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  • 20/06/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Invitation, open day and courtyard garden gallery...

    Good morning,

    Well, things are definitely underway here at the studio/ gallery. 

    The grass has been removed, I was quite anxious about this but have gone ahead with it, there is no turning back now. The limestone has been laid for the slabs to go on top which will be this week. The builders have been fantastic, especially through the mini heatwave we had last week. I've been on tea and cold drinking water duty every day whilst planning and preparing for the re-launch and open day.

    The top garden is nearly finished and the slabs are looking great. I am wary of constantly cleaning the floor as there is so much dust, muck & soil coming into the house. My OCD in cleanliness has gone overboard. I have to say lots of positive things to myself constantly to calm myself down.

    Toby is finally used to the noise and having strangers in the garden and sleeps through most of the chaos. He loves the extra attention he gets from the builders.

     

     

     

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    13/06/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    I've Always wanted a Patio.......

    Good Morning,

    Happy Monday. 

    I hope your weekend was wonderful whatever you got up to.

    The builders have been busy mixing the cement, building a brick wall for Darrell's Veggie plot, and, laying the patio. The weather has been perfect for garden renovations although our garden is a sun trap and they were a little fried.

    The rate they're working at and if the weather holds we are on schedule to have it completed on time.

    The gallery's open day is on Saturday 9th July, 11 am - 4 pm. Why not come along and see the new 'Garden Gallery', have a tea/coffee and a slice of cake.

    I will be designing an invite this week which I'll post next week. However, you can put the date in your diary and it will be great to see you.

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    07/06/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Perspective, Bee's Nest & half price paintings

    Good Day to you all,

    I hope you're enjoying this beautiful Tuesday. How was your jubilee weekend? We had a wonderful time camping at Anderby Creek.

    Now I'm back on it.

    As it's the first week of the month there is a practical blog... a simplistic look at drawing perspective which helps if you're into landscapes or street scenes etc.

    First the News:

    The Garden Renovation:-

    Finally, as I look out of my studio door I see builders working on the garden renovation... hurrah.

    I'm going to take photos this week as it progresses and bore you with them next week.

    Bee's Nest:-

    Whilst renovations were underway today we discovered a bee's nest... a proper one. We phoned various agencies for advice, passed from one to another. Finally, we got through to a bee expert, and we were told to move the nest to a safe place. We were also told the bees wouldn't sting us! Darrell safely moved the bees, he only got one sting!!!

    Half Price Paintings:-

    I have now removed all my paintings from the gallery in preparation for the grand opening/ re-launch in July. 

    To celebrate this I am offering all my floral canvases at half price. A once-in-a-lifetime offer. Please call or email if you would like to purchase an original one-off painting.

    Future Workshops:-

    These are slowly filling up. Visit the 'Adult Workshop 'page to see what's on offer.

     

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    30/05/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    New Dates & format for upcoming workshops

    Happy Monday,

    The last one in June... where is the year going.

    Despite being closed I'm incredibly busy with numerous projects...  

    Renovation of the garden is finally starting tomorrow so I'll bore you to death with photos of slabs, sand & cement. There will be regular updates on the progress.

    I've released 2 new full-day workshops & 2 half days on my website. I will release more next week.

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  • 23/05/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Coloured Pencils, Patio Slabs, Sand, Cement & the Dog Whisperer

    Good Morning,

    Happy Monday 23rd May. I hope you're well on this lovely Monday morning.

    My newsletter/ blog today is quite varied.

    Where shall I start?

    Patio Slabs, Sand & Cement

    Hallelujah, the materials for the renovation of the garden have arrived. I decided not to take photos of these... mmmm who wants to see a picture of a bag of sand? Unfortunately, work can't start yet due to unforeseen circumstances. This is really frustrating but can't be helped.

    The Dog Whisperer

    Toby Art dog has been with us for 2 weeks now, it feels a lot longer. During that time we have witnessed all the bad habits he has acquired in his 8.5 years... barking at other dogs, separation anxiety, not being house trained and pulling at the lead.

    We decided to get a dog trainer in to help us, I know it's our behaviour that has to change and not Toby's.

    She came on Saturday morning and gave us a lot of advice and techniques to help Toby. She was tough, but, we've taken her advice on board and within 2/3 days there are positive changes. We have to stick to the new regime for 2 weeks and not be manipulated by Toby's big brown eyes and super cute personality.

    New workshops & dates

    I'm busy this week planning workshops/ dates for when the gallery reopens in July.

    More about this next week.

     

     

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  • 16/05/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    The First week in the life of Toby Art Dog

    Good Morning,

    Happy Monday.

    I hope you're well this Monday morning.

    I've taken some time out from the studio/ gallery to settle Toby into his new life. It's been wonderful getting to know him but pretty exhausting.

    Poor Toby has had a pretty sad 8.5 years of life and will need plenty of training and TLC ( he'll have bags of both).

    I promise I won't go on and on about Toby, not everyone is a crazy dog person like me.

    First a catch up on the gallery/studio:

    • Unfortunately, work hasn't started on the renovation of the garden as we're waiting on materials!!! We're hoping it will be next week... fingers crossed.
    • I am starting on my own new projects this week which involve printing & mixed media. It's a medium I love to use and I am hoping to make a collection of prints for the grand re-opening of the gallery/ studio.
    • I am also planning new workshops and dates for the future.
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  • 10/05/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Toby Art Dog

    Good Morning,

    Happy Tuesday. I hope you're well on this overcast Tuesday morning.

    It's been really busy at the gallery/studio as  I wind down my workshops for the renovations to the garden. Unfortunately, work can't start for another couple of weeks as there is a problem with the materials. All good things come to those who wait... it's my mantra to keep myself calm.

    Saturday saw my final workshop till July, 'Beach Houses in Acrylics', it was a lovely day with some beautiful results.

    Yesterday, Monday, there was a private booking, '4 Colour lino print'. This was a full-on day which included lunch with wine. Once again, the work produced was outstanding.

    If you fancy a bespoke Art workshop for friends or/ and family which includes a home-cooked lunch please email or call me on 01427 360926.

    The business is now closed temporarily and I will email regular updates on the progress and changes being made.

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    04/05/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Drawing Eyes

    Good Morning,

    I hope you're well this Wednesday 4th May ( Star Wars Day if you're a fan of the franchise).

    Due to the bank holiday and working away in Liverpool the blog is 2 days later.

    First the news:-

    The studio/gallery is closed from Tuesday 10th May due to a complete revamp. The garden is being remodeled and will look like a building site for weeks. Because of this, there is no access to the studio/ gallery. I will be open for 1-1 sessions if you would like to book a private session.

    Grand opening & launch Saturday 9th July

    The studio /gallery will reopen with an exhibition showcasing new artwork from myself and artwork from local artists. There will be tea/coffee & cake available and the new garden will be transformed into a garden cafe. Invites will be sent out nearer the time.

    New Workshops

    I will be planning new workshops and will post them when I've finalised dates etc. There will be a mixture of new workshops and previous popular workshops. My prices are staying the same.

    There will also be more half-day sessions & make your own bespoke party workshop for up to 8 people.

    Exciting times, I'm really looking forward to it all but dreading the dust and mess!!!

     

     

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  • 24/04/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    What is Abstract Art?

    Good Morning,

    Happy Monday, I hope you're well this last Monday of April.

    As May draws closer so does the closure of A.S.K Art Studio & Gallery. We're preparing for the renovation of the garden. I have a quiet word with myself every day that the mess, upheaval, and closure will be worth it. We're designing a Mediterranean Courtyard garden style with a few dashes of quirkiness. I'll give weekly updates with photographs & progress.

    The past week has been exceptionally busy with workshops, Art Club, and private parties. I have a full timetable when I close next month... more about that at a later date.

    This week's blog is, ' What is Abstract Art?'

    I have many clients wanting to paint 'freely' and more 'lose', and, ask for advice on how to achieve this. The blog gives a little background on the style and I hope it helps with guidance too.

     

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  • 19/04/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Drawing

    Good Morning,

    Happy Tuesday! I hope you had a great Easter weekend and enjoyed the sunshine. It was perfect bank holiday weather.

    We certainly enjoyed the weekend and have been preparing for the garden renovation which is only 3 weeks away.

    It is a busy 3 weeks ahead in the studio with watercolour and cream tea experiences booked, Art Club & 2 workshops & a private workshop lined up... and, a business trip to Liverpool.

    I am going to miss running my workshops etc., however, I am going to be busy with other projects. More about these at a later date.

    This week's blog is about 'Drawing, Tone & Sketchbooks'. A huge and varied subject which I've condensed down.

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    11/04/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Blog:- All Change

    Good Morning,

    How are you this beautiful April morning?

    I'm recovering from a weekend at the Grand National in Liverpool. It was a fantastic atmosphere and we backed the winner which was a bonus. There were some stunning outfits and some real raspberries. There were also a lot of people behaving badly under the influence... it was very entertaining.

