TWO NEW WORKSHOP DATES FOR NOVEMBER

Good afternoon folks I hope that this quick update finds you all well and, dare I say, looking forward to the festive season. Our Christmas tree is already up, I’d blame it on the children but in actual fact I’m the culprit lol, hey ho I can think of worse things to be guilty of lol.

Whilst speaking of Christmas wintery things come to mind, and nothing could be more wintery than the subject for my next two Wildlife Art Workshops – a polar bear 😊

Unlike previous workshops the same reference will be used in both the Leicestershire workshop and the one here in Cheshire, so that everyone can experience a little winter cheer without having to travel too far.

The dates are as follows:

Polar Bear Workshop in Leicestershire, Saturday 3rd November 2018

Workshops in Leicestershire

Polar Bear Workshop in Cheshire, Saturday 24th November 2018

Workshops in Cheshire

Keeping this little update short and sweet while I compile the next, more in depth Blog/Newsletter.

Looking forward to hopefully seeing some of you for November’s workshops

Best wishes

Kerry xx

NEW WORKSHOP DATES, YOUTUBE & MORE …

Good afternoon folks I hope this blog update finds you all well.

Perfect weather here in the UK again, that is if all you have to do is sit on a lounger being served pink gin cocktails, whilst being wafted with palm fronds before taking a dip in an olympic size swimming pool lol. Unfortunately reality at the minute is a hot & humid art studio with a plentiful supply of chilled water as apposed to pink gin or any other alcoholic beverage for that matter, but I’m not complaining … honest lol.

While the world seems to have gone football mad, every four years birthing a whole new generation of wannabe professional referees shouting at the tv and declaring the ‘I could do better’ chant (yep my husband included lol), I plod on with commissions and filming for my YouTube channel amongst other art related tasks.

After a decluttering session I decided to add some ‘green’ to my working space, by that I mean plant life and not wallpaper made up of £5 notes lol. Now I’ve never been one for ‘collecting’ but oh my … what started out as a single cacti, which I named Cuthbert, sitting on my studio windowsill has now blossomed (pardon the pun) into an ever-expanding plethora of plants! lol Loving it so much I may just have to let my greenery extend to the rest of the house lol. I’m sure many photos will follow in future social media posts …. you’ve been warned lol.

Okay, that’s enough of the waffling for for now, lets see what news I have for you my glorious readers:

  • First and foremost I’m truly thankful to say that this month’s first Wildlife Art Workshop over at Knowsley Safari Park here in Cheshire was a wonderful success, so much so that they’ve booked me in for Workshop number two. If you’d like additional information …

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ART AT KNOWSLEY SAFARI, YOUTUBE UPDATES & MORE …

Good afternoon folks, I hope this blog finds you all well and enjoying the strange yellow orb that has appeared in the sky over Britain this past couple of weeks.

It always feels strange, don’t you think, when we’re eventually blessed with some warmer weather here in the UK. I feel like I’m being enticed into a false sense of security; for gone are the endless summer days when eight weeks off school meant eight weeks of roaming, from dusk to dawn, over fields of ripening crops with a canine companion in tow. Now we’re lucky to get eight days in a row, let alone eight weeks.

So yes, I’m sure you’ll agree that the weather is glorious at the moment. Unfortunately my studio doesn’t have resident elves yet and so with heavy heart I’ve been unable to enjoy midday saunters with Skye. We have made the most of our evening walks though and I must say the sunsets have been stunning. Lunch times and coffee breaks (of which there are many) I have made the most of, setting up my trusty Canon camera (Gerry) on a sturdy tripod to capture the antics of the visiting bird life. I’ve also begun capturing images of the flora in our garden, especially when coming into bloom. All of this pictorial data will be used for art reference images in the coming months.

Okay well that’s enough of me waffling for now (okay there’s no need to cheer lol), let’s move on to our first headline and yes I realise things aren’t appearing in the same order as in the last blog. I’m going to keep shifting things around a little until my subscribers (yes that includes you) feel as though the flow of things is right. So here we go:

Oh while I remember, someone asked what the picture is in the mantelpiece in the above image – it’s a limited edition print of moths by the artist Richard Lewington. A 50th birthday present for my husband from our eldest daughter Holly xXx

So, on with the latest news from this end:

