Tamsin Dearing - Fine Art Pencil and Pastel Portraiture
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Sketchbook Workshop-Gorran Haven-May 2015This was the first of what will be many workshops specifically designed with young artists in mind. We had the pleasure of the company of twelve children whose ages ranged from seven through to early teens, each who each brought enthusiasm, and different skills and experiences to the group.

Together we explored a range of techniques, developed fundamental skills in shading and observation, practiced loosely sketching, and nurtured a sense of individuality in both our personal sources of inspiration and our individual styles.

The session was a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by us all, and Trevor Hawkins and I are already planning the next workshop which due to popular demand will be fundamentals of sculpture in clay.

The Spring exhibition at Lander Gallery in Truro now hads three brand new pieces of original art from me since the unprecedented success of my selling out of my original submssions!

I have been busily painting away to create more pastel pictures to add to my British wildlife range, and these were delivered to sit amongst all the other wonderful art there for the remainder of the show. Spring exhibition at Lander Gallery i running till the 30th May so if you are in the area, o go and enjoy a beautiful and varied collection of both contemporary arts and crafts, plus classics including work by Newlyn artists and John Opie.

www.landergallery.co.uk

 Lander Gallery Spring Tamsin Deraing Pastels Copyright 2015

Art8It has been a brilliant few days with the Art8 Festival now into it's fourth year, and ever evolving in response to the town and it's community. I had the good fortune to be given exhibition space with fellow artists Adam Remnant, Joy Dix and Paul Thomas at Trenance Cottages in Trenance Gardens, Newquay. All of Art8's plans for creative events in Newquay can be followed on their website www.art8newquay.co.uk

Surrounded by tulips, cherry blossom and waterways, it is an idyllic location and one with a great deal of history too. The cottages have been lovingly restored after many years of hard work by the local community - see more about their past and present here:
www.trenancecottages.co.uk

Art8 2015 Tamsin Dearing resized

Little Owl Tamsin Dearing copyright 2014Tibetan Shaman Copyright Tamsin Dearing 2015

 

 

Thanks to Art8 and being able to share my artwork with the public, I am delighted that two original pieces of art were sold. It is the most flattering thing when your art is enjoyed by another enough to be taken home and lived within their world, though there is always a little wrench as I have to say goodbye to pictures that I am ever so attached to also!

I hope that 'Little Owl' and 'Tibetan Shaman' make their new owners very happy for many years to come.

 

 

I am delighted to be a member of this thriving art society, and to have been a contributing member to the winning entry with The Society for All Artists' (SAA) Layflat Sketch Pad competition. In November 2014 St.Austell Society of Artists (SASA) applied to take part in the SAA's competition to collaboratively complete one of 50 layflat sketch pads with original artwork.

Once we found out we were one of the participating groups, the scheduling mission began, as over the coming three months spanning the Christmas and New Year period, we needed to get the book between 21 different artists who would each have just three days to complete their artwork with their subject and medium of choice before passing it on to the next person. One of our strengths as an art society of the sheer range of experience, expertise and artistic styles, as well as our mutual enthusiasm for creativity. In mid February, the book was completed and we were extremely proud of our achievement, so with fingers crossed we sent it off to the SAA for judging.

Imagine our surprise and delight when we received word that we had won the first prize! It was a wonderful way to move into the forty first year of SASA and served to encourage us all the more to keep doing what we do and to celebrate all things art. You can see all of the entered books and the artwork inside on the SAA's website in their excellent online gallery here: http://www.saa.co.uk/layflat-gallery?oscsid=grkk22pnugavlu99cjd7ptmh27

You can find out more about St.Austell Society of Artists on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/st.austellsocietyofartists

Our winning entry and my drawing 'Gentleman' featured in the SAA's Paint Magazine

SAA Paint SASA Win Tamsin Dearing 2015

 

Tamsin Dearing Lander Gallery soldCopyright 2015

This show runs from the 25th April - 30th May at Lander Gallery, upstairs in Lemon Street Market, Truro, Cornwall. My series of British wildlife created in soft pastels as seen here, was selected to be amongst the local artwork on display.