    I've had a good night's sleep after all the excitement and I'm rearing to go.

    This week's blog is called all change. First, I'm going to do some shameless self-promoting.

    Kids' Easter Workshop:- Wednesday 13th April 

    10 am - 12 noon  £15.00

    The morning is spent making 'Stainglass' Easter egg decorations from black paper, tissue paper, colouring pens & glitter. It's two hours and there are still spaces available. 

    Please book through the usual channels, email info@askartanddesign.co.uk or call 01427 360926.

     

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    04/04/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Rainy Skies

    Good Morning,

    Happy rainy Monday. It's the first of the month of April so it is a practical blog. It's a step-by-step guide to painting a rainy sky in watercolours. 

    First the news:-

    I have had a number of workshops last week as I was playing catch-up. Due to ill health, I had to postpone them. A big thank you for being so understanding and accommodating. 

    Kids' Easter Workshop

    Wednesday 13th April 10 am - noon

    I'm holding a one-off Easter workshop for kids (7 - 12 years old). We will be spending the morning making Easter decorations... cutting, gluing, ripping, designing, planning... having fun making 'stain glass ' Easter eggs. 

    There is still availability and it's only £15.00. 

    Saturday 23rd April 1 - 4 pm

    Watercolour Hare, Drink Prosecco & Eat Chocolate 

    After a successful session on Saturday, I'm running this session again. A great way to spend an afternoon. What's not to love?

    There are still 2 spaces available. Only £35.00.

    Temporary closing

    Due to our garden having a complete makeover the gallery/ studio will be closed until the grand opening second weekend in July. It's a long way off but the garden is going to be a building site & my studio won't be accessible.

    However, I'll still be having my weekly blogs and I'll keep you updated with pics of the progress in the garden.

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  • 28/03/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    The Confusing World of Paint brushes

    Good Morning,

    How are you this happy Monday, the clocks have sprung forward, it's lighter in the evening... a real feel-good factor.

    This week I have written a simple guide to watercolour paintbrushes. This can be a minefield and so confusing. I hope it helps and makes choosing paintbrushes less stressful.

    First the news:-

    • Due to ill health, I have changed a few dates of workshops. Following are the new dates.
    • Monday 4th April, Butterflies in Acrylics & Mixed Media / £60.00/ 10 am - 3 pm... space available. ( Originally 28th March).
    • Saturday 2nd April & 23rd April Watercolour Hare, Prosecco & Chocolate/ £35.00/ 1 - 4 pm. Limited space is available.  Please call or email to book a space. ( Originally 26th March).
    • Kids' Easter workshop/ Easter decorations using tissue paper' stain glass' technique:- Wednesday 13th April/ £15.00/ 10 am - 12 noon.

    Fortunately, I'm nearly ok now and the normal schedule is resuming.

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  • 21/03/2022 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Painting Surfaces for Watercolours...

    Good Morning,

    Happy Monday!!!

    What a beautiful sunny morning it is too. It's set to become warmer too... can't wait.

    I hope your weekend went well. We were off celebrating Darrell's birthday in Buxton, long walks, good food  & wine, all in that order. A very enjoyable birthday was had.

    It's a  busy week ahead here at A.S.K Gallery & Studio, with watercolour & cream tea experiences, Art Club & a Saturday workshop all lined up. 

    News

    Kids' Easter workshop

    I'm running a kids' Easter workshop on Wednesday 13th April, 10 am - 12 noon. We'll be making stain glass Easter egg decorations from tissue paper, and, also making wax relief & painted Easter egg decorations. The cost is £15.00 per child. Booking is through email at www.askartanddesign.co.uk or call me on 01427 360926.

    Monday 28th March

    Butterflies in Acrylics & Mixed Media on canvas:- there is still availability if you fancy having a chilled-out day painting these beautiful creatures. It is a full day 10 am  - 3 pm/ £60.00.

    The Garden News

    The man shed is completed and the 2 old sheds have been dismantled. The next stage of the garden project is to pave right through!!!! That is a big project and we will be closed during this process. I don't have a date yet... or any paving. It's in progress.

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  • 14/03/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Vincent Van-Gogh ... The Starry Night

    Good Morning,

    Happy Monday, mornings are getting lighter, daffodils are everywhere, the blossom is blossoming!!! I love Spring.

    Today's blog is a follow on from last week. It's a little background on 'The Starry Night' by Vincent Van Gogh.

    First the news from A.S.K Art & Design...

    Workshops

    Saturday's workshop 'Beach Houses in Acrylics', was a great success. Beautiful paintings were accomplished, the painting may look simple, it is a pretty complex process.

    There is still space available for the next session on Saturday 7th of May.

    Saturday 26th March 1 - 4 pm £35.00

    Sip Prosecco, Eat Chocolate, Paint a Hare in Watercolours

    If you're stuck for a Mother's Day gift, or, just because, a lovely chilled way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

    Spaces available. Please call or email to make a booking.

    Monday 28th March 10 am - 3 pm £60.00

    Butterflies in Acrylics & Mixed Media on Canvas

    Make a stylish painting of butterflies/ butterfly in acrylics and mixed media on a canvas you can take home and hang in pride of place. A chilled day painting, chatting and drinking tea/coffee... heaven.

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    07/03/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Oil Pastel Study of The Starry Night... Practical session

    Good morning,

    Happy Monday on the first one of the month.

    I hope life is good wherever you are and the sun is shining.

    It's been a busy few days here with a trip to Liverpool, Darrell's shed ( mancave nearing completion), re organising and emptying part of my storeroom into his mancave. Yes, that was hard for him but I have ways and means.

    Liverpool

    I was fortunate enough to go to Liverpool last week for 3 days visiting family, friends and Art Galleries. I took a trip to the Walker Art Gallery which is in the most beautiful building and houses paintings by Lowry, Picasso & Dali.

    The Tate sits impressively on the Liverpool waterfront and holds many modern exhibitions.

    My favourite trip was to the Museum of Liverpool on the waterfront. It is an amazing feat of engineering, the entrance is overwhelming as are all the exhibitions. 

    Darrell's New Mancave

    Darrell has been building his new shed which is attached to my studio. If you open the loo window you can see inside although there are a lot of shelves and 'stuff' in the way. I advise you to keep the blinds closed. Part of A.S.K now lives on 2 shelves... large portfolios, paintings, Christmas resources. 

    Next, we will be dismantling the 2 old sheds before deciding what slabs we're going to use for the patio. 

    Art workshops in March

    Saturday 26th March 1 - 4 pm

    Prosecco, Chocolate & Watercolour Hare 

    ( £35.00)

    Monday 28th March 10 am - 3 pm

    Butterflies in Acrylics & Mixed Media

    ( £60)

    Mothers' Day

    Are you finding it difficult to find a gift for the special woman in your life? A.S.K Art & Design can provide personalised gift vouchers for workshops, 1-1 sessions or Watercolour & Cream Tea Experiences.

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  • 28/02/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Global Scouse Day 28th February

    Good Morning,

    Happy Monday and Happy Scouse day... today is 'Global Scouse day'... more below.

    I hope you survived the storms and your garden fences are intact. It's March tomorrow...hurrah!!! I can smell spring in the air plus it's pancake day.

    First the news:-

    Saturday's workshop was 'Discovering Watercolours & Mixed Media' . It was a beautiful sunny day. Using drawing gum, feathers, leaves, watercolour tubes  & pan, food wrap, different watercolout papers we had a great time playing & exploring with the materials. There were some stunning outcomes and it was great fun.

    Saturday 12th March

    Beach Houses in Acrylics: 10 am - 3 pm. Paint a beautiful landscape of beach houses, sand, and sky/ sea on a canvas. There is still availability, please email or call to book your place.

    Garden revamp

    We are in the process of totally revamping the garden so I apologise in advance for any noise & chaos in the garden. Darrell, the husband, is building a beast of a man cave, shed. ONce this is complete and the 2 old sheds have been dismantled, a patio is being laid so clients can sit outside in the summer to have lunch or cream teas.

    We're hoping to have it completed by my annual open day & exhibition the last weekend in June.

    I will post pictures on the blog as it happens.

    Mothers' Day 

    Are you finding it difficult to find a gift for your mother/ grandmother/ important woman in your life, this year? Why not give them a voucher for a Watercolour & Cream Tea Experience at A.S.K studio & gallery? The voucher can be redeemed at a convenient date. The minimum purchase is for 2 people, the maximum is for 6... £25.00 for a 2-hour session.

    That is the news for the week.

     

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  • 21/02/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Art made with Bodily Fluids ...Is it Art?

    Good Morning,

    I hope you're surviving these horrendous storms and keeping safe & warm. 

    It has been busy at the studio/gallery as bookings are made for workshops and 'Watercolour & Cream Tea Experiences'. 

    News:-

    The next availability for workshops is Friday 11th March, ' Trees & Flowers in Watercolour & Ink' (10 am - 1 pm), Saturday 12th March, Beach Houses in Acrylics (10 am - 3 pm).

