Creative Writing for Christmas

We are offering three sessions for Creative Writing on the following dates – 6th, 13th and 20th December on Thursday mornings from 10.30 to 12.30. Come and join us for some Christmas writing and mince pies !

The last life class of the year

Decorative bottles

Jane Inglis came to do the workshop. I think they all look great

New fire

I am a bit late in posting these pictures of the fire. We had it installed about two weeks ago and it has proved to be a great success. We were a bit worried that it would not cope with heating the great expanse of the barn, especially as the roof is not insulated. But as you can see, lots of happy, warm  people. Thanks to Divison Bois at St. Sornin for the very efficient installation.

bits and pieces

This is something that Cate did last week – it’s big and works really well – love the trees

Frances is trying out a method of painting in oils with only three colours – I look forward to seeing the finished painting

Jane is doing the same painting – so far in pastel and water colour – next oil and acrylic

I love this by Steve – beautiful colours

and this one by Chris has such movement

Dawn was using charcoal on a canvas to create a Van Gogh

One of Patricia’s quick paintings

This is a commission – once I am happy with the face, I can relax

lots of different styles

Jackie and Dawn love to paint in water colour – a bit of interaction going on with the apples

I can’t believe how quickly Patricia paints – she is getting better and better

… as is Pauline – beautiful colours

Dawn (S) was doing another painting ‘in the style of’ but the trouble is I can’t remember who the artist was. but I love it

Steve and Chris were here even though Chris had a broken leg.

This is a bit fuzzy but I have added another couple of chickens to complete the family

Cate is doing some beautiful work with pastel

This is a commission for Brigitte – nearly finished

vide grenier

I saw this magnificent box of charcoal at a vide grenier yesterday. If I used charcoal a lot I would have been tempted but it was 70 euros.

La rentré

Eric and Jan had been to the ‘en plein air’ group at Bussiere Badil. I love these sketches by Eric

and this one by Jan was from a photo the previous month at Busserolles

Patricia just loves painting horses

A new member, Daniel, who is painting in water colour

This week Jane was using pastels

as was Cate

A very delicate water colour by Dawn -she is doing a series for the kitchen wall

The start of a painting in oil which will go in our family gallery


This is the finished portrait with the frame that John bought for 5 euros.

These three pictures were painted by Dawn this week

A couple of lovely pastels by Cate

One of Patricia’s horses

First time with oils for Francis – I love it

This is nearly finished – hours of patience by Jeanette

lots of painting and a few bottles

This beautiful pastel was painted by Cate

Two paintings by Steve

Water colours by Francis and Dawn

I think this is finished now

These bottles were painted and then a tiny string of lights are inserted with a cork. I can feel a workshop coming on …