New studio progress and a Happy Valentine’s Day to all xXx

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Garage conversion to my new studio – progress.

Hey there my friends I hope you’re all keeping well, and that the sun is shining in your life, be that metaphorically speaking or literally 😉. And before I forget Happy Valentine’s Day to you all xXx

As promised in my last newsletter my new studio is progressing well, finally looking like the beginnings of an actual room instead of a building site lol. The builders have been and the garage door has been replaced with bricks, mortar and yes a lovely big window that will let in lots of natural light. Taking a break away from my easel gave me a few days to get the rest of the floor joists down, the under-floor insulation fitted and the rest of the ‘floor panel boards’ fitted into place. Oh my word those boards weigh a ton lol. Today’s quote ‘Impossible is just an opinion.’ being quite apt I thought lol. Now, slowly but surely, I’m adding the first layer of insulation between the roof rafters while waiting for the electrician to come and work his magic. So hopefully they’ll be more updates soon.

The online response to my ‘garage to studio conversion’ has been great, and for those of you who’ve asked how big my studio will end up being – I’ve just been and measured the dimensions – 13′ 6″ x 8′ 3″ Plus it’ll have a ceiling height of around 92″ (so just under 8′) which will give me plenty of room when manoeuvring larger canvas lol. So lots of plans for new creative adventures 😉 Anyway, hopefully I’ll be able to update you all in my next newsletter as things progress.

Wildlife Art Workshops for 2023

£60 per person

DateMediumSubject
January 21st 2023WatercolourPostponed
February 25th 2023PastelRed Panda
March 25th 2023WatercolourFox in Snow
April 22nd 2023PastelTBC
May 20th 2023WatercolourToucan
June 24th 2023PastelTBC
August 26th 2023WatercolourTBC
September 23rd 2023PastelTBC
October 21st 2023WatercolourTBC
November 25th 2023PastelTBC
December TBCWatercolourTBC
All dates have now been confirmed
Preferred Pastel materials:* Clairefontaine Pastelmat Paper (I rarely use anything else now)
* larger sheets are available and can be easily cut to size (this is what I do)
* Carbothello Pastel Pencils are a must have in my studio, available individually or in different set sizes
* Mungyo Soft Pastels – an affordable way to cover larger areas of a painting, and for adding base coats for your pencils to go on top
* Pan Pastels – my ‘go to’ soft pastel choice, available individually or in sets, 92 colours in total
Preferred Watercolour materials:* 140lb (or heavier) Hotpress or Coldpress watercolour paper
* 9″ x 12″ minimum size (buying larger sheets is preferable as they can then be cut down to size)
* Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours are a great paint to get started with (I still use them for sketches etc)
* A variety of brushes, sizes & shapes, made from golden taklon which is a synthetic material. Here’s a link to the affordable W&N Cotman set.
* A white mixing palette or a white plate will do
My Amazon affiliate links – please feel free to click, browse and shop at no extra cost to you.
An excellent way to get started with Pan Pastels

Nine new dates for 2023 have been confirmed by Martin Mere Wetland Centre One running each month, with the exception of January, July and December. Workshops will alternate between Watercolour and Pastel, but feel free to bring along any art medium you wish if the subject is something you would like to create from. All workshops are suitable for beginners. More information can be found over on our exclusive Art Workshop page on the Martin Mere website as well as on the Workshop page of my website. If participants would like further mediums or subjects added then extra dates can be slotted in to suit. So if your passion is coloured pencil or you love acrylic or oil painting then just let me know.

This Red Panda project will also be the subject for next month’s art workshop over at WWT Martin Mere. Nine new dates have now been confirmed for this year and all workshops will be suitable for complete beginners. I’ve been asked to include my preferred materials for the the pastel & watercolour workshops, so I’ll add that to the ‘workshop’ section below.

Diary Dates

Art Safari in Uganda 16th February – 3rd March 2023 TBC
Patching’s Art Festival13th – 16th July 2023
Exhibition of Wildlife Art28th – 30th July 2023
North West Birdwatching Festival14th -15th October 2023

Patching’s Art Festival – an international four day art event celebrating the best in art & craft. Open to all there’s something for everyone, the chance to meet over 250 artists, a lot of which will be demonstrating (including me demonstrating for Caran d’Ache). Plus ‘hands-on’ workshops and art material offers all set in 60 acres of beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside.

Exhibition of Wildlife Art – ‘an exciting three day show featuring the work of some of the world’s most talented wildlife artists. The biggest and most successful, open selling, exhibition of Wildlife Art outside of London. All exhibited work is for sale and many artist demonstrate whilst there.’ I’ll be demonstrating whilst exhibiting there this year and would love for you to drop by and say hello.

North West Birdwatching Festival – Open at 8am, start your day by watching the spectacle of thousands of wild geese leave the roost before heading for breakfast in the Martin Mere restaurant. Over the two day there will be an array of guest speakers and exhibitors, artists and photographers including photography workshops, guided reserve walks, and more. I’ll be exhibiting and demonstrating throughout the weekend and would love you to drop by and say hello.

Art Safari in Uganda – a two week tour taking in some of Uganda’s best national parks, optional gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, visiting a rhino sanctuary and so much more. With a maximum of 6 participants this art based safari ensures you’ll have all the natural world of Uganda has to offer, plus plenty of 1 to 1 guidance from me when you need it to enable you to capture all that you want on paper or canvas.

Subscriber Question

Q. I like working in watercolour, but sometimes I forget to leave the white of the paper showing. What can I use to put white on top of watercolour?

A. Great question and something that I guess most artists have done from time to time. You’ve many options to choose from here. You could first either mask out the areas you want to keep white with masking fluid or masking film. Or you could gently colour in the white areas with an oil/wax based colouring pencil (note that this will remain on the paper and repel the watercolour in this area). Or, and one of my favourite techniques, is to use white gouache (gouache is opaque watercolour). Whole paintings can be created with gouache on it’s own or with traditional watercolour combined. I’ll pop a gouache video below for you to take a peek at should you be interested.

I may not always have a video on my YouTube channel to go alongside a subscriber’s question, but when I do I’ll be sure to add it.

Okay I really do need to get back to my easel as I’ve a new painting waiting to be worked on.. I’ll be recording the process so stay tuned, it’s also going to be a review of one of Derwents products so lots going on.

Thank you once again, as always my friends, for spending some time with me today, and please feel free to leave a question or suggestion in the contact form below.

Wishing you all the best, until next time, as always, stay safe and stay creative, Kerry xXx

round white ceramic saucer and coffee cup

Questions & Suggestions welcomed

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Introducing a Red Panda in Pastel

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Red Panda in pastel.

Hey there my friends I hope you’re all keeping well, and that the start of 2023 has been a positive experience for you all.

Some good news regarding my garage renovation – the garage door has now been replaced with brick and a window!!! I’ll do a full update in my next newsletter, but needless to say I am indeed one step closer to being in my new studio! 😉

Now I’m not one for making New Year’s resolutions, are you? I always feel as though January, for me anyway, is a time when I’m constantly reflecting on the previous year whilst gearing up for the current one – a bit like a car standing stationary whilst it’s wheels are spinning lol. I’ve a couple of project ideas sketched out and will share them with you once they make it to my easel.

However, I have just completed this little Red Panda in pastel project. I filmed this project and it’s now available to view over on my YouTube channel:

This Red Panda project will also be the subject for next month’s art workshop over at WWT Martin Mere. Nine new dates have now been confirmed for this year and all workshops will be suitable for complete beginners. I’ve been asked to include my preferred materials for the the pastel & watercolour workshops, so I’ll add that to the ‘workshop’ section below.

