KNOWSLEY SAFARI PARK & SHROPSHIRE FALCONRY ART DAYS …

Good evening all I hope that this quick Blog update finds you all well, this isn’t something I normally do (sending two blogs out in the same week) but the following items are worthy of an extra share with you all to say the least.

Next Saturday (24th June) sees the launch of my work with Knowsley Safari Park – there’s so many species to choose from that I’m sure this venue is going to become a firm favourite with myself and participants alike.  And at only £80 per person per day it really is an unmissable event!

So take a look at the details below and email me on  kerrynewell1@gmail.com to book your place (or if you require more information) either way I look forward to hearing from you.

NEW and EXCLUSIVE Wildlife Art Workshops

Knowsley Safari Park, Prescot  L34 4AN.

SATURDAY 24th JUNE 2017

9am – 4pm

Just £80 per person (materials, lunch & refreshments supplied)

Max 10 participants

I’ve been running highly successful wildlife art workshops across the UK since 2010 and so was delighted when invited to create and run a new catalogue of art-based events here at Knowsley.

Knowsley Safari is home to over 700 animals and birds including Amur Tiger, African Lion, Iberian Wolf, African Elephant, White Rhino, Blue Wildebeest, Bactrian Camel, Griffon Vulture, Egyptian Fruit Bat and the ever popular Meerkat. This amazingly rich array of subject matter makes for the perfect venue for this new catalogue of artistic events and myself and the staff of Knowsley would love for you to come on board …

A comfortable and relaxed atmosphere awaits you on your workshop day. All materials, tuition, refreshments and lunch are supplied so that all you’ll have to bring with you is a smile. My workshops are specifically tailored to meet the needs of all artistic abilities so even if you’re a complete beginner you’ll be surprised at just what can be achieved in one day.

To reserve a place (or for more information) please email me at kerrynewell1@gmail.com and I’ll add you to the list of participants if applicable.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Note:  All of my art workshops and events have limited places so early booking is always advisable to avoid disappointment.

 

Also new for 2017:

Shropshire Falconry ART Workshop Experience Day

Shropshire Falconry Ltd, Shrewsbury  SY4 5UJ

Sunday 17th September 2017

10am – 4pm

Just £125 per person (materials and refreshments supplied)

Max 10 participants

Set in the stunning countryside of Shropshire, Shropshire Falconry is home to over 50 birds of prey including 17 Owl species, Kestrel, Harris Hawk, Buzzard, etc. Complete with an indoor flying arena, outdoor flying arena and training rooms there will be plenty of opportunity to get really close to these magnificent birds.

The centre isn’t open to the general public and I am the sole provider of art days here so this really is an exclusive event you wouldn’t want to miss.

A comfortable and relaxed atmosphere awaits you on your workshop day. All materials, tuition and refreshments are supplied so that all you’ll have to bring with you is a smile and a packed lunch. My workshops are specifically tailored to meet the needs of all artistic abilities so even if you’re a complete beginner you’ll be surprised at just what can be achieved in one day.

To reserve a place (or for more information) please email me at kerrynewell1@gmail.com and I’ll add you to the list of participants if applicable.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Note:  All of my art workshops and events have limited places so early booking is always advisable to avoid disappointment.

 

Okay I’ll sign off now and leave you all to enjoy the rest of the evening, I’m going to make the most of it as I’ve a very busy week ahead but I’ll save all of that news for next week’s blog update.

Be blessed and thank you once again for following my endeavours.

Looking forward to chatting with you again next week, love & hugs Kerry x

YOUTUBE CHANNEL, BADGER WORKSHOPS & MORE ….

Good morning folks I hope this, my latest blog, finds you all well and living life to the full (which in my case involves being creative at least once a day).
Creativity comes in all forms shapes and sizes and for me this doesn’t ring any truer than at present as I enter the world of filming and video editing! Yes the time for online tuition has arrived (about time I hear you say lol). I’ve recorded and edited the first workshop video from humble beginning to completed painting, it’s a Macaw parrot in pastel on velour paper, and I’ve also recorded a short video demonstrating how I prepare my pencils using a knife and sandpaper (I’ve been asked by several individuals for this). Voiceovers are going to be added this coming Sunday to both videos, and I’m just waiting for the arrival of my new Canon camcorder courtesy of my husband Gary, bless him, then I’ll film the finishing shots. So yes the time is near my wonderfully patient subscribers … and if you haven’t subscribed yet or you didn’t even know about my new YouTube channel here’s a link that will take you there:
https://www.youtube.com/c/KerryNewellProfessionalWildlifeArtist

Talking of tuition – I’m excited to announce that this coming Saturday (17th June) I’ll be running a Badger Art Workshop & Watching Experience Day at Hoo Farm in Telford. Here are the details:

‘Badger ART Workshop & Watching Experience Day’
Saturday 17th June 2017  
12 noon – 7pm
£125 per person materials supplied, (max 8 participants)
Please bring a packed lunch with you.

Hoo Farm in Telford is set to be (pardon the pun) the home of these new and exclusive Badger ART workshop & watching experience days. Working from both a purpose built classroom and fully heated hide that overlooks an active sett, this event is sure set to be a winner for beginners and the more experienced artist alike. Of course I’ll be making sure that the day caters for all abilities.

At just £125 per person you’ll be up close and personal with these amazing mammals in their natural habitat, the above photographs were taken from our hide so will hopefully give you an idea of the beautiful views you’ll experience on your day. In addition to this you’ll receive art tuition, all materials supplied and entrance to the adjacent zoo should you wish to venture further – the zoo is home to an abundance of domestic and exotic breeds including the gorgeous Binturong! Wondering how many of you will now Google that word lol.

Places will be limited to just 8 participants, so I highly recommend booking well in advance to avoid disappointment. To reserve a place then drop me an email at kerrynewell1@gmail.com and I’ll add you to the list of participants. Looking forward to seeing you there.

