Friday, 5 May 2017

Mixed media in March at Higham Hall

Caught on camera - art in action on our brilliant mixed media art holiday at Higham Hall!
As one season rolls into the next, especially when Winter changes into Spring,  this is a great time to paint in the landscape. There is no place better to see this emerging, transforming and dramatic 'fresh' landscape than in The Lake district.  

Cumbria has the lot, especially in the unspoilt Western Fells close to Higham Hall  - there is so much to choose from to paint! One of the new and carefully chosen locations for students to paint this year was the stunning views along the shoreline at 'Friars Crag' just a stones skim and short walk from the Keswick landing stage and boat moorings on the shore of Derwentwater lake.

Fabulous mixed media studio painting by Colin Bryce from location studies and reference gathered on location at Friars Crag - so important to being there, it really makes all the difference. A great painting result!

The weather could not have been better - glorious sun, a calm lake and a total inspiration for a full class of 14 students who just loved the location. To help strengthen students confidence with drawing everyone created great sketches and colourful studies on our  wonderful painting day at Friars Crag which impressed all the walkers who came to see what we were doing. 

The black and white mixed media theme continued back in the studio with a further evening demonstration showing how to capitalise on studies made in the field which gave a greater insight into creative techniques combining different media together on a series of paintings at different points throughout the remains of the afternoon.

Afternoon expressive drawing demonstration at Higham Hall using Canson Moulin du Roy 300gsm (140lb) 100% rag content watercolour paper ('not' surface) - Pip Seymour liquid graphite, graphite sticks, graphite powder, Royal Talens fixative, Derwent graphite sticks. Here I'm using an eraser to show how to draw with that too - on the floor of course!

Adding Royal Talens black Ecoline ink and Quink Ink in layers. The graphite resists the ink beautifully!

Second demonstration - making wholesale changes with dense Royal Talens acrylic ink using a wide Badger Fan brush (Rosmary's brushes - Skipton, North Yorkshire).

Working Royal Talens Rembrandt pastels into the ink and graphite expressive drawing of Buttermere.

Bringing it all together - evening demonstration (open to all guests at Higham Hall) showing how to complete a mixed media painting full of drama and expression for Kirkstone Pass - Winter view.  Materials used, Canson Moulin du Roy 100% rag content watercolour paper (300gsm, 140lb 'not' surface), Royal Talens Black and white Van Gogh Gouache, Parker Quink Ink, Royal Talens Ecoline Black and White Ink, Royal Talens Pastels, Nitram Charcoal, Pan Pastels.

The following day in the studio the outdoor sketching at Friars Crag and studio demos helped everyone confidently paint some really stunning tonal paintings with great depth, drama and really interesting compositions with lots and lots of interesting and expressive art techniques in everyones work.

Superb black and white (with some added hints of colour) by Jenny Gatley. A lovely painting using a variety of black and white media with added Derwent XL Charcoal Blocks too.

Wonderfully carefully controlled black and white mixed media painting by Penny Price - great depth of tones and detail

Later in the week I showed how to use pastels expressively and also combine creatively pastel, watercolour and gouache in the same study to create paintings with lots of depth! 

Evening demo - expressive pastel of honister Pass on Canson Mi-Tientes 'Touch 350gsm pastel paper (black). 20 x 22 inches 51 x 56cm 

The painting results in the studio everyone created were once again really impressive. Here are just a few of them...

Glowing results - mixed media on Canson Moulin du Roy 300gsm 140lb ('rough' surface) 100% rag content paper. A two in one paper - this great mixed media painting (shown here in the beginning stages) is painted on the revers of the paper utilising the gentler surface quality.

Mixed media painting on Canson Moulin du Roy (not 300gsm, 140lb) 100% rag content watercolour paper from students own photo reference and sketches. Great painting that shows the principal how 'less is more' and the photo is there just to 'get you going', not to slavishly copy!