Wildlife Art Workshops for 2023

£60 per person

DateMediumSubject
January 21st 2023WatercolourPostponed
February 25th 2023PastelRed Panda
March 25th 2023WatercolourFox in Snow
April 22nd 2023PastelTBC
May 20th 2023WatercolourTBC
June 24th 2023PastelTBC
August 26th 2023WatercolourTBC
September 23rd 2023PastelTBC
October 21st 2023WatercolourTBC
November 25th 2023PastelTBC
December TBCWatercolourTBC
All dates have now been confirmed
Preferred Pastel materials:* Clairefontaine Pastelmat Paper (I rarely use anything else now)
* larger sheets are available and can be easily cut to size (this is what I do)
* Carbothello Pastel Pencils are a must have in my studio, available individually or in different set sizes
* Mungyo Soft Pastels – an affordable way to cover larger areas of a painting, and for adding base coats for your pencils to go on top
* Pan Pastels – my ‘go to’ soft pastel choice, available individually or in sets, 92 colours in total
Preferred Watercolour materials:* 140lb (or heavier) Hotpress or Coldpress watercolour paper
* 9″ x 12″ minimum size (buying larger sheets is preferable as they can then be cut down to size)
* Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours are a great paint to get started with (I still use them for sketches etc)
* A variety of brushes, sizes & shapes, made from golden taklon which is a synthetic material. Here’s a link to the affordable W&N Cotman set.
* A white mixing palette or a white plate will do
My Amazon affiliate links – please feel free to click, browse and shop at no extra cost to you.
An excellent way to get started with Pan Pastels

Nine new dates for 2023 have been confirmed by Martin Mere Wetland Centre One running each month, with the exception of January, July and December. Workshops will alternate between Watercolour and Pastel, but feel free to bring along any art medium you wish if the subject is something you would like to create from. All workshops are suitable for beginners. More information can be found over on our exclusive Art Workshop page on the Martin Mere website as well as on the Workshop page of my website. If participants would like further mediums or subjects added then extra dates can be slotted in to suit. So if your passion is coloured pencil or you love acrylic or oil painting then just let me know.

Amur Tiger now finished, this was the subject for November 2022 pastel workshop at WWT Martin Mere.

Diary Dates

Art Safari in Uganda 16th February – 3rd March 2023 TBC
Patching’s Art Festival13th – 16th July 2023
Exhibition of Wildlife Art28th – 30th July 2023
North West Birdwatching FestivalTBC

Patching’s Art Festival – an international four day art event celebrating the best in art & craft. Open to all there’s something for everyone, the chance to meet over 250 artists, a lot of which will be demonstrating (including me demonstrating for Caran d’Ache). Plus ‘hands-on’ workshops and art material offers all set in 60 acres of beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside.

Exhibition of Wildlife Art – ‘an exciting three day show featuring the work of some of the world’s most talented wildlife artists. The biggest and most successful, open selling, exhibition of Wildlife Art outside of London. All exhibited work is for sale and many artist demonstrate whilst there.’ I’ll be demonstrating whilst exhibiting there this year and would love for you to drop by and say hello.

North West Birdwatching Festival – Open at 8am, start your day by watching the spectacle of thousands of wild geese leave the roost before heading for breakfast in the Martin Mere restaurant. Over the two day there will be an array of guest speakers and exhibitors, artists and photographers including photography workshops, guided reserve walks, and more. I’ll be exhibiting and demonstrating throughout the weekend and would love you to drop by and say hello.

Art Safari in Uganda – a two week tour taking in some of Uganda’s best national parks, optional gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, visiting a rhino sanctuary and so much more. With a maximum of 6 participants this art based safari ensures you’ll have all the natural world of Uganda has to offer, plus plenty of 1 to 1 guidance from me when you need it to enable you to capture all that you want on paper or canvas.

Subscriber Question

Q. How should I go about painting black fur without making it look flat?

A. Understanding that all colours are somewhat reflective helps. Adding lilacs and light blues to black will help create a cool effect, whilst adding burgundy or reddish browns can create a warmer looking black. I hope the following video will be of use to you. I do have another ‘black fur’ video on my ‘to do’ list which will go into more detail.

I may not always have a video on my YouTube channel to go alongside a subscriber’s question, but when I do I’ll be sure to add it.

Short and sweet this time as my easel is calling me lol.

Thank you once again, as always my friends, for spending some time with me today, and please feel free to leave a question or suggestion in the contact form below.

Wishing you all the best, until next time, as always, stay safe and stay creative, Kerry xXx

eyeglasses with mug on warm scarf

Questions & Suggestions welcomed

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Wishing you all a Happy New Year!

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‘Magic is believing in yourself. If you can make that happen, you can make anything happen.’
Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe

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close up of two flute glasses filled with sparkling wine wuth ribbons and christmas decor
Happy New Year 2023

Happy New Year for this coming Sunday my friends!

Not a lot to report as this week, between Christmas and the New Year is always something of a mystery lol. How many of us have to check our phones just to find out what day it is? lol.

Today I received some watercolour paper that I haven’t tried before, so I’m looking forward to experimenting with it – Paul Rubens Sparkling Watercolour Paper 10.63 x 7.67”, 2 Pack, 40 Sheets, 140 lb/300 GSM, 100% Cotton, Hot Pressed & Acid-Free Sketch Paper for Watercolour Painting, Sketching, Acrylic, Gouache Yes you read that correctly ‘Sparking’ watercolour paper! And it really does have a sparkle to it! Ooooo loads of ideas for this paper, including next year’s Christmas card design. Let’s face it, with the year we’ve all had who doesn’t need a little sparkle in their lives 😉

As well as sending out a newsletter today, yep this one, I’ve also posted a new video over on my YouTube channel that perfectly fits a subscriber’s question (see the section towards the bottom of this newsletter).

The first date, Saturday 21st January, has now been confirmed by WWT Martin Mere for the start of next year’s ‘wildlife-inspired’ art workshops. Will let you all know as soon as I hear from them regarding the rest of next year’s dates:

Wildlife Art Workshops for 2023

£60 per person

DateMediumSubject
January 21st 2023WatercolourRed Fox in Snow
February 25th 2023PastelTBC
March 25th 2023WatercolourTBC
April 22nd 2023PastelTBC
May 20th 2023WatercolourTBC
June 24th 2023PastelTBC
August 26th 2023WatercolourTBC
September 23rd 2023PastelTBC
October 21st 2023WatercolourTBC
November 25th 2023PastelTBC
December TBCWatercolourTBC
Dates to be confirmed

Ten new dates for 2023 have been pencilled in, now waiting for Martin Mere Wetland Centre to confirm these. One running each month, with the exception of July and December. Workshops will alternate between Watercolour and Pastel, but feel free to bring along any art medium you wish if the subject is something you would like to create from. All workshops are suitable for beginners. More information can be found over on our exclusive Art Workshop page on the Martin Mere website as well as on the Workshop page of my website. If participants would like further mediums or subjects added then extra dates can be slotted in to suit. So if your passion is coloured pencil or you love acrylic or oil painting then just let me know.

Amur Tiger now finished, this was the subject for November’s pastel workshop at WWT Martin Mere.

Diary Dates

Patching’s Art Festival13th – 16th July 2023
Exhibition of Wildlife Art28th – 30th July 2023
North West Birdwatching FestivalTBC
Art Safari in Uganda 16th February – 3rd March 2023

Patching’s Art Festival – an international four day art event celebrating the best in art & craft. Open to all there’s something for everyone, the chance to meet over 250 artists, a lot of which will be demonstrating (including me demonstrating for Caran d’Ache). Plus ‘hands-on’ workshops and art material offers all set in 60 acres of beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside.

Exhibition of Wildlife Art – ‘an exciting three day show featuring the work of some of the world’s most talented wildlife artists. The biggest and most successful, open selling, exhibition of Wildlife Art outside of London. All exhibited work is for sale and many artist demonstrate whilst there.’ I’ll be demonstrating whilst exhibiting there this year and would love for you to drop by and say hello.

