Rescheduled for 24th September 2020
Message from Ruth
I have been making the most of the extra time that has materialised since the lockdown. Firstly I have been catching up on some commissions. I was waiting for the tulip season to start - which of course it has done now - before embarking on some tulip portraits. I think of all the flowers, tulips are perhaps my favourite - along with the iris family. However, tulips are stunning at all times of their flowering cycle - in bud, flower and when they go over. Always elegant, with an amazing array of colours, which change with their age. I am putting these images on my Instagram account ruth.kirkby
Alongside this, I have been catching up with some reading - art books of course. I am a huge believer in looking at the work of others and reading about their techniques. One can gather a great deal of very useful information from other artists, and how they approach their work. My mind is a bit of a magnet for anything arty, and it all goes into the mill which is my brain, and gets regurgitated at some stage!
Whilst my workshop this month won't go ahead, I firmly believe that the one which will replace it in September will benefit from this input. I have so many new ideas I want to try, and this will be my next target - to spend some hours experimenting - using some scrap paper to try new techniques. The joy of watercolours to my mind is the layering you can do, with each translucent layer building up to the final picture. There will undoubtedly be many failures, but that's the joy of having so much spare time - much less pressure to produce a final outcome and more time to investigate the possibilities.
These images above are some on the effects that Ruth will be doing on her reschedule course in September.
Ruth is by profession a botanical painter and these are some of her beautiful water-colour paintings.
This next painting is a recent commission that she is working on.
My final piece of advice for those of you who have a bit of time on your hands is to look at the wealth of ideas currently available online and on YouTube. One particularly interesting site is isolationartschool on Instagram. Artists of all genres are giving demonstrations and talks on their work. Fascinating!
Keep safe and keep busy!