2014 is here…

SC20131221-003944-1Traditionally a time to make new resolutions and all that business, but I’ve been too busy trying to sort out old technology problems…which seem to be finally in hand. The above image is of me, to remind me that one new year resolution I probably ought to make is to do more running and cycling, and less weightlifting. It’s by Celia Burbush, who also teaches courses in life drawing in Keswick.

One thing I do intend to do is keep this blog going, so any news or views on life drawing classes in Cumbria, let me know. There are mutterings of a few more classes here and there. Tullie House start theirs soon, and the Invisible Orchard will be running them too.


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Posted by on January 4, 2014 in Uncategorized


Happy New Year.

There’s a wee bit of news for the new year. Tullie House are running classes on Sundays. They’ll have a mix of taught and untaught classes, starting January 12th.

I’m having terrible technology problems right now, so may struggle to keep the site running.

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Posted by on December 30, 2013 in Uncategorized


Another new class near Penrith.

The class that used to be in Vine and Roses has found a new home in the Invisible Orchard in Morland, which looks like a pretty kewl place all round I might see some of you there.

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Posted by on November 15, 2013 in Uncategorized


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Posted by on October 17, 2013 in Uncategorized


Florence Mine Life Drawing Class.


It’s been a bit of a hectic few days with new classes starting up after the Summer Holiday Doldrums. Today I was modelling for the Wigton Adult Ed course. There are still places available if anyone is looking for taught classes.
Yesterday I was teaching an all day class at Florence Mine as part of their Creative October programme. There’s lots more to do there this month
The life drawing went really well, despite me not knowing until I got there whether I was teaching or modelling!
Florence Mine is a great venue for all sorts of art based events, and hopefully we can keep a life drawing class going there. As it’s a bit out of the way for most of the models in Cumbria, a fortnightly or monthly class that lasts 6 hours or so would probably be best. But I will publish dates as soon as I know them.

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Posted by on October 5, 2013 in Uncategorized


More new classes in Carlisle.


Helen Walsh is running another term’s worth of classes in Carlisle, details above. Tullie House have also been doing some classes, and will hopefully continue.

I was down at Florence Mine in Egremont for an all day class with some local artists, which went very well. It’s always nice to meet new artists, and hopefully we’ll be able to arrange for more classes, be they taught or run as artists’ groups who share the cost of a model. There was far too much talent on display not to carry on with the life drawing.

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Posted by on October 4, 2013 in life drawing, Uncategorized


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I once read that starlings can see in a different spectrum to us. We see them as drab little brown birds, but to other starlings they’re incredibly colourful. Every now and again, you catch the colours of a starling out of the corner of your eye, but then you look at it straight on and it’s this drab little bird again.

I think a true artist is someone who can see the colours that starlings can see, the colours most of us only catch a glimpse of in the corners of our eyes. Which is why I think everybody should come to the speech Jose Munoz is doing at the comics festival. Jose Munoz draws the colours that starling see in black and white.

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Posted by on September 19, 2013 in Uncategorized