Ailsa Lyn

Watercolour, Line & Wash, Mixed, Collage
Landscapes, Seascapes, Townscapes, Coastal, Life Drawing

I am a Suffolk based artist working with water-based media and upcycled papers in Collage. I love the East Anglian landscape with it's multitude of architectural subjects, and the changing features of the land from countryside to coast. Watercolour has always been my main medium of choice, preferred for its immediacy, spontaneity, and for the way that the colours come alive when the light shines through. My recent experimentation with collage, alongside watercolour, using my own hand-painted papers allows me to build a fabric of texture and pattern to develop my observations and also take my work into a more abstract direction.

I have exhibited in East Anglia and London, I have had my work published in 'Artist and Illustrator' magazine and have been the cover artist in the SAA 'Paint' magazine.

I have had no formal art training, except for an Art foundation year in my 30s. However over the past 25 years, I feel I have come full circle. I have developed an individual style through my experimentation with watercolour, I've made many mistakes along the way, and have increased my ability to control this exciting medium, helped by the expertise and patience from a number of tutors at workshops and demonstrations, such as those that I now teach myself.

One of the things that I remember being told from my school days, were the words of wisdom from a headteacher in an assembly who said ''Knowledge is not worth having, if you don't share it.''

What I have realised is that achieving success using watercolour doesn't have to be as hard, as it's reputation suggests. In my demonstrations and workshops, I have many hard learned practical tips and techniques to pass on to those that also love watercolour, and other media such as pen and wash and experimental drawing.

My Collage workshops give the participants an opportunity to play with paint and paper for a day. My 'no rules' approach encourages a freedom to experiment with ideas, and just to have fun producing Art.

Ailsa is available for demonstrations and workshops within 50 miles of Sudbury, Suffolk.