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

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Silk Scarf Painting Taster Affordable Art Fair

I am tutoring a silk scarf painting taster class, inspired by the rich and intense colours of Georgia O'Keefe's work  It is sponsored by fashion house Gudrun Sjoden,  at the Affordable Art Fair, Battersea London UK On Fri 14th March
 It is is preceded by a talk about women in art, then drinks and nibbles then the taster workshop.
There is no charge for the workshop and you get to take the scarf home with you.
It is suitable for complete beginners.
You can book online and for the first ten to book there's  a Gurun Sjoden goody bag.
More details here

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Painting at Reids Palace Madeira

A year ago I visited the gardens at Reid's Palace and made a drawing from the seat above.
I then pencilled some of the drawing onto a thick watercolour paper and laid down some under washes. Then it was time to go back to the UK. I took some photos as well and thought I would finish it later. That didn't happen so back in Madeira a year later I visited the garden again to do some more work on the painting. I went on two different mornings, both gloriously sunny and watched the dappled light and shadows change. I chose a moment to paint the shadows from the branches and foliage  when they were cast on the steps
There are tables on the balconies waiting for visitors for the famous afternoon tea.
I enjoyed afternoon tea there some years ago.

Above left the under washes               above right ( a year later!)   the next stages


 Not really quite finished.......... what I may do is start another, simplify it a bit and retain some of my observations.