Tessa Spanton SWA Artist, tutor, writer


Welcome to my blog.
This is where I write about some of the things that inspire my work,
news of exhibitions and works in progress

Monday, 18 April 2011

Strelitzia on Silk

It's warm enough to work in the garden. I made a drawing from a photograph taken in January in Madeira. There were lots of these flowers growing outside and I was interested in the way the light was coming through the petals and the patterns made by the light and shade. The silk was stretched on a frame. I have drawn on the silk with a pencil and outlined the flower with gold. I used a clear resist for the leaves.

This is the finished painting having worked on it over several days last week.

Strelitzia regina

Friday, 15 April 2011

The Spring Exhibition of Arts at Tadworth Childrens' Trust

'Lauren Picking Lavender' watercolour

I have 10 paintings in this exhibition over the week end. Five framed and 5 unframed. The image above is one of them.

The Spring Exhibition of Arts 2011 15th April 2011 - 17th April 2011

For the 25th year, Tadworth Court will house a temporary exhibition and sale showcasing artists from across the South East from 15th - 17th April 2011. The event, organised by the Friends of The Children's Trust will raise money for children at The Children's Trust.

Admission is FREE and visitors can buy the exhibits.

The three-day Exhibition is open from 6pm - 9pm on Friday 15th, from 10am - 5pm on Saturday 16th, and from 10am - 3pm on Sunday 17th April 2010. The Exhibition will be officially opened by renowned photographer Nobby Clark at 7pm on Friday 15th.

at Tadworth Court, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 5RU

To celebrate this special anniversary year, there will also be a display of artwork from local primary schools and from learners with profound and multiple learning difficulties who attend the School for Profound Education. Another new feature will allow visitors to show their artistic flair by copying a pen drawing from a local artist square by square.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Spring Trees

My magnolia is shedding petals. There are still some flowers to come.
At Nonsuch Park the cherries are in full blossom. A copper beech is just coming into leaf. I like it best at this stage while the leaves are a soft colour like a pink seaweed.

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Silk Necklace

I made this silk necklace as a birthday present for a friend.