You CAN draw and paint

with Angela Birchall


Art by Angela Birchall


The Art of Stress-busting

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Welcome to my world

I’m both an artist and an art educator so I get the best of both worlds!

I get to draw and paint a myriad of subjects in any media that either I or my commissioner desire. Having enjoyed creating those works of art I know that when they are sold they will give years of pleasure to their new owners.

Then I also get to see all my students blossom and progress as they learn how to create their own unique works of art at the same time as they use their art to de-stress and forget about the problems of the world around them.

I was so lucky that as a teenager I got a place at art school and was taught by the most inspirational artist and teacher one could ever wish for: 46 years later, I’m still drawing and painting, and still loving it. I’m also still using his teaching methods to help my students to realise that they, too, really CAN draw and paint.

Discovering why those methods worked became my first degree dissertation topic and then a life-long interest.

In a nutshell, it is switching you from the logical, time-centred, stereotypical thinking processes of the left hemisphere of the brain across to the creative, individual, timelessness of the right hemisphere’s thinking processes. In this mode, time can fly or stand still, it is as relaxing as it is stimulating, and you become so much more aware of the colours, shapes and patterns of the world around you.

I love operating in right hemisphere mode, and I love seeing students switch from left to right – you can actually see it in the marks they are making in their art work. It is fascinating!!

I am teaching face-to-face classes and have weekly watercolour painting classes and a tutored class for more experienced artists in West Lancashire in north west England.

You can also book private, one-to-one or small group, tutorial sessions with me, or I can design bespoke corporate events using art to de-stress your workforce.

So, welcome to my world! Have a look around and discover how art can change your life in so many wonderful ways.

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Discover how art CAN relieve stress in the workplace

Fun exercises enable participants to leave behind the stresses of thinking and working in the left hemisphere of the brain and access the creative, blue-sky, big-picture thinking processes of the right hemisphere.

Working in this changed perspective offers new and creative ways to look for solutions to problems, patterns or issues in working situations.

Contact me via the message block below to find out more about how 'The Art of Stress-busting' could help your workforce.

Art can help busy, stressed workforces come together to look for new ways to solve problems as well as find relaxation and build teamwork!

Ask any artist and they will tell you that art is one of the finest stress-busters because when we draw or paint we can switch off the stresses of everyday life and switch over to a relaxing, rejuvenating, creative reverie. 'The Art of Stress-busting' takes that switch over into a workplace setting designing bespoke corporate events to inspire creativity, problem-solving and teamwork.

See the beauty of sunrise or sunset, be awed by Aurora, or dared by the Devil

This quartet of my paintings and drawings are taking their place in the annual Sefton Open at The Atkinson gallery and, as different as they are in subject, they all show my love of capturing the atmospheric effects of light and shade.

There’s the soft, subtle shades of sunrise, the warmer glow of sunset, the incredibly vivid colours of the Aurora Borealis, and the mystical effect that can be created with the palette of silver, lemon and green on black.

It harks back to my admiration and adoration of two great artists: Leonardo and Monet, as well as the way I was taught about the importance of using light and shade to create a 3D impression on a 2D surface.

Both Leonardo and Monet spent years exploring the effects of light and how to capture it in whatever medium they were using. Leonardo was a maestro in the technique ‘chiaroscuro’ to create form while Monet didn’t mind what he painted because the subject was only something on which light was falling and it was the light that was of supreme importance to him.

I’ve gone into a longer description of each of my four works in this year’s Sefton Open in my latest blog post:

Meanwhile, the annual showcase of the region’s artists, the Sefton Open, opens to the public on Saturday March 23rd and continues until Saturday May 4 at The Atkinson on Lord Street, Southport. Most of the works are on sale and The Atkinson offers the facility to buy artworks in instalments.

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Val gets her due recognition

I know it’s a cliché, but I’m genuinely over the moon to be able to announce that was well as having four of my own pictures in this year’s Sefton Open, I am joined by Val Walmsley, one of my wonderful tutored group students, who has these two works in the exhibition.

The Sefton Open is the largest annual exhibition of work by the region’s artists and, as hers are in the juried section of the Southport Palette Club, it’s wonderful that her level of artwork has been recognised.