As last week was so successful (see below) I'm planning another painting holiday in Dorset in October - it will be beautiful there with the autumn colours, and if it gets cold we have the wonderful barn to work in, and the prospect of a hearty dinner at the end of the day. The rooms have underfloor heating too! If you'd like to join us (it's filling fast!) contact me for more information. The dates are October 17-22 and the price is the same - £820 half board for single occupancy of a double room with reductions for 2 sharing, non-painting partners and small single rooms (limited availability). There is a lavish breakfast and two course dinner (you can choose from starter or desert) and packed lunches are available with chef's home made bread for a small charge. We will do a combination of (easy) walking and sketching, some workshops and some painting - but how you work and the materials you use are up to you - if you need advice don't hesitate to contact me.
We finally made it! After postponing the painting holiday in 2020 and in April this year because of Covid restrictions we managed to get to the Kingston Country Courtyard for the long awaited painting holiday last week. As I'd been in hospital in May (another spanner in the works) my friend Phyl came to help me out with the teaching. The weather was kind to us - while the rest of the country was suffering deluges and floods we had wonderful sunny conditions - sometimes even too hot! I had been planning this holiday for 2 years so it was wonderful that it could finally take place. All the planning and research paid off as it proved to be a perfect venue and location. The b&b was very comfortable with wonderful meals and Tony, the owner was very helpful and accommodating. We spent some time in the beautiful garden and the one wet morning doing a colour workshop in the barn, we also walked up to the cliffs at Houns Tout and down into Corfe to sketch the castle. Another day we drove to Worth Matravers and walked to Chapmans Pool for some fabulous views and wild flowers. It was all so successful I immediately booked accommodation for October so we could go back there, and bookings are coming in for that one - if you'd like to join us, contact me for more information and a booking form.
Bookings are going well for the painting holidays next year - there's still space on both dates, though June is almost full. Have a look on the Holidays page, and contact me if you'd like more info or a booking form.
Herts Open Studios is here, and I've been busy!
I've been busy during lockdown - it's been quite novel having extended time at home without planning, packing etc. and it's been a chance to reflect and be creative. I've made the Antarctic sketches into a small book:
I did some paintings of the garden when it was at its springtime best:
I did some landscape sketching:
and when I was doing the zoom choir rehearsals I sketched my friends on the screen:
I was lucky enough to go on a fantastic voyage to Antarctica at the beginning of March - and even luckier to make it home on March 15 just before the Covid Lockdown. It was the most wonderful trip full of inspirational sights. We had perfect weather and an unexpectedly smooth crossing over the Drake Passage. I particularly wanted to see the fabulous blues and turquoises of the icebergs and I wasn't disappointed. We also saw three different types of penguins, lots of seals and birdlife and some magnificent whales, both humpback and orca. It was very cold of course and sketching was tricky but I managed some small sketches which I've made into a book, a wonderful memory of the trip.
It won't come as a surprise to learn that I've postponed the Dorset painting holiday in June - I decided to wait till next year as everything is still very uncertain. But on a positive note, I will put on 2 dates next year - April has been so beautiful this year I'll be offering one after Easter, April 18, and the same June week as this year. I'm keeping the prices the same as this year and keeping my fingers crossed that life will have returned to normal by then. Most of the people who booked June this year have already rebooked 2021, but there are still a few spaces and there is plenty of space on the April week. I won't be taking any deposits until the Autumn, and if Covid causes me to cancel in 2021 I will return the deposits. See the painting holiday page for more details.
June 28-July 3 2020
I've had many requests to run an independent painting holiday again so I did some research earlier in the year and stayed at a lovely place near Corfe Castle - I was impressed by the standard of accommodation, the fantastic location and the enthusiasm of the owner. He has great plans for the future but it is already a very good venue for a painting holiday - wonderful views from the garden, Kingston and Corfe very close by, good local bus service and lots of Dorset coastline to explore. And importantly a large room with good daylight in case the weather isn’t kind. I have spent some time working out the price and was keen to base it on single occupancy. The price is £735 single (already booked up for this one), £820 double for single occupancy, £650 pp for two sharing (discount for non-painting partners). If you would like more information or a booking form please email me, there are still some places.