North West Birdwatching Festival – Open at 8am, start your day by watching the spectacle of thousands of wild geese leave the roost before heading for breakfast in the Martin Mere restaurant. Over the two day there will be an array of guest speakers and exhibitors, artists and photographers including photography workshops, guided reserve walks, and more. I’ll be exhibiting and demonstrating throughout the weekend and would love you to drop by and say hello.

Art Safari in Uganda – a two week tour taking in some of Uganda’s best national parks, optional gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, visiting a rhino sanctuary and so much more. With a maximum of 6 participants this art based safari ensures you’ll have all the natural world of Uganda has to offer, plus plenty of 1 to 1 guidance from me when you need it to enable you to capture all that you want on paper or canvas.

Subscriber Question

Q. How do I create depth in a painting?

A. Creating a sense of depth in a painting is much easier when incorporating a background. Remember that in cases where added depth is required use cool colours in the background and warm colours in the foreground where possible. Also think about detail – only detailing items in a part of a painting also creates a sense of depth. In the painting below (Fallow Deer in pastel) the background and foreground are out of focus, leaving the deer and surrounding midground in focus. Another technique is perspective – this is something I’ll pick up on in a later video, so stay tuned and watch this space.

I may not always have a video on my YouTube channel to go alongside a subscriber’s question, but when I do I’ll be sure to add it.

Okay folks that’s it for me today, short and sweet this time. Thank you once again, as always my friends, for spending some time with me today, and please feel free to leave a question or suggestion in the contact form below.

Let me once again take this opportunity in wishing you all a Happy New Year, I hope it’s a blessed & beautiful one for all! 😊

Wishing you all the best, until next time, as always, stay safe and stay creative, Kerry xXx

Questions & Suggestions welcomed

© Kerry Newell ⭐ www.KerryNewell.com ⭐ All rights reserved

Merry Christmas!

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‘All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.’ – Walt Disney

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Merry Christmas my friends I hope you’re all keeping well and warm. Where has this year gone? I don’t know about you but for me the months have flown by.

Those of you that follow me on social media will no doubt know that I’m in the process of building a new studio – a ‘self-build garage conversion’ (yes I must be mad lol). Work is going well, but I’m now taking a break for the festive season (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it lol). In actual fact the cold snap last week was enough to put a pause on things so to speak, as I’m now at the stage where the garage door needs to be replaced by bricks, blocks and a large window. So that, all being well, will be the next phase in January 😊

Yes that’s me busy fitting timber to the wall, and by the looks of it a complete ‘follower of fashion’…. not lol. I don’t usually walk around in socks and crocs, promise, lol, and yes I do wear boots when carrying the timber or using power tools lol. So looking forward to having the new studio up and running, and I promise once I’m settled in I’ll do a studio tour for those of you who’ve been asking 😉 Until then I’m having to work from the spare bedroom, oh my word the space is crammed with all of my supplies that I haven’t been able to fit into my mum’s garage. I can honestly say that our spare bedroom hasn’t turned out to be the Tardis I had hoped for 😂

Wildlife Art Workshops for 2023

£60 per person

DateMediumSubject
January 21st 2023WatercolourRed Fox in Snow
February 25th 2023PastelTBC
March 25th 2023WatercolourTBC
April 22nd 2023PastelTBC
May 20th 2023WatercolourTBC
June 24th 2023PastelTBC
August 26th 2023WatercolourTBC
September 23rd 2023PastelTBC
October 21st 2023WatercolourTBC
November 25th 2023PastelTBC
December TBCWatercolourTBC
Dates to be confirmed

Ten new dates for 2023 have been pencilled in, now waiting for Martin Mere Wetland Centre to confirm these. One running each month, with the exception of July and December. Workshops will alternate between Watercolour and Pastel, but feel free to bring along any art medium you wish if the subject is something you would like to create from. All workshops are suitable for beginners. More information can be found over on our exclusive Art Workshop page on the Martin Mere website as well as on the Workshop page of my website. If participants would like further mediums or subjects added then extra dates can be slotted in to suit. So if your passion is coloured pencil or you love acrylic or oil painting then just let me know.

Amur Tiger now finished, this was the subject for November’s pastel workshop at WWT Martin Mere.

Diary Dates

Patching’s Art Festival13th – 16th July 2023
Exhibition of Wildlife Art28th – 30th July 2023
North West Birdwatching FestivalTBC
Art Safari in Uganda 16th February – 3rd March 2023

Patching’s Art Festival – an international four day art event celebrating the best in art & craft. Open to all there’s something for everyone, the chance to meet over 250 artists, a lot of which will be demonstrating (including me demonstrating for Caran d’Ache). Plus ‘hands-on’ workshops and art material offers all set in 60 acres of beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside.

Exhibition of Wildlife Art – ‘an exciting three day show featuring the work of some of the world’s most talented wildlife artists. The biggest and most successful, open selling, exhibition of Wildlife Art outside of London. All exhibited work is for sale and many artist demonstrate whilst there.’ I’ll be demonstrating whilst exhibiting there this year and would love for you to drop by and say hello.

North West Birdwatching Festival – Open at 8am, start your day by watching the spectacle of thousands of wild geese leave the roost before heading for breakfast in the Martin Mere restaurant. Over the two day there will be an array of guest speakers and exhibitors, artists and photographers including photography workshops, guided reserve walks, and more. I’ll be exhibiting and demonstrating throughout the weekend and would love you to drop by and say hello.

Art Safari in Uganda – a two week tour taking in some of Uganda’s best national parks, optional gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, visiting a rhino sanctuary and so much more. With a maximum of 6 participants this art based safari ensures you’ll have all the natural world of Uganda has to offer, plus plenty of 1 to 1 guidance from me when you need it to enable you to capture all that you want on paper or canvas.

Subscriber Question

Q. How can I stop my paper buckling when I paint on it?

A. Firstly by choosing to use a heavy weight paper helps, no lighter than 140lb. Secondly you can either stretch the paper yourself (see the video below) or buy your paper in block form. When sheets are purchased in block form they are all glued to each other around the edges, once you’ve completed your painting on the upper sheet you simply remove it with a palette knife. However, depending on the paper and the amount of water you’ve used even this paper can slightly buckle and would need to be dryed with a hairdryer etc to get it completely flat again.

I may not always have a video on my YouTube channel to go alongside a subscriber’s question, but when I do I’ll be sure to add it.

Okay folks that’s it for me today, short and sweet this time. Thank you once again, as always my friends, for spending some time with me today, and please feel free to leave a question or suggestion in the contact form below.

Let me once again take this opportunity in wishing you all a truly magical Christmas! 😊

Wishing you all the best, until next time, as always, stay safe and stay creative, Kerry xXx

Questions & Suggestions welcomed

© Kerry Newell ⭐ www.KerryNewell.com ⭐ All rights reserved

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‘Creativity takes courage.’ – Henri Matisse

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Eagle Owl currently on my easel and the new subject for this month’s pastel workshop.

Hey there my friends I hope you’re all keeping well. Sorry that there’s been a break in my weekly newsletters, hopefully I’m back on schedule now.

I’m pleased to say that the wildlife-inspired workshops at Martin Mere Wetland Centre are becoming more and more popular with each passing month. I’ve been meeting such wonderful people, participants that are enjoying growing on their individual artistic journeys.

As I said in my previous newsletter, with the economy as it is at the moment, myself and the management of Martin Mere have been in agreement to lower the workshop prices from £80 to £60 per person 😊

Additional dates have been added to the table below 🔽

Wildlife Art Workshops New for 2022

DateMediumSubject
January 22ndWatercolourEuropean Robin
February 26th Acrylicpostponed due to Covid
March 26thPastelRed Squirrel
April 30thWatercolourKingfisher
May 28thAcrylicPuffin
June 25thPastelFallow Deer
August 27thWatercolourBee Eater
September 17thPastelEagle Owl
October 29thWatercolourTBC
November 26thPastelTBC

A total of ten dates have now been confirmed over at Martin Mere Wetland Centre. One running each month, with the exception of July and December. January to June the mediums will alternate between Watercolour, Acrylic and Pastel, August through to November the mediums will be Watercolour or Pastel, and all workshops are suitable for beginners. More information can be found over on our exclusive Art Workshop page on the Martin Mere website as well as on the Workshop page of my website. If participants would like further mediums added then extra dates can be slotted in to suit. So if your passion is coloured pencil or you love oil painting then just let me know.