I am delighted to say that within the first two weeks of the show, 'Red Squirrel', 'Puffin' and 'Kingfisher' and 'Nuthatch' have all found new homes!  'Red Squirrel' heading up to Northumberland, 'Puffin' is off to the Isles of Scilly and 'Kingfisher now lives in Yorkshire. Big thanks to Lander Gallery for showcasing my artwork, and even bigger thanks to those who have given my art a new place to live and be enjoyed. 

Now I am back at the drawing board busily creating the next works in my range of British wildlife studies to be shown in the second half of the Spring exhibition at Lander Gallery.

 

 GH Childrens Sketchbook Workshop Poster 9th May

This exciting Sketchbook Workshop is the first of its kind, and is developed and delivered by Trevor Hawkins and myself. It is in response to requests for drawing workshops specifically for children.

It will be a fun packed morning, designed to encourge creative confidence and to equip the children with a wide range of skills and technques which they can use to explore their ideas and express themselves through their art.

By learning fundamental skills both from professional artists and from their peers, it will help them to explore different illustration and design techniques, as they find what works best for them.

 

As a part of Truro Festival 2015, I was fortunate enough to be one of the artists in residence at Truro Arts Company, and spend the day in their wonderful art shop and cafe. To show the public what I do and how I work, I spent my time working on this picture, 'Red Squirrel'.

It is as yet still unfinished, though these pictures show what was achieved in about five hours of public painting. Many thanks to all at Truro Arts for making me so welcome, and to all those of all ages who stopped and chatted about my art and theirs; it was wonderful to meet so many creativity enthusiasts and to even enjoy a couple of magic tricks from one very talented customer!

Truro Arts Squirrel Demo 2015

I am delighted to be a member of this thriving art society, and to have been a contributing member to the winning entry with The Society for All Artists' (SAA) Layflat Sketch Pad competition. In November 2014 St.Austell Society of Artists (SASA) applied to take part in the SAA's competition to collaboratively complete one of 50 layflat sketch pads with original artwork.

Once we found out we were one of the participating groups, the scheduling mission began, as over the coming three months spanning the Christmas and New Year period, we needed to get the book between 21 different artists who would each have just three days to complete their artwork with their subject and medium of choice before passing it on to the next person. One of our strengths as an art society of the sheer range of experience, expertise and artistic styles, as well as our mutual enthusiasm for creativity. In mid February, the book was completed and we were extremely proud of our achievement, so with fingers crossed we sent it off to the SAA for judging.

Imagine our surprise and delight when we received word that we had won the first prize! It was a wonderful way to move into the forty first year of SASA and served to encourage us all the more to keep doing what we do and to celebrate all things art. You can see all of the entered books and the artwork inside on the SAA's website in their excellent online gallery here: http://www.saa.co.uk/layflat-gallery?oscsid=grkk22pnugavlu99cjd7ptmh27

Our winning entry and my drawing 'Gentleman' featured in the SAA's Paint Magazine

SAA Paint SASA Win Tamsin Dearing 2015

 

You can find out more about St.Austell Society of Artists on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/staustellsocietyofartists

Drawn in coloured pencil, Bonnie is a truly beautiful Cocker Spaniel, who has a great love of tennis balls, hence being pictured here with one. Her portrait was commissioned as a special birthday gift, as she is a much loved member of the family. Bonnie's portrait was framed by the customer, and is seen here in pride of place on the wall alongside a framed series of the work in progress images I shared. These stages of the portrait's development brought so much joy when received, they are featured to showcase the process and the ever increasing likeness of a most treasured pet's portrait.

"The portrait is every bit as beautiful as I expected, if not more so. Seeing it in all its glory for the first time made me quite emotional.
You have really captured her features so true and now we shall always have her with us come what may."

Jacquie

TD Bonnie Copyright2014

Crowlas and Ludgvan WI gallery Sept 2014Crowlas and Ludgvan WI in West Cornwall kindly invited me to deliver a Learn to Draw workshop with a number of their members. We had a very creative day, with lots of laughs and beautiful home-made cake, and hope to do it all again in the New Year.

You can visit their blog and red all about it plus enjoy photos from the session here: http://crowlas-ludgvanwi.org.uk/2014/09/22/artists-in-the-making-2/