know about my new YouTube channel here’s a link that will take you there:
https://www.youtube.com/c/KerryNewellProfessionalWildlifeArtist

Talking of tuition – I’m excited to announce that this coming Saturday (17th June) I’ll be running a Badger Art Workshop & Watching Experience Day at Hoo Farm in Telford. Here are the details:

‘Badger ART Workshop & Watching Experience Day’
Saturday 17th June 2017  
12 noon – 7pm
£125 per person materials supplied, (max 8 participants)
Please bring a packed lunch with you.

Hoo Farm in Telford is set to be (pardon the pun) the home of these new and exclusive Badger ART workshop & watching experience days. Working from both a purpose built classroom and fully heated hide that overlooks an active sett, this event is sure set to be a winner for beginners and the more experienced artist alike. Of course I’ll be making sure that the day caters for all abilities.

At just £125 per person you’ll be up close and personal with these amazing mammals in their natural habitat, the above photographs were taken from our hide so will hopefully give you an idea of the beautiful views you’ll experience on your day. In addition to this you’ll receive art tuition, all materials supplied and entrance to the adjacent zoo should you wish to venture further – the zoo is home to an abundance of domestic and exotic breeds including the gorgeous Binturong! Wondering how many of you will now Google that word lol.

Places will be limited to just 8 participants, so I highly recommend booking well in advance to avoid disappointment. To reserve a place then drop me an email at kerrynewell1@gmail.com and I’ll add you to the list of participants. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Okay I’m going to sign off now, short and sweet today, I’m just about to drive to Leicestershire to drop off Father’s Day goodies in preparation for the weekend. But I’ll be back at my easel by Friday, hopefully with my new Canon camcorder in action …

I’ll keep you all posted as to when the first YouTube video will be uploaded so that you can join me in the true launch celebrations.

Speak to you all soon and thank you once again for subscribing to this blog and following my endeavours.

Love & hugs Kerry x

WILDLIFE ART EXPERIENCES – TOURS, EVENTS & more …

Good afternoon folks I hope that this my latest blog finds you all well and enjoying the sunshine.

Now where do I start as it’s been a busy couple of weeks, well apart from in my studio as a back muscle strain stopped me from standing or even sitting to work, thankfully my back is feeling much better now thus I enjoyed an afternoon back in the studio yesterday.  Back to working on my ‘wolves’ painting 🙂

Whilst my back was a ‘pain in the back’ I let my husband loose in the kitchen to cook the pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, all seemed to be going well until the smoke alarms began to sound …. to my disbelief he’d actually managed to melt the plastic spatula into the frying pan! Lol. If he’d planned this as a way of getting out of cooking in the future I dare say he’s succeeded! Lol.

So as I was saying it has been a busy couple of weeks if not in the studio then ‘business wise’ including meetings, long phone conversations, emailing and paperwork all of which I’d rather someone else do for me lol. When it comes to the business side of business I’m not a big fan however needs must I guess.

Now I’m assuming that you’ve all read my two previous blog posts and are therefore now aware of my invitation to work with ‘365 Wildlife Experiences’ in a new branch of their business ‘Wildlife Art Experiences’.  If not I’ll give you a couple of minutes to scroll down and read those ….

My invited role being eloquently described, or not I’ll let you decide, as ‘Wildlife Art Tutor for Tours & Events Abroad and in the UK’.  Mmm it doesn’t exactly role off the tongue does it lol.  So me being me and the saying that little things please little minds I thought I’d take a look at the acronym of my new role:  W.A.T.T.E.A.U.  Still not a catchy lol. Anyway I thought I’d google it as a word to see if it meant anything, as you do lol, and what a surprise – it’s actually the surname of a French female artist in the 1700’s!  Well we live and learn.  Now where was I?  Oh yes, this new role of mine will be running alongside my own painting, workshops, tuition & demonstrations etc.  As well as opening up new opportunities for me personally this new collaboration enables me to offer a more diverse range of tuition subjects and destinations – all of which are exclusive, now you don’t get more exciting than that eh 😉  My calendar is already seeing the benefits if not my bank balance yet lol.  But hey I’m not complaining as I’m definitely living the dream.

On Monday 13th March a new page on my website went live:  ‘Wildlife Art Experiences

This page will be the place where I’ll be showcasing exclusive up and coming events & tours and much more …

Now there are two items that have already been posted on the new page but I’d like to bring your attention to them right now, you can go and take a look at the page in full later:

1. The owner of 365WildlifeExperiences has asked me to forward the following on to you, so on behalf of Phil Gould:

“If you have a species or destination in mind that you would like an art-based tour to or a workshop for then please send your request via email to Kerry at kerrynewell1@gamil.com and we will arrange something for you.”  Kind regards Phil Gould.