Diary Dates

Patching’s Art Festival14th – 17th July 2022
Exhibition of Wildlife Art29th – 31st July 2022
North West Birdwatching Festival15th & 16th October 2022
Art Safari in Uganda 16th February – 3rd March 2023

Patching’s Art Festival – an international four day art event celebrating the best in art & craft. Open to all there’s something for everyone, the chance to meet over 250 artists, a lot of which will be demonstrating (including me demonstrating for Caran d’Ache). Plus ‘hands-on’ workshops and art material offers all set in 60 acres of beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside.

Exhibition of Wildlife Art – ‘an exciting three day show featuring the work of some of the world’s most talented wildlife artists. The biggest and most successful, open selling, exhibition of Wildlife Art outside of London. All exhibited work is for sale and many artist demonstrate whilst there.’ I’ll be demonstrating whilst exhibiting there this year and would love for you to drop by and say hello.

North West Birdwatching Festival – Open at 8am, start your day by watching the spectacle of thousands of wild geese leave the roost before heading for breakfast in the Martin Mere restaurant. Over the two day there will be an array of guest speakers and exhibitors, artists and photographers including photography workshops, guided reserve walks, and more. I’ll be exhibiting and demonstrating throughout the weekend and would love you to drop by and say hello.

Art Safari in Uganda – a two week tour taking in some of Uganda’s best national parks, optional gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, visiting a rhino sanctuary and so much more. With a maximum of 6 participants this art based safari ensures you’ll have all the natural world of Uganda has to offer, plus plenty of 1 to 1 guidance from me when you need it to enable you to capture all that you want on paper or canvas. More information below.

Latest News

Well it is well and truly official – I’m now a Derwent Ambassador! 😃 For those of you who don’t know, Derwent is a branded company here in the UK dating back to 1832. This proud heritage comes from a deep understanding of artists, and with this in mind has produced a range of art materials that span from the first colouring pencil to the highest professional quality products – the majority of which are still manufactured in their British plant in the Lake District in Cumbria but sold worldwide.

And so my journey with Derwent begins – last Sunday I received a parcel from Derwent, the contents of which I shall be reviewing 😊 So without hesitation I set my phone on record so that you could all share in my excitement. I’m feeling very blessed indeed.

I’ll supply links to the content of the package, (below the video) so if you want to be as surprised by the contents as I was, watch the video first before scrolling down the page 😉

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🎨 Supplies in this video:

Derwent Graphitint Paint Pan Set – https://amzn.to/3R2usYu

Derwent Coloursoft 24 Pencil Set – https://amzn.to/3Rnlq8a

Derwent Watercolour 36 Pencil Set – https://amzn.to/3R2uC22

Derwent Inktense Paper 140lb – https://amzn.to/3ToNom3

Derwent Inktense Pencils 72 Set – https://amzn.to/3pVrngZ

Derwent Inktense Blocks 72 Set – https://amzn.to/3AYNGZq

Derwent Black Mixed Media Paper 140lb

On My Easel

Having finished the little Bee Eater in watercolour (which was also last month’s workshop subject) I’ve begun on this Eagle Owl portrait in readiness for this month’s pastel workshop.

There’s nothing more relaxing than settling down at my easel, a fresh cup of coffee to one side, and just creating.

For the love of Uganda

Calling all artists, would you like to take your love for art and wildlife one step further? Then why not join me on safari in Uganda this coming September? There’s so much to see and do on this adventure of a lifetime; safari drives, boat cruises, gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking so much more… Any questions? Then contact Lesley who’s looking forward to hearing from you.

‘Capture some of Africa’s finest wildlife in art that will help your memories last forever. We are very excited about our new partnership with wildlife artist Kerry Newell and hope this art safari – based on one of our classic wildlife safaris – will become an annual feature in our tour calendar.’

Ugandan Art-based Safari

16th February – 3rd March 2023

Limited Places

Amazing price of £4,775

For more information please contact Lesley Harris Lesley@ventureuganda.org

WhatsApp: +256 782 735 309

Lesley Harris, owner of Venture Uganda, is more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this adventure. Please take a few minutes to read the amazing itinerary Lesley and her team, over in Uganda, have put together (you wont be disappointed). Lesley is currently building a new and exclusive page to add to her, already wonderful, website. I’ll be sure to let you all know when that goes live, but for now sit back and enjoy all the amazing details of this new and exciting diary of events planned for 15th – 30th September 2022!

Subscriber Question

With this month’s pastel workshop just two weeks away I’m going to leave this section just as it is for a couple more weeks, so if you have any art related questions pop them in the comments box at the end of the page and I may choose your question as the next one xXx

Q. My pastel pencils keep breaking in my pencil sharpener. How do you sharpen yours?

A. Now this is a question that I get asked a lot, and the answer is a simple one – I don’t use a traditional pencil sharpener for my pastel pencils. Instead I use a knife and sandpaper. The easiest way for me to explain this was to do a simple and quick video demonstration: How I Sharpen Pastel Pencils

I may not always have a video on my YouTube channel to go alongside a subscriber’s question, but when I do I’ll be sure to add it.

Okay folks that’s it for me today, I’m off to grab a quick shower and then to relax for the rest of the evening 😊

Thank you once again, as always my friends, for spending some time with me today, and please feel free to leave a question or suggestion in the contact form below.

Wishing you all the best, until next time, as always, stay safe and stay creative, Kerry xXx

cup of hot tea on wooden windowsill during sundown

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‘I have learned not to allow rejection to move me.’ Cicely Tyson

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sea horizon

Hey there my friends I hope you’re all keeping well and that your week has been a good one. I was hoping to get out and do some plein air painting, but alas it wasn’t to be as my easel was demanding my attention lol. That and the fact that I’ve begun to strip the walls on the hall, stairs and landing, in preparation for a much needed make over. Must be crazy, but hey ho it needs to be done and painting is involved, big brushes this time lol.

I’m pleased to say that yesterday’s Fallow Deer art workshop went really well, a huge thank you to the participants involved – you all did extremely well, so proud of you all.

Now we all know that our country’s economy isn’t at it’s best at the moment, with many retailers increasing their prices whether they need to or not (some probably just cashing in on the ‘trend’ so to speak). Well myself and the management of Martin Mere Wetland Centre have agreed to buck this trend and put a little joy back into people’s lives 😊 We’ve added four more wildlife-inspired workshop dates to our diaries and all at a reduced price of £60 per person (instead of £80) 😊 The dates have been added to the table below 🔽

Wildlife Art Workshops New for 2022

DateMediumSubject
January 22ndWatercolourEuropean Robin
February 26th Acrylicpostponed due to Covid
March 26thPastelRed Squirrel
April 30thWatercolourKingfisher
May 28thAcrylicPuffin
June 25thPastelFallow Deer
August 27thWatercolourTBC
September 17thPastelTBC
October 29thWatercolourTBC
November 26thPastelTBC

A total of ten dates have now been confirmed over at Martin Mere Wetland Centre. One running each month, with the exception of July and December. January to June the mediums will alternate between Watercolour, Acrylic and Pastel, August through to November the mediums will be Watercolour or Pastel, and all workshops are suitable for beginners. More information can be found over on our exclusive Art Workshop page on the Martin Mere website as well as on the Workshop page of my website. If participants would like further mediums added then extra dates can be slotted in to suit. So if your passion is coloured pencil or you love oil painting then just let me know.

