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Do you like vintage china? pattern? painting? Want a lovely day out with a scrummy home-cooked lunch?

Then this could be just for you –  the lovely Bev and Nigel of Old Bank Studios have booked me to teach a Pattern on Pattern Teacups watercolour (gouache) class on Saturday 5th March. 


All abilities are welcome. We will work from a still-life set up and approach the painting in stages.


Or you can go at your own pace and follow your own creative leading. Either way Bev will still cook a lovely lunch for us to eat together 😛 Booking details are here.


Then on Sunday 6th March I’m teaching All Things Bright and Beautiful (Mixed Media) again at Old Bank Studios so why not make a weekend of it? It is the Mothers Day weekend – treat yourself or come together and treat your mum!

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This is a fun way of working: layering up collaged papers and paint layers, starting out loose and experimentally and then adding increasing levels of detail. I’ll be bringing bird and butterfly reference material but you can make your canvas of any image you want.

If you want to make a weekend of it I’m sure Bev will happily suggest local accommodation – email her here or phone her on 01255 242930. You can book onto the course here.


Harwich is a bit of a drive but don’t let that put you off! (all the more reason to come for the weekend…) Bev and Nigel are two of the loveliest, most genuine people I’ve met and Old Bank Studios is a lovely setting to learn and create in. Oh and did I mention the delicious lunches…

Happy New Year one and all – I wish you a happy, healthy and fulfilling one. I got this new mug for Christmas- it’ll help keep me focused for 2016 while I sip my tea 😉

I have just finished up filling my current sketchbook and wondered if you’d like a peep?


There is a trend for sketch booking at the moment, particularly doing something in it everyday.


I think sketchbooks can be a place to experiment, log thoughts and images and experiment without a necessary end. I don’t work in it consistently but have phases.


I feel like mine are an extension of my brain; a place to gather and record thoughts that I know will disappear in the busyness and constant flood of visual inspiration.


 I will often look back through one and pick up again on the way something was painted or a collage technique that I liked.


I’m a great magazine snipper too and can end up overwhelmed by bits of this and that lying around waiting to inspire me. Sometimes I’ll have a few hours really looking at them and asking myself what it is about the image that captures my interest and then trying to work that out in the sketchbook.


Often enough this kind of playing will result in a motif for a pattern too.

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I began this book in September 2103 so it may be another two years before I can post like this again!


I took Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist by Lisa Congdon on holiday recently.


There’s nothing like a change of scenery and routine to open up the psyche to some old truths that need hearing afresh and maybe to some new ways of thinking.


I had resolved to not keep buying books written by artists making money telling artists how to be artists, but this one appealed (round corners!) and Lisa has a nice writing voice – it was refreshingly constructive.


I decided to write down words or phrases that resounded with me while I was reading it; and I have since re-written them and pinned them up around the studio so they can seep into my subconsciousness.


I keep glancing up and seeing “Do uncomfortable things” – ah, surely not!

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In a moment of summer madness, I have decided to have a studio de-stock.

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That is I am going to sell eighteen original watercolours and acrylics at vastly reduced rates in order to make some room for all the new stuff I’m working on and thinking about.

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This is your advanced warning of the sale which will open Friday 14th Aug at 6pm GMT.

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I’m going to post a quick feature of each painting that’s going in the sale over the next couple of days so you can see some larger photos and decide if there’s anything you fancy and then I’ll open the sale on Friday 16th Aug at 6pm GMT.

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It will be first come, first served, to make a BACS payment once I’ve emailed the payment details to you (fuller details will follow with each specific picture posting).

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So watch the blog, Facebook or Instagram (links in top side bar) if you fancy a Claire Leggett painting at a snip! ✂ ✂ ✂

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On Friday night I packed up my materials and my travel bag and set off for a mini adventure to Harwich in Essex in order to be ready to teach on Saturday at the Old Bank Studios.

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I was running a one-day mixed media course called All things Bright and Beautiful based on my mixed media bird paintings.

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We spent the day letting loose with some paint and papers building layers of paint, print and collage onto which we could paint a bird.


With everyone’s creativity flowing, imaginations let loose and we saw an underwater landscape, a couple of coastal scenes, a castle hidden in the trees, a blossom tree as well as floral still lifes and bird scenes come to life.

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They were a lovely group of ladies from near and far and we had fun working alongside each other.

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In fact, if I lived closer I wouldn’t hesitate to join the Quilting group or a textile course as the studios are a lovely environment to work in, the people are so friendly and I haven’t even mentioned the home cooked lunch yet!

Look at this beautiful room bathed in sunlight.


I’ve not been on a course that can accommodate a delicious sit down lunch like this with beautiful home cooked food like these amazingly clever apple roses made by Bev. It was a lovely way to take a break and to chat to people more.


