To kick start your creativity in 2020, here’s some exciting new painting workshops at the fabulous J&G Innes in St Andrews to get you up and running. You may not be aware, but the popular bookstore and gift shop also has an excellent, bright studio and gallery space upstairs, and that’s where we’ll be. You’ll need to bring your art materials, but you’ll receive a 10% discount if you buy these in store http://www.jg-innes.co.uk/. Each workshop is £50, 10am-4pm with an hour for you to have your lunch (tea and coffee making facilities available throughout the day). Don’t worry if you lack creative confidence – all workshops are supportive and fun with a mixture of demonstrations, instruction and positive feedback:
January 25th – Watercolour Basics – putting skills into practice
February 15th – Pastel & Coloured Pencil – combining dry materials
March 21st – Watercolour Plus – exploring different styles and adding different mediums
April 18th – Perspective & Composition – understanding the fundamentals, and applying to your own artwork.
This is hot of the press, so more details to follow. Places are limited, so book up early!
If you’re on vacation in Fife, and lucky enough to be staying in one of the three five-star properties on the superb fifty five acre Hawkswood Country Estate, no doubt you’ll have seen the wide range of facilities they offer. In addition, you can choose from a wide range of local activities, such as attending one of my art tuition opportunities – perfect for non-golfing partners, for example. Take away a wonderful painting, created in Fife – by you! Just speak with your concierge, who will be able to arrange this with you directly.
Great to see you all at the Hill of Tarvit Christmas Fayre. This wonderful venue in Fife was home to twenty three artists and makers for the weekend – of which I was one! It was great to be a part of the event – many thanks to Geraldine for the superb organisation, and all the staff for their support.
See you at the Christmas Fayre at the wonderful National Trust for Scotland property, Hill of Tarvit mansion this weekend (30 Nov-1st Dec) 11-4 each day. Come and say hi at my stand in the conservatory.
A great week with students on the watercolour painting retreat at Gartmore House, Stirling last week. See photos in the Tuition Photo Gallery. Well done everyone – working from early morning until late at night. That’s dedication! Great to see everyone out sketching onboard the Lady of the Lake, Loch Katrine, in a weather window of opportunity. Once again, a big thank you to all the staff for top-level front of house hosting, support and amazing culinary delights from the kitchen!
Loch Katrine – student sketching.
Hope to see you at Beatrice’s (156th!) Birthday Party 29th Feb 2020 at the wonderful Hill of Tarvit Edwardian mansion house in Fife. This promises to be an exciting open day full of fun and entertainment to celebrate the life of Beatrice Sharp. I’ll be there with ‘Meet the Artist Watch & Try’ sessions, where I’ll be showing a painting being created throughout the day. Please note though, I’ll not be giving instruction at this event – come to my Hill of Tarvit art retreat 13th-15th March, or look at the Tuition page for other upcoming dates, if this is something that interests you. This will be a full day of activities, including music recitals and fun things to do for children.
Here’s the leaflet for my forthcoming residential retreat at the wonderful Edwardian mansion at Hill of Tarvit, Fife managed by the National Trust for Scotland, on 13th-15th March 2020. Many thanks to Geraldine Graf, Hospitality & Events Manager for the invitation, and putting this all together. Following an evening welcome and briefing on the Friday, there will be two full days of tuition in the Great Hall, conservatory, and – weather permitting – the glorious gardens. See the leaflet for more details. Contact Hill of Tarvit Mansion for booking, and by all means get in touch with me if you would like more information about what will be covered. All materials are supplied, but by all means bring along your favourite things, if you would like to.
I’m now registered as a tutor with Wild at Art Scotland, the creative travel experts. Check out their website for all the fantastic things they have to offer.
Quick update – I’m recently returned from visiting the wonderful Hotel Leone, in Montelparo, Le Marche, owned and run by Madeline and Tim, and seeing all the wonderful locations we will be going to on my retreat ‘From Sketch to Success’ 20th-27th October 2020. It really will be a stunningly beautiful area in which to join the group for painting, and the service and facilities at the hotel are truly impeccable. The hotel have taken bookings already, so get in touch and you may also get a good deal on flights. While there, I also met with artist Fiona Forbes (who’s also from Fife as it happens! – now living in Wiltshire), so we’ve teamed up to advertise each of our two retreats in our own areas aswell. Below the hotel photos, you’ll see the flyer, which it would be great if you could circulate. More updates soon!