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Audlem Mill and The Guild of Waterway Artists

New paintings will have to wait!

I felt that a catch up was needed, as lots of things are going on here both on The Art Boat and in The Art Boat Studio.  This is the time of year when I put my head down and work on commissions and new work.  Travelling has slowed right down, and studio time is my priority.  The one thing I had planned to do was have a Christmas open studio in my new space in  Marple. But I’ve decided that an open studio without many paintings probably wouldn’t work!  Most of my work is either in Audlem Mill in a joint exhibition with Christine Rigden, or still down in London on Barge Fiodra, waiting for me to pick it up! The large canvasses and big new brushes are clamouring for attention, but commissions need to be finished first.  The exciting new paintings will have to wait.

Visit Audlem Mill

You can see my most recent work at Audlem Mill in an exhibition alongside Christine Rigden.  The Guild of Waterway Artists, of which I am a member has a history, of showing at Audlem Mill.   In the last year, the mill has hosted changing exhibitions showcasing two members of the guild each month.  I have work there for the rest of this month through to December, and again in May next year.

The canalside mill, situated as the name suggests in Audlem on the Shropshire canal, originally produced animal feed. It was restored in the 1970’s and  is now run as a gift shop by Peter and Chris Silvester.  More than just a gift shop it has a wealth of craft supplies and a gallery area displaying canal and waterways art.  It’s definitely worth a day out.  I can thoroughly recommend a leisurely wander beside the canal, a visit to the mill and finish off with lunch in the canalside pub!

Who are The Guild of Waterway Artists?

“The Guild is a group of like-minded artists, who have joined together to promote art about the waterways by exhibiting together and to offer each other mutual support and encouragement in their pursuit of excellence”.  I love being part of this lovely supportive group of fellow Artists .  I’ve been a member  (and am now membership secretary) of  the guild for quite a few years now and have exhibited with them in various galleries and canalside events during that time.  A new exciting exhibition will be taking place in Stoke Bruerne Museum next April.  Watch out for more details soon!  

Looking forwards…

I’ll still be travelling and trading as TheArtBoat next year, but plan to do a lot less miles in order to  create more painting time.  I’m looking out for new exhibition ideas for 2020 and beyond so if you have any exciting and unusual suggestions for spaces in which my canal paintings would work,  or that would even be suitable for Guild of Waterway Artists exhibitions,  please do contact me. All suggestions welcome, the more unusual the better!

Early Bird Price!

Booking for my 10 week “Amazing Acrylics” course is now open.  If you book before 15th December there’s a special Early Bird Price of 20% off the regular cost of the course.  A maximum of 5 students in each session.  Choose from a Wednesday morning or evening session. Ideal for those wanting to work in a small friendly group. The group size makes sure there will be plenty of support for all participants.

More information about booking a course here.

Want to know more about the guild of Waterway Artists?  Click here

Details on where to find Audlem mill here


I hope I haven’t overwhelmed you with too much information.  I’ll keep the next one short…promise!

Until next time… Jan x

I Love Teaching…who’d have guessed?

After quite a gap (not going to say how many years!) I’ve rediscovered my passion for teaching.  I must admit I originally decided to start running workshops for quite practical reasons.  I needed to find a way of making my studio space financially viable.  I have a studio space ideal for small workshops, and it seem a shame not to use it.  What I didn’t foresee was how much I would really enjoy the teaching process.  Sharing with students the knowledge I have built up over the years is incredibly rewarding, and I think I will gain as much as my students from the workshops.  Seeing the excitement in student’s faces as they discover the magic of Acrylic paints is priceless.

The Joy of Teaching remembered

Many years ago when I lived in Chester I used to teach Leisure Art  classes through West Cheshire College.  When I moved, somehow the teaching got lost and over the years it’s been remembered as something that someone did in another life.  Doing my first workshop brought it all back.  I really had forgotten the joy of teaching. The difference between now and then though is the size of the classes.  Keeping my workshops to a maximum of five students means I can give everyone the attention they need.

Like Coming Home.

I have painted in Acrylics for more than 20 years, and I’m still just as in love with the medium as I was in those early days when I first found it.  For me it was like coming home…  I knew from the very first tentative paintings that this was my way forward.  It seems only natural, now I have actually started teaching again, that passing on this knowledge and enthusiasm for such a versatile paint is part of my future.   I would love to help make Acrylic painting part of your future too…

If you  or someone you know would love to learn to paint in Acrylics,  my workshops are ideal.  You can ask for or give them as a Christmas gift…

You can book the Saturday full day Introduction to Creative Acrylics workshops here  (Nov 16th has only 2 places left)

I have more workshops coming up in 2020, including a 10 week course on Acrylic painting, starting on Wednesday 8th January.  I am incredibly excited about this new workshop, it’s packed with exciting painting excercises, and moves between exploration and step by step painting. The main focus for “Amazing Acrylics”,  as in my other workshops,  will be on discovery through doing.  Groups are small and limited to a maximum of five.  The Workshop consists of a weekly 3 hour workshop.  You can choose between a morning or evening session.    There will be an earlybird rate for those that book early.  Contact me for more details