Workshops are available to book:

Art workshops with Janet are available in sessions of 2hrs, 4hrs or 7hrs and cost between £20 – £55 per person.

Life drawing workshops are also available. They are £55 per person for a 2 hour session. This includes all materials and the model.

Group art sessions are also available – please contact me for price.

Group painting in my garden
On a recent painting workshop (not my house)

I run an art club on Wednesday evenings at our local heritage centre and since the pandemic we’ve had to change from a life drawing group at the centre to an online class, finding different subjects to study.

For further details, and to book on please visit The Canalside Heritage Centre.

Life Drawing Practice

Below are many of my life drawings since diagnosis 12th September 2018.

The early (bottom of the page) sketches were produced whilst I was taking 6mg of Ropinirol XL.

This has gradually increased. Since May 2020 I’ve been on 12 mg of Ropinirol, and since October 2021 I’m also on Madopar 3 times a day.

My technique has evolved to accommodate my lack of ability to sketch, cross hatch and create fine detail. I now paint as much as possible, and colour has become more important to me. I have developed a looser style that I prefer to my pre-diagnosis life drawing. However, I get very frustrated when my drawings lack detail and sometimes the coarseness.

Life drawing
September 2022,. 2 hours session.
This is a painting I was asked to do. The model has had a mastectomy and reconstruction surgery. The process of modelling was part of her strategy to recover mentally as well as physically.
Jane in Window
Jane in window, 4-hour acrylic on canvas painting, June 2022
Julie and Reflection
Julie and Reflection, 4-hour acrylic on canvas painting, May 2022
Acceptance, Adaptation and Ambition Triptych
Acceptance, Adaptation and Ambition Triptych, 4-hour acrylic studies on canvas boards. April 2022
Jane Contemplating
Jane Contemplating, 2-hour acrylic on paper, April 2022
Jane Relaxing
Jane Relaxing, 2-hour pastel on paper study. May 2022
Jane, 2 hours, 11/11/21

Julie – 2 hours, November 4th 21
Julie, 2 hours, October 2021

Moon, 2 hours, October 2021

Jane, July 14th, 2021

Sandie, 2 hours 16/09/20
Moon, 2 hours, 02/09/20
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Gordy, 2 hours, pastel and pen, 26/02/19
Laura
Laura, 2 hour pose, 19/02/20
Sandi 29th Jan 2020
Sandi, 4 hours, 02/02/20
Fleur 29:1:20
Fleur, 2 hours, 29/01/20
Paul 22:01:20
Paul, 2 hours, 22/01/20.
15:01:20 Julie
Julie, 2 hours, 15/01/20
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Jane, 08/01/2020. 2 hour session
Jane 05:12:19
Jane, 05/12/19, 4 hour session
Sandie 28:11:19
Sandie, 27/11/19, 1.5 hour pose
Simon Portrait
Portrait of Simon. Acrylic on board, 13/11/19
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“Simon” 15/11/19. Painted on holiday in Norfolk.
Sandi 30th Oct 19
Sandie 30/11/19. 1.5 hour pose/
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Amy 20/10/19. 4 hour pose.
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09/10/19, Paul, 1.5 hour pose.  A challenging pose that I nearly a gave up on half way through. I stuck with it and built up the colour. Reasonably happy with the end result.
Jo 25:9:19
Jo, 50 minute pose. 29/09/19. Had an ‘off day’ and really struggled with detail and the depth.
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Julie, 18/09/19, 50 minute pose
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Jane, 50 min pose, 04/09/19
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Jane, 25/08/19, 4 hour session with Liam and Viv. Acrylic on canvas.
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21/09/19, Fleur, 50 minute painting.
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14/08/19, Sandie, Acrylic on board. 55mins
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Michael 8/8/19
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Sandi, 12/07/19. 4 hour session in the studio. Acrylic on canvas.
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10/07/19. 1.5 hour pose. Coloured charcoals
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19/06/19, Chris. 40 min pose. Experimenting with oil pastels and turps to blend. Mixed results: lacking in detail, and the proportions are out. I need to practice and refine the technique (or scrap). What I do like is my new found confidence using colour, and there’s an attitude that was previously missing.
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Jane, 45 min pose. 12/06/19
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Jane, 55 min pose. 12/06/19

Gordy 22nd May 2019. Bolder and bolder, with less detail, but more confidence.

Chris 30min and 50min poses, 15th May 2019.

I loved this week’s life drawing. I’m drawing with a new found freedom and confidence. I’m much less tight and precise, and I like the process and the results. I’m getting more depth of colour and the lights and darks are more pronounced. I’m really happy with the direction I’m going, but just feel I’m up against the clock – how long will I be able to draw the way I am doing? When will I need to start adapting?

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Jane. Four hour painting session on 5th May 2019.
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Jane, 17/04/19. 40min pose. A bit too loose, but enjoyable.

Paul, 10th April 2019

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27/03/19, Sandi. Loved tonight’s poses and bolder approach.
Julie Painting

24/03/19. This was an extended 4 hour session at CHC. Julie was the model, and I had a great time with broad brush strokes and bold acrylics. I’m pleased with the care-free nature of my painting here.

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15th March 2019. A wonderful 4 hours painting Jane in my studio with Liam. I started really strong and then over-worked it. A great way to spend 4 hours and I’m pleased, not frustrated with the outcome.

13th March 2019. Always love drawing Julie. I enjoyed this session, and felt no hindrance from Mr P.  Just felt I lost my way with the drawing – caught somewhere between trying to be accurate and enjoying the flowing nature of the drawing. I think I over worked it.

Really enjoyed this session. Two challenging poses, particularly the standing pose with lots of length and few angles. Drawing, hatching and shading felt fine.

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27/02/19, Paul. I got really emerced in this evening’s drawing. Played with textured paper and pastels. My drawing felt fine – not exactly reflecting my mood at the moment.

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Jane 20th Feb 2019. 40min pose.

20/02/19. Jane. Great attitude in this pose. I felt on form and enjoyed the process and result.

13/02/19. Jo. Struggled a bit today with detail and shading. Fear I’m in need of a medication review.

06/02/19. Paul. So much happier with this week’s drawings. I’ve got more depth, and feeling of mass and balance. Cross-hatching was better.

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Julie, 16/01/19
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Fleur. 09/01/19. Really enjoyed this session. My movement was there  and enabled me to shade and hatch as I like.
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Fleur. 09/01/19. So pleased with this result after 3 weeks off for Christmas. Detail and cross hatching was possible.
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Jane, 05,12,18
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Jane, 05.12.18
Lifedrawing painting Janet
Painted from a photo of me. Now on 10mg of Raponer XL
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Paul, 28th Nov 18
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Mike, 21st Nov 18
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Anne, 14th Nov 18
7th Nov LD
Sandi, 7th Nov 2018.

Below are a selection of images from early 2017 through the summer, my tests and diagnosis period. The drawings were big, bold, but I seemed to struggle with subtlety, and quality of line. Cross hatching was proving impossible.

A selection of sketches from before the end of 2017, before I started to notice a difference to my hand writing (micrographica):

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LD6.