Posted by: glandorescilly | 12/05/2012

ArtScilly 2012

Today sees the official start of ArtScilly 2012 here on The Fortunate Isles. It’s the third year of the festival and it’s grown from somewhat shaky beginnings to a thriving and interesting week full of courses, workshops, walks and tours.

ArtScilly 2012 - a festival celebrating arts and crafts on the Isles of Scilly, UK.

ArtScilly 2012 – a festival celebrating arts and crafts on the Isles of Scilly, UK.

As before, the week kicked off with an Open Evening to meet the Artists, held at Phoenix Craft Workshops.  “Drinks and nibbles will be served during the evening but it will be a very informal gathering and we look forward to meting you”. Many of the artists and craftspeople offering courses and workshops were present at the Open Evening and were able to chat with visitors and prospective participants.

'Meet the Artists', Open Evening at the beginning of ArtScilly Week 2012, Isles of Scilly UK.

‘Meet the Artists’, Open Evening at the beginning of ArtScilly Week 2012, Isles of Scilly UK.

Tomorrow, Steve will be conducting a ‘Quick Watercolour Sketching from Life’ workshop which was already fully booked by last week.

“An informal and relaxed morning out-of-doors (weather permitting) especially for beginners, quickly capturing impressions of skies and beaches”

The weather forecast is excellent with sunshine and a light south westerly breeze so he should be able to take the participants out with their paints, paper and easels, although high tide is due at 11.24 so there might not be much beach at that point!

I have my pre-order for a Victoria sponge cake as I did last year so they can all enjoy coffee, cake and chat when they return from their painting session. I must remember to print out some feedback forms because they were very useful last year in helping us plan for this year.

Finally, Steve was out on Peninnis Head, working this afternoon, and completed a landscape-format painting that has taken three afternoons work. He tends to favour the taller portrait-format so this is one of his less common works. It has no title yet (if still untitled when purchased, the new owner will have the privilege of choosing its name) but it has some rather nice brown cows grazing and enjoying the wonderful warm spring sunshine in their granite walled field with Peninnis Lighthouse in the background. Just behind it is the beginning of a still-life painting he started a couple of days ago. The subject is one of my beautiful Hippeastrums called ‘Appleblossom’ which is currently in full bloom in the Gallery but he plans to add other Hippeastrums as they come into bloom, to make a composite arrangement.

Cows grazing on Peninnis Headland, St. Marys, Isles of Scilly.

Cows grazing on Peninnis Headland, St. Marys, Isles of Scilly.

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