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Spring is right around the corner

Posted by Lynn Norris on January 22, 2013 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

This week I've enjoyed the snowy weather and have some fabulous photos to paint, but after a few days I found myself looking forward to spring and got cracking on some paintings of primroses, for my next workshop on the 16th February. Primroses are lovely delicate flowers to paint and the dark contrasts on the soil and leaves make for very interesting painting. I have used some sepia ink, a cling film technique and salt to add texture to the leaves.

To try these techniques, you need to place on a wet in wet wash in your colours, then sprinkle salt and place crinkled clingfilm into the wet paint, then leave until totally dry, the temptation is to lift it early, but you will loose the effect.....

If you are interested in attending the workshop, there are still spaces available, please contact me to book.

Exciting news.....my next blog should have the video link to my first web clip filmed at the SAA studio

Happy Painting! Lynn

Hot Dogs and Happy Christmas!

Posted by Lynn Norris on December 18, 2012 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Well its been an eventful few months, after an amazing break on Norfolk in September and whole 11 days of sunshine and no rain in the uk, I felt like I was in the Med, some fabulous boat paintings came out of that visit, recently I've been into the SAA to record my first web clip, it was nerve racking but I hope to see and post the results on here soon.:)

I would like to take a moment to thank all who have purchased a painting or come along to a class or workshop, you all enable me to have my dream, I love teaching and painting and feel so lucky to be able to do this everyday.

So my year is ending and I'm looking forward to what next year brings, I have already had bookings for workshops and demo for art clubs, and a nearly full painting holiday to look forward too, (all details are on my website for booking) so Happy Christmas all and as per tradition I've painted a Christmassy scene! Hot Dogs?? you may well be thinking, well after seeing Nativity 2 with my niece this weekend a joke was in the rolling credits, a cracker one for sure, Why did the dog sit next to the fire? It wanted to be a Hot Dog......Happy Xmas!

Painting Figures in a landscape

Posted by Lynn Norris on August 23, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Recently I went to do a mini 2 hour workshop with Balderton Art Group, their subject request was figures in a landscape/seascape. The group actively took on the challenge of what they deemed a difficult subject and did fabulously well. This shows if you put your mind to it and don't let fear take over with a bit of guidance and a bit of practice you can do anything.

A couple of tips on figures:-

Start with stick men as guides, stick men are the bones of your body, getting these in proportion and at the right angle will help before you start adding anything else.

Flesh the figure out, don't focus on one bit, build all of it up, keep checking measurements, the relationship of object to object i.e. where does that hand come to on the leg? whats level with the hat?

Light direct will help give tone, and don't forget shadow, otherwise your people won't be grounded.....

Painting Holiday

Posted by Lynn Norris on August 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Well I'm pleased to say the painting holiday in the Yorkshire Dales was small but perfectly formed and a resounding success, I already have next years details for the Cotswolds holiday online http://www.freewebs.com/lynnnorrisart/paintingholiday.htm

It was May though you will see by the photos it looks more like January, with all those layers, sadly him up there could have been kinder with the weather, but then again it could have been alot worse after what we have seen in June and July. The whole feel of the holiday was relaxed and fun, we ventured out every day and flexed around a bit with the weather, some fabulous work was produced by the students, but more importantly some firm friendships were made, and we cried with laughter on regular occassions, mainly with the inability of anyone to remember anyone elses name and after days of mixing everyone up, Fred was used frequently.

The whole location of the Yorkshire dales is fabulous scenery for painting, we spent a day in Malham, had a walk to Catrigg Force and painted in Stainforth, painted at Ribbleshead viaduct, went shopping in Settle, and Skipton on the way home, spent time in and around the house painting, and spent the evenings with wine, an odd dvd and a fabulous card game called UNO which also added to the hysterical laughter.

