Tamsin Dearing - Fine Art Pencil and Pastel Portraiture
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Commissions T.Dearing Copyright 2015

These three drawings were commissioned for Christmas presents at the end of last year. It made for a very creative couple of months, drawing as fast as my pencils would take me and loving the fact that each picture was distinctly different from the next in both medium and subject.

First up is Morse, this beautiful Spaniel is on a windswept beach and was drawn in white pencil on black paper.

Next is Emma's Boys, drawn in graphite pencil. Featuring Emma of course and her two gorgeous sons, a wonderful moment caught where her second son was less than a day old and his big brother is clearly thrilled at the new arrival.

And then there is Dancer. He is possibly the most handsome horse I have ever met and made a wonderful model for this coloured pencil study.

Each of these portraits were drawn from photographs, and the clients received work in progress photographs from me as the drawings developed so they could enjoy seeing how the picture was created. The artworks now happily reside in homes across England, and I hope will be treasured for many years to come.


SAA Tamsin Dearing Paint Portrait Gallery Watching fullsize

The Society for All Artists (SAA) ran a competition last year inviting their members to share portraits that they had created in their online gallery. I am delighted to say that my pencil portrait 'Watching', which was drawn using white pencil on black paper, was one of seven artworks chosen to be featured in their Paint magazine.

There are a great many beautiful portraits to enjoy and admire in the gallery so I was equally surprised and thrilled to turn the page of the January 2016 edition of Paint and see my picture there. Thank you SAA!

You can see the full gallery here www/saa.co.uk/saaportraitgallery and can click to either 'like' or 'love' any pictures there as well as leave comments for the artists. The portrait with the most votes will receive a special SAA award.



Ilse Calendar Marazion 2016

The amazing Ilse, who is a Newlyn Learn to Draw regular and a very talented artist, has created this fantastic Calendar for 2016. It features 12 dogs of Marazion, and is designed to be an interactive tool for children and adults as we are encouraged to get to know the local dogs and their owners, filling in the blanks and making new friends as you go.

The calendar is being sold to help raise funds for the Marazion in Bloom Volunteer Group and with it's fantastic illustrations and delightful text, it is sure to be very popular.

You can buy a copy for just £5 either in Marazion at Cobble Corner (shop and PO), from Julia at Keepsakes, or drop me a line and I will put you in touch with the artist and creator, Ilse herself.


promas logo webPromas CIC, whom I am proud to collaborate with, have been successful in obtaining Reaching Communities funding from the Big Lottery. I am extremely proud of all involved who have helped to make this massive achievement happen, as the funding bid process it has taken eight months of hard work involving two intense stages to finally reach the deciding Board where only 50% receive funding.

And most importantly, it means that that Promas CIC has three years funding to continue and expand its work with unpaid carers. Keep looking at their website as new dates and courses are coming soon.

On Promas' website you can also see a gallery of artwork created by carers on the Pencil This In courses, as well as pictures of their sell out fundraiser events and lots, lots more. If you know of or are yourself living in Cornwall and a carer of someone, do get in touch with Promas as so many I speak with say that their training was truly life changing for them.

Many congratulations Promas! It is very well deserved good news and a rightful investment in the future of carers and this wonderful organisation which supports them.   www.promas.co.uk


Grampound Cafe Pictures December 2015


These four original pastel paintings of mine are currently on display and for sale at Grampound Village Cafe. They are hanging alongside two original pieces by Trevor Hawkins - the man behind Atson: Art - Make - Teach www.atsonartmaketeach.com - a lino print and a pyrography piece.

They are available to view till the end of December, so if you are passing, do pop in for great coffee and cake in this lovely community cafe


Unique pieces of art have been created to raise funds as part of a secret online auction in aid of Children's Hospice South West's Precious Lives appeal. Fabulous artwork has been sent in from across the UK and further afield. Many well-known artists and celebrities have sent in their masterpieces. Although I cannot tell you which one, I have donated a specially created original piece of artwork which can be found amongst all the other stunning artworks.

