It’s here! Your (online) arts weekend studio tour

Poster for the online studio tour videos by Ailene Cuthbertson.

Happy Easter! Even thought this isn’t exactly how I thought I’d be spending the long weekend… 🤔

Yesterday, I was going to be setting up for a different sort of open studio. Hanging artworks, straightening artworks, re-straightening artworks, sticking up labels, spreading out postcards, putting out the bright Raglan Arts Weekend flags, sharing crazy goat stories with Toni and Greg, popping over the way for a morning coffee…

And I was totally looking forward to saying ‘hello’ to you in person!

But instead, here we are. Strange times.

I didn’t have a plan for this online tour except to make a creative and fun lockdown project. Something to get me outside in the sun and hang out with my little sheep and goat buddies. Something for you to enjoy. And, hopefully, add a little light and beauty to a world that’s on pause.

Here you go: my ‘open studio’ in a series of videos

Feel free to peruse at your leisure.

Come and virtually visit Raglan, see my brand new collection inspired by connecting and engaging with nature, as well as my visual journal that’s bringing everything together. Plus, of course, plenty of guest appearances by the real star of the show—Kepler the goat (who is my not-so-secret, not-so-hidden Easter egg for you).

Welcome! Start your tour here

The introduction! Here’s how you can virtually visit Raglan and find out what this online studio tour thing is all about.

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Introducing my new nature-inspired collection

Since the start of the year, I’ve been creating a new nature-inspired collection. And since I was going to unveil the first paintings at the Raglan Arts Weekend, you get to see the big reveal here.

There is an upside to this online thing—you get to see the behind-the-scenes right here as well! (Including a guest appearance by my cat lap-warmer, Twisty).

Explore my visual journal

My creative sketchbook / visual journal is what brought my new collection—as well as this online tour project—to life.

Have a look through the pages, plus a sneak peek at one of the ideas that came from it!

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The making of previous collections

You’ve seen my new nature-inspired collection.

But that’s not all! Let’s take a quick look at artworks from some of my previous collections.

Thanks for watching! Where to now?

And with that, we’re nearly at the end of the tour!

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Easter Egg bonus!

You’ve found the not-so-secret, not-so-hidden Easter egg! Meet Kepler the goat (the real star of the show) and finish your online visit of Raglan with a tour of the harbour.

I’d love to hear from you!

If you’d like to leave me a guestbook sort of message (yay!), here’s where you can get in touch!

Thanks for watching! Take care and have a wonderful long Easter weekend.

But wait! There’s more!

I thought I’d make you a video of the bits you didn’t see—the bloopers and behind the scenes!

Words just didn’t want to come out, the goat randomly walked into shots, and oh joy, and sounds of the country. Plus, find out which GoPro feature alternated between highly useful and highly irritating, and see my nomination for the Worst Overacting award! 🤣

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