Mixed media painting on Canson Moulin du Roy (not 300gsm, 140lb) 100% rag content watercolour paper All those wonderful greens explored. Great focus on the contrast  of tones and colours of the flowing water under the foot bridge. Great dynamic lines and a well executed composition with interest throughout. Great control of tones, colour mixing and expression.

A totally fabulous creative week had by all at Higham Hall. 

A big thanks to the full class of students - all of you really made the week very special indeed for me from your tutors perspective. Thank you all for your wonderful comments and I'm delighted you all enjoyed the art holiday which was the perfect balance between relaxation, creative learning, great painting days and above all fun and confidence building for all of you.

The next very special expressive painting mixed media art holidays at Higham Hall for 2017 are:

Final places now remaining!


  1. I am often to blogging and i really appreciate your content. The article has really peaks my interest. I am going to bookmark your site and keep checking for new information
    QuickBooks offers several features, one of which is the QuickBooks Multi-User Mode. If you have switched from single-mode to multi-user mode then there is a possibility that multi-user mode may not work and you face the problem of QuickBooks Multi-user Mode Not Working. So than consider QuickBooks Customer Service and get immediate assistance.

  2. I read a many blog post and this post is amazing and lot learn based topic. Thanks for sharing with us.
    The most popular brand of printer used by millions of users is the Brother printer. At this time, the user needs a quality job, quick connectivity, and user-friendly features of the brother printer. It helps to make your job easy and saves you time as well. The most popular problem that usually comes with the printer is the printer in error state issues. When using a brother printer, when your printer stops working and reveals that the printer is in an error state, this issue is called Brother Printer in Error State, which means that the problem is in your printer itself. Don't frustrate yourself. For further assistance, you can contact our Technical Experts for Printer Customer Service. They will provide accurate solutions to your issues at any time.

  3. This is an art which is liked by those students who belong to the UK and they are completing their degree in Fine Art because art is liked in all the field of science and technology. Assignment writing services

  4. Hey, what a blog you write,is such wonderful wrinting i never read this ind of stuff.
    Lets talk about one of the best senior care sevices all over Colorado or sarrounding areas. So i rescomand you the Gardens Care Homes Company who is top leading organization in the country for assisted living indutry. Dont worry about the prices, our cheap rates always suits your pocket.
    Arvada Assisted Living
    Lakewood Assisted Living
    Castle Rock Assisted Living
    Aurora Assisted Living
    Federal Heights Assisted Living
    Denver Assisted Living
    Colorado Assisted Living

  5. Weak and unclear concepts, along with a lack of basic subject knowledge, can spell doom for your grades. This is also why many students seek accounting
    essay help at the eleventh hour. If you want to get out of the vicious circle, you must study more. So, here is what you can do:
    Focus on the basic concepts and revise regularly. Keep in mind the different modes of financial accounting used in all branches of finance.

  6. This is great information.
    If you used AOL Mail Account and we face error 104. Then don't worry just click here to Resolve AOL Desktop Gold Error Code 104 instantly with easy steps.

  7. If you are wondering, "do my assignment online from experts?” is the most affordable service provider in USA.
    Get in touch with Assignment Assistance and place your order at reasonable charges. Visit for more information.

  8. In the words of the reputed stalwarts who offer quality
    Dissertation writing help in the UK, this may sound a lot to you , but you would find it to be a limited number of resources to work around while developing your arguments. But, the limited word count should never stop you from researching over and beyond, even in areas that might be remotely linked to the topic. This would not only offer you comprehensive ideas about what to include but also help you view things from a broader perspective.

  9. Clara Smith is an assistant history professor at a reputed university in the United States. She also provides homework help to students at Allessaywriter. Clara loves to spend time with her friends and family whenever she is free.

  10. A person can’t handle a company’s accounts by himself, so if a company seeks “my assignment help” for Assignment Assistance handling in bookkeeping from an accounting outsourcing service.

  11. Dissertation writing services are very popular among students. The project is a crucial one and needs a lot of understanding. Unlike the daily tasks, a dissertation requires a lot more attention to detail and in-depth knowledge of the particular chapter.

