On a beautiful late summer day in Devon, I tutored the last of 3 watercolour workshops held at Lympstone manor. I thought you might like to see what we got up to...it's a hard job but somebody has to do it!
They had set up a gazebo in the grounds overlooking the estuary ( bake off eat your heart out! )
After a rainy week it was a relief to see the sunshine
The table was set out ready for painting,
It really is a beautiful setting, the views are to die for.....
This workshop was for 6 painters, we were going to paint views of the estuary and some late summer colour. The painters arrived, some had never picked up a paintbrush in their lives, others had more experience, but they all had enthusiasm, and a willingness to give it a go.
So with the amazing staff at Lympstone serving us coffee, we set to work ( if you can call it that!)
We began by sketching the view.
I like to work with people by going through things step by step, and so we began
. Starting with the sky, layering the landscape, problem solving along the way. I am a great believer that anyone can paint, just give it a go, and enjoy the process, the doing of it, the looking...
In groups like this everyone is so encouraging of everyone else's efforts ( and not of their own ) , but I think most were pleasantly surprised by what they could do
Here is my effort
A busy morning full of laughter and watercolours, me rambling on and not being able to pronounce 'Alizarin Crimson' , but the joy is in watching others enjoy doing what I love
Look at that view behind me....
Then the most difficult part of the day ( not ), lunch in one of the lovely dining rooms at Lympstone, this was our amazing lemon dessert
Then back to the tent to do some more painting, in the afternoon we attempted a goldfinch
Afternoon tea, and a slice of cake from the manor
Then finally a go at some quick splishy splashy blackberries
A really full, busy, laughter-filled treat of a day in the sunshine