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LIFE is for {CONTENTS}
LIVING, let’s
all ENJOY 04
LETTER of
the MONTH
JULY!
FRIENDS of

I
am standing in for Symi this month as Editor 05
the MONTH
of the Newsletter. Don’t tell her this but I
never realised how much work is involved.
MASTER of
I have enjoyed working with Chris (our designer) 06
the MONTH
in calibrating this issue for you and thank you to
all who contributed.
BRUSH Reviews,
At the time of writing Symi is enjoying 08
TIPS & ADVICE
representing our family business in the USA. She
will have enjoyed the Publishers Invitational in
GUEST of
the Adirondacks, hosted by our dear friend Eric 10
the MONTH
Rhoads. She has even had a go at painting and dare
I report she is ‘hooked’ to Plein Air, who wouldn’t
be inspired surrounded by such wonderful artists. Persevere, Persevere,
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PERSEVERE!
And then it’s on to a workshop at June Lake, CA
tutored by one of her favourites, Jeremy Lipking; ONES to WATCH
no doubt she’s enjoying life. Having been apart for 13
on SOCIAL Media
over two weeks, I’m looking forward to her return.

July 4th - American Independence day, wishing all MASTER from


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our friends ‘across the pond’ a happy celebration. the PAST
For us here in England it’s the Royal Garden Party,
invitation only! Oh well I can dream...and of STAY CALM and
course Wimbledon (don’t say that word or the 15
PAINT ON
rain will come).

Life is for living, let’s all enjoy July!


Cover image courtesy of Ken Howard.
www.kenhoward.co.uk

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LETTER of the MONTH
We LOVE to HEAR from YOU
Dear Symi,
One question I’d like to ask is relevant to the Factory. Traditional brush
making has always fascinated me, amd I’d love to see it for real. We’ve
now moved up to South Yorkshire and as often as possible having days/
weekends out enjoying the beauty of Yorkshire. When we’re in your neck of
the woods, would it be too cheeky to ask if I could ring you prior to, and
come and meet you all? It’s such a pleasure dealing with you guys, as well as
your amazing product. I’d love to see you all and the brush making (even
briefly). I must also apologise for continually addressing everything to your
Mum and not you, I’m afraid it’s force of habit, please excuse me.

Enough rambling, I must let you get on with earning a crust! Hopefully I’ll
get to meet you soon, I know I’ll certainly be in touch again! Take care.

Very best regards,

Jeff Langley

‘‘We can’t wait to open the doors to all of our friends and customers as
soon as the new premises are ready. We are working towards
the beginning of next year!’’

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{FRIENDS of the MONTH}
We TALK to TWO RIVERS

W
e’ve been friends with The wheel itself is a 10 ft overshot
the team at Two Rivers wheel weighing two and a half tons
for years and years now. and standing eleven foot high. In
Two Rivers was formed in 1976 and is combination with the rag breaker, Two
located at Pitt Mill in Somerset, UK Rivers will be the only place in the UK
since 1990. where water power is used to make paper
from old rags. Showing a continuing
It’s one of a handful of commercial commitment to manufacturing using
handmills still operating in Europe. The environmentally appropriate methods, a
owner/manager is Jim Patterson, a fourth full array of solar panels were fitted to the
generation paper maker who has spent his mill roof in 2011.
entire working life in the paper industry, in
larger mills both in England and abroad, Electrical heating is used to gently dry
including Wansborough Paper Company in their paper in the mill loft and over the
Watchet. The mill is over 400 years old and year the panels will cancel that cost. The
still retains much of the ancient wooden mill is usually open for visitors during
milling machinery. It’s been restored normal working hours.
over the last 15 years to a working water-
powered traditional paper mill, using a 100
year old metal wheel from Wales and an Please visit their website at:
1841 Hollander Rag-Breaker. www.tworiverspaper.co

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{MASTER of the MONTH}
INTERVIEW with KEN HOWARD

Ken Howard OBE, RA is a professional painter who exhibits with


Richard Green at 147 New Bond Street. His next show is January
2016 London, Venice and the rest of the world.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST START WHAT PIECE OF ADVICE COULD
TO PAINT? YOU GIVE TO A YOUNG ARTIST?
When I was about five, it was the only Just keep doing it! It’s all about practice.
thing I could or wanted to do, so I didn’t Also, patience, it won’t happen tomorrow.
have any choice! I started exhibiting in the Academy when
I was 18 and they elected me when I was
WHO ARE YOUR INSPIRATIONS? 50, which is a long time.
Goya and Velasquez, both Spanish
painters and eventually they led on to WHY DO YOU PREFER PLEIN AIR
French Impressionists. TO STUDIO WORK?
I prefer Plein Air because I am inspired
HOW DO YOU GET INSPIRED? by what is front of me, not what is in my
I paint in front of the subject all of the head. I follow Turner’s advice,
time. The subject is very important to me. ‘‘Paint what you see is there, not what you
Painting is about form and content. know is there’’.

