Cromford June residential course…We had a good time!

Back from my first residential painting course in Derbyshire and it couldn’t have been better…even the weather behaved and the sun shone upon us.

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Happy band of painters
We painted, sketched, stretched in our morning yoga class, and were expertly massaged by Sophie.  
On the morning that I had planned a pen and wash sketching session outside the weather was perfect, sunny, not too hot, no wind, wonderful.  
Pam and Gwen sketching in the sunshine
The local chickens provide a great subject for Jacky and Averil.
We did some great work in the studio, painting a stunning hollyhock study and a colourful exotic orchid composition.  Some worked very successfully on their own individual compositions.  Everyone enjoyed their opportunity to really get stuck in and concentrated and worked so hard; and I think when the paintings were displayed we were all a bit amazed at what we’d produced!
Some of the work produced over the three days was stunning.
Our aim was to RELAX! and we worked hard at that….joke!  There was a collective tribute at the end of the course consisting of a card with a cartoon drawn by the very talented Jane (Ford).  I don’t usually roar with laughter quite so exuberantly but that was funny!
You had to be there!
You are one in a million Jane and thanks for keeping us entertained.
Alison House did us proud as always and we had some delicious meals and were very comfortable in our rooms.  We had fun and I want to thank all those lovely people, painters and non painting partners alike for making this event a real success and one which will always bring a smile to my face and good memories to mind.

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Sunny Derbyshire awaits!

Today we took a trip up to Cromford to whet our appetites for the holiday next week.  Sophie wanted to have a look at the studio space and the lie of the land.  The sun was shining when we arrived.  The house faces South and it’s a real sun trap outside the lounge (which we noted had beautiful new chairs!) and we had a nice cup of coffee and admired the garden.

Coffee break in the sun.
June garden, looking good.
Outside the studios the dog roses were in bloom and looking good enough to paint!  we looked up past the old apple trees to the wild flower meadow beyond and thought…Yes, this’ll do nicely!
Can’t wait til next week!

Autumn 2013 and Spring 2014 Workshop dates

Here are the dates of workshops I have planned for Autumn and Spring.  I hope you’ll be able to come along and enjoy painting these new projects.  Numbers are limited to no more than 8 painters so book early to avoid disappointment!

Day Workshops 2013/2014
 -Workshops will take place in my studio at home in West Bridgford, NG2 6GF.
-Only six painters per workshop so plenty of individual tuition and attention.
 -Workshops run from 10am til 4pm.  Refreshments included.  Bring a packed lunch.
PRICE:  £50    (£10 deposit on booking.)
2013 AUTUMN
Tuesday September 24   “Negative Painting Technique”
Wednesday October 2  “Autumn Fruits”
Tuesday October 15  “Autumn Leaves”
Wednesday October 30  “Painting Flowers with Impact”
Wednesday November 6  “Seasonal Flowers and Leaves”
2014 SPRING
These workshops will deal with various aspects of flower painting with the aim of producing paintings that have vibrant colour, depth and tonal contrast.
Tuesday March 4
Wednesday March 19
Tuesday April 1
Wednesday May 14
Tuesday May 20

Please email me at ann@annmortimerart and I will give you address details for your deposit.