Ten of us attended the course with the much admired Wiltshire based landscape artist Nick Andrew who came from his studio in Crockerton, Warminster for our day at the Hadspen Village Hall.
While advertised as a day for exploring drawing he had asked us to bring a range of media and in the course of the day we were encouraged to use pencil, watercolour and charcoal. The aim was not to produce finished works, but for all of us to explore our approach to drawing in new and experimental ways while focusing particularly on the “abstract qualities, fleeting patterns, multi-layering and reflectivity” to be found not only in landscape, where his work shows his particular attention and skill in dealing with grasses, reeds and foliage, but also in such subjects as pieces of flint, leaves, berries and fruit.
By showing us a selection of his own works and encouraging us to wander around and see what each other was doing while coming to each of us individually he engendered an enthusiastic and friendly atmosphere and I think we all really appreciated what he had set out to do for us. It was a really good day.
Visit www.nickandrew.co.uk for images and information about Nicks work and the Open Studios he runs at Bull Mill, Bull Lane, Crockerton, Warminster Wilts BA12 8AY