I'd also like to thank everyone for their lovely supportive messages over on my socials - I felt very nervous on Friday and the response has just been so lovely.
I had been planning and preparing work for this throughout lockdown and I couldn't wait to share the techniques and ideas that I'd been experimenting with.
The main difference about this workshop was that we were considering the materials and processes as the main focus of the work - this is such a freeing and experimental way to work.
And a huge 'thank you' to my Mum and Jean from the village, for baking lots of delicious cakes!
Here are some of the examples that I'd produced for the workshop...
and here's the amazing vegetarian lasagne that we had for dinner!
At the start of lockdown last year I decided that I wanted to keep a 'studio log book' (this sounds a little bit grand I know!)
It's been so helpful to keep a note of colour mixes and the little discoveries that can be made when you paint a picture.
There's nowt like a good old sort-out and re-shuffle to get the creative juices flowing again.
After sorting out my studio I feel much more inspired and energised.
One of the things I really enjoyed a couple of weeks ago was recording the development of this painting on my Instagram stories (it's saved as a Studio highlight if you'd like to watch the chaos!)
It always amazes me how much a painting changes after a few layers, (isn't it great that we can record these kinds of things nowadays!)