Okay I’m going to sign off now, short and sweet today, I’m just about to drive to Leicestershire to drop off Father’s Day goodies in preparation for the weekend. But I’ll be back at my easel by Friday, hopefully with my new Canon camcorder in action …

I’ll keep you all posted as to when the first YouTube video will be uploaded so that you can join me in the true launch celebrations.

Speak to you all soon and thank you once again for subscribing to this blog and following my endeavours.

Love & hugs Kerry x

WILDLIFE ART EXPERIENCES – TOURS, EVENTS & more …

Good afternoon folks I hope that this my latest blog finds you all well and enjoying the sunshine.

Now where do I start as it’s been a busy couple of weeks, well apart from in my studio as a back muscle strain stopped me from standing or even sitting to work, thankfully my back is feeling much better now thus I enjoyed an afternoon back in the studio yesterday.  Back to working on my ‘wolves’ painting 🙂

Whilst my back was a ‘pain in the back’ I let my husband loose in the kitchen to cook the pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, all seemed to be going well until the smoke alarms began to sound …. to my disbelief he’d actually managed to melt the plastic spatula into the frying pan! Lol. If he’d planned this as a way of getting out of cooking in the future I dare say he’s succeeded! Lol.

So as I was saying it has been a busy couple of weeks if not in the studio then ‘business wise’ including meetings, long phone conversations, emailing and paperwork all of which I’d rather someone else do for me lol. When it comes to the business side of business I’m not a big fan however needs must I guess.

Now I’m assuming that you’ve all read my two previous blog posts and are therefore now aware of my invitation to work with ‘365 Wildlife Experiences’ in a new branch of their business ‘Wildlife Art Experiences’.  If not I’ll give you a couple of minutes to scroll down and read those ….

My invited role being eloquently described, or not I’ll let you decide, as ‘Wildlife Art Tutor for Tours & Events Abroad and in the UK’.  Mmm it doesn’t exactly role off the tongue does it lol.  So me being me and the saying that little things please little minds I thought I’d take a look at the acronym of my new role:  W.A.T.T.E.A.U.  Still not a catchy lol. Anyway I thought I’d google it as a word to see if it meant anything, as you do lol, and what a surprise – it’s actually the surname of a French female artist in the 1700’s!  Well we live and learn.  Now where was I?  Oh yes, this new role of mine will be running alongside my own painting, workshops, tuition & demonstrations etc.  As well as opening up new opportunities for me personally this new collaboration enables me to offer a more diverse range of tuition subjects and destinations – all of which are exclusive, now you don’t get more exciting than that eh 😉  My calendar is already seeing the benefits if not my bank balance yet lol.  But hey I’m not complaining as I’m definitely living the dream.

On Monday 13th March a new page on my website went live:  ‘Wildlife Art Experiences

This page will be the place where I’ll be showcasing exclusive up and coming events & tours and much more …

Now there are two items that have already been posted on the new page but I’d like to bring your attention to them right now, you can go and take a look at the page in full later:

1. The owner of 365WildlifeExperiences has asked me to forward the following on to you, so on behalf of Phil Gould:

“If you have a species or destination in mind that you would like an art-based tour to or a workshop for then please send your request via email to Kerry at kerrynewell1@gamil.com and we will arrange something for you.”  Kind regards Phil Gould.

Note:  Phil is a highly acclaimed international wildlife photographer, published author and has travelled the globe leading wildlife photography tours for over 35 years.

2. The owner of On Track Safaris  www.ontracksafaris.co.uk  in South Africa is now advertising my art-based tours and asked me to forward the following to you:

“I am now offering my newsletter subscribers an exclusive special offer when they book onto one of Kerry’s safaris.” Best wishes Will Fox

Note:  Even I’ve subscribed 😉

Okay I’m going to keep this blog relatively short as you’ve plenty of reading over on my new page.  So to finish off here are some dates for your diary:

Events featured in full on my new page ‘Wildlife Art Experiences’:

Badger ART Workshop & Watching Day – Saturday 17th June 2017
Shropshire Falconry ART Workshop Day – Sunday 17th September 2017
South African Art-based Tour – Saturday 17th – Tuesday 27th February 2018

And finally: 

There are still a few places left on my Wildlife Art Workshops in Leicester, please see the ‘Workshops’ page of my website for more details on these and how to book your place.


Thank you once again for taking the time to read my latest blog, looking forward to chatting with you all again soon.  If you would like me to add anything in particular to my weekly blogs then please pop your ideas in an email and forward them to me at kerrynewell1@gmail.com and I’ll see what I can do.

If as a reader/subscriber you would like to contact me to enquire about purchasing my art, displaying my art, interviewing me, promoting my work on your blog or vice versa, including my work in magazines or to discuss tuition, demonstrations, workshops or my pet portrait service etc then please feel free to contact me via the following  Email: kerrynewell1@gmail.com  or  Mobile:  07752325031 (please leave a brief msg along with your name & contact number and I’ll get back to you asap)

Okay well it’s over and out from me for now

Be blessed and thank you once again for following my endeavours.

Looking forward to chatting with you again next week, love & hugs Kerry x

SOUTH AFRICA, BADGER WORKSHOPS & MORE ….

Good afternoon folks I hope that my Blog update finds you all happy, healthy and well into the swing of 2017.  Who’d believe that we’re already over half way through February and that my first workshop for the year has already been and gone (successfully I might add) I guess it’s true that time flies when your having fun and in my case extremely busy too.  There’s lots to update you all on so I’d better be getting on with it eh ….

