Having worked on the subject of landscape for some time, I thought it would be really refreshing to sign up for a couple of taster days at the St. Ives School of Art whilst on holiday in Cornwall in September. A few weeks beforehand I went onto their website and booked two workshops with two artists - Liz Hough and Kerry Harding - Abstract Landscape and Mixed Media. Both artists were very friendly, enthusiastic and encouraging and I see that they do a longer workshop which they run as joint tutors. I think from a textile point of view I probably got more out of Kerry Harding's workshop than Liz's but nonetheless I still had a good day.
The results below are from Kerry Harding's worshop which was the one on mixed media. She explained that we should first experiment with different mediums to see what effects we could get by working through a table of words - blob, smear, flick, splat, drip, dot scratch, smudge, twist, blend, rub, swirl, wash, scrape, print, brushstroke, thick, thin, fast and slow - nothing complicated and quite basic really but fun and it is always nice to see what results other people get. Then there were three other tables of words based on landscape, rocks and sky elements. I think a large glass of wine beforehand definitely helped to loosen me up! Oh and we were to use different tools to apply the different media, such as card, fork, spoon, rag, etc.
These are some of the results which are really the workshop in reverse order - the two landscapes are what I finished with, the next six were trying three techniques together and the bottom one was my initial warming up daubs.