I fed everyone well, cake was in plentiful supply and the menu went down a treat, I look forward to next years holiday, infact maybe 2, the Cotwolds is a beautiful place

Painting Holiday and Outdoor Sketching

Posted by Lynn Norris on April 6, 2012 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Its that time of year when the sun starts shining and I like to get outside with my sketchbooks and watercolour pad, theres nothing quiet like plein air painting and sketching, seeing the light first hand and having the freedom to choose your scene. The whole nature of painting outside loosens you up, mainly due to the british weather, the fact you are usually perched somewhere in the wind, the pressure if off to produce an easel or studio bound masterpiece and you get to have lots of fun. Not alot of what I paint outdoors makes it into a mount and frame for sale, but its gives me material with photos to work from in the studio and its often where I find an interesting colour combination come together. Every Artist is different, they key to outdoor sketching for me is quick and fluid or quick with energy, most sketchbook pieces are 15-20 mins, limit your kit, a pentel water pen, a small palette with a few colours, 1 brush and a bottle of water, a sketchbook and a few waterbased pencils or pens. Often students are nervous of doing this outdoors, concerned what passers by may think, try pulling a group of people together or attending a painting holiday or a sketching day workshop outside to give you confidence.

I have a painting holiday in the Yorkshire Dales 14th-18th May, weather pemitting outdoor painting and sketching will be done in a group. I have 4 rooms left and its fantastic value, all inclusive, with 2.5 days tuition from £290 for a single room. See my website page for details.

I also have a outdoor secret garden workshop for painting on the 4th June, again see my website page for details.

The sketches above...

Children on the beach, pencil tonal sketch and graphitint and waterpen for colour, the tonal sketch was done in 5 mins, the colour one was done after they had moved.

Yorkshire Dales Tree scene, Stainforth, this was done on a windy, cloudy and cold day, in 10 minutes, with a watersoluble pen and watercolour, I love the energy in this one and the colour combinations on the stone wall.

Guildhall in Hadleigh, this was done on a gloriously sunny day and I sat on the grass, so this took about 30 minutes, I started roughly with pencil to get the perspective then went in with permanent pen and washed over with watercolour, I love the fluid washes and the combination of the Carmine, Burnt Sienna and Colbalt on the hall, its not dark or true to the colouring, but it works. 

New Years Resolutions

Posted by Lynn Norris on January 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy New Year everyone, well this January has been a real surprise, mainly good ones I'm pleased to say!

Firstly because I am far busier than I expected, I thought after xmas January would be quiet but my workshop and class numbers have increased, I have commissions coming in and have sold a painting. Tiger palace sold as soon as I posted on the website and I've had 2 more enquiries to buy so I think I may try another tiger at some point, I really enjoyed doing it and love the light captured in the water. It also shows how a bit of complimentary colours can work in your favour, green water against the red tiger makes the tiger really stand out!

We had a fabulous day in the January workshop doing pen and wash, we finished 2 paintings in a day and played with all sorts of inks in exercises doing leaves! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day and are looking forward to Februarys spring flowers workshop, in which we will tackle Daffodils and Tulips! I have 4 spaces left if anyone is interested.

Also you will notice a big revamp to my website, I've spent time making this flow more and providing you with more information, including prices on paintings for sale and I'm building up a shopping cart on vouchers, prints and cards. Please do take a look! www.lynnnorris.co.uk.

I've also started to get bookings for my painting holiday, this is great value for money as I've organised and I'm doing everything myself, this will be a fabulous mid week break in the Yorkshire Dales, and with small numbers you get lots of tuition so take a look and get your booking through to me, details are on my website.

So to my new years resolutions...1 Try something new, the tiger was definitely new and I ask my class to continue to challenge me with their requests, we have great fun and it brings variety...2 Loose some weight, the diet is still going in week 3, I've resisted temptation!

I was watching super scrimpers yesterday and it occurred to me how many tips I have that will save you money on art materials so I thought I'd share a couple with every blog...

1, When using watercolour get a palette that enables you to squirt colour into a seperate area and then take the paint from this to mix in your wells with water, this way you only take what you need and the paint in the separate area can be reused next time.

2, Watercolour paper can be used both sides, as long as your careful not to stain the back... double the painting surface for the same price!