Have a browse of the online gallery, support this fantastic cause and get some beautiful art in the process. All details and a link to the auction can be found here: https://www.chsw.org.uk/art



This Boxer portrait, created using coloured pencil, is one of my most popular animal pictures. The original drawing sold the first night it was exhibited, and now it is available as a greetings card design so it can be shared with all those who love this handsome and gentle breed.

It is just £2.00 for any of my greetings cards, and in the Gallery you can see at a glance which designs are available as such. All of my cards are printed locally in Cornwall, and can be ordered simply by contacting me.

promas logo webPromas CIC are specialists in providing training for unpaid carers, and in an exciting new partnership they are working with Plymouth Carers hub in 2016. The Art of Caring is a two day course, which will be delivered five times over the course of the year, and is aimed at unpaid carers in Plymouth who are caring for someone experiencing mental ill health.

Over the last two years I have been fortunate enough to be a part of one of Promas' courses, Pencil This In, and have delivered a Learn to Draw workshop to compliment the work that Bernie, Jenny and the carers whom attend cover. This model has been so successful that it has been reimagined for The Art of Caring and Plymouth Carers Hub. We are all very excited to be taking this further and to be able to reach more carers and offer them some support as well as skills to be able to employ in their eveyday life and roles.

 Plymouth Guild Logo HIGH RESFor more information about The Art of Caring, 2016 course dates and to book your place, please contact Plymouth Carers Hub's manager Lee Sewrey on 01752 201890 or visit www.plymouthguild.org.uk

And for more information about Promas, visit their website www.promas.co.uk where you will find all the opportunities, details of upcoming events and can browse the gallery of artwork created on the Pencil This In workshops.



Welcome to the World copyright T.Dearing 2015

First and foremost I would like to say a huge thank you to both Helen Carmina Photography who took the original photograph for this portrait, and to the mother and baby who are the stars of it. It is a stunning image which I feel privileged to have been allowed to draw. I am really grateful for the opportunity to create this piece of art and for all the conversations with mothers and fathers which this picture has sparked.

The inspiration behind this drawing came from a student of mine, who is one of a team of highly dedicate midwives at Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, in Truro. The team are hard at work improving the maternity wards and creating an increasingly welcoming and relaxing environment through a number of measures, including updating the decoration of the wards. My students and I were invited to donate a piece of artwork that would be fitting for such a space which can then be hung in the maternity unit to be enjoyed by all who work and stay there.

When I saw Helen Carmina Photography's incredible photograph, I was so touched by the image and struck by the fact it is rare to see a birth by cesaren section celebrated. I soon discovered that the photograph had captured the imagination of countless people and been seen by millions all around the world. I believe that art has a vital role to play in society, and the overwhelmingly positive reaction to Helen's photograph really highlighted to me the importance of feeling represented in the world around you; and at a time as vulnerable as giving birth, I feel this is more important than ever.


Helen, and the mother featured, generously gave me permission to draw this image so that it can be displayed at Treliske hospital. On behalf of myself and all whom who will see and be touched by this picture, I thank you both. And for the courage and humilty it takes to reveal the most precious moment and to share it with the world like this, I commend you - the mother of this most beautiful child. I know that you will continue to serve as an inspiration to many families, though you may never meet, and that your journey together through life brings you great joy. Welcome to the world, little one.

Helen Carmina Photography is based in Guernsey, Channel Islands, and specialises in pregnancy and newborn photography as well as being an experienced wedding photographer   www.helencarminaphotography.com


Cultural Threads Fun Day Nov 2015I am very happy to have been invited to take part in the upcoming Family Fun Day that Cultural Threads are hosting in Redruth, Cornwall on the 7th November.

It is a great opportunity for families from diverse backgrounds to come together and enjoy spending time getting creative, playing, talking, making new friends, learning about what is available in the area, and finding out more about the wonderful work that Cultural Threads are doing.

All are welcome to join us between 1pm and 4pm at Gweal-An-Tops in Redruth, Cornwall, and join the fun. I am really looking forward to meeting old friends and new, and along with fellow artist Trevor Hawkins, will be running printing and clay sculpture workshops for all ages.


For more information about the day and about Cultural Threads, contact Sarah on 07794 381 960 or visit the website www.culturalthreads.co.uk