    If you go to the 'Adult Workshops' page all the details are there. 

    The Garden

    If you are booked on to any weekend workshops in the near future you will see the improvements progressing, slowly, in the garden.

    Darrell is building a beast of a shed  ( man cave), the two sheds we already have are being removed.

    Before June we are looking to slab a lot of the garden. The studio will have a lovely patio area for you to have your lunch on a warm day.

    It is exciting but leaves me feeling anxious as I hate mess!!

    Louie has left the building

    Louie the visiting Shih tzu has gone home to Taunton, he's left doggy boot camp. As much as I miss him, on the plus side, I am having snore-free sleep. 

     

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    14/02/2022 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Paul Klee:- Das Lamm

    Good Morning,

    Happy Valentine's ( if you celebrate it). We are halfway through February and the snowdrops are in full bloom. I love seeing the bed of white amongst the green in woodlands. 

    This week's blog is about an artist I admire for his use of colour, abstract paintings, child-like quality, and use of mixed media.

    Before that here is the news from A.S.K Art studio/ gallery.

    Louie the visiting Shih Tzu

    Louie's stay as the in-house Art dog is coming to an end. Today is his last full day, his mum is coming for him tomorrow. We have loved having him and he's been great in the studio. He settles down quickly after he's had a fuss from clients & doesn't distract. Louie loves to sit on the studio sofa lording it over everyone. Unfortunately, he does snore so I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep tomorrow.

    Workshops

    There are still spaces available for upcoming workshops, however, they are filling up. If you want to learn how to paint a cow and hen/s in watercolours, butterflies in mixed media & acrylic, beach houses in acrylics, or lino printing head over to my 'Adult Workshops' page. www.askartanddesign.co.uk 

    Art Club

    Art club is full but I may add another day due to popular demand. Please drop me a line if you are interested in coming along on a Wednesday every other week 2 - 4 pm. Bring a project you are working on and I will guide and advise where  I can. All this for £12.

    If you want the session to be on drawing skills once a month I plan the session, provide the materials and teach a variety of drawing techniques for an extra £3 ( £15).

    Friday's workshop ( 11th February) Silver Birch Trees & Flowers in pen and ink wash

    On Friday 11th February there was an afternoon workshop in pen & ink wash. After initial experimenting with different techniques, everyone worked on their own individual piece. I will say no more as the photographs speak for themselves. There was an abundance of quality work. 

    It was a really enjoyable afternoon.

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    07/02/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Abstract Still Life

    Good Morning,

    It's the first Monday of the month so the Art blog today is practical. It takes you one step at a time from drawing a simple still life into a beautiful abstract piece using marker pens or felt tips. 

    Both felt tips and marker pens are understated. They can be so effective and layered to create stunning artworks.

    A.S.K News:-

    Louie the Shih Tzu... The dog sitting is going well and it's great to have a dog in the studio again. However, he snores so has kept us awake numerous times!! 

    He is very cute and loves a cuddle and fuss.

    Workshops:

    The workshops are filling up, this week's Trees and Flowers in pen & ink washes is full which is fantastic, I'm really looking forward to it.

    There is still room for the Valentine's Prosecco, Chocolate & Paint on Saturday 12th February. This is from 1-4 pm, and for anyone & everyone. You don't have to be attached to enjoy the workshop. Paint, drink Prosecco, eat chocolate and listen to anti-romantic music...a lovely Saturday afternoon.

    Please call or email to book a space/s.

    Enjoy the practical and please let me know how you get on.

     

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  • 31/01/2022 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Printmaking

    Good Morning,

    Happy last day of January. The days are slowly drawing out, there are signs of spring if you look... crocuses, daffodils in the shops.

    This week's blog is about printmaking.

    I am running a weekend workshop in April, ' Lino Printing/ Printmaking/ Pop Art'.

    The blog on printmaking will give you a better understanding of this enjoyable and therapeutic medium.

    Before I gush on about my love of printmaking here is news from A.S.K Studio & Gallery.

    • We have a visiting canine to the studio in the form of Louie the incredibly cute Shih Tzu. He is quite a character. If you are coming to a workshop, Art Club, or Watercolour & Cream Tea experience before the 15th February you will have the pleasure of meeting him. He loves people and a lot of fuss.
    • 2022 workshops commence from next week and they're filling up fast. There are new themes/ workshops to suit a variety of tastes. Please contact me via email or call to make a booking.
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    24/01/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    JanuARTy - Recent Art work

    Happy Monday,

    I hope all is well in your lives.

    I'm looking out of the studio windows to a grey and overcast scene, this does not affect my upbeat & positive mood at all.

    This week's blog is visual with lots of images of my recent work/ experiments.

    But first:- 

     

    A.S.K News:-

    • I've been using my January to experiment and create new pieces... I've renamed the month to JanuArty. I've been working with colour schemes and themes which have challenged me and I'm really enjoying myself.
    • I'm in early discussions to organise and hold an exhibition in a fantastic location in Gainsborough in the near future. More about this when the meetings have taken place.
    • There will be a 4 legged furry addition to the studio from the 26th of January. We are dog-sitting Louis, a very friendly Shih Tzu, a very loved family dog, for 3 weeks. As you can imagine I am beside myself with excitement.

    Workshops:-

    Saturday, February 12th 1-4 pm Valentine Paint, Sip 'n pARTy

    • This workshop is for everyone, single, attached unromantic, romantic. It's a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon, painting hearts with collage & mixed media, relaxing, eating chocolate washed down with a glass of prosecco.

    • Listening to alternative romantic music e.g The Clash- Ever Fallen in love with someone you shouldn't have fallen in love with, Keane - Somewhere only we know, Joy Division - love will tear us apart... the list is endless and requests are welcome.
    • Spaces are limited to a maximum of 6/7, a minimum of 2.
    • All this fun for only £35 inclusive of everything.

    Enjoy the blog & please share, have a great week.

    Amina x

     

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  • 17/01/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Colour Book

    Good Morning,

    Happy sunny Monday. 

    I hope you are fine this beautiful morning.

    This week's blog is about a 'Colour Book' I created when I was a student many years ago. It was a record of inspirational images filled with unusual colour combinations. From these images, I experimented with colour mixing, colour matching & using unusual mixes of colours. 

    I hope it inspires you to start your own colour book. I still collect images that inspire me through colour as it helps me in my Art work.

    I've been busy in the studio, experimenting with acrylics, feathers, the female form, and mixed media & thoroughly enjoying myself. 

    I'll post my new pieces on the blog next week as I'm hoping to continue creating more pieces this Jubilant January.

    With Valentine's Day only 4 weeks off,  on Saturday 12th February A.S.K is holding a 'Valentine Paint Sip & pARTy ' from 1 - 4 pm. The afternoon is filled with painting hearts, listening to alternative love songs with a glass of prosecco and chocolate to top it all off.

    The session is for everyone, whether you're single, attached, male, female, or gender-neutral ( I don't know what that means!!!).

    All this fun for only £35.00.

    Enjoy the blog & please share.

    Have a great week,

    Amina xx

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    10/01/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Frida Kahlo Part 2

    Good Morning & Happy Monday,

    How are you on this mild and overcast Monday? I'm enjoying having the luxury of working on my own paintings, experimenting with new techniques and themes.

    There are no workshops this month, but there is Art Club, they recommence next month. The first is on Friday  11th ...' Beech Trees & Flowers in Pen/Ink Wash.'

    Visit the 'Adult Workshops' page to browse through the range of workshops.

    This week's blog is the second part of the life of Frida Kahlo. She is an inspiration and achieved so much in her 47 years.

    Enjoy the blog, please share.

    Have a great week,

    Amina x

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    04/01/2022 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Happy New Year/ Frida Kahlo

    Good Morning & Happy New year,

    I hope your festive season was joyous and that your new year has been successful so far.

    A.S.K is up and running for another busy year ahead.

    Why don't you check out the new workshops for 2022 on the adult workshop page?

    Fancy a 1-1 session? The day and time are up to you.

    Why not treat a loved one to a 2-hour watercolour & cream tea experience?

    Always wanted a bespoke painting or an affordable original... visit my online gallery.

    Blog:- 

    Today's blog is about one of the most inspiring female artists of modern times... Frida Kahlo. I received a 'Frida Kahlo cushion' from my wonderful friend Steph. This  has inspired me to write about her 

    It is in 2 parts as she had such an interesting life and there's so much to write.  

    Enjoy the blog, please share and leave a comment.

     

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    20/12/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year

    Good Morning,

    Welcome to the last Art blog of 2021.

    As I wind down for the festive season I look forward to 2022 & new exciting possibilities.

    A.S.K Studio & Gallery will be open for 'virtual' business Tuesday 4th January, real-time from February 1st.

    All that's left for me to say is:-

    May the Christmas celebrations help you end this year with positivity and good cheer.