  • NEW and EXCLUSIVE Wildlife ART Workshops at Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot. L34 4AN Commencing Saturday 9th June 2018  9am-4pm
  • I’m excited to announce, after having been invited to set up a catalogue of art-based events at Knowsley Safari Park here in Cheshire, the first date has been set and the bookings have begun to arrive. The Knowsley team and my contact in particular are as eager as I am to get things up and running, it is with this in mind that we have set an introductory price of just £80 per person. The price includes all materials, tuition, lunch and refreshments. All you’ll need to bring is a smile. If you’d like some more information on this event or would like to book a place for yourself or a loved one then please use the following link, this will take you directly to the ‘Workshops in Cheshire’ page of my website: http://www.kerrynewell.com/workshops-in-cheshire/  May I also add at this point that the subject for the workshop on June 9th is going to be an Amur Tiger. This having been chosen to celebrate the conservation work Knowsley is involved with for this species via the captive breeding programme and by working in conjunction with Wildcats Conservation Alliance.
  • This second news item I’d like to draw your attention to is that of my YouTube channel. I have now released two more videos since my last blog. The first being ‘Black Fur in Pastel’, shown in the image to the left, and the second being ‘Bokeh Background in Pastel’. Both new additions are suitable for beginners to learn techniques from and so I hope, that if you have a spare moment, you could pop over and check them out. If you do like what you see over on my channel then please subscribe, yes it’s free. If you do you’re helping me reach toward my first milestone of 1,000 subscribers. At the moment I believe I’m at 420. For those of you that have already subscribed I’d like to take a moment to say a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of you. You’re all amazing! Your support and encouragement is truly appreciated and has spurred me on to better my skills in the world of video tutorials. Having said that I would like to apologise for the sound quality of the current videos. I now have a new microphone and a new video editing suite so things should begin to improve from here on. If you’d like to see my YouTube channel videos, just simply follow this link (don’t forget to come back and read the rest of this blog though lol): https://www.YouTube.com/c/KerryNewellProfessionalWildlifeArtist

As I’m now writing on a regular basis for Stronghold.Media, I thought I would follow on from last month’s Artisan Advice theme with another blog-style tip. If you haven’t read last month’s blog, I included links to three blogs I’ve written as a guest blogger for Stronghold.Media. These were Marketing Yourself as an Artist Part 1 & Marketing Yourself as an Artist Part 2, and Why Creatives need a Blog.

The link I’ll include for today’s blog is entitled ‘Tips for Beginner Creatives’. In this piece of writing I explore and discuss the idea of turning a creative hobby into a lifelong career. I include snapshots of topics including where to start, scheduling, how to prepare and how to get noticed. Here’s the link: https://stronghold.media/blog/2018/04/30/tips-beginner-creatives

I hope you enjoy this and find it of use to you. Should you want any artistic advise in particular then please feel free to email me your requests so that I can include them in future posts.

Moving on to a new topic for my blogs, the world of conservation. I’m going to begin with why my Canon camera is called Gerry. Now you may think this strange to start of the topic of conservation with the naming of an inanimate object. Well I’ll do my best to enlighten you with a short account. This could easily turn into an essay length piece of writing but I’ll keep that for another time, promise.

I named my camera Gerry after the world-renown conservationist Gerald Durrell. Ah now you can see where the connection between the two lies. From his birth in India in 1925 to his death in 1995 Gerald lived his life surrounded by animals. Gerald was first and foremost a naturalist, he then worked as a zookeeper and soon was employed to organise expeditions from the UK to collect live specimens for zoos and private collections. It was this work that turned his heart and mind to conservation. It is no understatement that he became one of this country’s most renown conservationist. Durrell was also an author, I grew up reading his books and he has inspired me in more ways than I can mention here. He also found increased fame when he became a television presenter, however he never really relished being on the other side of the camera, but he did so in order to educate and raise awareness of the plight of so many species. He also went on to found what is now called the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Durrell Wildlife Park on the Channel Island of Jersey. If you would life to read more about Gerald Durrell and the Durrell Conservation Trust: https://www.durrell.org/wildlife/about/gerald-durrell/

Last but not least a quick Q&A, whoop whoop whoop I hear you cry another new feature to my blog! Okay you probably didn’t say whoop whoop whoop but I did! lol.

Today’s question, and by that I don’t mean it’s been sent in by someone named Today, wow that would be weird lol. No this is simply a question that I get asked a lot:

Q.  How old were you when you started to draw?

A.  I’ve always held a keen interest for the natural world, from bugs and beetles to trees, animals & birds. There doesn’t seem to be anything I’m not interested in and there’s definitely nothing that I’m scared of. I’m guessing that all of this stemmed from growing up in home that had a wildlife garden as opposed to a more formal kind. My dad, Allen who passed away in 2001, was a keen gardener but loved wildlife with a passion. Apparently he wasted no time in digging a huge pond within weeks of getting married and moving my mum into their marital home, long before me and my sister came along. So it was natural for me as a youngster to spend long warm days in the garden, time spent investigating snails, butterflies, frogs and eventually grass snakes seemed the norm to me. The more time I spent with them, the more I wanted to know about them. Not being able to afford a camera was probably the reason my parents made sure I had enough paper and pencils to record my findings, and I guess that’s where my creative journey began. As for my age then, my mum say’s I’d be around 4yrs old when my love for drawing began.

If you have a question that you’d like to ask then please feel free to email me at:  kerrynewell1@gmail.com

Okay folks I think I’ve taken up enough of your time for one day, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading today’s blog as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. 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.

Until next time it’s over and out from me for now

Best wishes, Kerry xXx

 

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