Tuesday 12th December 2017
On Sunday I took my first CDS workshop in ‘Portraits in Charcoal from Photographs’ in Grantchester. It was in the balance as this was the morning that the snow fell in buckets, but most people made it and really it added to the occasion. Though i have never been taught any of this stuff (they didn't teach 'technique' at art college!) over the past few years I have picked up quite a few things I think worth passing on for anyone who enjoys working in charcoal. What I like is that charcoal is so basic but is really adaptable with lots and lots of ways of adding to your tool kit and mark-making methods. I've got a variety of items that I've adapted to the job, but none so far that can beat the cat's toothbrush that someone brought in for creating texture. Always ready to learn!
I thought it was very kind of me to get my wife to make an apple cake for the occasion, which went down really well, and as the snow continued nearly all day outside all we needed was Robson Green and the naughty handsome vicar from ITV's 'Grantchester' to pop in on a break from their Christmas Special for a slice or a mince pie. Sadly they couldn't make it - their loss!