Note:  Phil is a highly acclaimed international wildlife photographer, published author and has travelled the globe leading wildlife photography tours for over 35 years.

2. The owner of On Track Safaris  www.ontracksafaris.co.uk  in South Africa is now advertising my art-based tours and asked me to forward the following to you:

“I am now offering my newsletter subscribers an exclusive special offer when they book onto one of Kerry’s safaris.” Best wishes Will Fox

Note:  Even I’ve subscribed 😉

Okay I’m going to keep this blog relatively short as you’ve plenty of reading over on my new page.  So to finish off here are some dates for your diary:

Events featured in full on my new page ‘Wildlife Art Experiences’:

Badger ART Workshop & Watching Day – Saturday 17th June 2017
Shropshire Falconry ART Workshop Day – Sunday 17th September 2017
South African Art-based Tour – Saturday 17th – Tuesday 27th February 2018

And finally: 

There are still a few places left on my Wildlife Art Workshops in Leicester, please see the ‘Workshops’ page of my website for more details on these and how to book your place.


Thank you once again for taking the time to read my latest blog, looking forward to chatting with you all again soon.  If you would like me to add anything in particular to my weekly blogs then please pop your ideas in an email and forward them to me at kerrynewell1@gmail.com and I’ll see what I can do.

If as a reader/subscriber you would like to contact me to enquire about purchasing my art, displaying my art, interviewing me, promoting my work on your blog or vice versa, including my work in magazines or to discuss tuition, demonstrations, workshops or my pet portrait service etc then please feel free to contact me via the following  Email: kerrynewell1@gmail.com  or  Mobile:  07752325031 (please leave a brief msg along with your name & contact number and I’ll get back to you asap)

Okay well it’s over and out from me for now

Be blessed and thank you once again for following my endeavours.

Looking forward to chatting with you again next week, love & hugs Kerry x

SOUTH AFRICA, BADGER WORKSHOPS & MORE ….

Good afternoon folks I hope that my Blog update finds you all happy, healthy and well into the swing of 2017.  Who’d believe that we’re already over half way through February and that my first workshop for the year has already been and gone (successfully I might add) I guess it’s true that time flies when your having fun and in my case extremely busy too.  There’s lots to update you all on so I’d better be getting on with it eh ….

For those of you that have been following my artistic journey, having been subscribed to my Blog for a while, you may remember me chatting back in October about having received a phone call from a dear friend inviting me to get on board with his new business taking my teaching further afield in the UK and abroad via Wildlife Art Safaris.  Well for those of you who weren’t around back then here’s a quick recap from that Blog post:

‘Two weeks ago I received a phone call completely out of the blue from a dear friend whom I’ve known for around 9 years but hadn’t spoken to in a while. To cut a long story, and an even longer conversation short the outcome of our conversation was a positive one – my friend (I’ll be able to share more details later) is in the process of setting up a new business and would like me onboard too. He currently runs photographic tours to Botswana and Estonia but intends to branch out further to include art-based tours hence his phone call to me! Needless to say I’ve agreed lol (once I’d picked myself up off the floor that is lol). So now, for me at least, it’s a waiting game while the new business’ website is built and the cogs begin to turn. He did ask when would I prefer these art-based tours to commence i.e towards the end of 2017 (after the Birdfair in August) or the beginning of 2018 – my reply was simple “NOW PLEASE” Lol. Okay so I need to be patient, I’ve been asked, I’ve said yes, I’ve agreed for the tours to launch when he sees fit … so that’s pretty much where we are up to now. One thing I can also mention before I forget is the new company’s name is ‘365 Wildlife Experiences’ – something for you all to look out for in the not too distant future 🙂’

Well now I can bring you all up to date –

My friend Phil Gould now has the business side of things up and running, with the website being built as we speak.  Phil has been a professional photographer, involved in the art and photography world, for over 35 years and has a vast amount of knowledge twinned with an equal amount of enthusiasm for capturing the natural world through a lens.  For many years he has shared his experience with like-minded people running safaris to many desirable locations including South Africa and Estonia.  Having decided that he would like to set up a new business offering something for everyone regarding wildlife experiences he began the mammoth task of setting up ‘365 Wildlife Experiences’ offering brand new photography safaris and events, whilst also setting up and to run parallel ‘ART Wildlife Experiences’ offering Art-based tours and events abroad and in the UK.  So now we’re up to date on the business side of things I can begin to tell you about these events and the ones I’ll be involved with:

 

Badger Art Workshop & Watching Experience Day

Closer to home, Hoo Farm in Telford to be exact, will be the home of my new Badger art & watching experience days.  Working from a hide overlooking an active sett this event is sure set to be a winner for beginners and the more experienced alike.