    Have a wonderful Christmas.

    x

     

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    13/12/2021 - Amina Sly- Khan 0 Comments
    A Review of the Year @ A.S.K Art Gallery & Studio

    Good Morning,

    I hope this Monday finds you well and sane in the midst of the annual seasonal madness.

    As the year draws to a close, this week's blog is a review of the year in a few words and lots of pics.

    Due to COVID, there were no workshops, art clubs, or exhibitions at the beginning of the year... a very depressing time.

    However, on the positive side, it gave me plenty of opportunities to practice my art and experiment.

    As COVID rules relaxed I managed to run a number of workshops & introduce 'Watercolours & Cream Tea Experiences'. Doors and windows were kept open, rain and cold came in. My amazing clients continued through it all with lashings of hand sanitiser and throws to keep them warm.

    Throughout the year the workshops were varied:- Large Acrylic Flowers, Abstract Acrylics, Creative Batik on Paper, Abstract Acrylic Landscapes, Cityscapes in Watercolours & Mixed Media, Figures on the Beach, Wax, Lowry Street scenes in Watercolours, Scrunch & Paint... to name a few.

    I also had my first-weekend workshop:- Beauties in Nature. This was really great fun, to be able to work intensely on one piece all weekend. It was such a success I'm making it an annual event.

    In July A.S.K had an Open Day. The garden was transformed into a beautiful outdoor cafe where hot & cold drinks & homemade cakes were served. It was a hot day... in the words of Lou Reed- A Perfect Day.

    In between workshops, there were private parties for the 'Watercolour & Cream Tea Experience, 1-1 tuition and the occasional sale of a painting or a commission.

    Christmas was busy with the Christmas tree festival, exhibition at the Hub in Retford & Christmas Extravaganza workshops.

    As the year draws to a close my final words are for Murphy Art Dog. He left us on Monday 11th October, at 11.30 am, after battling with ill health.  I am in the studio every day, working Monday to Friday/ Saturday. He was a small dog with a huge personality and the studio is a different environment without him.

    R.I.P Beautiful Boy deeply loved & missed. Legend.

     

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    06/12/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Paint a Robin Christmas card in watercolours

    Good Morning,

    Happy Monday, I hope you're well on this cold and crisp 6th December.

    As Christmas is less than 3 weeks away, this week's blog is step-by-step paint a festive robin Christmas card.

    It's a great activity for both adults and kids. 

    Before that here is the news from A.S.K Art Gallery & Studio:-

    New & exciting workshops for 2022

    These are now up and available to book. New sessions start in February.

    New workshops include, 'Beach Houses in Acrylics on canvas, 'watercolour hens & cows', 'Discovering Watercolours & Mixed Media'... to name a few.

    Weekend Workshop:-

    I am running a whole weekend workshop on Saturday & Sunday 23rd & 24th April. It is 'Lino Printing & Painting / Pop Art Retro 1960's/ 70's'. Dressing in retro clothes is highly encouraged but optional.

    Visit the weekend workshop page for all the details.

    Watercolour & Baileys coffee/ Christmas cake experience

    Time is running out to book a 2-hour 'treat' for you + other/s. It's replacing the watercolour & cream tea experience during the Festive season. You choose the morning/ afternoon and I check the diary to see if it's doable.

    Have a great week, enjoy the blog and please share. It would be great if you left a comment and let me know how you got on with the painted robin.

    Amina xx

     

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  • 29/11/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    New workshops for 2022

    Good Morning,

    Happy Monday!

    The last one in November, it's crazy Christmas all the way now.

    This week's blog gives you all the information about 2022 workshops.

    But first the news:- 

    A.S.K News 

    Talking of crazy Christmas, the Christmas extravaganza on Saturday was a blast. We listened to Christmas music, made hand painted cards in watercolours, drank Baileys coffee, ate mince pies, Christmas cake and gingerbread stars. Christmas jumpers and outfits were encouraged but optional.

    Christmas Tree Festival at Retford

    The tree was taken down yesterday and the festival is now over. It was a great success with so many visitors. I went along to help serve refreshments and, also, work the front of house. There was a wonderful community spirit and the church looked amazing with the variety of trees all lit up.

    Art Club

    There are 2 sessions left for the year, 2nd & 16th December. If you fancy a couple of hours of respite in a calming atmosphere why not come along with your project and relax. Booking is essential as there are only 6 spaces.

    Kids' Christmas Extravaganza

    Saturday 11th December 1 - 4 pm

    Still 2 spaces available for this creative afternoon for kids. Three hours of painting, making snowflake decorations, painting baubles, drinking hot chocolate & eating chocolate yuletide log. 

    Only £22!!!

     

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    22/11/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Photo Gallery of The Christmas Tree Festival & Exhibition

    Good Afternoon & Happy Monday!!!!

    As the year slowly draws to a close I've been putting together a programme of workshops for 2022.

    These are going live in next week's blog.

    I'm pretty excited as I've introduced some new workshops and another weekend workshop.

    More next week.

     

     

     

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    15/11/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Annual Christmas Tree Festival

    Good Morning,

    Welcome to my weekly blog & Happy Monday 15th November.

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend whether it was fun-packed or chilled out.

    Today's Blog is about the annual Christmas tree festival in Retford, which, I'm involved with.

    It gives all the details, timings etc and the photograph is of a previous festival.

    First, we have the news from A.S.K.

    A.S.K News:-

    Art Club:-

    There are only 3 sessions left before the end of the year. Do you have a painting or drawing you're working on but need advice on tap in an inspirational studio/ gallery?

    The sessions are on Thursday 18th November, 2nd & 16th December 2 -4 pm.

    Only £12.00 per session.

    Workshops:-

    I am busy planning experimenting. They will be on the website in early December for next year.

    Kids' Christmas extravaganza:-

    This afternoon workshop is for 7 - 13-year-olds on Saturday 11th December 1-4 pm.

    It involves making painted Christmas cards, paper snowflakes, and Christmas baubles.

    A really creative, festive & fun afternoon. 

    All for only £22.00

    Watercolour & Baileys Coffee Experience

    This is a festive twist on the watercolour & cream tea experience for November & December.

    The two-hour session involves painting in watercolours, drinking a hot Baileys coffee, eating Christmas cake and mince pies... what's not to love?

    All for £28.00 per person or 2 for £50. A great break from the madness that is Christmas.

    Christmas Art Exhibition @ the Hub, Retford

    This is at the Hub in Retford, Cannon Square, Retford, DN22 6 PB from the 18th of November. It is showcasing Art and crafts by local artists for 4 weeks up till Christmas. I will be exhibiting 4 paintings and also have a 'craft' table.

    There will be glass paintings and prints for sale on the table.

    Have a fantastic week.

    Amina x

     

     

     

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    08/11/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    My Influences:- Art Nouveau

    Good Morning,

    Happy Monday, 8th November. How was the weekend, filled with fireworks, bonfires & sparklers? Not necessarily in that order!

    This week's blog is a simplified explanation of Art Nouveau.

    I was heavily influenced by this movement as a student in Manchester many years ago.

    A.S.K News:-

    Art Club:-

    There are only 3 sessions left before the end of the year. Do you have a painting or drawing you're working on but need advice on tap in an inspirational studio/ gallery?

    The sessions are on Thursday 18th November, 2nd & 16th December 2 -4 pm.

    Only £12.00 per session.

    Workshops:-

    These are in the pipeline and will be on the website in early December for 2022.

    Kids' Christmas extravaganza:-

    This afternoon workshop is for 7 - 13-year-olds on Saturday 11th December 1-4 pm.

    It involves making painted Christmas cards, paper snowflakes, and Christmas baubles.

    A really creative, festive & fun afternoon. 

    All for only £22.00

    Christmas Tree Festival, St Swithun's Church, Retford:-

    Dates, times, and more news next week.

    Watercolour & Baileys Coffee Experience

    This is a festive twist on the watercolour & cream tea experience for November & December.

    The two-hour session involves painting in watercolours, drinking a hot Baileys coffee, eating Christmas cake and mince pies... what's not to love?

    All for £28.00 per person or 2 for £50. A great break from the madness that is Christmas

    Have a fantastic week.

    Amina x

     

     

     

     

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    01/11/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Watercolour Red Pepper

    Good Morning,

    Happy Monday, 1st of November. Now the clocks have gone back, and it's darker in the evening, let's look on the bright side... lots of cosy nights to paint, draw and do all things creative.

    This week's blog is step by step on how to paint a red pepper in watercolours.

    It's suitable for all abilities. If you have kids or grandkids this is a great activity that they will enjoy.

    News:-

    As the year slowly draws to a close, A.S.K studio/gallery is looking forward to the new year and new workshops.

    They are in the pipeline and will be posted on the website soon.

    Availability for this year:-

    Monday 15th November

    Watercolour kingfisher & Hare/ Watercolour techniques 10 am- 3 pm

    There are only 2 spaces available for this upcoming workshop. All other workshops are full.

    Please call or email if you would like to book a space.