For those of you that have been following my artistic journey, having been subscribed to my Blog for a while, you may remember me chatting back in October about having received a phone call from a dear friend inviting me to get on board with his new business taking my teaching further afield in the UK and abroad via Wildlife Art Safaris.  Well for those of you who weren’t around back then here’s a quick recap from that Blog post:

‘Two weeks ago I received a phone call completely out of the blue from a dear friend whom I’ve known for around 9 years but hadn’t spoken to in a while. To cut a long story, and an even longer conversation short the outcome of our conversation was a positive one – my friend (I’ll be able to share more details later) is in the process of setting up a new business and would like me onboard too. He currently runs photographic tours to Botswana and Estonia but intends to branch out further to include art-based tours hence his phone call to me! Needless to say I’ve agreed lol (once I’d picked myself up off the floor that is lol). So now, for me at least, it’s a waiting game while the new business’ website is built and the cogs begin to turn. He did ask when would I prefer these art-based tours to commence i.e towards the end of 2017 (after the Birdfair in August) or the beginning of 2018 – my reply was simple “NOW PLEASE” Lol. Okay so I need to be patient, I’ve been asked, I’ve said yes, I’ve agreed for the tours to launch when he sees fit … so that’s pretty much where we are up to now. One thing I can also mention before I forget is the new company’s name is ‘365 Wildlife Experiences’ – something for you all to look out for in the not too distant future 🙂’

Well now I can bring you all up to date –

My friend Phil Gould now has the business side of things up and running, with the website being built as we speak.  Phil has been a professional photographer, involved in the art and photography world, for over 35 years and has a vast amount of knowledge twinned with an equal amount of enthusiasm for capturing the natural world through a lens.  For many years he has shared his experience with like-minded people running safaris to many desirable locations including South Africa and Estonia.  Having decided that he would like to set up a new business offering something for everyone regarding wildlife experiences he began the mammoth task of setting up ‘365 Wildlife Experiences’ offering brand new photography safaris and events, whilst also setting up and to run parallel ‘ART Wildlife Experiences’ offering Art-based tours and events abroad and in the UK.  So now we’re up to date on the business side of things I can begin to tell you about these events and the ones I’ll be involved with:

 

Badger Art Workshop & Watching Experience Day

Closer to home, Hoo Farm in Telford to be exact, will be the home of my new Badger art & watching experience days.  Working from a hide overlooking an active sett this event is sure set to be a winner for beginners and the more experienced alike.

£125 per person will bring you up close and personal with these amazing mammals in their natural habitat, and from the purpose built hide you’ll receive a day of art tuition plus the opportunity to get some wonderful photographs if you don’t forget to bring your camera with you.  This price also include entrance to the adjacent zoo so you really will be spoilt for choice.

Places have been limited to 10 participants and the launch of these Art Experience Days is booked for Saturday 17th June 2017.  More information regarding the day and how to book your place will be coming soon.  If you’re interested and would like more information or to reserve a place then please drop me an email at kerrynewell1@gmail.com

 

Shropshire Falconry Art Workshops

Shropshire Falconry is home to over 50 birds of prey including many Owl species, Peregrin Falcon, Kestrel & Harris Hawk.  With an indoor flying arena and training rooms there will be plenty of opportunity to get close to these magnificent birds.  Another event when it wouldn’t be a great idea to forget your camera.

The centre isn’t open to the general public so our event will have exclusive access to two separate species for the art aspect of the day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Again places will be limited to just 10 participants, £125 per person.  The launch of these events is booked for Sunday 17th September.

More information regarding the day and how to book your place will be coming soon. If you’re interested and would like more information or to reserve a place then please drop me an email at kerrynewell1@gmail.com

 

Art-based Wildlife Tour in South Africa

A breathtaking 10 day safari for just six participants set in the stunning scenery that is Kruger National Park.  With an exclusive reserve as our home for the duration of the trip and with just six people in the safari vehicle we can be sure of the best sightings without the crowds of other tours etc.

We now have the full itinerary and price for our first safari set to run on 17th – 27th February 2018

More information regarding the day and how to book your place will be coming soon. If you’re interested and would like more information or to reserve a place then please drop me an email at kerrynewell1@gmail.com

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SOUTH AFRICAN ART-BASED WILDLIFE TOUR

17th – 27th February 2018

All lodges and reserves quoted can be found on the On Track Safaris website www.ontracksafaris.com

Itinerary:

Days 1-3

For clients flying in – on arrival at Tambo International Airport Johannesburg guests are met and transferred by kombi (mini bus) to Black Leopard Camp on the Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve.
Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve encompasses 6,000 Hectares, set within the stunning Steenkampsberg Mountains. This private nature reserve is located 30km from the town of Lydenburg and along the route between Johannesburg airport and the Greater Kruger Park region (approximately 200km to the north east). This is a pristine area of mountainous wilderness that is home to several animal species that are not often seen in the Kruger Park region, such as sable, eland, red hartebeest, blesbuck, mountain reedbuck, klipspringers, Cape fox,) and even oryx. The reserve has successfully reintroduced buffalo into the area after an absence of over 100 years. 
Our INGWE Leopard Research program has operated extensively on this reserve for many years, during which time we have recorded a significant amount of data on the resident leopards and their movements, including the Black and Golden leopard. Although leopard sightings in this mountainous wilderness are less frequent due to the terrain, our network of camera traps continues to record leopard movement on the reserve both day and night. The reserve is also home to some of the most elusive birds in South Africa, such as the stunning narina trogon, paradise flycatchers, sunbirds, bee-eaters, turacos, verreaux eagles and denhams bustards.
The historic rock engravings (petroglyphs) that are found on Thaba Tholo date back to the early Stone Age. There are numerous theories as to the meanings behind these rock engravings; some believe they are maps of settlements, others believe they are maps of constellations, and some believe they are drawings of visions and dreams. More recent historical artefacts include the ruins of Voortrekker (ancestors of the Afrikaners of modern day South Africa) settlements. The ruins of these houses can still be found high in the mountains. They were constructed with large, flat rocks and termite mound mixture; the Voortrekkers would mix pieces of termite mounds with water, to create a kind of cement.
This reserve is family owned, along with Black Leopard Camp, which nestles sympathetically within the reserve. Black Leopard Camp is a four star tented camp, that was built, and is managed by the same family.
Accommodation is mid range. Four star accommodation and five star service.
www.blackleopardcamp.com