Let it Snow!!!!

Posted by Lynn Norris on December 18, 2011 at 5:35 AM Comments comments (0)

So far the only snow I've seen this year is on my screen when I type 'let in snow' into Google, Very clever! I'd love a white Christmas as this gives a great opportunity to capture beautiful scenes to paint, so if it snows where you are get that camera out and get some shots, the light and shadows on snow is wonderful to paint.

I've had a busy December with fairs, classes, demos, a commission and my fullest workshop so far and I'm looking forward to the break with my family, I will eat too much, drink too much and watch too much tv.

Merry Christmas Everyone, and a Happy new Year!


Christmas is coming! Next Years Workshops Available!

Posted by Lynn Norris on November 9, 2011 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Today I've been baking my Christmas cake, I do this every year, its the start of my Christmas activities. I like to add a touch of Brandy and Sherry for the next 6 weeks to make it a cake to remember:) and my students will love sampling it!

I've had a busy October, with 4 exhibitions, these have not been fruitful and its worrying that this may be a sign of the times, tightening of purse strings as people save their money. Its not only the professional level thats being hit, but the hobbists too and this is such a real shame. People are quick to buy the latest electrical equipment and phones, that will be worth half the value this time next year, but don't invest in a original piece of art that can only increase with value in time. So when making your xmas lists this year think about a unique gift for a loved one and support local artists and crafts people.

I am in the process of getting work online for sale and would welcome people to my home to view pieces they are interested in buying. I also have next years workshop list online and can offer gift vouchers if you are interested in buying a workshop place for a loved one for xmas.


Get that right hand side of your brain working!

Posted by Lynn Norris on August 11, 2011 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

I’m passionate about bring art to people who think they can’t do it, it’s that left hand logic driven side of the brain making that decision. When you draw and paint you mainly use the right hand side of your brain, the creative side. This is the side that you day dream with, the side that recognises visual observation, questions why rules are in place and trusts intuition rather than process, the more you use each side it develops. So many people who come for a full day painting workshop with me say where did the time go? That’s because their right hand side engaged and all concept of time was lost, it’s like that auto pilot moment you have driving in the car and you think how did I get there? This switching over is why it’s so relaxing. One of my students said: - “If you asked a class of 5 year olds who can draw and paint, all of them would put their hands up, so why when we grow up do we think we can’t do it?” I think children are lead with their creative side, where as when we grow up we are led with our logic side.

Some simple exercises to see if you are utilising your right side enough, if you find these difficult then practice then it will help with both how you see objects, loosen up your drawing and your creative expression of line/mark making.

Do a ten minute sketch of an object on large paper, using a biro, observe the whole object, get some guidelines in and then draw at the pace your eyes are observing following the contours and drawing them at exactly the same time, every line becomes part of the picture.

Do a ten minute sketch drawing the object upsidedown. (do not rub out any lines)

Do a ten minute sketch of an object without taking your pen/pencil off the paper.

No matter how silly these may seem, they are valuable exercises that will help and you may well find you love what you create:)





Posted by Lynn Norris on July 5, 2011 at 4:36 PM Comments comments (0)

Its great to experiment with new media, its all too easy to sit in your comfort zone doing the same thing, using the same materials and knowing the effects they will have, in the last couple of weeks I've been able to experiment with pastels, oil pastels, acrylic and charcoal pencils, all have been very interesting, but I've reinvented my love of oil and printing with these new acrylic paints called Atelier Interactive, they blend very much like oil, are fabulous colours and are quick to try, but the exciting bit.....if spritzed with water they become workable again!! they are a fabulous alternative to oil and mean I will be able to offer classes, workshops and demos on printing techniques like monoprints, collagraphs and wood and lino cutting, all very exciting!

Below is a watercolour using Clairefontaines cloud paper, the grain has a cloud effect, very interesting for skies.

Below is a monoprint using Atelier interactive acrylics, this texture is something you will only get with printing and is so exciting when you peel off and a print is revealed! coming soon a step by step guide how to do this!