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Some of you may have seen on Twitter that Charlie has had some skin surgery around his left eye. He is recovering well and the dressings have come off. Charlie is (almost) restored to full beauty, just one little patch to heal. 

So we were off to  Patchings Art Festival in Calverton near Nottingham last week.

Here is the link to their website Patchings

If you haven’t been before, it’s well worth a visit. There were demonstrations by many artists and craft people as well as “have a go” opportunities and sales of art and craft materials.

The weather was fabulous, the crowds were huge and a good time was had by all. We were too busy to take many photos.

Charlie was painting in his tent. It was very hot in there with standing room only for 4 demos a day, on all 4 days! He was using the full range of Daler Rowney materials: watercolour, gouache, inks, acrylics and water-soluble oils. 

This was the calm before the sorm as we set up on the Wednesday.

And then in full demonstration mode.

In another corner of the Daler Rowney tent, there was a stand demonstrating acrylic ink pouring. If you are interested in Acrylic Pouring, see the post here. Not Charlie’s cup of tea but a lot of people came to have a look.

There are some demo pictures for sale in the shop. Click here to be taken directly to the pictures site or go to New Pictures for some more paintings.

There is a new painting on the Members Area – Whitstable Harbour.

Search Press have returned the pictures to us that were used in Charlie’s new book “Ready to paint in 30 minutes: Boats and Harbours in Watercolour”, due to be released imminently.

The paintings are all postcard size and are priced at £15 inc. postage. They can be found on the post “Postcard Pics” or click here. Your chance to own an original painting!


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