If an artist improves only by putting brush to canvas on a regular basis then Moulton painter Mo Teeuw should be at her peak.
In September, Mo rose to an international online challenge to produce a piece of work every day and show it to other artists on the Internet.
About 400 artists initially took up the challenge, but about half fell by the wayside as ordinary life – or perhaps lack of inspiration – cooled their enthusiasm.
However, Mo, who has a studio at her home in High Street, persevered, painting a picture every day for 30 days.
“It motivates you, makes you go into the studio every day, and the only way an artist is going to improve is by painting on a regular basis,” said Mo.
Most of that work will be on display to the public when Mo holds her Open Studio and Christmas Sale next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 29 and 30 and December 1 (11am to 4pm each day) – complete with mulled wine and mince pies.
Mo, who paints in both oil and watercolours, will also be selling Christmas cards taken from six scenes she painted during that month and the proceeds of those will go to the Birthmark Support Group.
Also on sale will be unframed pieces, ex-gallery work and probably art that has come out of an impromptu artists’ group that arranged to meet up to paint together in Norfolk.
Mo says: “That was as a result of someone on Facebook throwing out an invitation to anyone who wanted to meet up in Norfolk. On average there are ten people I have never met before and we paint and then go for lunch.”
When not working in the UK, Mo leads her own painting trips to France, and plans for next year include expeditions to both Morocco and Greece.
Also opening her studio to the public next weekend is artist Louise Stebbing, of Skylark Studios at Tydd Gote.
Louise, who has been printmaking for over 30 years, will be demonstrating lino cutting and etching on Saturday and Sunday, November 30 and December 1 (11am to 4pm both days).
People will also be able to see lots of Louise’s work, particularly local landscapes, and find out about her workshops. She has permanent drawing and painting classes in term time as well as occasional printmaking workshops – one is planned for the New Year.
• Skylark Studios, Hannath Road, Tydd Gote PE13 5ND, open November 30 and December 1 (11am-4pm).
• Mo Teeuw, 20 High Street, Moulton, open November 29 and 30 and December 1 (11-4pm).