|Port Quinn in all it's glory|
|Rock & the Camel Estuary|
Day 1 - was spent on the north coast with a visit to our morning location at Rock and the Camel Estuary. Ashley brought the group together to begin the day sketching. Then everyone was encouraged to find their own special place to continue sketching and painting and Ashley was able to chat and discuss their work on an individual basis throughout the morning. The views were spectacular and we even saw a wonderful scene with a horse and it's rider cantering on the beach alongside their dog.
|Painting in Port Quinn|
|Painting in Polperro|
Day 2 - We were excited to be visiting our new location for this year on the south coast 'Polperro ' in the morning and it didn't disappoint. Ashley set the group up for some interesting linear exercises, which really got them looking at the subject. Everyone then found their own space to work and captured the feel of this delightful working fishing village.
Ashley started the first studio day off with a talk followed by some engaging and gestural colour demonstrations. He then went on to demonstrate various techniques of how to apply paint and create marks in all sorts of ways, using palette knife, brush , hand, pouring paint, scattering paint etc etc. It was then the artists turn and they were given a number of challenges where exciting things began to happen.
After lunch at the Old Inn the artists were encouraged to work from their field studies (the sketches and paintings made on location) and use the skills they had learnt earlier to develop new paintings, looking at colour, abstraction and compostion at all times. During the 2 days Ashley referred to the work of a number of artists who have worked from the coastal subject and have had a major influence on his own work.
At the end of the last day Ashley led an informal discussion about all the work made with everyone contributing and learning from each other. By the end of the 2 days each artist had produced something very different to the work they had made before and there was some really exciting paintings.
As before we celebrated all the hard work on Friday evening by a quick visit to The Globe Inn followed by a exquisite meal at Asquiths Restaurant in Lostwithiel, where we thoroughly looked after by Graham, Sally and their staff.
We do hope to see you again soon.
Denise & Ashley