After lunch a hush fell on the room for about an hour while everyone got serious about finishing off their pieces and then sadly the day was over.

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I’ve been really lucky so far this year to have run some really fun workshops and met some super lovely people; Old Bank Studios is run by Bev and Nigel who are genuinely two of the nicest people I’ve ever met.


And to finish, here we all are with our art.

 On Saturday 18th April 2015 I am excited to be teaching a workshop at Old Bank Studios in the lovely old town of Harwich, Essex.


The workshop day is titled All Things Bright and Beautiful.

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We will be having a lot of fun creating a layer of abstract collage onto which we can paint shapes more suggestive of foliage or grass and then some birds or other wildlife to create a richly patterned, beautiful little canvas to take home.

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It will be a very chilled day as this is a really fun way to work allowing for happy occurrences with the collage base and don’t worry we will have plenty of reference material of flowers and birds so everyone, whatever ability, can enjoy themselves and create a piece that they’re proud of.

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Blue Tits © Claire Leggett

There are seven places left to date, so if you’re interested please follow this link for more infoI’d love to meet you.


Last Friday I had the most amazing day out at Gotham Primary school in Nottinghamshire celebrating the end of their Art Week with them.

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They had spent their week focussing all their creative energies into making their own art based on images of my art. During the week a few classes at a time had been into Loughborough on a bus trip to see my exhibition at the Sock Gallery/Town Hall and they had sketched and looked at my paintings and come up with their own creative ideas.

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Then their week of work culminated on Friday with a visit from a real-life artist (me!) and an exhibition of their beautiful and clever work for their families and community to enjoy in the school hall.

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What a super bunch of kids and what a lovely staff team  – Gotham was a delightful school to visit and I was made to feel very welcome all day.


The children are a real credit to their families and teachers and the staff are hard-working and enthusiastic – SO  full of creative ideas I could never have guessed at the range of art activities that they had generated from seeing my work.

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There was a wealth of 2D and 3D button inspired work including clay buttons, button letters, button teacup and button trees (one of which I got to bring home which I was really pleased to have.)

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Flowers and nature had sparked many ideas for paintings, pastels, drawing, sewing and 3D bugs and butterflies.

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My teacups, cakes and biscuit paintings inspired the children and teachers to draw, paint, make teacups and plates and paint them with patterns and even have a tea party.

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They had looked at my pattern design work on the website too and explored making their own patterns.

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Every class participated in Art Week beginning in Playgroup and going right through to year six who were painting flowers from samples of my work ready to cut and collage onto music sheets.

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It was so exciting to see teachers investing time and enthusiasm into practising and exploring art (brilliantly led by their Art Co-ordinator) and the results are fantastic as the ability of the children is plain to see – a school of future creatives me thinks!

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During the day I visited each class in turn to see what they were working on and answer any questions they might have – and they had some super questions ready to ask and some really hard to answer ones like ‘ Why do you like to paint?’ Kids have the knack of cutting to the heart of things too (‘Are you rich?’ ‘Are you famous?’ ‘Why don’t you paint people?’) but all asked with utter politeness and charm – I loved talking to them all.


After lunch was the exhibition  – I was lost for words when I saw all their work collected up and displayed beautifully on patterned tablecloths and hung from a tree branch – it has to be the most creative use of gym equipment (other than a PE lesson) that I have ever see (well done Laura!)



The whole room was charming and beautifully done and the exhibition was really well supported by lots of visitors (I’m afraid all my photos at this point were blurred but there are some here to give you an idea.)

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We even had our photo taken for the local paper.



All in all it was a very special day for me – it’s so easy to sit at home alone and create things to show the world and quite a different experience to see the world actually looking at them and finding inspiration in them.

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Thank you everyone at Gotham Primary for having me for the day and ‘doing Art Week on the artist Claire Leggett’ – very humbling and a special day that I will remember for ever.


Good morning to you ! It’s a lovely bright, crisp sunny day here – perfect for the new year.


I have some new year bargains to share with you – first up are the last four remaining calendars going for a song at £5 each (plus p & p).

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If you’re interested please email me at Postage is about £1.65 in the UK depending how many you take.


And I also made some packs of cards for my Christmas markets and have a few of each left. You can see what cards are in each pack by looking at the sheet tied onto the basket in the photo. Or look here for bigger images.

£10 for five large rectange cards (that’s £2 each) and £9 for five square cards (£1.80 each) all tied up with ribbon and tags. Postage is about £1.85 in the UK depending how many you take.

Again please email if you’re interested because I don’t have time to photograph and update my Etsy page, so I’m just selling them off here.

Happy Monday, Claire x 🙂


Just interrupting the Dec Reflections to say that I’ll be here tomorrow if you live in the Manchester area and fancy some shopping 😉

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