Here you will find the latest news from Tamsin Dearing Fine Art, including exhibitions, events, drawing demonstrations and more.

 

Pastel Painting Demonstration

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

National Competition Win for St.Austell Society of Artists!

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

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Bonnie - Commissioned Portrait

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

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/

St. Austell Society of Artists Autumn 2014

SASA T Dearing 2014

 

St.Austell Society of Artists have their Autumn 2014 show at Lobbs Farm Shop, Lost Gardens of Heligan running from 20th - 26th September

With original artworks from many local artists, plus prints and greetings cards, it is a perfect opprtunity to take home a piece of Cornwall.

I have original pencil and pastel portrits on display and available to purchase, as well as a selection of greetings cards

Learn to Draw Collaborative Exhibition 2014

Our Learn to Draw Collaborative Exhibition 2014 was a resounding success, bringing together 33 local artists and collectively selling artwork to the value of £1279.35!

Feedback from visitors was wholly positive, with countless remarks about how inspiring everyone's artwork ad achievements were.

"A very high standard. Wonderful faces, full of expression" Jan

"What a terrific exhibition and so many talented artists" Raymond

"I am so impressed - a wonderful exhibition. What talent!" Tricia

"It is great to see sucha brilliant collection of original artworks! All of the artists should be very proud of themselves" Kerenza

See all the photos of this beautiful show at www.facebook.com/tamsindearingportraits

T Dearing 2014 Exhibition Photos

T Dearing Dani Stokes exhibition 2014

 

 

The 2014 Learn to Draw exhibition has been so well received, with many sales of originals, prints and cards and great feedback from
all who have visited thus far. Everyone involved is feeling rightly very proud!

The exhibition runs till 4pm on Friday 19th September, so come by and say hi, meet the artists and be inspired!

Fine Art Pencil Portraiture Exhibition

2014 Exhibition Poster T Dearing et alIt is that time of year again, with just a few weeks to go before the opening of the 2014 Fine Art Pencil Portraiture Exhibition at the Countryside Barn, Lobbs Farm Shop,The Lost Gardens of Heligan near Mevagissey in Mid Cornwall.

It runs from Saturday 13th September to Friday 19th September, and will be an inspirational exhibition, showcasing the talent of local artists in this traditional fine art form.

The contributing artists all have attended Learn to Draw classes with myself. Some were artists in other mediums or were returning to drawing, and the majority had little or no artistic experience. So you can imagine it is a rather nerve wracking and very brave move to display their art to the public, and I am immensely proud of every single one of them, not least because I have seen just how hard they have worked to get here.

The exhibition is the third annual show of its kind, and is the biggest yet with over 100 pieces of original art from over 30 artists. By collaborating like this we aim to showcase the incredible achievement of all of the artists involved, to promote pencil portraiture and encourage others to also learn a new skill. Many of those whose work is featured previously believed that they were unable to draw, and even in some cases, un-teachable.

The contributors are largely from St.Austell and surrounding area, with others travelling from as far as Newlyn and Plymouth. For most this will be the first time that they have shown their work publically.

Throughout the exhibition, you can meet the artists and enjoy drawing demonstrations and even have a go at some sketching yourself! There will be original works of art, plus prints and greetings cards in a variety of mediums available to purchase.

Admission to the exhibition is free, as well as to Lobbs Farm Shop and Heligan's tea room, gift shop and plant centre. There is plenty of free parking and access is disabled friendly. Dogs are allowed onsite, though not inside the exhibition itself.

Opening times are: 9.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Saturday
and 10.30am - 4.30pm on Sunday

I will be there throughout, and I and my fellow exhibitors would love to see you there. Please do come along and support us, and help spread the word by sharing this with your friends and family.

 

Sold!

Tamsin Dearing Copyright 2014 Boxer

 

Sold! I was delighted and very flattered to discover that someone likes this drawing enough to take it home, and even more so as he is a sculptor, specialising in dogs, whose work I love. This picture and three others of mine are showing in The Gallery - a pop up show in Bodmin, in the old Threshers shop opposite Wetherspoons. Pop in for a coffee and some culture if you are in the area, it is running till Sat 4th July.

You can see a selection of the work on display, and find out more about the exhibition and the brilliant volunteers of the Friends of St.Petrocs who have worked tirelessly to put the exhibition on as a part of their fundraising, on their website: www.thegallerybodmin.yolasite.com

The Merlin MS Centre

The Merlin MS Centre is a centre of excellence in Cornwall, providing a range of expert care, support and therapies to improve the lives of those with Multiple Sclerosis and other neurological conditions, their families and their carers.

You can visit their website and find out more about the services and support they offer at www.merlinmscentre.org.uk

Each Friday through the summer, Trevor Hawkins and myself are delivering creative activities which are designed to promote well-being, develop creative confidence, and provide the opportunity to try something new. These have been dubbed Funday Fridays at the centre due to all the laughter that is always present, and the enormous amounts of fun we all have. If you or someone you know might benefit from being a part of these sessions, contact the Merlin Centre directly.

Merlin Funday Fridays posterMerlin MS Centre Funday Friday 1Merlin MS Centre Funday Friday 2

St.Austell Society of Artists

SASA Chestnut 3rd place prizes 2014St.Austell Society of Artists are celebrating their 40 year anniversary, and held a evening exhibition event to mark their Ruby year.

The exhibition consisted of 40 pieces of art by 40 members of the art society, and I am delighted to say that my pastel painting, 'Chestnut', did me proud and won 3rd prize in the art competition. A great compliment as the art was all outstanding, so thanks to all for a lovely way to remember a brilliant night.

New members are always welcome to join St.Austell Society of Artists (SASA). We are a friendly group who meet on Monday
evenings in Charlestown, and enjoy regular demonstrations from visiting artists, workshops, talks and outings, plus opportunities
to exhibit together. For more information, contact me or visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/staustellsocietyofartists