£125 per person will bring you up close and personal with these amazing mammals in their natural habitat, and from the purpose built hide you’ll receive a day of art tuition plus the opportunity to get some wonderful photographs if you don’t forget to bring your camera with you.  This price also include entrance to the adjacent zoo so you really will be spoilt for choice.

Places have been limited to 10 participants and the launch of these Art Experience Days is booked for Saturday 17th June 2017.  More information regarding the day and how to book your place will be coming soon.  If you’re interested and would like more information or to reserve a place then please drop me an email at kerrynewell1@gmail.com

 

Shropshire Falconry Art Workshops

Shropshire Falconry is home to over 50 birds of prey including many Owl species, Peregrin Falcon, Kestrel & Harris Hawk.  With an indoor flying arena and training rooms there will be plenty of opportunity to get close to these magnificent birds.  Another event when it wouldn’t be a great idea to forget your camera.

The centre isn’t open to the general public so our event will have exclusive access to two separate species for the art aspect of the day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Again places will be limited to just 10 participants, £125 per person.  The launch of these events is booked for Sunday 17th September.

More information regarding the day and how to book your place will be coming soon. If you’re interested and would like more information or to reserve a place then please drop me an email at kerrynewell1@gmail.com

 

Art-based Wildlife Tour in South Africa

A breathtaking 10 day safari for just six participants set in the stunning scenery that is Kruger National Park.  With an exclusive reserve as our home for the duration of the trip and with just six people in the safari vehicle we can be sure of the best sightings without the crowds of other tours etc.

We now have the full itinerary and price for our first safari set to run on 17th – 27th February 2018

More information regarding the day and how to book your place will be coming soon. If you’re interested and would like more information or to reserve a place then please drop me an email at kerrynewell1@gmail.com

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SOUTH AFRICAN ART-BASED WILDLIFE TOUR

17th – 27th February 2018

All lodges and reserves quoted can be found on the On Track Safaris website www.ontracksafaris.com

Itinerary:

Days 1-3

For clients flying in – on arrival at Tambo International Airport Johannesburg guests are met and transferred by kombi (mini bus) to Black Leopard Camp on the Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve.
Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve encompasses 6,000 Hectares, set within the stunning Steenkampsberg Mountains. This private nature reserve is located 30km from the town of Lydenburg and along the route between Johannesburg airport and the Greater Kruger Park region (approximately 200km to the north east). This is a pristine area of mountainous wilderness that is home to several animal species that are not often seen in the Kruger Park region, such as sable, eland, red hartebeest, blesbuck, mountain reedbuck, klipspringers, Cape fox,) and even oryx. The reserve has successfully reintroduced buffalo into the area after an absence of over 100 years. 
Our INGWE Leopard Research program has operated extensively on this reserve for many years, during which time we have recorded a significant amount of data on the resident leopards and their movements, including the Black and Golden leopard. Although leopard sightings in this mountainous wilderness are less frequent due to the terrain, our network of camera traps continues to record leopard movement on the reserve both day and night. The reserve is also home to some of the most elusive birds in South Africa, such as the stunning narina trogon, paradise flycatchers, sunbirds, bee-eaters, turacos, verreaux eagles and denhams bustards.
The historic rock engravings (petroglyphs) that are found on Thaba Tholo date back to the early Stone Age. There are numerous theories as to the meanings behind these rock engravings; some believe they are maps of settlements, others believe they are maps of constellations, and some believe they are drawings of visions and dreams. More recent historical artefacts include the ruins of Voortrekker (ancestors of the Afrikaners of modern day South Africa) settlements. The ruins of these houses can still be found high in the mountains. They were constructed with large, flat rocks and termite mound mixture; the Voortrekkers would mix pieces of termite mounds with water, to create a kind of cement.
This reserve is family owned, along with Black Leopard Camp, which nestles sympathetically within the reserve. Black Leopard Camp is a four star tented camp, that was built, and is managed by the same family.
Accommodation is mid range. Four star accommodation and five star service.
www.blackleopardcamp.com

