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Alison Thomas Artist

Alison Thomas Artist Professional artist based in Ayrshire Originally from a textile background, Alison now paints mostly in oils from her studio in Irvine, Ayrshire, on the South West coast of Scotland.

She graduated from Duncan Of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee in 1996 where she specialised in tapestry weaving. Her artwork shows a textile influence from her use of patterning and texture. She has been working as an artist ever since graduating producing paintings, printmaking and textiles in addition to running art classes in various schools and centres around Ayrshire and from her studio. Sh

She graduated from Duncan Of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee in 1996 where she specialised in tapestry weaving. Her artwork shows a textile influence from her use of patterning and texture. She has been working as an artist ever since graduating producing paintings, printmaking and textiles in addition to running art classes in various schools and centres around Ayrshire and from her studio. Sh

Operating as usual

I will be running art & storytelling workshops in the Harbour Arts Centre over the Easter holidays.Children will be enco...
29/03/2022

I will be running art & storytelling workshops in the Harbour Arts Centre over the Easter holidays.
Children will be encouraged to use their imagination to tell a story using images. Lots of messy fun!
Please click on the link to book in or find out more 🤩

EASTER HOLIDAY ARTS & CRAFTS |

"Making Stories" with Ayrshire Art Classes

Create your own seafaring adventure storyboard using various fun materials. Imagine your own character then draw, cut, stick and colour your way to telling their story!

Thursday 7 April or Thursday 14 April
10am - 11am (5 - 7 years)
11.30am - 12.30pm (8 - 11 years)

To book a place please visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/harbour-arts-centre or click the "BOOK NOW" button

Merry Christmas to all from me and my little handmade singing angel! Xx
25/12/2021

Merry Christmas to all from me and my little handmade singing angel! Xx

Just a couple of handmade craft ideas available from my studio, special Christmas opening tomorrow from 12-5pm!  Lots of...
04/12/2021

Just a couple of handmade craft ideas available from my studio, special Christmas opening tomorrow from 12-5pm! Lots of paintings, prints, felt crafts and stocking fillers available 😊

I will be opening my studio next Saturday & Sunday for a special Christmas sale!  If you are looking for unusual handmad...
27/11/2021

I will be opening my studio next Saturday & Sunday for a special Christmas sale! If you are looking for unusual handmade gifts starting from £5 you are welcome to come along between 12-5pm on either day.

Please wear a mask in my studio and be aware I can only take 4 visitors at one time, thanks! 😊

Studio address is:

Studio M
Courtyard Studios
124 - 128 Harbour Street
Irvine
KA12 8PZ

Our group exhibition is still on show at the Harbour Arts Centre,  Irvine.  Worth a look!  A lot of different artist and...
18/10/2021

Our group exhibition is still on show at the Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine. Worth a look! A lot of different artist and makers to see, on until 13th November. Please note, centre not open Tuesdays as far as I know 🙂

Amended poster for the exhibition which continues until 13th November and not the 33rd!!! Good to be part of an actual exhibition again. Hope you can make it along. It’s a rich and varied show.

As part of my VACMA (Visual Artist &Makers Award) project based around Irvine and its harbourside I’ve been researching ...
27/03/2021

As part of my VACMA (Visual Artist &Makers Award) project based around Irvine and its harbourside I’ve been researching some of the vessels in the Scottish Maritime Museum collection. ‘Venus’ is one of my favourites, she is a traditional fishing vessel known as a ‘fourareen’ made from driftwood collected on the remote island of Foula, part of the Shetland archipelago. I love how she’s made from driftwood! Something I’ve been using in my work lately.

This A2 (42 x 59 cm) pastel drawing is a study of how she may have looked on the water and I’ve enjoyed playing with various colours on the wood detail. The three fish on the sail are meant to represent the types of fish that she may have been used to catch such as cod, herring & plaice. I’m sure the waters were much more plentiful in 1898 when she was built so I decided to make them quite ghostly looking. I’ve tried to portray her on calm waters on a sunny day, really into yellow at the moment - a colour I’ve always avoided but now loving it!

