Demonstration by Peter Robson, International Artist



I had the pleasure of attending a demonstration by Peter Robson, International Artist, when he visited Pevensey Bay Art Group at the beginning of March.

He produced, in little more than an hour, a beautiful watercolour painting “ A Scene from Rye Harbour”. He worked it in 3 stages through to completion. I found it both interesting and inspiring to see his painting techniques, listen to him talk about brushes and to observe his approach to painting.

He also distributed some very handy notes ~ A B4U Start Checklist. Three points it emphasised were : be clear about what you want to achieve; promise yourself a disciplined approach; and stop and THINK before you start.

All very good advice. I was able to take some photographs throughout the demo for the Art Group’s archives so we’ve got a pictorial record of his visit. You can check out his work on

The following week I attended another lino cutting workshop @ Catalyst Arts run by Tracey King.

In 5 hours I produced a lino cut of a bird surrounded by branches. Although it sounds simple it was actually quite an intricate design.

I managed to finish cutting it out in time to produce a printed image by the end of the session. Also, I printed one of my own designs that I’d cut out b4hand of a countryside scene which I can now use to reproduce greeting cards.

I’ve found lino cutting to be very addictive and plan to do a lot more of it. Tracey is a very versatile and talented artist who runs a range of workshops. If you’re interested in attending any, you can get information from

I’ve also recently visited “In Perspective” the arts & crafts supplies shop at its new location in Bexhill @ 45 St Leonard’s Road, TN40 1JA.

Much more space than previous premises and easier to find things. Stocked up on FABER-CASTELL PITT artist pens in Dark Sepia for a future drawing of Pevensey that I have in mind. It’s a good alternative source of art materials from Hobbycraft and Range in Eastbourne. You can look them up online

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