    Art Club:-

    There are only 4 left for this year. 

    Thursday 4th & 18th November, 2nd & 16th December, 2-4 pm

    This is a lovely relaxed session where you can bring your own projects & materials and work in the studio. I'm with you all the way, making hot drinks & doling out advice and guidance. I make the occasional cake too.

    This is only £12.00 per session and booking is essential.

    Enjoy the blog & let me know how you get on. A comment is always appreciated.

    Have a great week.

    Amina x

     

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    25/10/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Why Use Acrylics

    Good Morning,

    Happy Monday. I hope life is good this last Monday in October.

    Thank you so much for all the lovely messages about Murphy. He was an absolute legend and very loved by everyone who met him. A small dog with a huge personality.

    The studio is empty without him, however, I'm comforted by all the kind words from his fan club, and,  knowing he's out of pain in a better place. 

    This week's blog asks the question, 'Why Use Acrylics?'

    I love painting in acrylics ( and watercolours) and prefer them to oils.

    Considering the drawbacks of oil paints, it is amazing what the old masters achieved. They would have loved acrylics.

     

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    18/10/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 9 Comments
    A Tribute to Murphy

    Good Morning,

    It is with a heavy, broken heart that I write today's blog.

    Murphy's health has been rapidly deteriorating in the last 4 weeks. His arthritis worsened and he lost the use of his left leg. After weekly visits to the vet and trying different drugs to help him nothing worked anymore.

    He tried so desperately to hang on, struggling to walk on three legs, but it was all too much.

    Monday 11th October he told me he was ready to say goodbye. He couldn't get out of bed at all, he had had enough. It would have been purely selfish if  I'd kept him with me.

    At 11.30 am on Monday 11th October Murphy went to sleep very peacefully.

    Murphy was a huge part of  A.S.K Art Gallery & Studio and was aptly named Murphy Art Dog ( M.A.D)... I think the abbreviation referred to me!!! 

    Many clients brought him treats or would give him part of their lunch ( I did feed him, honestly). He would sit on people's laps, sometimes for the whole session quite happily.

    Clients were welcomed by him as they walked into the garden. He was a small dog with a huge personality. A Legend.

    I rescued Murphy from a shelter 11 years ago, however, he rescued me. He was my rock, my companion, my best friend. Dog lovers amongst you will empathize and understand.

    His memory will live on and his presence fills the studio/ gallery.

    I light a candle and say few words to him every day. It will get easier and his memory will live on.

    R.I.P Murphy, sweet dreams little man. 

    xx

     

     

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  • 11/10/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Art Glossary Part 2

    Good Morning,

     

    Happy Monday, I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed the beautiful sunshine.

    It's been a busy time here at A.S.K with workshops, watercolour cream teas, and preparations for upcoming events... more on the latter at a later date.

    There is still space available for the workshop Saturday 6th November, Painting A Poppy in the style of Georgia O'Keefe.

    All other workshops are now full.

    There are kids' workshops over half term if the kids are feeling creative.

    This week's Art Blog is part 2 of an Art Glossary.

    Enjoy the blog and please feel free to share.

    Have a great week.

    Amina & Murphy xx

     

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    04/10/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Scratched Patterns

    Good Morning,

    Happy Monday, the first one of the month which means... art activity!

    It's a really fun activity suitable for all abilities, ages and great for relaxation and mindfulness.

    Please share the blog and let me know how you get on.

    News from A.S.K Art Gallery/ Studio

    Thursday Art Club   

    Want to develop your own Art projects with expert advice on tap?
    Why not bring your Artwork in progress, and, materials to A.S.K Art & Design Art Club.
    Work at your own pace in the garden studio & gallery of A.S.K Art & Design for only £12.00 per session.
    Art Club is on Thursday 7th & 21st October, 4th & 18th November, 2nd & 16th December, 2 - 4 pm.

    What’s included?

    Tea/ coffee/ biscuits… refreshments.
    Expert advice from myself, I am a qualified Art teacher and practicing Artist.
    Two hours of mindfulness with enthusiastic and like-minded people in a relaxed and inspirational environment.
    The maximum number is 6, this allows for plenty of 1-1 tuition.
    A cuddle with Murphy Art Dog… laid back and elderly.

    Upcoming Adult Workshops / October - December

    Saturday 9th October/ 10 am - 3 pm/ Abstract Acrylic Landscapes/ only £60
    Saturday 6th November/ 10 am - 3 pm/ Acrylic Poppy Painting in the style of Georgia O’Keefe/ Only £60
    Monday 15th November/ 10 am - 3 pm/ Paint a Kingfisher & Hare in Watercolours/ Only £60
    Saturday 27th November/ 1 - 4 pm/ Christmas Extravaganza/ Only £35.00

    Upcoming Kids Workshops

    Tuesday & Wednesday 26th & 27th October ( half term) /  10 am - 12 noon/ £15 per child
    Saturday 11th December/ 1 - 4 pm/ Kids’ Christmas Extravaganza/ £22 per child

    All Materials, tea & coffee are included in the price.

    Please call or email for information,  booking is essential & spaces are limited.

    Murphy Art Dog:-

    He is on new medication for his arthritis and is soldiering on. Mentally, he still thinks he's a puppy, chasing squeaky toys!

    Have a great week.

    xx 

     

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    27/09/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Art Glossary

    Good morning,

    I hope you're well this Monday 27th September, the last Monday in September.

    I've slowly settled back into the day-to-day running of A.S.K Gallery/Studio after a 2-week break. 

    Here is the news of the week:-

    Kids' Workshop:- Half term is fast approaching and there are 2 morning Art activities for kids aged 7 - 12. It's only £15.00 if you fancy a break from parenting or grandparent duty. I have an up-to-date D.B.S.

    Tuesday & Wednesday 26th/27th October 10 am - 12 noon.

    Adult workshops:-

    Abstract Acrylic Landscapes, Saturday 9th  October 10 am  - 3 pm.

    There is still time to book a space for this full day's workshop where you can create your individual painting on canvas.

    It's perfect for beginners to intermediate.

    Saturday 23rd October:- Lowry Street Scene in Watercolours- Fully Booked

    Saturday 6th November:- Poppy Painting in the style of Georgia O'Keefe

    There is still time to book a space on this full-day workshop painting a beautiful Poppy on a canvas.

    Murphy News:-

    Murphy is suffering from his arthritis but he visited the vets last week and was a real trooper. He's now on anti-inflammatories which will hopefully ease his pain and give him more movement.

    He certainly hasn't lost his appetite or his sense of fun.

    Enjoy the blog...It's a glossary of some art terms. There are so many so I've narrowed it down to a few. More next week?

     

     

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    21/09/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Georgia O'Keefe - Poppy

    Good Morning,

    Welcome to the blog after a 2-week break.

    I've written a blog about one of my favourite Georgia O'Keefe's paintings - Red Poppy.

    I've posted the original and my inspired paintings.

    My workshop on Saturday 6th November is, 'Painting a Poppy in the Style of Georgia O'Keefe'.

    There are still spaces available if you fancy a relaxing day painting a beautiful poppy.

    Enjoy the blog, please share.

    Amina & Murphy

     

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  • 31/08/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    August 28th/ 29th Beauties of Nature Workshop

    Good Morning,

    I hope your bank holiday weekend was relaxing, fun-filled, and everything you hoped for.

    The studio/gallery had the first-ever weekend workshop.

    My blog this week is a little about the weekend workshop.

    • It started with a coffee/ tea and an introduction to what lay ahead on Saturday.
    • Various techniques were covered using acrylic paint, collage, and transfers.
    • The colour palette was limited to yellow ochre, ultramarine, burnt umber, crimson red & black.
    • We made studies of butterflies, birds & plants.
    • The dining table was set for a delicious lunch of roast chicken, quiche & a selection of 4 salads; all washed down with a few glasses of white or red wine.
    • In the afternoon we put into practice everything that was covered that morning.
    • A canvas was prepped for the following day. 
    • Workspaces were left as they were individually designated for the weekend.
    • The day ended with homemade scones, clotted cream, strawberry jam & prosecco sat around the dining table chatting.
    • Murphy was overjoyed by all the fuss and extra treats.
    • Sunday started with coffee/tea and everyone went straight into working on the prepared canvases.
    • There were studies of butterflies, dragonflies, and falcons.
    • Colours were beautifully mixed and applied over-prepared canvases.
    • After a lunch of jacket potatoes with a choice of fillings & a selection of salads washed down with white & red wine; we continued with our paintings in acrylic and mixed media.
    • The photos capture the weekend really well.
    • There will be another weekend workshop in the spring... can't wait. 

     

     

     

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    23/08/2021 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Weekend Workshop & Kids' Workshops

    Good Morning,

    I hope you're well this Monday morning on the 23rd of August.

    This week's blog is all about the weekend's workshop, 'Beauties of Nature in Acrylics & Mixed Media.