This original drawing is available for sale for £90, unframed. Please pm me if you are interested. Thanks!

#maritimeart #irvine #irvineharbourside #pastel #pasteldrawing #pastelart #maritimehistory #maritimeart #shetland #shetlandislands #maritime #maritimehistory #fourareen #scottishartist #scottishart

Been doing a lot of drawing lately - this is a pastel of what the clipper ship the City of Adelaide may have looked like...
27/02/2021

Been doing a lot of drawing lately - this is a pastel of what the clipper ship the City of Adelaide may have looked like in her day. I’ve used a very limited palette of yellows and purples, really enjoyed doing this one!

#clippership #clippers #cityofadelaideclippership #maritimeart #irvineharbourside #irvinebeach #pastelart #pasteldrawing #pastel #adelaidehistory

This is a wee commission I had recently for a Jack Russell felt brooch.  Really pleased with him!  Handmade brooches are...
13/02/2021

This is a wee commission I had recently for a Jack Russell felt brooch. Really pleased with him! Handmade brooches are £14 each. Orders welcome, please just send me a photo and address, thanks!

I've been experimenting with making dog breed brooches, this is meant to be a border collie/sheepdog - hope he looks lik...
28/12/2020

I've been experimenting with making dog breed brooches, this is meant to be a border collie/sheepdog - hope he looks like one! 😊

Some examples of Christmases past from Ayrshire Art Classes.  I love the angels!
26/12/2020

Some examples of Christmases past from Ayrshire Art Classes. I love the angels!

'Harlequin' 6 x 8 inches, acrylic on board.  This is a wee sketchbook piece - it's on black card so it makes the colours...
12/12/2020

'Harlequin' 6 x 8 inches, acrylic on board. This is a wee sketchbook piece - it's on black card so it makes the colours sing!
Available for £75 here:
https://www.alisonthomasartist.co.uk/product-page/harlequin

#harlequin #harlequinpaintings #jester #colourfulpainting #smallpaintings #paintingsforsale #artistspaintingsforsale #originalartwork #originalart #paintingsforsale #circus #smallpaintingsforsale

‘Eternal’ 6x8 inches acrylic, gesso and gold foil on board.  This small piece comes displayed in an off white 10 x12 inc...
07/12/2020

‘Eternal’ 6x8 inches acrylic, gesso and gold foil on board. This small piece comes displayed in an off white 10 x12 inch mount board. On sale for £120.

I have used gesso to create the shapes and symbols on the gold and on the horse. This gives a relief effect and adds texture and form to the surface. I love the way the gold catches the light and the gives the piece a precious feel.

It’s a reference to time and the never ending cycle of nature within it.

I’ve had a few requests for prints of my ‘174 Harbour Street’ painting, quite pleased with the results!  They are 30 x 3...
05/12/2020

I’ve had a few requests for prints of my ‘174 Harbour Street’ painting, quite pleased with the results!

They are 30 x 30 cm which is a standard size for framing and are £30 each. The giclee prints are signed and come with free UK delivery.

Please pm me if you would like to order any. 😊

Black Friday special!  A selection of the most popular mini 2021 calendars will be available at the reduced price of £10...
20/11/2020

Black Friday special!

A selection of the most popular mini 2021 calendars will be available at the reduced price of £10 each (normally £13). This price includes UK p&p and the offer will run until midnight this Sunday 22nd November. Please pm me to order.

They make unusual Christmas presents and they are also a reminder that 2020 will pass! 😜

My painting of the Harbour Masters Office in Irvine has been so popular that I've decided to make some mini calendars fe...
18/11/2020

My painting of the Harbour Masters Office in Irvine has been so popular that I've decided to make some mini calendars featuring it. Thought they would make a good Christmas present for anyone interested in a bit of local history. Loads more designs are available from my website at:

https://www.alisonthomasartist.co.uk/mini-calendars-1

Mr Big Ears Handmade Felt Brooch
10/11/2020
Mr Big Ears Handmade Felt Brooch

Mr Big Ears Handmade Felt Brooch

A little handmade felt fox head with mini bead eyes and machine stitching and embroidery detail. I have made the felt myself and have needle felted some details around the eyes and ears. An aluminium brooch pin has been stitched onto the satin back covering. He is stuffed slightly to give a bit of