Diary Dates

Patching’s Art Festival14th – 17th July 2022
Exhibition of Wildlife Art29th – 31st July 2022
Art Safari in Uganda15th – 30th September 2022
North West Birdwatching Festival15th & 16th October 2022
Art Safari in Uganda 16th February – 3rd March 2023

Patching’s Art Festival – an international four day art event celebrating the best in art & craft. Open to all there’s something for everyone, the chance to meet over 250 artists, a lot of which will be demonstrating (including me demonstrating for Caran d’Ache). Plus ‘hands-on’ workshops and art material offers all set in 60 acres of beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside.

Exhibition of Wildlife Art – ‘an exciting three day show featuring the work of some of the world’s most talented wildlife artists. The biggest and most successful, open selling, exhibition of Wildlife Art outside of London. All exhibited work is for sale and many artist demonstrate whilst there.’ I’ll be demonstrating whilst exhibiting there this year and would love for you to drop by and say hello.

Art Safari in Uganda – a two week tour taking in some of Uganda’s best national parks, optional gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, visiting a rhino sanctuary and so much more. With a maximum of 6 participants this art based safari ensures you’ll have all the natural world of Uganda has to offer, plus plenty of 1 to 1 guidance from me when you need it to enable you to capture all that you want on paper or canvas. More information below.

North West Birdwatching Festival – Open at 8am, start your day by watching the spectacle of thousands of wild geese leave the roost before heading for breakfast in the Martin Mere restaurant. Over the two day there will be an array of guest speakers and exhibitors, artists and photographers including photography workshops, guided reserve walks, and more. I’ll be exhibiting and demonstrating throughout the weekend and would love you to drop by and say hello.

Latest News

My YouTube channel has been getting plenty of much needed TLC these past few weeks – I’ve now another four new videos to watch or listen to while you’re creating, with two more waiting to be edited 😊 I’ll be sure to let you know when new ones arrive on my channel. Until then be sure to head over and take a peek if you haven’t already, and if you’d like to see more then don’t forget to Subscribe (as well as giving me a virtual hug it also helps with the YouTube algorithms, whatever they are lol).

On My Easel

Lemur in acrylics

The Ring-tailed Lemur study in acrylic is back on my easel now that I’ve completed my Fallow Deer in pastels, so more updates on this one soon.

For the love of Uganda

Calling all artists, would you like to take your love for art and wildlife one step further? Then why not join me on safari in Uganda this coming September? There’s so much to see and do on this adventure of a lifetime; safari drives, boat cruises, gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking so much more… Any questions? Then contact Lesley who’s looking forward to hearing from you.

‘Capture some of Africa’s finest wildlife in art that will help your memories last forever. We are very excited about our new partnership with wildlife artist Kerry Newell and hope this art safari – based on one of our classic wildlife safaris – will become an annual feature in our tour calendar.’

Ugandan Art-based Safaris

15th – 30th September 2022

&

16th February – 3rd March 2023

Limited Places

Amazing price of £4,775

For more information please contact Lesley Harris Lesley@ventureuganda.org

WhatsApp: +256 782 735 309

Lesley Harris, owner of Venture Uganda, is more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this adventure. Please take a few minutes to read the amazing itinerary Lesley and her team, over in Uganda, have put together (you wont be disappointed). Lesley is currently building a new and exclusive page to add to her, already wonderful, website. I’ll be sure to let you all know when that goes live, but for now sit back and enjoy all the amazing details of this new and exciting diary of events planned for 15th – 30th September 2022!

Subscriber Question

Q. My pastel pencils keep breaking in my pencil sharpener. How do you sharpen yours?

A. Now this is a question that I get asked a lot, and the answer is a simple one – I don’t use a traditional pencil sharpener for my pastel pencils. Instead I use a knife and sandpaper. The easiest way for me to explain this was to do a simple and quick video demonstration: How I Sharpen Pastel Pencils

I may not always have a video on my YouTube channel to go alongside a subscriber’s question, but when I do I’ll be sure to add it.

Okay folks that’s it for me today, I’ve had a new fridge freezer delivered and it’s time to fill it lol. So it’s off on a much needed grocery shopping trip for me now.

Thank you once again, as always my friends, for spending some time with me today, and please feel free to leave a question or suggestion in the contact form below.

Wishing you all the best, until next time, as always, stay safe and stay creative, Kerry xXx

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Questions & Suggestions welcomed

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‘There is always light. If only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.’ Amanda Gorman

Please note: some items are repeated for the benefit of new subscribers. Thank you 😊

Want to learn to draw/paint? Join me later this month at Martin Mere Wetland Centre…

Hey there my friends I hope you’re all keeping well. Today’s catch up will just be a short one – for those of you that read my last newsletter you’ll remember that I was having family come to stay for a week. Brilliant you may think… It started wonderfully then went downhill when I tested positive for Covid 😟 Oh my word I felt rough and was unable to go out and about doing the things we’d planned. So now with family back in their own homes and myself more or less back to normal, we’re now planning on their next visit where viruses will not, under any circumstances, be invited lol.

Thankfully I was able to complete a little pastel painting (shown above) which is the subject for my next workshop later this month – hope to see you there. Due to run on Saturday 25th June at Martin Mere Wetland Centre.

I also had time to edit one of my overdue videos Red Squirrel in Pastel, record the voiceover and upload to my YouTube channel – it’s now live if you’d like to take a peek 😉

Wildlife Art Workshops New for 2022

DateMediumSubject
January 22ndWatercolourEuropean Robin
February 26th Acrylicpostponed due to Covid
March 26thPastelRed Squirrel
April 30thWatercolourKingfisher
May 28thAcrylicPuffin
June 25thPastelFallow Deer
More dates to be confirmed…

Six dates have now been confirmed over at Martin Mere Wetland Centre. One running each month until, and including, June. The mediums alternate between Watercolour, Acrylic and Pastel, and all workshops are suitable for beginners. More information can be found over on our exclusive Art Workshop page on the Martin Mere website as well as on the Workshop page of my website. If participants would like further mediums added then extra dates can be slotted in to suit. So if your passion is coloured pencil or you love oil painting then just let me know.

Diary Dates

Patching’s Art Festival14th – 17th July 2022
Exhibition of Wildlife Art29th – 31st July 2022
Art Safari in Uganda15th – 30th September 2022
North West Birdwatching Festival15th & 16th October 2022
Art Safari in Uganda 16th February – 3rd March 2023

Patching’s Art Festival – an international four day art event celebrating the best in art & craft. Open to all there’s something for everyone, the chance to meet over 250 artists, a lot of which will be demonstrating (including me demonstrating for Caran d’Ache). Plus ‘hands-on’ workshops and art material offers all set in 60 acres of beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside.

Exhibition of Wildlife Art – ‘an exciting three day show featuring the work of some of the world’s most talented wildlife artists. The biggest and most successful, open selling, exhibition of Wildlife Art outside of London. All exhibited work is for sale and many artist demonstrate whilst there.’ I’ll be demonstrating whilst exhibiting there this year and would love for you to drop by and say hello.

Art Safari in Uganda – a two week tour taking in some of Uganda’s best national parks, optional gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, visiting a rhino sanctuary and so much more. With a maximum of 6 participants this art based safari ensures you’ll have all the natural world of Uganda has to offer, plus plenty of 1 to 1 guidance from me when you need it to enable you to capture all that you want on paper or canvas. More information below.

North West Birdwatching Festival – Open at 8am, start your day by watching the spectacle of thousands of wild geese leave the roost before heading for breakfast in the Martin Mere restaurant. Over the two day there will be an array of guest speakers and exhibitors, artists and photographers including photography workshops, guided reserve walks, and more. I’ll be exhibiting and demonstrating throughout the weekend and would love you to drop by and say hello.

Latest News

Great news – I’m now officially a Derwent Ambassador! After reading the contract several times just to be on the safe side, I signed it and returned it so now it’s all official. I’ll be sharing more news on this little venture as my relationship with Derwent evolves.