    I also have a new page on my website, ' Children's workshops'. I'm running a couple of Art workshops in October half term for kids aged 7 - 12 years old. They are 2 hours long and a lot of fun.

     

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    16/08/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    My Influences:- Georgia O'keefe

    Good Morning,

    I hope you are well this Monday morning in the middle of August.

    Welcome to Monday's blog which is about an artist who has had a huge influence on my art practice.

    Georgia O'Keefe painted the most amazing flowers in an abstract style. Her colours, pattern, and composition were beautifully orchestrated.

    Workshops:-

    The weekend workshop is only 2 weeks away. If you fancy a creative-filled weekend which includes all your materials, tuition, lunches, afternoon cream tea & wine, why not spoil yourself?

    Go to the weekend workshop page for more information and booking details.

    Art Club:-

    Thursday  19th August/ 2nd September  2 - 4 pm

    Come along with your own project to work in a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of advice, tea & coffee on hand.

     

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    09/08/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    LS Lowry - The person

    Good Morning,

    How are you on this glorious sunny Monday?

    We are doing just fine, Murphy is in his happy place, my lap, so all is well in his world.

    This week's blog is a follow on from last week's on L.S.Lowry. It gives bullet points on the life of this fascinating artist.

    My love for his art has resulted in a workshop on Saturday 23rd October ' Paint a Lowry Industrial Street Scene in Watercolours'. It's filling up fast, there are still  2 spaces left.

    Enjoy the blog and please share.

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    02/08/2021 - Mrs Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Draw a street scene in the style of L.S Lowry

    Good Morning,

    I hope you're well on this lovely Monday morning, the first in August.

    Today's blog continues the theme of my influences and favourite artists... L.S. Lowry.

    Lawrence Stephen Laurence is a fascinating artist and his work is that of a solitary observer, with desolate landscapes strangely complementing street scenes teeming with figures.

    More about him next week.

    As it's the first Monday of August there is an Art activity which is influenced by L.S Lowry involving the understated colouring pencil.

    Enjoy & please share.

    Amina & Murphy

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    26/07/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    My Influences:- Gustav Klimt

    Good Morning,

    Happy Monday, it's sunny and warm what's not to love.

    This week's blog is all about what & who influenced my artwork at an early age.

    I've always had a great love of colour, pattern and texture which has been prominent in my work through the decades.

    One of my major influences was the Austrian symbolist painter Gustav Klimt.

     

     

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  • 19/07/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Open Day & Exhibition

    Good Morning,

    What a glorious one it is too... sunny, bright & warm.

    My blog this week is a little different. It's a tale of the wonderful weekend ... open day at A.S.K Art studio/ gallery & exhibition at West Stockwith Church.

    My friend & fellow artist Steph Baines approached me a couple of months ago & asked if I'd be interested in holding an Art exhibition at West Stockwith Church.

    The primary objective was to help raise funds for the upkeep of this beautiful building which is in need of TLC.

    After agreeing on a date we thought it would be a good idea to have an open day on the same day at the studio. A mini 'arts festival'.

    A number of my wonderful clients exhibited their work in the church. Thanks to Jean Dagg, David Barker, Graham Spires, Karen Horner-Glister, Jane Boor, Cath Ray, Judy-Anne Newton for your beautiful work.

    Thanks also to you wonderful people who contributed the most delicious cakes to sell:- Jean Dagg, Shirley Williams, Humaira Khan, Diana Wardell, Liz Woods. Your cakes were very much appreciated and raised £60 at the studio!!!

    On the 17th of July, the garden was converted into a cafe/tea garden with plenty of umbrellas for shade, vases of lavender to dress the table, bunting, and rustic table cloths and chairs.

    My two gorgeous step-daughters Mackenzie & Maddison were hostesses and did an excellent job serving hot & cold beverages & cakes.

    Darrell, my husband was their glamorous assistant and, Murphy worked the crowd going from lap to lap.

    We couldn't have asked for better weather, the sun shone all day as visitors came through the gate.

    It was so lovely to see so many clients coming through the doors, there was a lot of catching up and chatter. 

    18th July:- the exhibition at the church continued for a second day with plenty of footfall coming through. The church looked amazing displaying a wide range of local talent. 

    There were paintings, watercolours, photography, clay sculptures, wooden sculptures, prints, sculptures. 

    It showcased the wide range of talent in the local area.

    I don't have a final figure raised for the church, yet.

    I can't thank you enough for your support in this event. It could not have come off without your continued support and kindness.

    Thank you xxx

     

     

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    12/07/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Gouache Paint

    Good Morning,

    How are you on this second Monday of July?

    It's very busy here preparing for the joint Open Day at the Gallery/studio & the exhibition at West Stockwith church, Saturday 17th July 11 am - 5.30 pm.

    Paintings are in the process of being labelled and logged.

    The garden is in the process of being converted into an outdoor 'cafe' to serve hot drinks and homemade cakes.

    Invites have been sent, Murphy has been prepped to entertain.

    It would be great to see you there.

    I've also ordered a beautiful sunny day.

    See you Saturday,

    Amina & Murphy

     

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    05/07/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Drawing hands step by step

    Good Morning,

    Happy Monday and it's the first one of July so today's blog is an activity.

    It's a step-by-step drawing of a hand using a pencil.

    There are also examples of drawings from different artists to help you develop your drawing.

    Let me know how you get on.

    News:-

    Preparations for the open day and exhibition are underway. Cakes are being baked, bunting is being sourced and the invitations are out. We're very excited about the event and renamed it a mini Arts Festival.

    I have a new page on my website called 'Weekend Workshops'.

    If you fancy spending a weekend immersing yourself in creativity this is the page for you. The days are longer, lunches, cream tea & wine is included to make it an extra special experience.

    All the information is on the page, the first-weekend workshop is called 'Beauties of Nature- painting in acrylics & mixed media'. It's on Saturday & Sunday 28th & 29th August.

    Have a great week, enjoy the blog, more next week.

    Amina & Murphy xx

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    28/06/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Colour Expression

    Good Morning,

    Welcome to this week's blog which continues the theme of using colour in painting.

    There is a lovely painting called 'Grey Day, Sunset ' which is a great example of colour and mood.

    The wax, scrunch & painting workshop at the weekend was great fun. There was plenty of creativity and activity using a range of medium. 

    Due to the exhibition, open day and other commitments there are no workshops in July. The next is on August 6th which is 'drawing skills', it is a morning session only.

    Check out the Adult Workshop page for upcoming workshops in August.

    Only three weeks to go to the open day and exhibition, I'm becoming very excited as is Murphy. We hope you can make it to the mini Arts Festival day/ weekend.

     

     

     

     

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  • 21/06/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Tonal Values

    Good Afternoon,

    Happy summer solstice.

    This week's blog is 'Tonal Values'. It will give some clarity and understanding about tone.

    I hope you can make the studio/ gallery open day on the 17th July and, the exhibition at West Stockwith Church on 17th & 18th July.

    All the details are on the website.

    If you have a celebration coming up why not treat yourself & loved ones to a watercolour & cream tea experience. All details are on the website.

    Enjoy the blog.

    Best wishes,

    Amina & Murphy x

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    13/06/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Colour

    Good Morning,

    How are you this beautiful and warm day?

    Today's blog is a continuation of colour theory and focuses on Warm & Cold Colours, depth & space .

    I hope you enjoyed the wet-on-wet blog and had a go at painting.

    Exhibition:- 

    Saturday & Sunday 17th & 18th July, 11 am - 5.30

    West Stockwith Church, West Stockwith, DN 10 4EY

    The exhibition showcases my work and that of local artists. The entrance is £1 and there is tea, coffee and scones available to purchase. All money raised will go towards the upkeep of the church.

    A.S.K Open Day:-

    Saturday 17th July 11 am - 5.30 pm

    Why not come along and see the newly extended garden gallery & studio? 

    There will be tea/coffee & cake available, contributions are welcomed and will be donated to West Stockwith Church for upkeep.

    Bistro-style tables & chairs will be set up to enjoy homemade cake & take in the surroundings.

    Please drop me a line if you would like to come to the open day.

    Best wishes,

    Amina & Murphy x

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    07/06/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Wet-on-wet Painting

    Good Morning,

    Happy Monday, I hope your weekend was hot, sunny, and relaxing.

    It's the first Monday of the month so this week's art blog is an art activity.

    Using watercolours follow the instructions and pictures step at a time to learn the wet-on-wet technique.

    Let me know how you get on and share the blog.

    The bi-weekly Art club will return Thursday 29th July 2 - 4 pm. For only £12.00 bring along a project you're working on and, if you need advice and guidance, it's available in abundance.

    Preparations for A.S.K Open day & the art exhibition at West Stockwith are underway. Dates and invitations will be sent out soon.

    Have a great week,

    Amina & Murphy Art Dog xx

     

     

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    31/05/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    The Language of Colour Part 2

    Good Morning,

    What a beautiful sunny day at last. I hope you had a great bank holiday weekend out and about or at home.

