Following previous insect drawing and photo sessions at the BRLSI and Natural History Museum, I recently took my son and his friend to Bugfest near Yeovil.  Not only were there staggering varieties of mantis, crickets, tarantulas, stick insects (one with red chinese/fan wings) and snails, but also some live cocoons!  Having been looking for real cocoons to draw for ages, I was in my element, and decided to buy one to study.  It is beautiful.  I’m awaiting the emergence of a Tusseh Indian Silkmoth.  Perhaps, with Spring officially starting tomorrow, it won’t be much longer….  My son also now has an African snail to look after!

The etchings I’m doing with Bronwyn Bradshaw at Dove Studios, Butleigh are going well – I accidentally did a drypoint the other day, but happy with the results! (see below)

Wire Workshop – Bridgwater Arts Centre meets Mind

I had a great day running a wire workshop taster session earlier this week with some lovely people at Bridgwater Arts Centre.  They all seemed to enjoy their day and produced fabulous work.  It will be shown at Bridgwater Arts Centre, along with other work they complete with artists from different disciplines.  The Arts Centre (oldest in the country) is set to have a long-awaited facelift – providing the Council doesn’t cut its grant.

Below are some samples of the wire workshop/pieces:


Winter Sculpture Exhibition, RHS Garden Rosemoor, Great Torrington, Devon EX38 8PH:    until 28 Feb ‘10

BRIEF ART 2010 (in aid of St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice), Hestercombe Gardens, Somerset:   Sat/Sun 13 & 14 Feb  10.30 to 4.30

The Ariel Centre, King EdwardV1 Community College, Ashburton Road, Totnes TQ9 5JX:   17 March – 31 March


Black Swan Arts Open, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset BA11 1BB:  20 March – 1 May

‘Celebration’ at Air Gallery, 6 High Street, Wells, Somerset BA5 2SG:  27 March – 1 May

Showborough House Sculpture Garden, Twyning, Gloucestershire GL20 6DN:   1 April – 6 June

Mythic Garden Sculpture Exhibition, Stone Lane Gardens, Stone Farm, Chagford, Devon TQ13 8JU:  9 May – 3 Oct

Bruton Festival of Arts – Art Trail, High Street, Bruton:  17 – 29 May

‘Nature’ at Octagon Theatre, Petter’s Way, Yeovil, Somerset BA20 1UX:  20 May – 3 July

Yew Tree Gallery, Keigwin Farmhouse, Keigwin, Morvah, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7TS:  6 June – mid Aug

Headford Open Gardens (National Garden Scheme), Headford Farm, Merridge, Bridgwater TA5 1BA: 17 -20 June (see link)

Manor House Garden Sculpture Show, Hinton St. Mary Open Gardens, Dorset:  12/13 June

Glastonbury Festival (greenfields) –  sculpture on show + wire workshops:  23 – 27 June

Woodland Garden Sculpture Trail, Backwell Hill Cottage, Backwell, North Somerset BS48 3DA:  2,3,4 July

Devon Sculpture T.R.A.I.L, Shaldon Teignmouth and Dawlish coast:  18 July – 5 Sept

‘Joy Ride’, Hybrid Gallery, 51 High Street, Honiton EX14 1PW:  24 July-21 August

The Binham Grange Contemporary Summer Art Show ’10, Binham Grange, Old Cleeve, Nr Minehead, Somerset TA24 4HX:  14 – 30 August

Somerset Art Weeks Open Studios ’10:  18 Sept – 3 Oct

Further details to follow…