Angela Spencer Paintings Contemporary British landscape painter
Hawkwood CFT September 2018
I was extremely fortunate to be awarded a residency at Hawkwood CFT, a beautiful centre for courses just outside Stroud, in September 2020
Fully residential residencies for artists of all disciplines are funded by the Francis W Rickett Arts Trust
My aim was work extensively on plein air painting and drawing studies in the beautiful woodland that sits behind the house. I often walk in these ancient woods (mainly beech, ash and yew) but rarely make the effort to paint there so 5 days of intensive study was exactly what I needed.
I was fortunate with the weather and achieved a lot of work - it was so nice having all my meals cooked for me, and to be given a private en-suite room and a studio space so I could really concentrate on my work with no distractions.
I started off with a day of inktense drawings:
Then spent the remaining 4 days exploring colour studies and finished paintings in oils, working on refining colour palette, and finding best techniques to describe accurately what I was seeing, before moving into more experiments
The other 7 artists on residencies were all from a performance, writing and acting background and came from London, Manchester and Nottingham so we had some lively meal time conversations.
I learnt such a lot in my time there and feel incredibly grateful for the opportunity.
Find out more about Hawkwood artist residencies here