    This week's blog is a second instalment on the language of colour. 

    It explains terms that are used frequently in Art & Design.

    Have a great week.

    Amina & Murphy xx

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    25/05/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    The Language of Colour

    Good Morning,

    Welcome to this week's blog which is about mixing colours and the terms used which can be confusing.

    All is good and ticking along wonderfully here at the gallery/ studio. Workshops, watercolour & cream tea experiences & preparations for an upcoming exhibition & studio open day are keeping Murphy & me very busy.

    Murphy is taking it all in his stride.

    Please share the blog.

    Have a great week.

    Amina x

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    17/05/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Coloured Pencils

    Good Morning,

    Happy Monday... a little dull & overcast but it's feeling warm.

    This week's blog gives, hopefully, helpful information about colourng pencils. A very understated artist's tool.

    News Bulletin:-


    • Art Exhibition:- Saturday/ Sunday 17th &18th July A.S.K Art & Design is holding an Art exhibition at West Stockwith Church, a stunning building with a great outdoor space. If you would like to exhibit a piece or two, email me the details and a photograph of the work. I already have amateur artists involved and am very excited.
    • Studio Open Day:- As well as the exhibition there is a studio open day on Saturday 17th July. You can come along, have a tea, cake and view the new extended gallery and exhibition.
    • More details on both events soon.
    • Workshops:- there is still room on a couple of workshops, check the Adult Workshop Page for more information.
    • Murphy News:- He's as cute & adorable as ever, his arthritis doesn't hinder him, although we have to carry him up the stairs.

    Enjoy the blog, please share where possible.

    Amina & Murphy x

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  • 10/05/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Black is a colour, too

    Good morning,

    How are we all as lockdown slowly eases?

    Workshops:-

    Saturday's 'Abstract acrylic Landscapes' session was a great success. Each outcome was different producing beautiful vibrant paintings. The wet weather didn't dampen the spirit, we were wrapped up warm, the heating was on full and throws were handed out to keep warm as doors & windows were open.

    The next workshop is ' Abstract cityscapes in Watercolour & Mixed Media'. There is one space available, checkout the adult workshops page.


    Exhibition:-

    There is an upcoming exhibition in the pipeline... more news next week.

    News also of a studio open day at A.S.K... next week.


    Blog:-

    This week's blog is 'Black is a colour, too'... has that captured your interest?

    Take care, have a great week, 

    Amina & Murphy xx

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    03/05/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Weekly Blog:- Tone, Form & Illusion

    Good Morning,

    Happy Bank Holiday, Happy May!

    This month's art activity is all about creating tone and form using a very simple formula.

    The subject matter is personal choice, I loved the picture of the lion, once I had started though it took quite a while. I found the whole activity really therapeutic and zoned out with Murphy fast asleep by my side.


    Studio & Gallery News:-

    April saw the opening of workshops and welcoming clients back safely into the studio.

    The workshops have been varied:- watercolour & ink, Large Acrylic Flowers, Abstract Acrylics. 

    There have also been bookings for 'Watercolours & Cream Tea Experience', very enjoyable.

    The Creative Batik on Paper Workshop held on the bank holiday weekend produced some  beautiful & interesting pieces.

    April also saw the first Art Club every other Thursday 2-4pm. The next Art Club is on Thursday 13th May, booking, as always, is essential. If you have a project you're working on and need advice and guidance on tap while working on it, this is for you.

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    26/04/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Charcoal Tips & Art Club

    Good Morning,

    Hope you're well on this beautiful Monday morning.

    It was a busy weekend at the gallery/studio with the workshop 'Abstract Acrylics' which was full on. The day was sunny, the doors were wide open, Murphy welcomed everyone in his own individual manner, barking, wagging tail and a little kiss.

    The finished paintings were beautifully executed in colour, pattern & texture.


    News:-

    • Art club may be moved to alternate Thursdays. The purpose of Art Club is to bring your own ongoing projects and materials and to work on them in the studio. There is professional guidance on tap, a lovely way to spend a morning all for £12.00.
    • More dates have been added to the workshop calendar, remember to book via email or call me for a chat.
    • Murphy's 'bump' has completely gone, thank goodness, we think it was an insect bite. The vet suggested he may have been in a fight... he obviously doesn't know Murphy at all!
    • Next week, as it is the first Monday of the Month, there is an Art activity.

    Charcoal Tips

    Charcoal has been used for  drawing since prehistoric times: using soot & sticks of charred wood from the fire as drawing tools.


    Charcoal Sticks:-

    Stick is made from vine, beech or willow twigs charred at high temperatures in airtight kilns. Willow is the commonest type; vine & beech are more expensive but make a richer mark.

    The only drawback with stick charcoal is that it is brittle & fragile, and, tends to snap if used vigorously.


    Compressed Charcoal:

    This is made out of powder ground from charcoal, mixed with a binder & pressed into short, thick sticks. It produces dense, velvety blacks. It is less easy to dust off than natural charcoal.


    Charcoal Pencils:

    They are made from thin sticks of compressed charcoal encased in wood. They are cleaner to handle & easier to control. Only the point can be used so they can't produce a broad side-stroke.


    Versatility:

    Charcoal is a wonderfully liberating medium, immediate & responsive. By simply twisting & varying pressure you can make fluid lines that vary from soft & tentative to bold & vigorous.


    I hope this helps if you're unsure of charcoal but have always wanted to give it a go.

    More next week. 

    Have a great week,

    Amina & Murphy xx


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    19/04/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Watercolour Papers & workshops

    Watercolour Papers:-

    There are 3 ways of producing watercolour paper: by hand, on a mould machine, and, on a fourdrinier machine.
    Handmade Paper:
    The very best papers are made of 100% cotton, and are usually made by skilled craftsmen. Handmade papers are lively to use, durable, and, have a pleasing irregular texture. They are expensive, but worth the cost.

    Mould-made paper:
    European mills produce paper on cylinder-mould machines. The paper fibres are formed into sheets with a random distribution, close to that of handmade papers. The paper is durable, stable, and, resistant to distortion under a heavy wash.

    Machine-made paper:
    Although inexpensive to purchase and produce, machine made papers are less resistant to deterioration, but may distort when wet. Some papers also have a mechanical, monotonous surface grain.

    Watercolour paper is an excellent surface for acrylics, pencil, ink, gouache & pastel, as well as watercolour. Some papers are superior in quality to others, but it does not necessarily follow that an expensive paper will give better results.

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    14/04/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Pencil Tips

    Good Morning, 

    Welcome to the new format of the blog. It will be a newsletter with tips on art materials and techniques every week.

    The first week of every month will include an art activity.

    A.S.K News for the week

    • Workshops are up and running and filling up fast. If you go to the adult workshop page and have a browse, there's something for everyone.
    • The gallery/ studio has been given a major deep clean as you can see from the photos and is open for business.
    • Wednesday Art Club starts on the 21st April 10 am  - noon. Bring your own materials and projects, works at your leisure with tea, coffee and expert advice on tap. All for £12.00!!!
    • Fancy treating a loved one to a watercolour and cream tea experience? Go to the relevant page for more information.
    • Murphy News... a very stressful trip to the vets on Monday as he had a lump on his neck and head. The vet drained the fluid and said it was either an insect bite or he'd been in a fight. The latter explanation cheered up a stressful situation... Murphy is the most laid back dog and doesn't understand 'fight'. He's fine now, bumps have gone down and he is very happy... phew!

    Tips on Drawing Pencils

    Equally capable of producing a quick sketch or a finely worked drawing, the pencil is the most immediate, versatile & sensitive of the drawing media.
    Drawing pencils come in a range of grades, from H for hard to B for soft.
    Hard pencils range from 9H ( the hardest) to H, & soft pencils range from 9 B ( the softest) to B.
    Grades HB & F are midway between the two.

    A very soft lead will produce rich, black marks, and is excellent for rapid sketches & expressive line and tone drawings.

    Hard pencils make grey, rather than black marks. They are suitable for precise lines and details.

    ‘Drawing is the true test of Art’ - Jean Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867)

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    05/04/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    April Blog:- Pencil study of a Tulip

    Good Morning,

    I hope you've had and are having a wonderful Easter break.

    As we slowly return to some form of normality my blogs that include an activity will be the first Monday in every month.

    I am, however, going to run a weekly blog giving news about workshops, exhibitions & open days etc.

    The weekly blogs are also going to include tips on drawing, painting materials and techniques.

    Please share the blog and let me know how you get on.

    Amina x

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    22/03/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 13:- Matisse - Oil Pastel Study

    Good Morning,

    It's week 13 of the blog!!!! I can't believe how quickly time has gone.

    As lockdown eases, the weekly blog is reverting back to a monthly blog, the first Monday in the month.

    The next blog is Monday 5th April.

    Workshops start up from the week beginning Monday 12th April and Wednesday Art Club starts on the 21st April.

    All the information is on the adult workshop page and Art Club page.

    This week's blog is making a colour study in oil pastels of Matisse's 'Still Life with a Magnolia'. 