Days 4-7

After breakfast on day four, we will transfer to Rukiya Safari Camp in the Lowveld (Kruger Park area). Rukiya www.rukiyacamp.com is an intimate, luxury tented camp situated on the confluence of the Blyde and Olifants Rivers in the heart of Wild Rivers Private Nature Reserve.
The development of the camp was done with a least-impact footprint with a variety of green or eco-friendly principles employed during the construction process. A large part of the area comprises of deck and canvass that has a minimal effect in contrast to conventional brick and mortar. The operation of the camp follows the ecological-sensitive philosophy by utilizing environmentally friendly products that does not contain harmful chemicals. Up-cycled drift- and pallet wood were used to furnish and decorate the camp and were sourced from local suppliers in support of the community.
Following a holistic approach to contribute to an ultimate nature experience, great care is taken to provide guests with all the special touches, pampering and comforts during their stay. Safaris and bush walks are part of the offering of all-inclusive packages. The iconic tented accommodation fortifies the African experience that allows guests to immerse themselves in the beauty of the magical Lowveld.  Six en-suite luxury tents have been carefully placed underneath the shade of gaint Jackalberry trees with wonderful views to the river.
Rukiya It is our safari home and base for much of our work in leopard conservation. It is offers a unique and intimate wildlife experience and the opportunity to take Big Five game drives in the adjacent Balule game reserve (Kruger Park). When entering Wild Rivers Nature Reserve, expect to be immersed in the vista of endless woodland set against the back drop of the majestic Drakensberg mountains that change colour as the day walks on. This 2,600 hectare reserve is bordered by both the Blyde and Olifants Rivers and boasts a diverse landscape with rocky outcrops and savanna where plains game roam freely. Leopard wander and riverbanks are frequented by hippo and crocodiles.

Days 8-10

After breakfast on day seven we will transfer to the Tangala Safari Camp within the Thornybush Game Reserve. www.tangalasafaricamp.co.za
Tangala boasts sweeping views overlooking an expansive and active waterhole, with the majestic Drakensberg Mountain Range forming an impressive backdrop. With our eco-friendly camp, great hosting, comfortable accommodation and thrilling game drives, guests are assured an unforgettable experience
Thornybush Game Reserve is approximately 14,000ha of game habitat: open savannah woodland with pat Hectares of tangled thicket and thorny scrub. It is a well established reserve and perfect habitat for Africa’s famous Big Five as well as a host of other animals (eg. cheetah, African wild dog, hippo, crocodile, giraffe, zebra, various antelope species, porcupine, aardvark).  Thornybush is home to 147 mammal species,  114 types of reptile, more than 500 bird species, dozens of fish and amphibian species and 336 types of trees, as well as  countless grasses, insects, etc.
Game viewing in the reserve ranks as some of the best in Southern Africa with a near perfect year round climate.
Guests can enjoy off road close-up views of special sightings and once darkness falls, you’ll be treated to thrilling spot-lit night drives in search of rare nocturnal creatures and big cats on the move. Guided nature walks complete the spectrum of safari activities. Thornybush is a favoured safari location for movie stars and the rich and famous.

Day 11
After morning game drive and breakfast, transfer to OR Tambo International Airport for overnight flight home.
£3,300 per person
Price includes:

Road transfers
Accommodation
Meals
Tea and Coffee
Guided game Drives and or bush walks

Excludes:
International flights
Alcohol
Reserve conservation entry fees (approximately £17)
Tips and souvenirs

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Okay well I’m sure that after reading all of that you’ll all be putting the kettle on lol, I know I’m going to 😉

So to finish for today here are a couple of snippets from next week’s Blog and news updates:

  •  The commission for Chris Packham is now finished.  Waiting for Chris to give the all clear so that I can finally show you guys what I’ve been working on for him.
  • The painting of three wolves is now back on my easel and will now be worked to completion, pictorial updates coming soon.
  • Soon to announce the date of the first art based workshop at Knowsley Safari Park.
  • Running a workshop in Northants next Saturday.
  • March sees the birth of another new venture I’ve been asked to create this time at Chester Zoo – Under the umbrella title of Chester’s ‘Bloom Campaign – engaging people with wildlife on a local level‘ I’ll be running ‘Watercolour Wildlife’ workshops ….
  • And April sees me take my Wildlife Workshops to Bedfordshire ….
  • June sees the launch of the Badger art & watching days

NEWS JUST IN!!!!!

  • DATES FOR A WILDLIFE ART-BASED TOUR IN ESTONIA have just come through so will more than likely be announced in next week’s Blog!

Okay I’ll leave it at that for now as I need to go grab a coffee and get back to my easel.

Thank you once again for taking the time to read my latest Blog post, looking forward to chatting with you again soon. If you would like me to add anything in particular to my weekly Blogs then please pop your ideas in an email and forward them to me at kerrynewell1@gmail.com and I’ll see what I can do.

If as a reader/subscriber you would like to contact me to enquire about buying my art, displaying my art, interviewing me, promoting my work on your Blog, including my work in magazines or to discuss tuition, demonstrations, workshops & my pet portrait service etc then please feel free to contact me via the following:

Email: kerrynewell1@gmail.com

Mobile: 07752325031 (please leave a brief msg along with your number and I’ll get back to you asap)

Okay well it’s over and out from me for now

Be blessed and thank you once again for following my endeavours.

Looking forward to chatting with you again next week, love & hugs Kerry x

 

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Good morning folks I hope that this latest Blog post finds you all well, thoroughly recovered from the festive season, refreshed and looking forward to a new and hopefully exciting fun-packed, adventure-filled year ahead of us. 

