Unlike the Jesuits, we don’t need someone “before the age of seven in order to make them ours for life”.
No, as seasoned instructors of glass painting, five days at pretty much any point in someone’s adult life – provided they are fit and mentally well-balanced – will give us enough time not just to eliminate bad habits but also to convey the foundations of tracing, shading, highlighting, working with oil, and silver staining.
But make no mistake – it will be a tiring week. Not right for everyone by any means, because we focus ruthlessly on techniques, not self-expression.
Also, because the studio is so busy, this is indeed a rare event: a five-day intensive course like the one that’s happening all this week.
On the other hand just think what these people who have travelled 1000s of miles to spend five days working with us in the studio – just think what they will be confident to do when next Friday comes …
Watch this. You’ll need your volume on as well …
Watch things closely here this coming week because David and I will be sure to post some useful new tips and techniques for you to use, even if you aren’t right here with us in Stanton Lacy.
Live from the studio.
Tips and techniques for you all week
Remember, you’ll get exclusive tips and techniques right here this coming week. Including …
- The ordinary kitchen object which can really improve how you load your tracing brush and how you manage your palette …
- The very simple step you must take to guarantee you mix perfect tracing paint …
- The best brand of paint for copy-tracing …
- And how to blend oil shadows or silver stain with a round-headed blender – hint: it’s not a wrist action …
Saturday mid-afternoon I met Anne and Mary at the local train station and made sure they got to their hotel. Then, because I had an hour to pass, I went for tea in Ludlow’s only 1950s tea-room (everything else is 19th century or even earlier … including some of the cakes). I sat down at my table and dug out my book and started reading. In was only when – by some strange coincidence – Anne and Mary also found their way to this selfsame tea-room and sat down next to me with a cheery greeting … it was only then saw on my table a well-thumbed copy of – wait for it – “1000 Sexy Pin-Ups”. Not mine, honest – just part of the decor. Great!
Later on, Charlotte (my wife) arrived in the family car, when Hassan rang to say he too had just got off the train: could we show him how to get to the studio so he would know how to cycle there on Monday? Of course! So we took him there along the back road with lovely green meadows and rolling hills on either side. Then a quick tour around the studio. Time to say goodbye, so I locked up and Hassan and I wandered down to the river.
I wondered aloud where Charlotte was and … Hassan politely told me I’d locked her in.
So not only do I have a liking for 1950s pin-ups, I also incarcerate my 1960s wife … It’s nice to know how, whatever else, I have already made a lasting impression on three out of five of this week’s visitors!
What next, I wonder?
If you’ve any ideas – or any topics you yourself would be interested to hear about – please let me know below.