original pen drawing © Teresa Newham
Looking back at my previous blog post about Gallery32, I realised how much I've benefitted from my monthly Saturday morning sessions there. As with Open Studios, my time is completely given up to art, without any distractions apart from visitors - who are there to look at and discuss the art anyway!
|ideas for mixed media and linocuts|
original pencil sketches © Teresa Newham
I've tried to use that time creatively, and many of the pieces I produced this year were originally put together at Gallery32. I usually have my A4 and A6 sketchbooks and some pens and pencils with me, and I access source photos on my phone.
|drawing practice at Gallery32|
original pen sketches © Teresa Newham
Being surrounded by so much contemporary art has encouraged me to try new things, such as incorporating metallic printmaking ink into some of my watercolours. I even spent one happy morning laying out chalkboard designs for a wedding!
|original sketches & designs|
© Teresa Newham
There's always something new to see, both in the gallery itself and in Debbie's studio, which has given me the opportunity to practice my sketching. And if I feel like doing nothing more enterprising than sitting with a coffee and an issue of Artists & Illustrators, why not? That's "art time" too!
original pen sketch © Teresa Newham