Hopefully I’ll have some more ‘new news’ for you all next week 😊

On My Easel

Lemur in acrylics

The Ring-tailed Lemur study in acrylic is back on my easel now that I’ve completed my Fallow Deer in pastels, so more updates on this one soon.

For the love of Uganda

Calling all artists, would you like to take your love for art and wildlife one step further? Then why not join me on safari in Uganda this coming September? There’s so much to see and do on this adventure of a lifetime; safari drives, boat cruises, gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking so much more… Any questions? Then contact Lesley who’s looking forward to hearing from you.

‘Capture some of Africa’s finest wildlife in art that will help your memories last forever. We are very excited about our new partnership with wildlife artist Kerry Newell and hope this art safari – based on one of our classic wildlife safaris – will become an annual feature in our tour calendar.’

Ugandan Art-based Safaris

15th – 30th September 2022

&

16th February – 3rd March 2023

Limited Places

Amazing price of £4,775

For more information please contact Lesley Harris Lesley@ventureuganda.org

WhatsApp: +256 782 735 309

Lesley Harris, owner of Venture Uganda, is more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this adventure. Please take a few minutes to read the amazing itinerary Lesley and her team, over in Uganda, have put together (you wont be disappointed). Lesley is currently building a new and exclusive page to add to her, already wonderful, website. I’ll be sure to let you all know when that goes live, but for now sit back and enjoy all the amazing details of this new and exciting diary of events planned for 15th – 30th September 2022!

Subscriber Question

Q. I’ve been given some pan pastels, how should I be using them?

A. A perfectly timed question as my latest YouTube video fits this question perfectly. Now depending on your style you may want to, as I do, create out of focus backgrounds with your pan pastels – a great way to get a feel for your new materials. I also like to create the base coats of my subjects with them too. All of this and more can be seen in my latest video Red Squirrel in Pastel.

I may not always have a video on my YouTube channel to go alongside a subscriber’s question, but when I do I’ll be sure to add it.

Okay folks that’s it for me today, don’t want to waffle on for waffling sake lol. I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick catch up and that you all have a lovely weekend.

Thank you once again as always my friends for spending some time with me today, and please feel free to leave a question or suggestion in the contact form below.

Wishing you all the best, until next time, as always, stay safe and stay creative, Kerry xXx

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‘All dreams are within reach, all you have to do is keep moving towards them.’ Viola Davis

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Life seems so colourful when working with acrylics…

Hey there my friends I hope you’re all keeping well, I’m not sure how much time I’ll get to spend at my easel this week as we have family staying, a busy fun-filled house to say the least, but I thought I’d just jump onto my pc and give you all a quick update whilst grabbing a quick coffee 😊

My next wildlife-based workshop due to run on Saturday 25th June at Martin Mere Wetland Centre will be a pastel workshop and the subject is going to be a Fallow Deer. The lighting and mood of the reference image I’ve selected is gorgeous, can’t wait to show you and I really hope to see some of you there. Many beginners to the art world often reach for watercolours as their starting medium, or a dry medium such as pastel or coloured pencil. However, very few reach for acrylics to begin their art journey with, and this had me wondering why❔

In many ways acrylic can be easier to learn than watercolours, here are a few examples:

  • A complete background can be applied in acrylic then the subject painted on top, unlike watercolour where a subject has to be painted around or masked out.
  • Acrylics dry quickly and because of their opaqueness mistakes can be easily covered over with additional layers. Watercolours also dry quickly but mistakes are not so easily rectified for beginners.
  • A good quality acrylic can be used like a watercolour, thinning with water or an acrylic medium, or can be used straight out of the tube like an oil, and every consistency between.
  • Liquitex acrylics are the ones that I recommend beginners to purchase. They are inexpensive but have professional artist qualities such as lightfastness, and their quality of pigmentation allows for the application of multiple layers of glazing if needed. They are manufactured by Winsor & Newton.

So without filling this newsletter with an essay style piece of writing encouraging beginners to have a go with acrylics, I hope that the above examples will give you food for thought. If you have any questions then please feel free to ask 😊

Wildlife Art Workshops New for 2022

DateMediumSubject
January 22ndWatercolourEuropean Robin
February 26th Acrylicpostponed due to Covid
March 26thPastelRed Squirrel
April 30thWatercolourKingfisher
May 28thAcrylicPuffin
June 25thPastelFallow Deer
More dates to be confirmed…

Six dates have now been confirmed over at Martin Mere Wetland Centre. One running each month until, and including, June. The mediums alternate between Watercolour, Acrylic and Pastel, and all workshops are suitable for beginners. More information can be found over on our exclusive Art Workshop page on the Martin Mere website as well as on the Workshop page of my website. If participants would like further mediums added then extra dates can be slotted in to suit. So if your passion is coloured pencil or you love oil painting then just let me know.

Diary Dates

Patching’s Art Festival14th – 17th July 2022
Exhibition of Wildlife Art29th – 31st July 2022
Art Safari in Uganda15th – 30th September 2022
North West Birdwatching Festival15th & 16th October 2022
Art Safari in Uganda 16th February – 3rd March 2023

Patching’s Art Festival – an international four day art event celebrating the best in art & craft. Open to all there’s something for everyone, the chance to meet over 250 artists, a lot of which will be demonstrating (including me demonstrating for Caran d’Ache). Plus ‘hands-on’ workshops and art material offers all set in 60 acres of beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside.

Exhibition of Wildlife Art – ‘an exciting three day show featuring the work of some of the world’s most talented wildlife artists. The biggest and most successful, open selling, exhibition of Wildlife Art outside of London. All exhibited work is for sale and many artist demonstrate whilst there.’ I’ll be demonstrating whilst exhibiting there this year and would love for you to drop by and say hello.

Art Safari in Uganda – a two week tour taking in some of Uganda’s best national parks, optional gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, visiting a rhino sanctuary and so much more. With a maximum of 6 participants this art based safari ensures you’ll have all the natural world of Uganda has to offer, plus plenty of 1 to 1 guidance from me when you need it to enable you to capture all that you want on paper or canvas. More information below.

North West Birdwatching Festival – Open at 8am, start your day by watching the spectacle of thousands of wild geese leave the roost before heading for breakfast in the Martin Mere restaurant. Over the two day there will be an array of guest speakers and exhibitors, artists and photographers including photography workshops, guided reserve walks, and more. I’ll be exhibiting and demonstrating throughout the weekend and would love you to drop by and say hello.

Latest News

Filter over an existing photo on my phone, be artistic everywhere!

Art comes in all shapes and sizes, from the font design on restaurant menus to downloadable apps on your phone, and a charming little app on my phone has been amusing me with filters for my existing photos. Little things in life are sometimes the most freeing, and the more you exercise your creative muscles the more you’ll feel inspired and want to create even more. Who would have thought that playing on my phone for a few minutes would give me numerous ideas I now have for a self-portrait… more on this later in the year.

Following on from last week’s newsletter – my contract from Derwent has arrived! 😃 I’m just double checking that the contract will work well for me, pretty sure it will, before I sign it and then I’ll be an official Derwent Ambassador, and I’ll be able to share the benefits with you all. More news on this as it develops.

Also following on from last week – I now have a new Canon camera body, after having to retire my old one last week. Just need a little spare time now to get out and about and put it through it’s paces lol.

On My Easel

Lemur in acrylics

The Ring-tailed Lemur study in acrylic is finally on my easel, although may not be worked on for the rest of this week. Will keep you updated as this painting evolves 😊

For the love of Uganda

Calling all artists, would you like to take your love for art and wildlife one step further? Then why not join me on safari in Uganda this coming September? There’s so much to see and do on this adventure of a lifetime; safari drives, boat cruises, gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking so much more… Any questions? Then contact Lesley who’s looking forward to hearing from you.