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‘‘The BRUSH is a VERY IMPORTANT TOOL
BECAUSE its an EXTENSION of the ARM.’’

TELL ME ABOUT YOUR OBE? ‘Painting is about Revelation, (a way of


It’s called Service to the Arts. I think it’s seeing) Celebration (you can celebrate
very much because I do quite a lot of work in paint anything) and Communication
with charities such as Marie Curie. (painting should speak to you as it is).
You shouldn’t have to explain a painting,
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE it should communicate for itself.’
BRUSHES?
I find Rosemary’s brushes fantastic. Images courtesy of Ken Howard
The brush is a very important tool See more of Ken’s work at:
because its an extension of the arm. www.kenhoward.co.uk
Rosemary’s brushes are a real pleasure
to work with. I use the filberts because I For more information about Ken please
find flats tend to make a certain form, a contact Richard Green:
mark and so do rounds, whereas filberts UK: 0207 4933939
are more anonymous. Int’l: +44 207 4933939

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{Let’s GET UP and GO}
REVERSIBLE Pocket BRUSHES

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welcome addition to the watercolourists’
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field trips yet also popular in the studio as
an everyday brush!

The lightweight slimline case enables the artist to ‘feel’ the


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the head to be reversed ‘inside’ the case for safe storage.

A hole has been pierced at the end of the case for


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T
hough typically used for watercolour, these
brushes are ideal for sketch work en Plein Air.
Thus, a tool useful for artists in all mediums
for their initial ideas and compositions.

Originally designed for travel when only a handbook


available to sketch on the go, these little wonders will
become a favourite. We have designed with weight in
mind too and you will be surprised how light they are.

Visit our site for more details and search for “Reversibles”.

Images courtesy of Liz Steel.


See more of her work at:
www.lizsteel.com

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{GUEST of the MONTH}
CATHEDRALS to PORTRAITURE
By Tim Rose

Tim Rose is a British watercolour artist, specialising in the


portrayal of buildings, gardens and cityscapes. He works mostly
in watercolour and travels throughout Europe and the USA.

I
have been painting in I enjoy drawing for its own sake
watercolour most of my life and and sometimes work out complex
my subject matter ranges from compositions through an initial detailed
Cathedral interiors to portraiture. sketch if the subject requires it, but
then try to paint in one sitting. I find
I try to paint direct from my subject as with watercolour a bold and energetic
far as possible finding that ones own start will carry me well into a painting
responses change as the subject opens in a short space of time allowing me to
up to you and as lighting changes determine warm/cool values and lights
during a painting session. Sometimes and shades, bringing in details at
my first impression is the one I try to the end.
hold, but often I just work and wait
until a shaft of light appears or an The brush I cannot do without is the
unusual shadow or a reflection makes Rosemary & Co Kolinsky Sable Series 33,
itself apparent. size 12, used in all my works.

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T
im Rose works from life demonstrator and runs specialist courses in
whenever possible in order to watercolour painting throughout the year.
capture the natural atmosphere Please visit his site for more information.
and illumination of his subject, often
sketching and painting in crowded places. See more of Tim’s work at:
He is also an experienced teacher and www.timrose.co.uk

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PERSEVERE, PERSEVERE, PERSEVERE!
By Todd Lachance

B
efore I was a professional artist, In art, whether it is sticking to a career
I was an elite athlete in the sport plan or stepping back and looking at
of long track speed skating. your painting, the hardest thing to do
is getting up after you’ve been knocked
My greatest obstacle (other than finding down, dusting yourself off and moving
pants to fit my legs and rear end) was along. Learning from perceived failures
overcoming the struggle mentally, can be so valuable.
technically and physically to get better
over the long term. As an athlete, It’s also important to know when to ditch
you spend countless hours training that sketch across the lake and start over!
and preparing for one or two big Persevere, persevere, persevere!
competitions. Sometimes things don’t
quite come together on the big day. That See more of Todd’s work at:
doesn’t necessarily mean that you should www.toddlachance.ca
quit. The ability to see the big picture for or follow on him Facebook:
what it is, is paramount. Todd Lachance Artist

