|Students having a great time painting at Ashness Bridge in The Lake District March 2016|
Higham Hall - great seasonal learning
Art holidays at Higham Hall (close to Bassenthwiate Lake) near Keswick in the Western Fells are going from strength to strength and that's great for all involved. I've done three so far this year - one in late March (29 March to 3 April to be exact), another 22 - 27 May and one superb mid Summer one recently completed 17 - 22 July.
The weather was pretty kind to us on each of the holidays and it was great to combine both indoor and outdoor painting experiences and minibus tours through beautiful and dramatic (as well as the often picturesque) landscape of Lakeland to and from Higham Hall all expertly driven by George Cooke the principal of Higham Hall - yes, it's that kind of a place!
Here's just a few of the places and great experiences at Higham Hall we have all had recently...
Higham Hall March '16
|A fantastic tranquil setting to paint the flowing waters at Ashness Bridge|
Demo stage 1 complete - now it's everyone else's turn!
|Caroline painting Ashness Bridge with watercolour and pastel with the whole place to herself!|
|Demo stage 2 - caught in the act!|
|The Dewentwater steamer cuts a perfect passage through the tranquil lake, now you see it...|
|...now you don't.|
|The amazing mossy trees at 'Surprise view' a little way above Ashness Bridge. |
Another mixed media painting subject there!
Higham Hall May '16
|Painting mixed media in the heart of Newlands Valley|
|Fabulous student painting of Newlands valley using watercolour and pastel techniques...|
|...and again, another superb Newlands valley mixed media painting!|
|Newlands Valley in the Spring|
|Beautiful bright and fresh greens of spring through Newlands Valley close to Higham Hall|
|Hillsides of Yellow Gorse through Newlands Valley - the Spring blossom was everywhere!|
|Backlit trees and the plunging deep ravines at the head of Newlands Valley - a painting in itself!|
|Marion's pastel painting inspired by the waterfall setting at the head of Newlands Valley - a great interpretation created with feeling!|
|The magic of the mountains! Wonderful pastel work on the May art holiday - really impressive...|
Higham Hall July '16
|Helmut concentrating on his painting by the shoreline of Buttermere - |
a great one to take back to Germany with him safely in his car!
Rydal Hall - peace and harmony in The lake District
From 25 - 29 May I was at Rydal Hall close to Ambleside teaching mixed media techniques for a full class again and that was absolutely great for everyone and a real creative buzz.
With 40 acres of woods and grounds on site owned by Rydal Hall, there was plenty to fascinating views to paint, especially with a wonderful fast flowing mountain stream tumbling down the hillside between the trees keeping us company!
|Rydal Hall, terrace and gardens - I wish I could get stripes that good on my own!|
|A beautiful tranquil Spring morning at Rydal Hall|
|The gentle moving waters at lakeshore, Rydal Water - perfect for our painting days|
|Rydal Falls within the grounds of Rydal Hall - Wordsworth's favourite, and ours too!|
|Some of the students enjoying the tranquil woodland at Rydal Hall. Clare's drawing is looking great...|
|...drawing and sharing space with the Jubilee statues in the woods at Rydal Hall...|
Derwent filming near Keswick, 14-15 June
I was in The Lake district again. This time I was invited by 'Derwent' (professional art materials) to be filmed using their amazing XL Blocks in their studio close to Keswick for the 'Get Inspired' featured section on their website.
Although I already have a presence on their website (with every featured mixed media painting being created at Higham Hall as it happens for my students), these short dvd's of me 'in action' with XL Blocks will teach you LOTS about how to use them expressively for all levels of artists.
Films will be released soon so keep visiting and look out for them
Penrith Art Society - a fabulous 2 day creative event, 31 May - 1 June
Filmed again in the Lake district..but with a difference! Mixed media was put into action for Penrith Art Society on the evening of 31 May and what a great night that was!
A superb audience response and enthusiasm for my expressive mixed media art techniques
With equal enthusiasm the following days workshop teaching 11 members of Penrith Art Society 'free flowing' art techniques was thoroughly enjoyed. Great work created during the workshop as you can see!
It was a real honour to be invited to share my skills with you all. Thank you!
A special thanks to Diana Smith too from Penrith Art Society for her kindness and generosity for allowing me to stay in her wonderful home after my first evening demonstration and for all the lovely food. Just Great! Looking forward to seeing you all again next year perhaps? I hope so!
Returning again soon to The Lake District!
|Here's one I did earlier...SOLD now!|
Keep you all posted.