Monday, October 04, 2010

Workshop with Terry Isaac

Demo painted by Terry Isaac

I have had a crazy few days which included a taking a workshop with Canadian Artist Terry Isaac and driving my youngest son back to London for the start of the new University year.

I first heard about the workshop in the summer of 2009 when I met Terry's wife Kathleen at the farmers market in Penticton, Canada.
While admiring Terry's work I mentioned how I would love to attend one of his workshops but living in the UK made it almost impossible.
Imagine my delight when Kathleen said he was proposing to visit the UK in 2010 and hold a couple of workshops. Even better the proposed location of one of them was Harrogate, Yorkshire, which is close to where I live.

She suggested I contact Ken Stroud at Wildscape (The Journal of Wildlife Art and Conservation) to receive updates. I already subscribed to the magazine so the rest as they say is history.

Terry is a wonderful wildlife artist, a great teacher and a really, really nice person.
What made the workshop even better was that without exception all the people were friendly, helpful and willing to share tips and ideas.
I've made a couple of friends that I'll keep in touch with and meet up with again, it's always nice to make contact with fellow artists.

I left after the three days feeling inspired and knowing what I needed to work on to hopefully take my work to the next level.
Although I didn't do any painting (except the background wash) at the workshop I have started an Osprey in acrylic which I'll share later.


Toni said...

What a wonderful workshop to take! His work is awesome.

Tracy Hall said...

Sounds fantastic Gyle, wish I could have been there! Have not heard of that magazine, will have to go have a look. Is it worth subscribing to?

Gayle Mason said...

Tracy, it's a really good magazine for anyone with an interest in wildlife art. I've been a subscriber from the first issue.

Gillian McMurray said...

You are so lucky to have taken his workshop. I've been tempted to buy his DVD but it'll take a little saving of my pennies first :o)