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Sorry if you’ve already received this email – I keep getting a message saying this hasn’t been sent 🙄 So just attempting to share this one again to be on the safe side 😉

Hey there my friends I hope you’re all keeping well and finding some time to be creative. For those of you who celebrate Easter may I take this opportunity in wishing you a truly wonderful Easter weekend filled with love and blessings in abundance. I’m going to be spending the weekend with family, away from my easel for a few days, but hopefully not too far away from a sketchbook and some travel watercolours (somehow they always manage to find their way into my luggage lol).

This week has been busy time in my studio – the completion of another commission and a small watercolour painting of a Kingfisher (this will be the subject for this month’s watercolour workshop, due to run on Sat 30th April at the Martin Mere Wetland Centre. Plus I have taken on some extra work in the form of restoring an original painting – something that wont be shared in my newsletter, however they’ll be plenty more goodies coming this way 😊

Wildlife Art Workshops New for 2022

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

Not a lot for this section this week, I have been talking with the global marketing manager from Derwent but I can’t elaborate more on this just yet.

Some good news that I can share is that I know have video footage on my pc for three new YouTube videos, one watercolour, one acrylic and one pastel. I will start to edit the footage over the next couple of weeks and thereafter add the voice overs so that they can then be added to my YouTube channel 😉 You’ll be the first to know as soon as they go live.

On My Easel

Completed this little watercolour sample painting today 15.04.2022

So this new section ‘On My Easel’ first made it’s appearance in my previous newsletter and has proved to be a success, so it will stay a regular feature from now on 😊

As I mentioned earlier in this newsletter I’ve completed the two above projects this week. Once back home from visiting family (which will be next Tues or Wed) I’ll begin the restoration of a painting for a client. After which I’ll move on to begin my next commission, plus I’ve a couple of paintings to varnish (will video this process and will upload to my YouTube channel for anyone who may be interested.

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

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. Is it okay to work in different art mediums or should I just stick to one?

A. This is going to be a subject that differs very much between individuals. I personally love being able to move between mediums. For instance finishing a pastel project and then setting up for a project in acrylic gives my mind a quick spring clean, and the change of medium stops that ‘repetitive feeling’ setting in. I work in many mediums, many of which can be viewed on my YouTube channel. I’ll be adding more soon including graphite and charcoal. So in short, if you fancy trying something new, I say go for it.

Below is a little 34 second video showing some of the mediums I enjoy working with 😉

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’m going to have to finish here for today as my tummy is rumbling lol.

So 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 a wonderful weekend, until next time, as always, stay safe and stay creative, Kerry xXx

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