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Creative Prompts for August

Feel you want to write or draw something, but just not sure what to tackle, today?  Or want fresh warmup challenges?  Sketchbook Skool have given a challenge a day for August!

What do you mean – it’s a little bit late telling us this, August has started already?!  Do I hear dissension?  Verily, I raise a quizzical eyebrow.

But wait – let’s find the positive – you can start today and choose either the prompt for the 1st, 2nd or 3rd of August.  Oh look – the challenge against today’s date is “First” – so that takes you to the first anyway!!

Right: pencils sharpened, favourite writing pen aloft, knitting needles at stun-ningly gorgeous, or whatever creative tools you wish…… and GO!

 

Learn to draw WITHOUT talent

The whole point about Danny Gregory’s course is that even if you can think you have no art talent – yet he can teach you how to draw, in 26 video lessons.  (NB Lessons have a 20% reduction only if booked this week – advert popped up on my soc media feed 20 mins ago)

“Learning to draw is like learning to drive a car,” Danny says. “You just need a few basics and a bit of practice.”

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Painting after Stroke – Andrew Marr

Exhibition opening 15 June in Liverpool at the Corke Gallery (til end of July) – paintings by Andrew Marr, the former BBC political editor.  These paintings were made after his stroke, when his style changed from representational to vivid coloured mostly nonrepresentational or still life. Artworks are priced from £375 upwards, with proceeds going to the Action for Rehabilitation from Neurological Injury.

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before the stroke

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after the stroke

“My temperament has loosened up since the stroke – I’m very aware that we’re only on this planet for a very short period of time – I am much less tolerant of losing a day or losing an hour – I want to be in the moment and therefore when it comes to painting, I want to be more extreme.”

At the point of choosing a career, Andrew Marr could have gone to Art School but chose journalism, so he has a lifelong interest in art.  Using his journalistic and intelligent mindset, Andrew made a documentary about his stroke experience called “Me and my brain”.  There is a short video clip from it viewable on the UK BBC website at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04sj1fm

In this clip, you can see him at his neighbour (Zandra’s) house where she lets him use one room as his painting studio.