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 What another eventful year 2017 has been. 

I have run "two day watercolour courses" for most months
of this year as well as starting to do one week painting
holidays for some of my students that have been on at
 least one of my courses in the past.

Also I have started a "closed group" on Facebook  for students
that wish to keep in touch with me and paint the challenges
that I set them to do on a monthly basis.
I am really excited about this as although it only started
at the beginning of October 2017 it is already proving
to be very popular.
I wish to thank everyone who came on one of my courses
 and hope to see many of you again in 2018.

If you haven't been onto one of my courses yet
then I hope to get the chance of being able to paint
 with you sometime in the near future.


During the winter months I get more time to do my own
"paintings for pleasure" and thought you may like to see
some of the compositions that I have enjoyed doing so far
so here they are.....









Kingsbury Water Park  event

On Monday 11th July 2016 Clair Botterill and I held
a one day painting event at this water park,
with both of us demonstrating different techniques
and our different styles, together with
 offering lots of advice throughout the day.

People were given the opportunity to paint
indoors or outdoors as the weather was
dry but quite windy.

It was good to see that most were up for the challenge
of spending time painting outside as this was
 something that they had not experienced in the past.

This was the first time we have ran an event at this
location and judging by the comments made by the
people attending I can safely say that it was a
 great success.  

June 2017   - Ilfracombe

Had a fantastic time spending a week in Ilfracombe with some of my "arty" friends.
This was the hottest week of the month and we certainly had wall to wall sunshine every day.

Here are two of our group sketching out  the view across Combe Martin.
We came home with a few paintings completed and also lots of photos
 for reference material on other paintings.
Coastlines with crashing waves,  sunsets, harbours full of boats,
 Lynton and Lynmouth's fantastic sea front,  to name just a few.

Looking forward to another week away with our art group later this year to west Wales with all that the
 sea and mountain views have to offer.  Hope the weather is kind to us then as well, otherwise we
 may have another interpretation of what a "wet on wet" technique should be!

Art week in Wales

On 1st September 2017 I went for a fantastic weeks painting with three other artists in Wales.
 We stayed in a self catering cottage based in Llwyngwril (near Aberdovey) and even though
 the weather was “changeable” we still managed to get out every day.

Personally my favourite place to paint was at Lake Cregennen with it's magnificent scenery.
The sun shone for most of the time that day making it even more enjoyable.
The clouds in the sky enhanced our paintings but as they moved across the landscape they
constantly changed the outlook over the mountains making it very challenging to paint.



You cannot go on a seaside holiday without spending some time capturing the seascape views onto paper.
Being “on the front” it was colder than being inland, with a constant wind blowing, but we were
all hardened artists and determined to spend a few hours capturing the views.


Cannot wait for next year when I hope we can all get together and do it again.

Peak District in 2018

On 5th May 2018 a few of us went for a weeks painting around the Peak District.
 We stayed in a self catering cottage based at Ipstones (near Leek).
After months of horrible weather this year the sun came out for us and
stayed out throughout the holiday making it great, being able to get out every day
 painting outside at various locations.
We found a little gem of a place only a few miles from where we were stopping called
"Hetty's tea shop,
Froghall Wharf, Staffordshire Moorlands."
This had everything we could have wished for in a painting location........
A great view to paint, a tea room to get food and refreshments, toilets and all close to
the car park, so no long journey on foot carrying all the art equipment.


      One of the other places that we visited was  "RSPB Coombe Valley Nature Reserve".
This was good at this time of year with the bluebells out, giving us extra ground colour and then there
were lovely spots to sit and sketch. Another favourite was the view of the bridge at Bakewell.
In fact, wherever we went on this holiday we seemed to be drawn to rivers and bridges.
Well, they are nice to paint.!

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