‘Capture some of Africa’s finest wildlife in art that will help your memories last forever. We are very excited about our new partnership with wildlife artist Kerry Newell and hope this art safari – based on one of our classic wildlife safaris – will become an annual feature in our tour calendar.’

Ugandan Art-based Safaris

15th – 30th September 2022

&

16th February – 3rd March 2023

Limited Places

Amazing price of £4,775

For more information please contact Lesley Harris Lesley@ventureuganda.org

WhatsApp: +256 782 735 309

Lesley Harris, owner of Venture Uganda, is more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this adventure. Please take a few minutes to read the amazing itinerary Lesley and her team, over in Uganda, have put together (you wont be disappointed). Lesley is currently building a new and exclusive page to add to her, already wonderful, website. I’ll be sure to let you all know when that goes live, but for now sit back and enjoy all the amazing details of this new and exciting diary of events planned for 15th – 30th September 2022!

Subscriber Question

Q. Can you suggest a simple watercolour background for beginners to wildlife art please?

A. Keeping your watercolours loose and working wet into wet can provide your project with a fresh and interesting look, that is both quick and simple enough for even a complete beginner to accomplish. Try practising with a few colours on a spare sheet of paper and in no time at all you’ll be ready to apply it to your chosen painting. The following video Robin in Watercolour will give you a glimpse into how simple this technique is. Have fun exploring different colours and paper textures.

I may not always have a video on my YouTube channel to go alongside a subscriber’s question, but when I do I’ll be sure to add it.

Well it’s that time again as my coffee cup is now empty. Family time is calling so I’ll sign off for now.

Thank you once again as always my friends for spending some time with me today, and please feel free to leave a question or suggestion in the contact form below.

Wishing you all the best, until next time, as always, stay safe and stay creative, Kerry xXx

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Questions & Suggestions welcomed

© Kerry Newell ⭐ www.KerryNewell.com ⭐ All rights reserved

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‘In the mind of every artist there is a masterpiece’ Kai Green

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Pied Wagtail in Acrylic completed 14.05.2022

Hey there my friends I hope you’re all keeping well and enjoying the occasional bursts of sunshine we seem to be getting at the moment here in the UK. Finally had time to finish off my Pied Wagtail acrylic painting, and I’m pleased with the results. I have to admit that I had lots of fun playing with the lighting on this one. In many cases the lighting and contrast within a project can make or break a painting, much more than colour can. So something to keep in mind if you’re planning your next project (no matter what the size or subject make sure to get some punchy contrast going to make your piece pop).

Just 6 sleeps to go until my Puffin in Acrylic workshop. There’s still a few places left, so if you’ve been wanting to try your hand at acrylics this would be a perfect opportunity to do so. This subject really is suitable for beginners, so don’t be put off if it looks a little intimidating 😉 For more information: Martin Mere Wetland Centre

Wildlife Art Workshops New for 2022

DateMediumSubject
January 22ndWatercolourEuropean Robin
February 26th Acrylicpostponed due to Covid
March 26thPastelRed Squirrel
April 30thWatercolourKingfisher
May 28thAcrylicPuffin
June 25thPastelT.B.C

Six dates have now been confirmed over at Martin Mere Wetland Centre. One running each month until, and including, June. The mediums alternate between Watercolour, Acrylic and Pastel, and all workshops are suitable for beginners. More information can be found over on our exclusive Art Workshop page on the Martin Mere website as well as on the Workshop page of my website. If participants would like further mediums added then extra dates can be slotted in to suit. So if your passion is coloured pencil or you love oil painting then just let me know.

Diary Dates

Patching’s Art Festival14th – 17th July 2022
Exhibition of Wildlife Art29th – 31st July 2022
Art Safari in Uganda15th – 30th September 2022
North West Birdwatching Festival15th & 16th October 2022
Art Safari in Uganda 16th February – 3rd March 2023

Patching’s Art Festival – an international four day art event celebrating the best in art & craft. Open to all there’s something for everyone, the chance to meet over 250 artists, a lot of which will be demonstrating (including me demonstrating for Caran d’Ache). Plus ‘hands-on’ workshops and art material offers all set in 60 acres of beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside.

Exhibition of Wildlife Art – ‘an exciting three day show featuring the work of some of the world’s most talented wildlife artists. The biggest and most successful, open selling, exhibition of Wildlife Art outside of London. All exhibited work is for sale and many artist demonstrate whilst there.’ I’ll be demonstrating whilst exhibiting there this year and would love for you to drop by and say hello.

Art Safari in Uganda – a two week tour taking in some of Uganda’s best national parks, optional gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, visiting a rhino sanctuary and so much more. With a maximum of 6 participants this art based safari ensures you’ll have all the natural world of Uganda has to offer, plus plenty of 1 to 1 guidance from me when you need it to enable you to capture all that you want on paper or canvas. More information below.

North West Birdwatching Festival – Open at 8am, start your day by watching the spectacle of thousands of wild geese leave the roost before heading for breakfast in the Martin Mere restaurant. Over the two day there will be an array of guest speakers and exhibitors, artists and photographers including photography workshops, guided reserve walks, and more. I’ll be exhibiting and demonstrating throughout the weekend and would love you to drop by and say hello.

Latest News

Okay my latest news is….. well I don’t have much to tell this week. I’m now awaiting a reply from Derwent regarding an offer of ambassadorship (if that’s a real word lol) and to write for their blog. More news on this as I find out 😉

I’m currently staying with my mum for a few days, so my ‘art life’ is taking the back seat, should be able to get back to my easel on Tuesday.

A visit to the Welsh Mountain Zoo last Wednesday has left me with another plethora of images to go through. Oh one thing that did happen is that my beloved Canon 60d decided to become temperamental while photographing European Brown bears, urgh, nothing like choosing the most inconvenient time to do so. Needless to say my Canon 60d is being put into retirement, not bad after 11yrs faithful service, and a replacement camera body will soon be making its home here with me.

On My Easel

a canvas on a wooden easel with yellow background

Today the canvas resting on my easel is bare as I’m currently deciding on the composition for my next painting, all being well it will be a Ring-tailed Lemur study in acrylic. Hopefully I’ll have something a little more interesting to show you in my next newsletter lol.

For the love of Uganda

Calling all artists, would you like to take your love for art and wildlife one step further? Then why not join me on safari in Uganda this coming September? There’s so much to see and do on this adventure of a lifetime; safari drives, boat cruises, gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking so much more… Any questions? Then contact Lesley who’s looking forward to hearing from you.

‘Capture some of Africa’s finest wildlife in art that will help your memories last forever. We are very excited about our new partnership with wildlife artist Kerry Newell and hope this art safari – based on one of our classic wildlife safaris – will become an annual feature in our tour calendar.’

Ugandan Art-based Safaris

15th – 30th September 2022

&

16th February – 3rd March 2023

Limited Places

Amazing price of £4,775

For more information please contact Lesley Harris Lesley@ventureuganda.org

WhatsApp: +256 782 735 309

Lesley Harris, owner of Venture Uganda, is more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this adventure. Please take a few minutes to read the amazing itinerary Lesley and her team, over in Uganda, have put together (you wont be disappointed). Lesley is currently building a new and exclusive page to add to her, already wonderful, website. I’ll be sure to let you all know when that goes live, but for now sit back and enjoy all the amazing details of this new and exciting diary of events planned for 15th – 30th September 2022!

Subscriber Question

Q. How can I speed up when working with coloured pencils?

A. Working with coloured pencils is always slow compared to working with paint. Let’s face it trying to cover a piece of paper with a tiny sharpened piece of pigment is always going to have time related issues. Having said that, there are a few things you could try to speed the process along. Think about using a toned paper, this takes away the need for a background and lets you begin with a midtone. You could try adding base coats with alcohol pens, watercolours or gouache. You could even apply a background/subject base coats with pastel and leave your coloured pencil for the finer details. Obviously all of the above would be mixed media paintings when finished. In the following video Coloured Pencil on Toned Paper I show the benefits of working with a toned base and also the advantages of using a softer drawing pencil and odourless mineral spirits – techniques that can cut down on the amount of layering required whilst speeding up the process of completing a project too.