This is 'Wee Frenchie' - my latest mini handmade felt brooch.  Someone suggested that I make a french bulldog which I th...
05/11/2020

This is 'Wee Frenchie' - my latest mini handmade felt brooch. Someone suggested that I make a french bulldog which I thought was a great idea - going to make a black and white one too. I am open to orders on these if anyone is interested please message me🙂

My latest finished piece!  I love using driftwood as a hanger - I have lots in the studio which I find on Irvine beach a...
01/11/2020

My latest finished piece! I love using driftwood as a hanger - I have lots in the studio which I find on Irvine beach and use after a good clean up. I think the wood goes well with the felt 🙂

Nearly finished ‘Meow’, just to put a brooch pin on the back of her.  Loving doing these little guys, they’ve been very ...
25/10/2020

Nearly finished ‘Meow’, just to put a brooch pin on the back of her. Loving doing these little guys, they’ve been very popular! Xx

Available from my Facebook shop amongst other bits and pieces! 😊
23/10/2020

Available from my Facebook shop amongst other bits and pieces! 😊

‘Dachshund In The Snow’ from my new Christmas card range.  To see the collection and find out more please visit my shop ...
14/10/2020

‘Dachshund In The Snow’ from my new Christmas card range. To see the collection and find out more please visit my shop @ www.alisonthomasartist.co.uk

Personalised Christmas cards now available!  This is 'Snow Penguin' 😊
07/10/2020

Personalised Christmas cards now available! This is 'Snow Penguin' 😊

My new collection of fun and colourful handmade cards which can be personalised for that special touch at Christmas 😍 Pl...
05/10/2020

My new collection of fun and colourful handmade cards which can be personalised for that special touch at Christmas 😍 Please follow this link to see all designs available and to place an order with free UK delivery:
https://www.alisonthomasartist.co.uk/christmas-cards

I love Margaret's large scale drawings and paintings - they are so full of life!
24/09/2020

I love Margaret's large scale drawings and paintings - they are so full of life!

The Courtyard Studios artists usually have a group exhibition as the at the Harbour Arts Centre every September.  Howeve...
24/09/2020

The Courtyard Studios artists usually have a group exhibition as the at the Harbour Arts Centre every September. However, due to the current situation with Covid we are taking part in a virtual exhibition this year.

Various artists from the Courtyard will be displayed on the HAC's page every Wednesday leading up to the 28th October when there will be a short video posted of everyone's artwork - this is Brian Cariag's work featured today.

So sad we won't be having our annual open weekend this year!

‘Purr’ 13 x 13 inches handmade felt cat.  The felt piece is stitched onto the cushion which is made of wine coloured vel...
25/08/2020

‘Purr’ 13 x 13 inches handmade felt cat. The felt piece is stitched onto the cushion which is made of wine coloured velvet. Comes with a zip and is fully lined, love him! I will be adding him to my shop at www.alisonthomasartist.co.uk

Handmade mini 2021 calendars available from my new website.  Lots of different designs - they make great presents!  £13 ...
23/08/2020

Handmade mini 2021 calendars available from my new website.

Lots of different designs - they make great presents! £13 each including UK delivery. They can be re-used year after year, just year off the old calendar and replace with a new one!

