We had another very successful painting week in Dorset last month - the weather was challenging - warm and wet to start with then turning cold and windy, but we got out every day and found the changing conditions inspiring - on the cliffs the first day it was misty and atmospheric, then on the last day in Studland it was so bright and clear it looks like the Caribbean on the photos, but the cold wind meant that we couldn't linger too long at Old Harry. Some of the evening light was really beautiful on Corfe Castle and the Isle of Wight was clearer than I've known it. Our b&b came into its own with the cosy underfloor heating and the barn studio with excellent daylight for the wetter moments - it gave us a chance to do some experimenting with different materials and push the boundaries a bit. We managed some lovely walks, and those who preferred an easier trip went by car to the locations. Altogether an inspiring week and I'm planning another one in May next year (more info to follow).
In September I was on this beautiful ship for a short trip to Northern Ireland and Scotland. There were only 2 sea days so not much time for painting classes but I still had 49 guests sign up - they enjoyed the chance to paint some landscapes from the trip and learnt a bit about how watercolour works, and could take home a copy of my book, Watercolour Tips. It was very rewarding for me to see the enthusiasm and commitment, with some lovely paintings being created. My next trip is aboard Saga's other new ship, the Spirit of Adventure, a longer voyage to the Canaries with more chance to help guests with their painting and the possibility of some winter sun!