Thank you to those of you who’ve been taking the time to correspond with me sending both New Year wishes and feedback regarding my Blogs and work in general, all of which is truly appreciated. 

Towards the end of 2016 myself and my husband Gary finally recieved some much anticipated news – our mortgage had finally gone through, after what had been months of waiting due to the dreaded ‘P’ word (probate lol) I’m so very pleased and relieved to say that our once rented property is now our own.  Since relocating to Cheshire from Leicestershire I’ve been working with two temporary studios – one being our conservatory and number two being our spare upstairs room, this was due to having been unable to physically move my original studio from one county to the next.  However I’m glad to say that my days of going back and forth between these ‘perfectly fine for now’ locations in our home will be phased out during the coming months as our garage transforms from occasional dumping ground and storage overflow to custom studio conversion … needless to say I’m a little excited (understatement of the year even though we’re only in January lol).  So to keep you up to date with this work in progress I’ll share an image with you all of how the garage looks at the moment and will then pictorially update you as things take shape:


Okay I’ll keep this blog short for you, with it being the first one since Christmas, pictorially there’s not a lot to share as Chris Packham’s commission is still on my easel.  Not to fear though as I’m over half way there with this one now so it wont be long until you can see what I’ve been working on for Chris:


Once Chris’s commission is complete my ‘wolves’ project will be taking it’s place on my easel and then this too will be worked to completion:


More news coming in next weeks Blog but here’s a taster:

*  I’ll be taking my Knowsley Safari Park market research work into Knowsley Safari Park itself as part of stage one in creating an art-based catalogue of events there …. 

*  Art journal month one ….

*  January will still hopefully be seeing the launch of my YouTube channel ….

*  February sees the start of my Wildlife 2017 Workshops in Leicestershire and an additional one running in Northants the week after ….

*  March sees the birth of another new venture I’ve been asked to create this time at Chester Zoo – Under the umbrella title of Chester’s ‘Bloom Campaign – engaging people with wildlife on a local level‘  I’ll be running ‘Watercolour Wildlife’ workshops ….

* And April sees me take my Wildlife Workshops to Bedfordshire ….

* Oh yes and before I forget I’ve also been asked to tattoo someone!  Lol so more news on that too next time 😉

*  Plus I may have more news on Botswana and Estonia by then ….

Knowsley Safari Park survey:

Once again thank you to all who’ve taken part in my market research survey for the setting up of art-based events over at Knowsley Safari Park, your participation is truly appreciated.  If you haven’t yet taken part but would like to then please copy and paste the following link into you address bar and complete the ten question survey.  It only takes around 3-4 minutes to complete:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/F5NB7RH

Wildlife 2017 Workshops:

Places on these workshops are limited so if you want to book a place for yourself or a loved one early booking is advisable to avoid disappointment.  Please see the ‘Workshops’ page for more information and for details on how to book your place:

 www.kerrynewell.com


Okay I’ll leave it at that for now as I need to get back to my easel and you need to go and get creative too 

Thank you once again for taking the time to read my latest Blog post, looking forward to chatting with you again soon.  If you would like me to add anything in particular to my weekly Blogs then please pop your ideas in an email and forward them to me at kerrynewell1@gmail.com and I’ll see what I can do.

If as a reader/subscriber you would like to contact me to enquire about buying my art, displaying my art, interviewing me, promoting my work on your Blog, including my work in magazines or to discuss tuition, demonstrations, workshops & my pet portrait service etc then please feel free to contact me via the following:

Email: kerrynewell1@gmail.com

Mobile: 07752325031 (please leave a brief msg along with your number and I’ll get back to you asap)

Okay well it’s over and out from me for now

Be blessed and thank you once again for following my endeavours.

Looking forward to chatting with you again next week, love & hugs Kerry x

MERRY CHRISTMAS & A BUSY NEW YEAR …

Good morning folks I hope that this latest blog post finds you all well and ready, as you’ll ever be, for the festive season 🙂

Firstly may I say a huge thank you to all who have been taking the time to send me feedback regarding my weekly (or thereabouts lol) Blogs, your emails and texts are truly appreciated. 

With 2017 just around the corner many of you have been asking when my YouTube channel will be going live.  Well I can’t put it off any longer … my expected onset of onscreen nerves will have to be countered by a glass of red wine or three lol. We’ve all heard of Jamie Oliver ‘the naked chef’ so how about Kerry Newell ‘the sozzled artist’ lol.  Joking aside (or am I, you’ll have to wait and see lol) I hope you’ll be glad to know that I will be launching my YouTube channel in January 2017.

With regard to the above if there are any subjects/tutorials or mediums you’d like to see covered then please feel free to drop me an email or text and I’ll do my best to satisfy your artistic requirements:

Email:  kerrynewell1@gmail.com         Mob:  07752325031   (Also available on WhatsApp for free texting)

New for 2017 :

More news on the proposal of art safaris to Botswana and Estonia and further developments for art based events at Knowsley Safari Park, plus the launch of my YouTube channel and all being well monthly instalments on creating and keeping a nature journal

Currently on my easel:


The commission that is currently on my easel is for my latest client Chris Packham and I have to say that working for a celebrity is sure making me feel like a secret agent lol. I have to admit that I am missing not being able to post my ‘work in progress’ shots on this one but hopefully the end result will be well worth the wait.

With regard to private commisssions – I’m now taking bookings for 2017 if anyone out there is interested 😉

Latest Completed Commission:


As promised here is the finished painting of ‘Minnie’ – a private commission for a client in North Wales.