ORDER HERE: https://www.alisonthomasartist.co.uk/shop

Address

Studio M, Courtyard Studios, 126-128 Harbour Street
Irvine
KA12 8PZ

Opening Hours

Monday 11am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 11am - 5pm
Friday 11am - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm

Telephone

+447762189501

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Ayrshire Artists || Alison Thomas Artist As part of my VACMA (Visual Artist &Makers Award) project based around Irvine and its harbourside I’ve been researching some of the vessels in the Scottish Maritime Museum collection. ‘Venus’ is one of my favourites, she is a traditional fishing vessel known as a ‘fourareen’ made from driftwood collected on the remote island of Foula, part of the Shetland archipelago. I love how she’s made from driftwood! Something I’ve been using in my work lately. This A2 (42 x 59 cm) pastel drawing is a study of how she may have looked on the water and I’ve enjoyed playing with various colours on the wood detail. The three fish on the sail are meant to represent the types of fish that she may have been used to catch such as cod, herring & plaice. I’m sure the waters were much more plentiful in 1898 when she was built so I decided to make them quite ghostly looking. I’ve tried to portray her on calm waters on a sunny day, really into yellow at the moment - a colour I’ve always avoided but now loving it! This original drawing is available for sale for £90, unframed. Please pm me if you are interested. Thanks! #maritimeart #irvine #irvineharbourside #pastel #pasteldrawing #pastelart #maritimehistory #maritimeart #shetland #shetlandislands #maritime #maritimehistory #fourareen #scottishartist #scottishart
Artists & Makers Calendar || Day 6 A wee recap on this weeks Calendar... Sheila Kerr Jewellery Duncans Bar & Bistro Billy Kirkwood - Comedian Alison Thomas Artist @jennie brown
Artist & Makers Advent Calendar || Day 3 Today we have the wonderful Alison Thomas Artist 🦊 with 'Mr Big Ears' Handmade Mini Felt Fox Brooch, £14 each FREE UK Delivery Shop Link: www.etsy.com/shop/AlisonThomasArt Commissions welcomed for anyone who wants a particular animal made to order.
Exhibition | Courtyard Studios (Alison Thomas) Welcome to the Virtual Courtyard Studios Annual Exhibition of Group Work. For the past six weeks we've been showcasing new artwork from ten of these fantastic and varied artists. Our final artist is Alison Thomas Artist. "I graduated in 1996 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. Since then I have grown as an artist and teacher especially during the 20 years spent in my studio at Irvine harbourside. From here I produce paintings and handmade felt in addition to running regular art classes for children and adults. In my journey as an artist I have covered a wide range of themes and there are some I find I keep returning to. Ships, buildings and nature are common subjects in my work although I also spent a few years exploring the circus." All artwork featured today is for sale. Contact the artist or email us at [email protected] for more info. Please join us next Wednesday for a video of the full exhibition!
Virtual Art and Craft Fair | Our next artist is the wonderful Alison Thomas Artist Alison graduated in 1996 from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and works from her studio at Irvine Harbourside where she has been based for the past 20 years. From here she produces paintings and handmade felt in addition to running regular art classes for children and adults. Alison covers a wide range of themes in her artwork, with ships, buildings and nature common subjects. Alison's studio will hopefully be opening to the public again soon when you will be more than welcome to visit – there is a large selection of various items priced from £5 - £800 and she is intending to have more available online soon. For more information on any of the artwork seen here today please contact Alison via the Facebook link above.
🖼 At Home with the HAC...HOME ART This artwork was shared by Gail from Ayr. A fan of Alison Thomas Artist both of these pieces were purchased from the Courtyard Studios Open Weekend, which takes place every year on the first weekend in October. The Ailsa Craig sunset was purchased by Gail, who loved the colours, and the flowers were a gift. Do you have any local art at home? Share it with is by emailing it to [email protected]
Art and Design Fair | Meet the Artist Alison Thomas Artist has been a practising artist working from the Courtyard Studios in Irvine for 21 years. In addition to running Ayrshire Art Classes from her studio she produces paintings and handmade felt pieces. Her work tends to be very colourful and fun and a lot of her artwork has been inspired by the circus. She enjoys using various materials within her paintings and felt work to create textures. Alison will be selling a variety of mounted original artwork and giclee prints as well as a wide selection of affordable handmade print blocks and 2020 calendars featuring fun and colourful images. The Christmas Art and Design Fair is taking place on Sunday 1 December, 12pm - 4pm at the Irvine Townhouse. Free entry!
Hi Alison, my artist page is Diane Evans Artist- there are landscapes on there and a pic of the dog.