Days 4-7

After breakfast on day four, we will transfer to Rukiya Safari Camp in the Lowveld (Kruger Park area). Rukiya www.rukiyacamp.com is an intimate, luxury tented camp situated on the confluence of the Blyde and Olifants Rivers in the heart of Wild Rivers Private Nature Reserve.
The development of the camp was done with a least-impact footprint with a variety of green or eco-friendly principles employed during the construction process. A large part of the area comprises of deck and canvass that has a minimal effect in contrast to conventional brick and mortar. The operation of the camp follows the ecological-sensitive philosophy by utilizing environmentally friendly products that does not contain harmful chemicals. Up-cycled drift- and pallet wood were used to furnish and decorate the camp and were sourced from local suppliers in support of the community.
Following a holistic approach to contribute to an ultimate nature experience, great care is taken to provide guests with all the special touches, pampering and comforts during their stay. Safaris and bush walks are part of the offering of all-inclusive packages. The iconic tented accommodation fortifies the African experience that allows guests to immerse themselves in the beauty of the magical Lowveld.  Six en-suite luxury tents have been carefully placed underneath the shade of gaint Jackalberry trees with wonderful views to the river.
Rukiya It is our safari home and base for much of our work in leopard conservation. It is offers a unique and intimate wildlife experience and the opportunity to take Big Five game drives in the adjacent Balule game reserve (Kruger Park). When entering Wild Rivers Nature Reserve, expect to be immersed in the vista of endless woodland set against the back drop of the majestic Drakensberg mountains that change colour as the day walks on. This 2,600 hectare reserve is bordered by both the Blyde and Olifants Rivers and boasts a diverse landscape with rocky outcrops and savanna where plains game roam freely. Leopard wander and riverbanks are frequented by hippo and crocodiles.

Days 8-10

After breakfast on day seven we will transfer to the Tangala Safari Camp within the Thornybush Game Reserve. www.tangalasafaricamp.co.za
Tangala boasts sweeping views overlooking an expansive and active waterhole, with the majestic Drakensberg Mountain Range forming an impressive backdrop. With our eco-friendly camp, great hosting, comfortable accommodation and thrilling game drives, guests are assured an unforgettable experience
Thornybush Game Reserve is approximately 14,000ha of game habitat: open savannah woodland with pat Hectares of tangled thicket and thorny scrub. It is a well established reserve and perfect habitat for Africa’s famous Big Five as well as a host of other animals (eg. cheetah, African wild dog, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, zebra, various antelope species, porcupine, aardvark).  Thornybush is home to 147 mammal species,  114 types of reptile, more than 500 bird species, dozens of fish and amphibian species and 336 types of trees, as well as  countless grasses, insects, etc.
Game viewing in the reserve ranks as some of the best in Southern Africa with a near perfect year round climate.
Guests can enjoy off road close-up views of special sightings and once darkness falls, you’ll be treated to thrilling spot-lit night drives in search of rare nocturnal creatures and big cats on the move. Guided nature walks complete the spectrum of safari activities. Thornybush is a favoured safari location for movie stars and the rich and famous.

Day 11
After morning game drive and breakfast, transfer to OR Tambo International Airport for overnight flight home.
£3,300 per person
Price includes:

Road transfers
Accommodation
Meals
Tea and Coffee
Guided game Drives and or bush walks

Excludes:
International flights
Alcohol
Reserve conservation entry fees (approximately £17)
Tips and souvenirs

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Okay well I’m sure that after reading all of that you’ll all be putting the kettle on lol, I know I’m going to 😉

So to finish for today here are a couple of snippets from next week’s Blog and news updates:

  •  The commission for Chris Packham is now finished.  Waiting for Chris to give the all clear so that I can finally show you guys what I’ve been working on for him.
  • The painting of three wolves is now back on my easel and will now be worked to completion, pictorial updates coming soon.
  • Soon to announce the date of the first art based workshop at Knowsley Safari Park.
  • Running a workshop in Northants next Saturday.
  • March sees the birth of another new venture I’ve been asked to create this time at Chester Zoo – Under the umbrella title of Chester’s ‘Bloom Campaign – engaging people with wildlife on a local level‘ I’ll be running ‘Watercolour Wildlife’ workshops ….
  • And April sees me take my Wildlife Workshops to Bedfordshire ….
  • June sees the launch of the Badger art & watching days

NEWS JUST IN!!!!!

  • DATES FOR A WILDLIFE ART-BASED TOUR IN ESTONIA have just come through so will more than likely be announced in next week’s Blog!

Okay I’ll leave it at that for now as I need to go grab a coffee and get back to my easel.

Thank you once again for taking the time to read my latest Blog post, looking forward to chatting with you again soon. If you would like me to add anything in particular to my weekly Blogs then please pop your ideas in an email and forward them to me at kerrynewell1@gmail.com and I’ll see what I can do.

If as a reader/subscriber you would like to contact me to enquire about buying my art, displaying my art, interviewing me, promoting my work on your Blog, including my work in magazines or to discuss tuition, demonstrations, workshops & my pet portrait service etc then please feel free to contact me via the following:

Email: kerrynewell1@gmail.com

Mobile: 07752325031 (please leave a brief msg along with your number and I’ll get back to you asap)

Okay well it’s over and out from me for now

Be blessed and thank you once again for following my endeavours.

Looking forward to chatting with you again next week, love & hugs Kerry x