I had the joy of hand-delivering this piece and thoroughly enjoyed making the most of the views in this beautiful part of the UK, every now and again stopping to take photos … which in turn turned a two hour drive into one several times longer lol

Knowsley Safari Park Survey – your help required 😉

Thank you for those of you who have taken part so far xXx

If you’ve been receiving and reading my blog updates you’ll be aware that I’m now conducting market research for the setting up of art based events here in Cheshire at Knowsley Safari Park. So that is where you, my wonderful subscribers, can play a part if you wish by completing the following online survey. This simple ‘service testing’ survey should take just a few minutes to complete. Your input is truly appreciated. 
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FBZH6ZC


Wildlife 2017 Workshops are selling fast:
With this year’s wildlife art workshops just a distant memory now (the last one having successfully run last Saturday) can I bring to your attention that next year’s workshop places are selling quickly. So if you want to treat yourself or a loved one to a place on one of next year’s courses then please book sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment, as it really is first come first served and places are limited with no exception. For more information and to book your place please see the ‘Workshops’ page of my website: www.kerrynewell.com

Well I’ll leave it at that for now as I really do need to get back to my easel, and you’ll be wanting a brew no doubt ;-). Thank you once again for taking the time to read my latest blog post and looking forward to chatting with you again soon. If you would like me to add anything in particular to my weekly blogs then please pop your ideas in an email and forward them to me at: kerrynewell1@gmail.com and I’ll see what I can do.
If as a reader/subscriber you would like to contact me to enquire about buying my art, displaying my art, interviewing me, promoting my work on your Blog, including my work in magazines or to discuss tuition, demonstrations, workshops & my pet portrait service etc then please feel free to contact me via the following:
Email: kerrynewell1@gmail.com

Mobile: 07752325031 (please leave a brief msg along with your number and I’ll get back to you asap)
Okay so it’s over and out from me
Be blessed and thank you once again for following my endeavours.
Looking forward to chatting with you again next week, love & hugs Kerry x

COMMISSIONS, WORKSHOPS & MORE …

Good morning folks I hope that this latest blog post finds you all well and enjoying this autumnal sunshine in between the thunder & lightning and rain & hail showers lol.  All I can say is make the most of our yellow friend as apparently snow is on its way.

With only five weeks until Christmas I should be at my easel 24/7 but no ‘Mr Cold Virus’ paid a visit so this past week has been a frustrating few days to say the least.  Thankfully I’m at the tail end of a throat that felt like I’d tried to swallow a cheese grater and a head that felt as though it were made out of cotton wool lol. So it’s onwards and upwards yet again …

Thank you for the wonderful feedback I’m getting from my weekly Blogs, your emails and texts are truly appreciated xXx

Okay here goes with the latest news from this end:

On my easel at the moment:

Slowly but surely my latest commission is taking shape, with the 3000 acres of grass now in I can finally crack on with the subject, working it to completion in turn followed with the delivery of it to my client in Bethgelert, North Wales.  So all being well in next week’s blog I’ll be including an image of the completed painting.


Knowsley Safari Park Survey – your help required 😉

If you’ve been receiving and reading my blog updates you’ll be aware that I’m in the early stages of market research for the setting up of art based events here in Cheshire at Knowsley Safari Park.  So that is where you, my wonderful subscribers, can play a part if you wish by completing the following online survey.  This simple ‘service testing’ survey should take just a few minutes to complete.  Thank you to those of you who have already taken the time to complete the survey, your input is truly appreciated. 

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/F5NB7RH

Celebratory Commission:

Chris Packham is my most recent client and his commissioned painting will be next on my easel. So looking forward


Christmas come early? 😉

Well I really did feel as though Christmas came early last week when I received a surprise gift in the post from my friends over in Geneva at the Caran d’Ache headquarters:


I haven’t sampled their Luminance range before, having only sampled and demonstrated their pastel range for them, hence when I take my Christmas break I’ll no doubt be having fun with these 🙂

Wildlife 2017 Workshops are selling fast:

With this year’s wildlife art workshops just a distant memory now (the last one having successfully run last Saturday) can I bring to your attention that next year’s workshop places are selling quickly.  So if you want to treat yourself or a loved one to a place on one of next year’s courses then please book sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment, as it really is first come first served and places are limited with no exception.  For more information and to book your place please see the ‘Workshops’ page of my website:  www.kerrynewell.com

Well I’ll leave it at that for now as I really do need to get back to my easel, and you’ll be wanting a brew no doubt ;-). Thank you once again for taking the time to read my latest blog post and looking forward to chatting with you again soon. If you would like me to add anything in particular to my weekly blogs then please pop your ideas in an email and forward them to me at: kerrynewell1@gmail.com and I’ll see what I can do.

If as a reader you would like to contact me to enquire about buying my art, displaying my art, interviewing me, promoting my work on your Blog, including my work in magazines or to discuss tuition, demonstrations, workshops & my pet portrait service etc then please feel free to contact me via the following:
Email: kerrynewell1@gmail.com

Mobile: 07752325031 (please leave a brief msg along with your number and I’ll get back to you asap)

Okay so it’s over and out from me

Be blessed and thank you once again for following my endeavours.

Looking forward to chatting with you again next week, love & hugs Kerry x

BOTSWANA, ESTONIA & MORE ….

Good morning folks I hope that this week’s blog update finds you all well and looking forward to the festive season (just between you and me our Christmas tree went up yesterday lol)

Well a couple of weeks have come and gone since my last post, sorry about that, the main reason for my absence being the mixture of a heavy work load twinned with school half term holidays … back on track now though.

