Angie 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

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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