I may not always have a video on my YouTube channel to go alongside a subscriber’s question, but when I do I’ll be sure to add it.

Well it’s that time again to sign off for now, a quick cuppa with my husband before heading back round to my mum’s for the evening.

I hope that you’re weekend is a lovely one and that you’re able to spend it with the ones you love.

Thank you once again as always my friends for spending some time with me today, and please feel free to leave a question or suggestion in the contact form below.

Wishing you all the best, until next time, as always, stay safe and stay creative, Kerry xXx

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Here to Ignite, Encourage and Inspire your Creative Flame

‘Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.’ Thomas Merton

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Hey there my friends I hope you’re all keeping well. Can’t quite believe we’re already in May, this year seems to be whizzing by. For a while I felt like I was balancing plates, so many things all going on at the same time and finding it difficult to balance things out so to speak. So what do you do when this happens? Well it seems I sit and doodle lol, and yep sure enough, in no time at all, things settle down and seem to achieve an equilibrium all by themselves. As for the resulting doodle – I have plans for this as an underpainting for something else. So nothing wasted, time or materials. Faith in ourselves and our ability to deal with things, big and small, comes from being in a place where all you can do is have faith it seems.

This week I’m pleased to be able to let you know that my art workshop this month will be the Puffin in Acrylic. This was originally due to take place in February but had to be postponed due to Covid. But now we’re good to go and I’d love to see you there. It’s due to run on Saturday 28th May at the Martin Mere Wetland Centre, more information can be found below or by clicking on one of the following links 😊

Wildlife Art Workshops New for 2022

DateMediumSubject
January 22ndWatercolourEuropean Robin
February 26th Acrylicpostponed due to Covid
March 26thPastelRed Squirrel
April 30thWatercolourKingfisher
May 28thAcrylicPuffin
June 25thPastelT.B.C

Six dates have now been confirmed over at Martin Mere Wetland Centre. One running each month until, and including, June. The mediums alternate between Watercolour, Acrylic and Pastel, and all workshops are suitable for beginners. More information can be found over on our exclusive Art Workshop page on the Martin Mere website as well as on the Workshop page of my website. If participants would like further mediums added then extra dates can be slotted in to suit. So if your passion is coloured pencil or you love oil painting then just let me know.

Diary Dates

Patching’s Art Festival14th – 17th July 2022
Exhibition of Wildlife Art29th – 31st July 2022
Art Safari in Uganda15th – 30th September 2022
North West Birdwatching Festival15th & 16th October 2022
Art Safari in Uganda 16th February – 3rd March 2023

Patching’s Art Festival – an international four day art event celebrating the best in art & craft. Open to all there’s something for everyone, the chance to meet over 250 artists, a lot of which will be demonstrating (including me demonstrating for Caran d’Ache). Plus ‘hands-on’ workshops and art material offers all set in 60 acres of beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside.

Exhibition of Wildlife Art – ‘an exciting three day show featuring the work of some of the world’s most talented wildlife artists. The biggest and most successful, open selling, exhibition of Wildlife Art outside of London. All exhibited work is for sale and many artist demonstrate whilst there.’ I’ll be demonstrating whilst exhibiting there this year and would love for you to drop by and say hello.

Art Safari in Uganda – a two week tour taking in some of Uganda’s best national parks, optional gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, visiting a rhino sanctuary and so much more. With a maximum of 6 participants this art based safari ensures you’ll have all the natural world of Uganda has to offer, plus plenty of 1 to 1 guidance from me when you need it to enable you to capture all that you want on paper or canvas. More information below.

North West Birdwatching Festival – Open at 8am, start your day by watching the spectacle of thousands of wild geese leave the roost before heading for breakfast in the Martin Mere restaurant. Over the two day there will be an array of guest speakers and exhibitors, artists and photographers including photography workshops, guided reserve walks, and more. I’ll be exhibiting and demonstrating throughout the weekend and would love you to drop by and say hello.

Latest News

So a quick update here; so after my Zoom meeting with a Derwent representative I’ve been invited to be a Derwent Ambassador, this is a very exciting prospect. I haven’t said yes yet as I haven’t read the small print so to speak. But you’ll be the first to know as this professional relationship evolves 😉

On My Easel

Pied Wagtail in Acrylic

So the past couple of weeks I’ve had a painting on my easel that I’ve been restoring for a client. An interesting time, that allowed me to put my existing skill set to the test. I’m very pleased, and somewhat relieved, to say that all went well and the painting is now back with it’s owner and looking like new 😊 Not the kind of work I’d want too often though lol.

Next on my easel was this little Pied Wagtail. Working from my own reference images I sketched this little guy onto some spare printer paper, managing to sketch a little larger than first planned (and like I did when I was younger I had to Sellotape two pieces together lol). Setting the completed sketch to one side I began to plan out my background for this piece. I then applied washes of acrylic paint to my 14″ x 10″ canvas, softening the background a little by airbrushing a lighter mix of colour. I could have achieved this look with a brush but it’s just quicker using an airbrush and thinned down paint. My next step was to transfer my initial sketch and I did this using a white trace-down paper, then I began to block in colour refining the shapes along the way, as you can see in the above photograph. Hopefully my next newsletter will include the finished image and I’ll have something new on my easel to show you.

For the love of Uganda

Calling all artists, would you like to take your love for art and wildlife one step further? Then why not join me on safari in Uganda this coming September? There’s so much to see and do on this adventure of a lifetime; safari drives, boat cruises, gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking so much more… Any questions? Then contact Lesley who’s looking forward to hearing from you.

‘Capture some of Africa’s finest wildlife in art that will help your memories last forever. We are very excited about our new partnership with wildlife artist Kerry Newell and hope this art safari – based on one of our classic wildlife safaris – will become an annual feature in our tour calendar.’

Ugandan Art-based Safaris

15th – 30th September 2022

&

16th February – 3rd March 2023

Limited Places

Amazing price of £4,775

For more information please contact Lesley Harris Lesley@ventureuganda.org

WhatsApp: +256 782 735 309

Lesley Harris, owner of Venture Uganda, is more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding this adventure. Please take a few minutes to read the amazing itinerary Lesley and her team, over in Uganda, have put together (you wont be disappointed). Lesley is currently building a new and exclusive page to add to her, already wonderful, website. I’ll be sure to let you all know when that goes live, but for now sit back and enjoy all the amazing details of this new and exciting diary of events planned for 15th – 30th September 2022!

Subscriber Question

Q. How can I add depth to a pastel painting?

A. Adding depth to any painting, whatever the medium, can sometimes be a challenge, especially if you’re not working from a reference image with a decent amount of depth in it. A few simple ways to add depth to a project: Having an area, whether that’s the foreground or the background that is out of focus, and gradually (beginning at the subject) decrease the amount of ‘in focus’ detail as you move towards the area that you want to be out of focus. Another way is by increasing the contrast in one part of the painting and decreasing it in other parts, such as the background. Areas with a high contrast will look closer to the viewer. Another way of increasing depth is in the use of colour, cool colours look further away whilst warm colours look closer to the viewer. I hope this information helps you. My Hedgehog in Pastel video uses all three techniques to achieve a feeling of depth.

I may not always have a video on my YouTube channel to go alongside a subscriber’s question, but when I do I’ll be sure to add it.

Okay I’ll sign off for now and grab some lunch before heading back to my easel. If you have time I’d love for you to connect with me on social media and show me the projects you’re working on at the moment.

Thank you once again my friends for spending some time with me today, and please feel free to leave a question or suggestion in the contact form below.

Wishing you all the best, until next time, as always, stay safe and stay creative, Kerry xXx

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