Lots of new items for you all so here goes:

Botswana and Estonia!  Two weeks ago I received a phone call completely out of the blue from a dear friend whom I’ve known for around 9 years but hadn’t spoken to in a while.  To cut a long story, and an even longer conversation, short the outcome of our conversation was a positive one – my friend (I’ll be able to share more details later) is in the process of setting up a new business and would like me onboard too.  He currently runs photographic tours to Botswana and Estonia but intends to branch out further to include art safaris hence his phone call to me!  Needless to say I’ve agreed lol (once I’d picked myself up off the floor that is lol). So now, for me at least, it’s a waiting game while the new business’ website is built and the cogs begin to turn.  He did ask when would I prefer the art safaris to commence i.e towards the end of 2017 (after the Birdfair in August) or the beginning of 2018 – my reply was simple “NOW PLEASE” Lol.  Okay so I need to be patient, I’ve been asked, I’ve said yes, I’ve agreed for the art safaris to launch when he sees fit … so that’s pretty much where we are up to now. One thing I can also mention before I forget is the new company’s name is  ‘365 Wildlife Experiences’ – something for you all to look out for in the not too distant future 🙂

Knowsley Safari Park Survey!!!.  Okay closer to home for this piece of news and a little contribution from yourselves if it suits and if you have five minutes to spare.  If you’ve been recieveing and reading my blog updates you’ll be aware that I’m now the resident artist of Knowsley Safari Park (their words not mine lol). Well it all sounds grand until you realise that there isn’t anything set up there at all yet and that the reins controlling this venture lie in my hands.  Daunting yes, mind boggling yes, exciting oh YES!!!  So all things start in a basic way and the first step to running this marathon in particular is ‘market research’ and thats where you, my wonderful subscribers, can play a part in this adventure if you wish …  This simple ‘service testing’ survey should take just a few minutes to complete, and I’ll thank in advance all of you who choose to take part – your input is truly appreciated xXx.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/F5NB7RH

Wildfoot Travel Blog is now live!   As mentioned in my previous Blog post I have been invited by Wildfoot Travel to become part of their online team, requesting the contribution of a monthly blog highlighting my ‘close encounters of the furry kind’, or to be more precise my challenges, happy accidents, thoughts and methodology that form the framework of my life as a professional wildlife artist.  Well I’m more than happy to announce that this blog has now also gone live!  So if you really do feel the need to hear more of my ramblings then please pop over to Wildfoot Travel and take a read lol.  And if you like what you read then please don’t hesitate to drop them a line also …. hey that’s what friends are for lol ;-). Here’s a link to their website:

http://wildfoottravel.com/community/

In my studio at the moment.  The lead up to Christmas 2016 is just like any other with a commission on the easel needing ongoing attention until completion to keep Santa and his elves at bay.  Hoping the work in progress image will give you a rough idea at what stage I’m at at the moment, I’ll apologise for the image quality – a quick snap taken with my mobile phone:


Celebratory Commission.  I’m pleased to say that I’ve now recieved a beautiful array of reference images for my latest client Chris Packham.  More news to follow once this new project is on my easel.


My New Logo!  With everything that’s happening I was also advised to finally brand myself … okay that sounds wrong lol. In the creation of a new logo is what I meant to say lol, so taking the advise from people in the know I set to work, and I’m very pleased to say that six hours and a litre of coffee later I had achieved what I said out to do.  Ladies and gentleman my new logo:


Okay folks well done to those of you who’ve made it this far, the ones that haven’t fallen asleep or found themselves staring into the distance wondering why they’d ever felt the need to subscribe to my website and recieve my weekly babblings lol.  I thank you!  Just a couple more things to say then we’re done for another week:

Workshops!  With my Workshops for this year fully booked and the last one to run this coming Saturday I can now announce that next years Wildlife Art Workshop dates are live and bookings are already being taken, so if this is something you want to take part in next year then please don’t leave it too late to book as places are limited.  More information and how to book your place can be found on the ‘Workshops’ page of my website:  www.KerryNewell.com


Well I’ll leave it at that for now as I really do need to get back to my easel, and you’ll be wanting a brew no doubt ;-). Thank you once again for taking the time to read my latest blog post and looking forward to chatting with you again soon.  If you would like me to add anything in particular to my weekly blogs then please pop your ideas in an email and forward them to me at:  kerrynewell1@gmail.com  and I’ll see what I can do.

If as a reader you would like to contact me to enquire about buying my art, displaying my art, interviewing me, promoting my work on your Blog, including my work in magazines or to discuss tuition, demonstrations, workshops & my pet portrait service etc then please feel free to contact me via the following:
Email: kerrynewell1@gmail.com
Mobile: 07752325031 (please leave a brief msg along with your number and I’ll get back to you asap)
Okay so it’s over and out from me
Be blessed and thank you once again for following my endeavours.
Looking forward to chatting with you again next week, love & hugs Kerry x

 

KNOWSLEY SAFARI PARK, A CELEBRITY COMMISSION & MORE …

Good morning folks I hope that this week’s blog post finds you all well and soaking up this rare but beautiful October sunshine. 

Just like this year so far, this past week has just flew by with lots happening this end …

I’m pleased to sa that my latest commission is well underway and once this blog has been written and posted I’ll be headed straight back to the easel to continue my work on this:

If your read last week’s blog then you’ll know that I was looking forward to a second meeting at Knowsley safari park on Monday 10th … Well I’m pleased to announce that the meeting went extremely well and left me speechless when I was referrred to as Knowsley’s resident artist!!!  This is going to be a huge undertaking as they haven’t, as yet, anything artwise set up at the moment… but the planning and adventure has now truly begun … watch this space with more news coming soon.

Some more truly exciting news that I can now reveal is I have a brand new client …. the one and only Chris Packham!!!  More updates on this soon xXx


As I mentioned in my previous Blog post I have been invited by Wildfoot Travel to become part of their online team, requesting the contribution of a monthly blog highlighting my ‘close encounters of the furry kind’, or to be more precise my challenges, happy accidents, thoughts and methodology that form the framework of my life as a professional wildlife artist. This in itself is just as exciting and just as much a challenge as ‘adventure number one’ just in different aspects of the work involved. ‘Wildfoot Travel’ are wildlife and adventure specialists, their destinations stretch across the globe from the Artic to Antarctica with all the destinations you could wish for in between including Ecuador, Galapagos, Chile, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Botswana, Costa Rica, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe to name but a few not to mention the Falklands and India. So if you have a spare five minutes check out their website and keep checking back as my Blog will be commencing soon … www.wildfoottravel.com. All being well the launch of my blog on their site should be within the next two weeks.  I’ll let you all know as soon as I do.