  12. There are several ways to approach a Dissertation writing help, and one of them is narrative. Most students choose either an empirical or non-empirical dissertation, but if you choose narrative, you must understand which subject can be written using the narrative approach. Dissertations in many science subjects focus on a laboratory report explaining all the aspects of setting up, carrying out and analysing a complex experiment.

  13. Self-awareness is all about being conscious of your feelings and thoughts. It is about understanding the behaviours that shape your emotions. Students who take assignment assistance for their assignments often lack comprehension skills. This is why they are unable to figure out their assignment topics. However, being self-understanding requires a lot of skills. You need to be self-aware to live in harmony with others and yourself. Here are some strategies that can help you understand yourself.

  14. Quality Information. I feel very glad to read your post. Thanks for sharing with us.
    Akshi Engineers Pvt. Ltd. is a renowned Automatic Bending Machine Manufacturer in India. We offer you a highly regarded solution of Automatic Bending Machine manufactured by well-trained engineers. We are manufacturer, supplier, and exporter of Automatic Bending Machines, Automatic Bundling Machines, and TMT Bar Mill for Rolling Mill. For more details of Bending Machine call toll-free number or visit our website.

  15. Informative Post. Thanks for giving me this information. Keep on Posting.
    Electric offers the best Electrician Riverside CA. We provide a wide range of electrical services to residents near Riverside County. If you need repair or remodeling in your home, you can contact our professionals. We are always available to assist you.

  16. Such useful information. Thanks for sharing with us. Keep sharing again.
    NRG-PROS is a top-rated Roofers Sacramento service provider, we provide residential and commercial roofing services. We provide a one-stop solution for roof repair, maintenance, installation. Our services include providing new roof construction and roof repair services to surrounding communities in Sacramento. Contact us today We will take care of all your needs and provide the best assistance with the design, maintenance, repair of your residential or commercial roofing project.

  17. I want to always read your blogs. I love them Are you also searching for nursing research paper help? we are the best solution for you. We are best known for delivering Nursing research paper writing services to students without having to break the bank

  18. Very well information. Thanks for sharing with us.
    If you have any queries related to Coin Master Free Spins, you can contact our professionals. To know more information, visit our website.

  19. I read your post. I am really thankful for this information. Thanks for sharing with us.
    AT&T Yahoo is a user-friendly mailing platform that is preferred by millions of users across the globe. Yahoo email inside AT&T has many features but sometimes, users may face ATT Email Login issues. To rectify the situation, you can contact professionals to fix the issues. You can reach us immediately for top solutions via the AT&T Yahoo email customer service number.

  20. I saw your information. It's really very helpful information. Thanks for sharing with us.
    Do you know how to earn coin master free spins? If you are looking for Free Spin And Coin then you have come to the right site. One of the most popular games is Coin Master Free Spins. By doing this you can get free spins, money, and prizes. Have fun, spend your time, and play the coin master game.

  21. Welldone information. Thanks for sharing with us.
    If you want to get Free Spin And Coin on coin master then you can join us and spend your quality time playing the coin master game and get free spins and coins with a daily link.

  22. I read your post. It is amazing and helpful information for me. Are you looking for a solution How to Delete Cache App Activity? Cash App Activity is a record of all transaction activity from sending or receiving the money to your contacts. To delete your cache app activity, you have it in the right place. If you have any questions regarding deleting Cash App transaction history, please contact us at our Cash App customer service.

  23. I read your post. It is amazing and helpful information for me. Thanks for sharing with everyone. I am Sofi Vergara, I am working as a tech expert at Yahoo support. I have 3 years of experience in this field. If you have any problems related to Yahoo Help etc, then please contact me for instant help related to Yahoo email problems.

  24. So good indeed! Glad to have found your page!! This is such great work!! Interesting to read for sure!! 텍사스홀덤

  25. I am regular visitor, how are you everybody? This paragraph posted at this website is genuinely fastidious. 먹튀검증디비