    Oil pastels are great for blending and using on larger pieces, the colours are vibrant and they give a stunning end result.

    Enjoy the session, please share the blog, and, if you would like to share your results with me drop me an email.

    Have a great week,

    Amina & Murphy xx

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    15/03/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 12 :- Optical Illusion

    Good Morning,

    Hope you are well on this beautiful sunny March morning. The blossoms are blooming, daffodils are everywhere, days are drawing out... I love spring.

    However, after that build up, this week's blog has nothing to do with spring.

    I've always loved the work of Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely, both Op Artists , they had a considerable impact on the world of textiles & design.

    Op Art is a style of abstract painting which flourished in the 1950's & 1960's, it explored the effects of optical illusions.

    I digress... enjoy the session, it's inspired by Op Art.

    Workshops:-

    Workshops are up and running from 12th April, if you go to 'adult workshop' page and have a browse. Call or email for bookings.

    Art Club:-

    Art Club starts on Wednesday 21st April, 10 am - noon. Bring your own projects & materials. I'm on  hand for guidance, advice and to ply you with tea, coffee & biscuits.

    Murphy is on hand for cuddles. First session is only £10.00 ( only £12.00 after that).



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    08/03/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 10:- Paint & Doodle 4 Good Mental Health

    Good Morning,

    This week's blog has a really relaxing art activity which is excellent for good mental health.

    So, if you want to lose yourself for 30 minutes, or longer, give it a go.

    Not long now before you can 'lose' yourself in a workshop in the studio/ gallery.

    Go to the 'Adult Workshops' page and have a browse, there are new workshops available. 

    Also, Art Club every Wednesday morning 10 am - 12 noon, go to 'Art Club' page for more information.

    Have a great week, it's lighter in the mornings and evenings and, how beautiful are the snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils?

    Amina & Murphy xx


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    01/03/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 9: colour mixing ( Abstract Trees)

    Good Morning,

    Happy St David's Day, happy 1st March.

    I hope all is well in your world & you're looking forward to the easing of restrictions.

    I have updated my workshops on 'Adult workshops' page. Why not have a browse, something may just take your fancy. There are some new additions to the workshops. 

    From Wednesday April 21st, why not come along to Art Club from 10 am - midday to work on your own pieces. Bring your own projects & materials, help, advice, tea/coffee & biscuits are provided all for £12.00. Spaces are limited to 6 at the moment, booking is essential.

    This weeks blog is on colour mixing ( Abstract Trees). A great skill to master and practice.

    Please share the blog and let me know how you get on with the activity. It can be adapted to different abilities.

    Enjoy the session. 


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    21/02/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 8:- pencil study of a feather

    Good morning,

    How are you in this last week of February.

    March is around the corner, warmer days and more daylight hours... not that I'm wishing my life away!!

    This week's blog is a drawing activity.

    I love peacock feathers and, although they look complex to draw, they're not.

    Follow today's technique and before you know it you'll have your own unique drawing of a peacock feather.

    Enjoy the activity, please share the blog.

    Have a great week, next week... March1st!!!

    Amina & Murphy x

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    15/02/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 7:- Colour Matching - Monet's Water lilies

    Good Morning,

    Hope all is well in your world on this mild February morning. It's positively balmy compared to the snow and freezing conditions last week. Not warm enough for shorts yet unless you're a post person.

    I'm hoping to confirm workshop dates as soon as Boris sets out his plan to get us out of lockdown. Can't wait!!

    In the mean time this week's art activity is colour matching using mixed media, Monet's water lilies.

    Enjoy the session, let me know how you get on and please share the link.

    Amina & Murphy x

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    08/02/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 1 Comment
    Lockdown Week 6:- watercolour heart wreath

    Good Morning,

    It's a winter wonderland outside my gallery windows today. Very picturesque, I'll have to dig out my snow boots for my daily walk. Perfect weather to stay in and create a unique art work.

    I hope all is well where you are. This week's activity is influenced by the 14th February. 

    However, it is a great watercolour exercise and it can be whatever you want it to be.

    Enjoy the session and the snow!

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    01/02/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 5:- Black & White Tones

    Good Morning,

    It's February!!!! Days are slowly getting longer and spring is around the corner... snowdrops are making a grand entrance which warms me to the core.

    I hope you are keeping well and staying positive.

    I'm waiting on Boris to lift the lockdown for workshops to recommence.

    I can't wait, I'm itching to open my gallery/studio doors. Murphy is missing your lap to sit on and lots of fuss. 

    However, to keep your creativity flowing this week's activity is painting in black and white tones.

    Tone describes the relative lightness or darkness of an area of colour.

    It can be easily understood when it deals with black, white and grey.

    Enjoy the session, if you would like to 'show and tell' I would love to see your outcomes.

    More next week. 

    Have a fun filled, sparkly week.

    Amina & Murphy xx


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    25/01/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 4:- Shades of Green

    Good Morning,

    Happy Burns Night.

    How are you on this sunny day?

    My blog today is inspired the artist Henri Rouseau who painted lots of jungle scenes with lots of plants and trees. He had never been to a jungle but used pictures and  plants in  conservatories and gardens to help him.

    It's also a great exercise in creating as many shades of green by using minimum colours.

    Enjoy the session. Let me know how you get on.

    x


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    18/01/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Lockdown Week 3:- Light and Dark Tones

    Good morning,

    Happy 'Brew Monday', hope you're keeping well on a lovely sunny day.

    This week's art activity is all about how tones can change the mood of a picture.

    This is a continuation of last week's blog... experimenting with tones.


    Workshops:-

    All workshops for this month and February are being postponed till March/ April. I will finish posting/ email new dates soon. Some workshops already have new dates. Check out the page' Adult Workshops'.

    Enjoy the activity, more next week.

    Amina & Murphy x

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    11/01/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 1 Comment
    Lockdown Week 2:- Experimenting with Tones

    Good Morning,

    During lockdown I'm hoping to publish an art blog every Monday. This will include an art activity which is great for mental health and well being. This week's activity is 'Experimenting with tones'. 

    If you want to message or comment on this blog please do, 

    take care.

    Amina x 

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    04/01/2021 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Poppy in Black Pen... January's Blog

    Good Morning,

    Happy New Year, I hope you are well and staying positive.

    Due to more COVID restrictions and being in tier 4, I will keep you informed with upcoming workshops.

    If a workshop has to be postponed I will send out different dates when it can go ahead. However, I can refund you the deposit if you don't want a different date. I will try my best to accommodate your wishes.

    The grand opening of the gallery is postponed until we are all free to move around too. The artwork is open virtually on my website for you to view. If you would like to purchase a painting this can be done in monthly deposits, please call or email for details.

    This month's activity is how to draw a poppy in pen. It is suitable for everyone and can be adapted to suit different needs.

    Have a great January... the nights are slowly drawing out, spring isn't far away.

    Amina x


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    02/11/2020 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Pen, ink, water and colouring pencils...November's Blog

    Good Morning,

    A.S.K Art Gallery & Studio

    I was hoping to give you dates and booking details for a private view for my exhibition F.A.B ( Flowers & Butterflies) at my new A.S.K Art gallery and Studio.

    Unfortunately, like most events across the country it's on hold for now until our current situation improves. It just means I have longer to make it a more spectacular and beautiful space for you to come and sit and drink tea/ coffee.... a glass of wine?


    Workshops

    I have new dates on my 'Adult Workshop' page for 2021, so, if you get a chance and want to be inspired in the New Year, why not take a look.


    Gift vouchers

    Why not give a loved one a gift voucher for A.S.K Art & Design, Gallery & Studio, this Christmas ( or birthday). The vouchers can be used for workshops or to buy a painting & and are valid for 12 months.


    Commissions

    Do you have a particular painting, portrait or  drawing you would like to commission, look no further. I can work alongside your desires and wishes and make a bespoke piece of Art just for you.


    Please call or email if you have a question/s about any of the above.



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    05/10/2020 - Amina Sly-Khan 0 Comments
    Drawing Eyes... October's Blog

    Good Morning,

    Welcome to October's Blog.

    My major news is the extension of the studio. The wall has been knocked through, the ceiling plastered and a new roof is now keeping the heat in and the cold out.

    The result is a beautiful bright and airy space.

    We are now in the process of decorating and laying the floor.

    There will be a grand opening ( by appointment only ) at the end of November. More about that next month.

    I have new dates for workshops for December... Christmas extravaganzas, a much more enjoyable way of spending a Saturday than shopping amongst the masked crowds!

    There is still room for the workshops Friday 16th October in 'Watercolour Techniques', and, Saturday 17th October 'Large Dramatic Skies in Oil Pastels'. 

    Call or email me for more information.

    The art activity this month is 'Drawing Eyes', straight forward and little outlay needed.

    Enjoy beautiful October, autumnal leaves, pumpkins, warm knits, wooly hats and open fires.

    Amina & Murphy xx


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