Friday, 13 May 2016

Painting holiday in Grasmere


The base is the Glenthorne Hotel in Grasmere. 
I love running my painting courses from this relaxed beautiful location nestled just a few minutes away from the village centre. We had some gorgeous weather, in fact I think it could have been the best in all of the fourteen years I've been painting at the Glenthorne. 
I organised the course around the Bluebells, quite risky when ten days earlier we had fresh snow. With the gorgeous hot weather, it seemed that the Bluebells had all flowered at once and the display was magnificent. The Herdwicks also stole the show. We had a little lamb born before our eyes, Sylvie from Paris had never seen such a sight.


Having a couple of different  locations each day, a steady and beautiful ramble to each. 
Wandering along the Lake shores, spotting wildlife and choosing what to paint, was the hardiest decision of the day. 


Sitting peacefully in Bluebell woods, surrounded in fragrance and warm sunshine drying the paints, it really doesn't get much better than this for an artist.






We did have a few critiques along the way, Mother Duck brought the Chicks along, the Swans really wanted to be the focal point and even the Cuckoo sang with delight.



Mother Herdwick paddled the river with Twins in tow, we didn't see the Kingfisher, but heard it's strong tune, brushes stopped creating masterpieces and we gazed up and down the river banks.


A wonderful course with intrepid enjoyable artists, many ideas, sketches, painting and photographs all to remind us of a special time spent in Sunny Lakeland



If you would like to join me on a painting course in Grasmere, with gentle walking to beautiful painting locations, some indoor work, if the weather is not too brilliant. I have a course in August and also Autumn watercolours in October, both are suitable for beginners and Improvers with single en suite rooms.


2 comments:

Julie Ford Oliver said...

What a beautiful post, Jane. Thank you!

Jane Ward said...

Thank you Julie for taking time to visit the blog, it was a gorgeous few days and very inspiring :-)