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{ARTISTS around the WORLD}
ONES to WATCH on SOCIAL MEDIA

PETER BARKER JEAN HAINES ANDREW SALGADO

P eter is a leading
professional British
painter of landscapes
I nternationally
reknowned British
artist, Haines is
A ndrew is one of the
eminent emerging
painters in both the UK
and wildlife. He mostly recognised for her and North America.
uses oils, but he paints in expressive and iconic He has been listed by
pastel, watercolour and brush strokes. Jean is Saatchi as “one to invest
acrylic also. certainly one to watch. in today”.

Peter Barker ARSMA @JeanHaines andrewsalgado_artist

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{MASTER from the PAST}
HENRY H.LA THANGUE 1859 - 1929
By Rosemary Thompson

Fig. 1

B
orn in Croydon, commitment to painting English should be a large
Surrey, he before nature. It was in national exhibition in
first studied at France he adopted the competition with the
Lambeth School of Art ‘square brush’ technique Royal Academy.
and The Royal Academy. used in Figure. 1 to striking
effect. It allowed him to I love how he paints
As a gold medallist, being cover the canvas quickly country folk going
personally recommended and to capture fleeting about their chores, he
by Sir Frederic Leighton, light effects. He painted captured change as it was
he entered Gerome’s this work in Norfolk and happening. One minute
prestigious atelier at characteristically placed a horse driven plough
the Ecole Des Beaux the figures against a high vanishes to be replaced
Arts in Paris. Whilst in horizon, flattening the by the motorised tractor.
Paris he was particularly picture space. Upon his Perhaps without realising
inspired by French artists return to England he it he documented on
Gustave Courbet & became a founder member canvas a world we would
Jules Bastien-Lepage, of The New English Art never see again, or did
encouraging him to paint Club. Being something he know?
realist rural pictures. of a radical, he did cause
He was also influenced division in the ranks Images courtesy of:
by the Impressionists’ by proposing the New www.bbc.co.uk/arts

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STAY CALM and PAINT ON
By Gina Strumpf

A
s an artist and a workshop Now, teaching on the open sea holds it’s
instructor, I always encourage my challenges, a floating class room is fine on
students to use the best material calm sunny days. But mother nature can be
they possibly can afford. Invest in the best, unpredictable, with up to 30 students rocking
then paint, paint, paint!  n’ rolling and being pitched in 40 foot seas, as
their faces are turning a nice shade of green.
Several years back I was invited to be the Class does go on! You call up the galley for pots
Resident Artist onboard CUNARD’s Queen of ginger tea and crystallized ginger bites to
Mary 2 with a Trans-Atlantic ocean voyage, as be delivered. With brush in hand, you just go
an onboard tutor for watercolour instruction. with the flow. 
The ship provides introductory watercolour
kits of paints, paper and a few brushes that My travels around the globe on board
can be purchased for class. After a day or two the most majestic Ocean-Liners that sail
of instruction, seeing the frustration of not the sea, introducing students to the art of
having a quality brush, I sought to remedy that watercolour, continues to be a ‘fabulous trip’.
by offering Rosemary brushes next time I set Teaching ages from 9 - 90, multicultural
sail. With the help of Rosemary and Symi, on bonding, with the joy of creative expression
my next voyage I had a selection of the finest the universal language is the ultimate
watercolour brushes (Pure Kolinsky Sables, adventure logging thousands of nautical
Pure Red Sables and Red Sable Blends and my miles and thousands of smiles, with many
personal favourite, the Roger Jones Brush) to happy students leaving the gangplank
offer to my students. Now we all know the brush waving their Rosemary brushes in the air!
doesn’t make the painting, but the difference
between a “hobby brush” and a quality brush “Stay calm and Paint on”
will take you and your confidence to soaring
levels. It’s a pure joy to witness the excitement in Visit Gina’s site at:
discovery of new converts to Rosemary brushes!  www.ginastrumpfstudio.com 

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