Art Trail Weekend

My thanks to everyone who visited my studio over the three days of the Dersingham Christmas Art Trail, and particularly to those who bought painting and other items. We’ve been out delivering paintings today, which is always a nice thing to be doing!

A total of ten artists and craft-workers took part in the Trail and I thank all of them for their support and the work that they put in to make the Trail a success. We will be back – probably on May 25th 2013 when the annual Norfolk Open Studio scheme commences.

Stephen Martyn Open Studio
My studio ready for the opening of the Art Trail, with as much work as possible on display!

If you missed the recent event then most artists will be happy to welcome you to their studios any time, providing you contact them first. You can find out all about the Dersingham Art & Crafts Trail by visiting
New artist are very welcome to join the Trail, but you must have your studio in or near the village of Dersingham.

A day at the SAA

Last Friday I was invited to spend a day with a group of fellow professional artists at the headquarters at the SAA – the Society for All Artists. The SAA exists primarily to promote art and particularly painting to those who have not yet started on the road to being an artist. If you join the Society you’ll receive a regular magazine full of painting hints and tips, and be able to buy your art materials by mail order at very reasonable prices. There is also a network of Professional Members such as myself, who are available to give tuition or to run demonstrations and workshops for Art Clubs.

If you already teach or exhibit your paintings, there is very comprehensive insurance for your activities available free as part of your SAA membership. In fact, that was why I joined originally.

art materials table
A selection of art materials that I had the opportunity to try

I had a very informative and useful day at the SAA. Meeting lots of fellow professionals and exchanging views, and hearing all about the Society’s plans to encourage even more people to take up art. I had an opportunity to try lots of different art materials too, and you can see some of them in the accompanying photo.

You can find out all about the SAA from their website which is well worth a look. If you decide to join – just mention my name!