• Zoe Akroyd Parker

Charcoal and Watercolour

On Saturday I spent a lovely couple of hours at the Elizabeth James Gallery, delivering a Charcoal Drawing Workshop to a wonderfully enthusiastic and talented group. It is so rewarding to see people enjoying spending their time drawing, it is a very therapeutic activity and helps to alleviate stress! As always I was amazed to see the high standard of work, even from those who have not done any drawing since they were at school. This week we tackled figure drawing ( a beautiful young woman from the Arbore Tribe in the Lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia) and architecture (the Turmi Tourist Hotel, also Ethiopia).

Thanks again to the lovely Elizabeth James for giving me the opportunity for this afternoon and for more workshops to come. Watch this space...

On Sunday afternoon I delivered my painting "Little House, Big Banana Leaves" to Bankside Gallery ready for my exhibition with the Royal Watercolour Society. It was very strange to go inside the gallery and see all the walls totally bare...except for name labels! The exhibition runs from March 3-15th so do pop along if you get the chance. The gallery is on the banks of the Thames, right next door to Tate Modern.

"Little House, Big Banana Leaves", my painting (acrylic on paper) of a typically African building, nestling amongst banana leaves in the Ethiopian countryside.

My painting features alongside others which have been selected for this year's Contemporary Watercolour Competition.

Also coming up this week- an exhibition at the Click Clock Gallery, The Clocktower Cafe, Katharine St, Croydon. This features drawings, paintings and prints by me and my 9-year old son, Lucas, inspired by our trip to Ethiopia in the summer of 2016.

I will be sending out more details for the Private View again this week. (The Private View is March 4th, 6-8pm, the exhibition runs throughout March.

Many of my watercolour and acrylic paintings are currently on display at Matthew's Yard, off Surrey Street Croydon, though they will be moving to the Click Clock Gallery later on this week- and new ones will be joining them at the Click Clock Gallery.

Also, don't forget the Interpretations of Love exhibition continues until Tuesday at the Elizabeth James Gallery.

How to buy my work (and Lucas's!)-

You can contact me directly, or through the galleries at which I am currently exhibiting. Also through my website or my Etsy shop, which is called ZoeAkroydParkerArt.

Hope to see you soon!


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