Three new videos, planning for a free livestream workshop & more…

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“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.”
Vincent Van Gogh

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Hey there my friends I hope you’re all keeping well and staying creative. Lots going on this end so I’ll keep today’s newsletter brief. But as a thank you for your ongoing support I’ve three new videos for you 😊 I’m going to be sharing these in reverse order to when they went live on my YouTube channel this week.

Starting off with ‘Permission To Play’ – over the years it has become evermore apparent to me the usefulness of simply playing with my art materials. This, no pressure, play time helps increase my understanding of my materials, whilst enhancing my creative abilities and fuelling my inspirational ideas. No time spent exploring the mediums I have is wasted time. With each pencil mark or brush stroke my knowledge of what a medium can or can’t do grows, and with it my understanding of how I can push my materials to work with my styles and not against them. I hope you find this video encouraging and that it inspires you to grant yourself ‘permission to play’:

If you have a question, or would like to see me work with a particular medium or subject then don’t be shy, just leave me a comment either here using the comment box at the bottom of this page, or alternatively over on my YouTube channel.

The following video explores how I paint with gouache on toned paper. It’s a ‘how to’ process but also answers the question of why choose a toned paper in the first place. For those of you who haven’t heard of gouache before, it’s simply an opaque watercolour (traditional watercolours being mostly translucent). Techniques in this video include layering, wet on wet and wet on dry, stippling and glazing. I hope you find time to give this one a watch:

The third video is something a little different for me. A product review. Not necessarily an ‘art material’ but something that I’ve definitely already put to work in my studio. This little handheld PRT label maker was sent to me by PRT a couple of weeks ago, with the simple request that I provide them with some feedback on the product. I was so pleased with this little device, and as a thank you to PRT, I made the following video for them. It has so many possible uses, I’ve only just scratched the surface. It works with a free downloadable app and is very simple to use:

So we’re pretty much caught up once again. However I do have one more piece of news that you may find of interest:

I’ve been invited by Derwent and Cult Pens to host a livestream workshop for them on Wednesday 5th June in celebration of Derwent’s recently released watercolour pans. I haven’t ‘live streamed’ before, so I’m busy sorting out the tech side of things lol. Once I have a ‘sign up’ link I’ll make sure to share it with you all. I do know that this workshop will be free to anyone who wants to watch, so more news on this soon…

This Epic Arctic Art Adventure is soon to have a date available in 2025!!! More news on this soon.

I’m so pleased to say that Wildfoot Travel have launched their page announcing an Arctic adventure that will include everything Wildfoot Travel normally offer, plus as an ‘added attraction’ I’ll be there too, offering art advice, tuition and encouragement along the way. I’ll be painting and sketching during the voyage and will be auctioning one of the paintings whilst on board, with all proceeds going to the WWF.

The following is a tiny portion from Wildfoot Travel’s dedicated page for this adventure: (for much more information on their site)

Wildfoot Travel are also offering a 5% discount to anyone booking prior to 10th February 2024

ABOARD: M/V HONDIUS I’ll be there encouraging and hopefully inspiring anyone who wishes to either start their art journey or take their skills to the next level.

Join renowned wildlife artist Kerry Newell on this very special voyage to discover the enchanting coastlines and fascinating, seldom visited regions of eastern and southern Spitsbergen. This unique itinerary offers you the once-in-a-lifetime chance to uncover Spitsbergen’s outstanding natural beauty in the company of one of the UK’s most revered wildlife artists, who will not only offer you tuition time, but will also be creating a new masterpiece right in front of your eyes as you journey through these wildlife-rich lands.

Sailing during the high Arctic summer solstice, on this authentic Spitsbergen cruise experience you can enjoy exciting Zodiac excursions, twice daily landings accompanied by Arctic experts, extended hikes through the region’s magnificent landscapes, an informative lecture and presentation programme, and thrilling wildlife observation opportunities. Discover a world of spectacular scenery, search for sightings of polar bears and indulge in the adventure of a lifetime!