I’m very pleased to say that all of this year’s workshops have now sold out! However my ‘Wildlife 2017 Workshop‘ dates have now gone live on my website, please see the ‘Workshops’ page of my website for more details and to book your place: www.kerrynewell.com
Okay I’ll leave it at that for now as I really do need to get back to my easel. Thank you once again for taking the time to read my latest blog post and looking forward to chatting with you again soon.

If as a reader you would like to contact me to enquire about buying my art, displaying my art, interviewing me, promoting my work on your Blog, including my work in magazines or to discuss tuition, demonstrations, workshops & my pet portrait service etc then please feel free to contact me via the following:

Email: kerrynewell1@gmail.com

Mobile: 07752325031 (please leave a brief msg along with your number and I’ll get back to you asap)

Well it’s over and out from me

Be blessed and thank you once again for following my endeavours. 
Looking forward to chatting with you again next week, love & hugs Kerry x

TWO NEW ADVENTURES …

Hi there folks I hope that this edition of my weekly personal Blog finds you well and enjoying the beginning of Autumn with all of the splendour of nature’s changing colours … such a visual feast at this time of year it seems a shame to be indoors in my studio lol. 

With my most recent commissioned painting being completed just last Friday and collected on the same day by a very grateful very satisfied client, this week will see the start of my next private commission. A portrait of a much loved Welsh Collie. This booking was secured a couple of weeks ago and followed in quick succession by an array of 83 images from which my job was to initially compose an eye-catching composition whilst still maintaining the individual identity of the subject involved. This composition agreed on with the client I’m now looking forward to getting this one onto my easel this coming Thursday/Friday.  I’ll make sure to post updates of this work in progress as it evolves so watch this space.

Moving forward a day – on Saturday (1st Oct) I was invited to be part of a ‘Culture & Community’ day at our local library here in Widnes, Cheshire. This event was a sure way in which I could exhibit and demonstrate to the general public, whilst publicising my work and networking at the same time (multi-tasking at it’s best). Well as the saying goes ‘best laid plans go to waste’, and although those that know me well would say they’re not surprised, the day resulted in my doing a lot more talking than demonstrating for visitors seemed more interested in seeing my completed paintings and hearing the stories behind the creation of each of them than in the creative process itself. Hence my Sumatran Tiger will have to wait his turn before finding himself on my studio easel … for the next few days anyway, but once begun I’ll be sure to post ‘work in progress’ images so that you can follow the creation of this painting in particular from start to finish as well as my above mentioned commission. 
Now I’m not joking when I say that I’d love to be able to acquire days with more than the allotted 24hrs as time really does seem to fly when your having fun so much so that ‘quality studio time’ feels more like time travel some days … And deliberately not having a clock in my studio becomes somewhat meaningless when you have the radio on as announcers seem to feel compelled to give you the time of day every 10 – 15 minutes. So with this in mind a couple of hours yesterday morning spent on my wolves went by in the blink of an eye. For the next few weeks this painting will most certainly be worked alongside my latest commission for the first three limited edition prints from this painting has already been reserved … nothing like a little pressure to kick start you in the mornings. 


I do have a few other paintings waiting in the wings so to speak, some that are nearly finished whilst others are initial sketches some with base coats applied. All of these will be worked in turn to completion but always with private commissions coming first … this can slow things down somewhat but I only have one pair of hands and the 72hr days still evade me. 

Okay so you’re probably thinking by now what has today’s Blog title got to do with any of the above … well nothing really but it has a lot to do with the following:

  1. Adventure number one – this coming Monday (10th October) is set to be an exciting day for me as I meet for a second time with the director and managers of Knowsley Safari Park after having been invited in to create from scratch a complete programme of art-based events there. This will be a huge undertaking for myself but one that I truly look forward to. Knowing that I hold the reigns for this project is a true privilege, and this my friends is an adventure that you can share with me right from the beginning …
  2. Adventure number two – I have been invited by Wildfoot Travel to become part of their online team, requesting the contribution of a monthly blog highlighting my ‘close encounters of the furry kind’, or to be more precise my challenges, happy accidents, thoughts and methodology that form the framework of my life as a professional wildlife artist.  This in itself is just as exciting and just as much a challenge as ‘adventure number one’ just in different aspects of the work involved.   ‘Wildfoot Travel’ are wildlife and adventure specialists, their destinations stretch across the globe from the Artic to Antarctica with all the destinations you could wish for in between including Ecuador, Galapagos, Chile, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Botswana, Costa Rica, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe to name but a few not to mention the Falklands and India.  So if you have a spare five minutes check out their website and keep checking back as my Blog will be commencing soon … www.wildfoottravel.com

I’m very pleased to say that all of this year’s workshops have now sold out! However my ‘Wildlife 2017 Workshop‘ dates have now gone live on my website, please see the ‘Workshops’ page of my website for more details and to book your place: www.kerrynewell.com

Okay I’ll leave it at that for now as I really do need to get back to my easel. Thank you once again for taking the time to read my latest blog post and looking forward to chatting with you again soon.

If as a reader you would like to contact me to enquire about buying my art, displaying my art, interviewing me, promoting my work on your Blog, including my work in magazines or to discuss tuition, demonstrations, workshops & my pet portrait service etc then please feel free to contact me via the following:
Email: kerrynewell1@gmail.com
Mobile: 07752325031 (please leave a brief msg along with your number and I’ll get back to you asap)
Well it’s over and out from me
Be blessed and thank you once again for following my endeavours. 

Looking forward to chatting with you again next Wednesday, love & hugs Kerry x