Working for myself!

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Well in November 2016 I finally decided to leave my full time job as joint manager at Newfield Hall to become a full time self employed artist and teacher. It hasn’t been an easy decision but I’m so glad I made this choice. I now run weekly watercolour classes at Gargrave Village Hall where I have been teaching for four years. One on Wednesday evenings from 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm and one on Thursday from 10 am to 2 pm. Numbers are steadily picking up and I’m excited for what lies ahead.I’m feeling energised and positive all of which is good for new inspirations. I have a few new ideas to explore and will be holding a stand a the Ilkley art Show in August this year. I have also taken on more art holidays with the www.christianguild.co.uk Two holidays at Abbot Hall in Grange Over Sands in Cumbria and two at Willersley Castle at Cromford in Derbyshire. I am also painting again with my oils and absolutely loving it. I have been working on some sea scenes recently. which you can view in my gallery.

In other news I have recently held a solo exhibition at the VSQ Gin bar in Skipton North Yorkshire which was a success. There will be more exhibitions later in the year if you would like to pop in.

Exciting News For 2016

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I will be running an extra art class this year in Gargrave Village Hall. To find out more and to book your place. Please contact me at alisonmdrake@hotmail.co.uk.

My teaching style is by showing you. I will demonstrate for you each section of the painting and then you will paint it yourself. I will give you instruction as you go. So that at the end of the class you will have completed a painting to take home. I also sell a few artist quality paints at the the class at a very reasonable price.

The classes are on Thursdays. We have lots of friendly socializing and cups of tea and coffee. It is a fun filled four hour class and is good to help you forget your troubles. Classes are just £15.00 for four hours.  Some classes are already full so it is important to book your place first.

Find me on Facebook book by clicking on the link below

https://www.facebook.com/AlisonDrakeArtist/

Happy painting!

Alison

The Ocean Gallery

075067I would like to give Mr Jonathan Shaw a huge thank you for displaying my work in the window at the Ocean Gallery in Skipton. If you are in the town pop in a have a look.

Oh! what fun I had creating these acrylic pictures. Jonathan is a very well known artist and has been a great encouragement to me. Which has inspired me to paint many many more pictures. As an artist it is sometimes difficult to know if your work is going to be liked. Art is a very controversial thing some people like it and some people don’t. As for me I am going to keep on painting, just keep on painting. My passion for it just grows and grows.

working with salt

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I am experimenting with using salt to produce some interesting effects with water colour. This is just the first stage of the painting. I have put some tree shapes in it using masking fluid. waiting for it to dry.

Ocean Gallery

As from Tuesday 15th December 2014. I am very proud to be having some of my paintings displayed in the Ocean Gallery,  2 Albert Street, Victoria Street, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 1JD. www.facebook.com/oceangalleryskipton

Phone:01756 709976

Thank you to Jonathan Shaw (proprietor and well known artist) who has been very encouraging. Why not pop along and take a peak. 

Crashing waves

I have been asked to do a painting demonstration tonight for our guests pleasure here at Newfield Hall Hotel where I am joint manager with my husband Mick. I am going to attempt a new watercolour with a stormy sky and crashing Ocean waves. I am really looking forward to it and I will be posting the painting here tomorrow. Its a very hot summers day here in the Yorkshire dales so I hope my paint doesn’t dry too quickly. Fingers crossed.. watch this space…

Here is my painting from last nights demonstration. I think all the guests enjoyed it and I am very pleased with the final result. Hope you like it.

Stormy Seas in Watercolour

Stormy Seas in Watercolour

Brusho Inks

I have been experimenting with watercolour inks and loving the results. It took a few goes at this as the colours are very vibrant and permanent. Just sprinkle the ink cristals onto the paper and watch the colours explode. Its such fun to have ago with.

Girl with no name

Art In The Pen, Skipton, North Yorkshire

I visited the Art In The Pen exhibition yesterday. A very good afternoon out meeting other artists and seeing their work. I met Sarah Garforth who runs Ramsgill Studios, Ramsgill, Harrogate. Her work is exquisite she paints in lots of different mediums. I particularly like her landscape oil paintings. You can see her work at www.ramsgilstudio.co.uk. Other artists attending were:

Vivienne Cawson www.viviennecawsonart.co.uk

Susan Neale  www.thehayloftstudio.com

Janet Kenyon   www.janetkenyon.co.uk

Carole Baker   www.carolebarker.com