recent activities

Cate likes a bit of glitter


Chris loves horses

Patricia loves to paint animals of any kind

Sally-Anne has finished her butterfly

Jan joined us and did this lovely watercolour

Maria loves a bit of wire sculpture

Jeanette and Sally-Anne were doing some very fine cross stitch

Cate likes to paint with pastels

Sue was using a hand loom to make some knitted dolls

Frances was doing a beautiful water colour

… as was Jackie

Steve finished his superb sunset

and had done this quick oil painting

… and I was finishing off my oil of the house

pastels and other stuff

I love seeing Cate’s pastel box – it’s art in itself – and her pictures are pretty good too

Dawn was also painting the day lily, in acrylic

We had a morning of painting outside – these are two of the successes. I personally found it quite frustrating as I was using acrylic on a small canvas and as it was drying so quickly, I could not get a good result. In fact, in a fit of frustration, I threw it across the courtyard which amused everyone.

Jackie was painting a card for a friend in water colour

Jane was experimenting and produced this lovely study in water colour

Patricia did another acrylic on paper

Maria was sculpting again – with beads

I am struggling with this painting in oils of our house. It’s good to take photographs because it immediately points out the problems with tone and perspective. I need to change the door !

this week

Jane did this beautiful water colour – there are poppies everywhere in the fields at the moment

Patricia finished her horse picture

Another week on and he is nearly finished

I extended his ears and I think he is finished now

Another wire sculpture tom Maria – not quite finished

bits and bobs

Jeanette, Jennie and Brigitte were doing some crafts on tuesday morning

Maria had finished her wire tree sculpture with some copper wire. It’s not a very good photo but it looks stunning

Mary was continuing with her portrait – I can’t wait to see it finished

Jane was doing an exercise in tonal values by painting an old black and white photo

Jackie was revisiting a sketch from Saturday’s life class session by adding a bit of water colour

Patricia, prolific as ever, was doing two pictures

I love this by Dawn – inspired by Aine Divine

Again not a very good photo but the dragon is taking shape

… and I am continuing with the hare

lots of interesting work this week

Maria was doing some amazing sculpture work with wire. I have taken a picture of both sides – they look completely different

Some lovely water colours by Jane, Dawn and Francis

Pauline is new to painting and making a really good start

One of Patricia’s quick acrylics – love the sky

This incredible painting in oil is by Mary

Cate was using pastel, with water, on a textured board

Jackie says she doesn’t like using acrylics but at the end of the morning I think she was coming round to enjoying them – you can’t tell but there is a lot of texture

I can’t decide whether or not to put more sheep in

… and I started the hare


some of the life drawings from this afternoon


Jane and Jackie have both progresses with their paintings of flowers in jug

Gill was being inspired by Angie Lewin

Pauline is progressing hugely with her paintings

This is my goat. I think I have to work on ear which doesn’t seem to be in the right place

Vases with flowers

This morning we decided to paint flowers in vases using large canvases and big brushes.

This was Dawn’s first attempt at oils

Works in progress by Jackie and Jane

This is my progress – I couldn’t resist adding a bit of collage.

In the afternoon Mary came and finished this magnificent tree which is at “Site Corot” near St Junien

Maria showed me her Pinterest boards and I fell in love with this goat and just had to get it onto canvas


robins and sheep

We had another very successful needle felting course at the beginning of this week.

I felt the need to paint a very large sheep – this could be the start of a series

Helen came and was finishing off this beautiful retro crochet baby blanket

This is the finished fox that my neighbour asked me to make for her daughter

Sally-Anne has nearly finished this beautiful butterfly

Patricia was painting her favourite subject

I must do this !! Dawn was painting in her sketch book

Jackie was tracing a drawing from the life class

needle felting workshop

A flock of robins – they were all fabulous. The next date is 23rd April