NEWS

Exciting times ahead as I plan my first course of teaching at West Dean in March. Although not Botanical this 2 day residential watercolour course will include some of my favourite subjects and be a good place for students to practise various watercolour techniques and get to grips with colour mixing and drawing accuracy. West Dean is a stunning location and I am delighted to have the opportunity to be a tutor there.

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January and February 2019  got off to a busy start with lots of teaching while in-between lessons painting for the Society of Botanical Artists Exhibition.  Submission deadline is at the end of February and I know I won’t be the only artist burning the midnight oil to get paintings completed in time. Its an exciting time for the society with a new exhibition venue and a new membership structure and I feel privileged  to have been involved on the council at this time. Open submission means that anyone can submit to exhibit work which will then be assessed by a selection panel.

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2019 is going to have some exciting opportunities and challenges in it.

Looking back at 2018, it was a busy year. Teaching commitments meant fewer completed pictures leaving my studio, though those that did were some of the best so far and well received with some now in new homes.

I took part in 3 exhibitions in 2018, the first in Madrid with the SBA at the botanical gardens was a celebration of tulips. Florum was held at Goodnestone gardens near Canterbury, sadly this was the last exhibition for Florum. In October I helped to hang the SBA’s biannual exhibition in Frankfurt, once again a very successful exhibition where I was awarded third prize in the People’s Choice vote. I have some exciting plans in 2019 for more exhibitions, not least of which will be the  SBA Botanical exhibition at the new location of the Mall Galleries in June.

 

Meanwhile work continued behind the scenes during the year at the SBA ,planning the New Membership, 2019 Exhibition and other essential council business.

In December, I was delighted to be asked by the very talented Botanical Artist Helen Cousins, to be her first featured artist for her blog. I first met Helen when she was one of our youngest members on the  SBA Distance learning course. Click on the link to read the full article :

https://www.helencousinsbotanics.com/blog/2018/11/12/amber-halsall

I will be taking the time to travel more in 2019 which means lots of sketchbook work while giving  me an opportunity to collect ideas for my handmade books. Not necessarily Botanical this side of my practice stretches me to keep pushing the boundaries.

 

There a still just a few places available on my courses in Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells starting in January so why not come and join me for a bit of a botanical adventure? See link below.

https://www.kentadulteducation.co.uk/brands/mnid_718/Mrs-Amber-Halsall.aspx

Alternatively if you have  friends who love to paint and draw why not get together for a days workshop.

Contact me on: amberhalsall@hotmail.co.uk

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