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This newsletter begins with a MASSIVE APOLOGY. I have had problems with my email for some time now and it appears that many messages went astray and did not reach my mail box. The one thing that I have NOT been doing is looking in at my server and checking emails are not stuck there in the spam folder and low and behold going back two years I find hundreds of missed emails.
I feel devastated about this and can only apologise to those of you who wrote and did not get a reply. I noticed several were asking for advice, many were sending images, others for a request for a word document and so on. As all these messages were missed, it will therefore seem to you, that I ignored them. I am so sorry as this really was not the case and I do send my HUMBLE apologies. I do reply to all emails so if you do not get a reply, maybe a quick phone call might work. If anyone paid for a course and did not receive it PLEASE GET IN TOUCH or if you were wanting some advice also GET IN TOUCH. I am so very sorry for any upset or inconvenience caused.

Moving forward I said I would return with images from Sarah Burgess and myself with our on-line courses. I also want to share some of the work from my on-going art groups as places are now available on these two courses.

On-line Course ~ 'Chasing Sahdows'

Sarah was due to teach this course face to face at Moor Hall, but with covid this was cancelled. As with so many of the tutors that teach at Moor Hall Studio, Sarah accepted the challenge to adapt the course as an on-line course and this was her second teaching of 'Chasing Shadows'. The results were amazing.
On-line Course ~ 'Watch this Space'

My adapted face to face course to an on-line course, 'Watch this Space' eventually happened over a 4 week period plus an introductory session. Students were investigating how some artists leave 'space' in their compositions. We looked at the work of Mark Rothko, William Scott, Craigie Aitchison and Richard Diebenkorn as well as contemporary textile artists such as Claire Benn and Dorothy Caldwell for inspiration and ideas.

This first set of work of design ideas is inspired by Mark Rothko.

The work produced for this exercise and further exercises were carried out on sugar paper, with torn edges and pastels added. All these ideas are possibilities of taking through to cloth and stitch, as in the piece opposite.

The following ideas are based around William Scott using drawings from students personal artefacts and this time employing gesso.
The following are some ideas inspired by Richard Diebenkorn who uses space in his work in a very abstract way.
This final student responded to the work of Claire Benn and incorporated one of her 'figures' in the work, a signature of her on-going practise.
Moor Art 1 and Moor Art 2

Moor Art 1 and Moor Art 2 are my two on-going art groups which have been running for over 10 years now. We tackle a wide variety of subject matter and use different drawing media and styles. Sometimes we will focus on a master artist and other times on process and technique. Students are taught how to critique one another's work in a very non-threatening environment, offering encouragement and support. The studio is full of artefacts from which to draw inspiration.


This is a small selection of the work covered this year in the studio.
Inspired by Craigie Aitchison
Charcoal Studies
Abstract Landscapes
Work carried out with acrylic paint and a roller
Village Christmas 2021
All is quiet in the village
At this late hour.
Nothing stirs
Except for the odd car
That passes and then
Fades into the distance
And the night settles.
All is still.
The houses are strung
With festive lights
Shining triumphantly
Against the darkness.
The moon itself
Hangs like a decoration
In full splendour
On this special night.
Behind closed curtains
Children sleep
Their empty stockings
In waiting.
From the kitchen
Seductive promise of baking
And a choir sings softly.
It is Christmas Eve.

Ken Bevan