Monday 24 February 2014

Windows, always interesting.

On day one, as you saw in my last posting, we were sent out to paint a sketch. A quick watercolour of something that interested us. This is very exciting when there are 10+ painters all doing the same thing looking for the most interesting place to paint. Most of the group went to the garden. I joined another painter and found a table to spread out my things. It is difficult to travel with too many supplies and most of the time it is not necessary. There is always the time that you want to settle in and a chair would have been a added bonus. This trip only had one day that I ended balanced on the edge of the road, uncomfortable but lost in my painting. You will come to that down the road.

We were staying on the grounds of the chateau. It wasn't the most glorious day but we were in Normandy and we had come to paint. The sun was hiding in the clouds when we started around 2:00 in the afternoon but by 3:30 it was out to welcome us.
Some of the painters had travelled with a companion. Shell the husband of one of the group, arrived with tea. How special. I was sitting in the garden on the back of the chateau. As always windows interest me so I decided that the window looking into the lounge would be what I would paint.

Tuesday 18 February 2014

Watercolour Workshop in Normandy France Oct. 2013

It seems like time just isn't on my side. I planned to do this blog while I travelled. Then I planned to do it when I got home. Here we are four months later and I am just getting started.

Our first day of our workshop took us to the grounds of our very special accommodation. We were staying at Chateau Hambye, in the village of Hambye, Normandy.
We spent a week at Chateau Hambye. This was day one. Our instructor Lin Souliere, sent us out to do a quick warm up sketch. As you can see, I was busy with household chores so didn't get too much accomplished. I have included it as day one because I wanted you to see how little one could do and still have a great travel memory.