As those of you who are regular visitors to Redbrick Mill will know the soundtrack of any session at the Mill will often include the screeching and piercing screams of our resident kestrels, they are as much residents if not more so than the artists who inhabit the place. From our caged room high in the eyrie of the Mill we peer out at the wild free kestrels and lo and behold there was a new addition to the flock. A tottering young bird flexing it's wings and wondering where everyone had gone. The young one all fluff and feathers kept us entertained during the break and Tony captured the moment in this classic shot.
Was it the humidity or the ever present college commitments that kept people away, this is after all the degree show season and our numbers unusually were down. However I like to think what we lack in quantity we make up for in quality so the return of Patrick after a long number of weeks out, sidelined by a patio commitment and Euro 2012 once more saw him back in the fold. Coming off the bench and taking one for the team, we thought maybe he'd transferred for the new season. Also after a short loan spell it was good to welcome back midfield general Peter.
It was a quiet session, I think we were all a little 'fagged out' or maybe that was just me. Sandra, Fiona, Haydn and Steven showed no signs of fatigue which was extraordinary when they had just undertaken an intensive three days of oil painting finishing only hours before our session (see below). If anything, I think I can see in their work a renewed confidence and authority so maybe that long immersion in art and making art has made a difference.
Don't forget on Sunday 1st July you can celebrate Tony's exhibition of paintings, 'From Batley to Bossost' here at Gallery North, Redbrick Mill, 12-3pm and on Saturday 7th July we have a full day of life drawing with Julie as our model.
Paintings and drawings by Chris, Fiona, Hadyn, Patrick, Peter, Sandra, Steven, Tom and Tony.