  • Discover Spitsbergen in the company of revered wildlife artist Kerry Newell who will be offering tuition and creating a special piece that will be auctioned onboard, with the proceeds going to WWF
  • Enjoy spectacular scenery throughout from amazing glaciers to icy fjord systems and mystical tundra
  • Experience the high Arctic summer solstice and sail under the Midnight Sun
  • Visit fascinating historical sites and bountiful seabird colonies
  • Good chances of spotting whales, seals, and possibly even polar bears


  • Full board accommodation on board with all meals, snacks and hot drinks
  • All zodiac excursions and landings with expert guides
  • Programme of expert lectures
  • Loan of rubber boots

PRICES FROM £3,364pp 17 JUN, 2024 | Up to 7 nights

Plus any bookings that mention ‘KerryArctic2024’, Wildfoot Travel have kindly offered to adopt a polar bear with WWF on behalf of the booker, on a per booking basis.

If you’d like to know more then please click on the button below, this will take you to Wildfoot Travel’s website where you’ll be able to further explore all that the polar regions have to offer:

An example from my page:

My ‘Red Eyed Tree Frog’ painting now offered in a variety of prints, including canvas prints and framed prints as well as greeting cards, tote bags and a plethora of other products too.


‘Red Eyed Tree Frog’ iPhone case by Kerry Newell. Protect your iPhone with an impact-resistant, slim profile, hard-shell case. The image is printed directly onto the case and wrapped around the edges for a beautiful presentation. Simply snap the case onto your iPhone for instant protection and direct access to all of the phone’s features!’

The phone cases are available for all iPhones , from the iPhone 8 – iPhone 15. Cases are also available for the Galaxy S4 – Galaxy S8.

Fine Art America

Wildlife Art Workshops for 2024

£60 per person (materials not included)

All workshops are held at Martin Mere Wetland Centre and 50% of all proceeds go straight back into conservation.

January 27th 2024WatercolourReindeer
March 23rd 2024PastelBarn Owl
May 18th 2024WatercolourPainted Lady Butterfly on Flower
reference image shown above
September 21st 2024PastelFallow Deer
November 23rd 2024WatercolourTBC
The above dates have been confirmed and bookings are now being taken.

My suggested materials for the the pastel & watercolour workshops:

Suggested 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
* Derwent Pastel Pencils are soft with a wide range of colours, available individually or in different set sizes, ideal for covering larger areas with their thicker pigment core
* 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 of
* Pan Pastels – my ‘go to’ soft pastel choice, available individually or in sets, 92 colours in total
Suggested 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
* Bring along some white gouache too if you have some – great for adding highlights etc.
* Two water containers
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An excellent way to get started with Pan Pastels

Workshops 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 Kingfisher project was the subject for June 2023 art workshop over at WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre.

New Diary Dates for 2024!

Arctic Expedition17th – 24th June 2024
Global Bird Fair12th – 14th July 2024
Exhibition of Wildlife Art26th – 28th July 2024
North West Birdwatching Festival19th – 20th October 2024

Arctic Expedition – Take a cruise around Spitsbergen and explore the icy waters of the North Atlantic. This special expedition offers you the chance to catch site of whales, reindeer, Arctic foxes, walruses, seals, and the star attraction, the polar bear. Now with an addition of having me on board to help, encourage and hopefully inspire you should you wish to sketch and paint during the trip.

Global Birdfair – an international three day event – Join a community of nature lovers and birdwatchers from around the world as we gather to make a difference to Conserving Nature Worldwide. Lectures, demonstrations, art exhibitions, holiday destinations, authors, photographers, Global Birdfair auction, optics companies including Nikon, Viking Optical, Zeiss & Swarovski Optik – there really is something for everyone at this annual event that attracts thousands of people from across the globe. Global Birdfair will take place at Rutland Showground, Oakham, Rutland UK.  LE15 7TW 

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.’

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.

Subscriber Question

Q. Every time I sharpen my pastel pencils I break them. They have never been dropped and the pencil leads don’t break when I use them. What am I doing wrong?

A. Hi there, sorry to hear that you’re having problems sharpening your pastel pencils. From personal experience I know how frustrating this can be. Instead of trying to describe how I go about sharpening my pencils using a craft knife and sandpaper, I thought it would be easier for me just to include the following video for you to watch. I hope this video encourages you to give this a try. Whilst this method can be quite slow to begin with, it will definitely pay off once you get the hang of it. The more you do it, the faster you’ll get until it becomes second nature to you.

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

Okay folks that’s it for me for today. 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.

Until next time, as always, stay safe and stay creative, Kerry xXx

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