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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

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 –

Derwent Coloursoft 24 Pencil Set –

Derwent Watercolour 36 Pencil Set –

Derwent Inktense Paper 140lb –

Derwent Inktense Pencils 72 Set –

Derwent Inktense Blocks 72 Set –

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

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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