Monday, 27 April 2015

April Workshop

The Sarracenias and Me at the SBA exhibition. Thanks to Shevaun  for the photo.

Had a great workshop on Sunday at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre. There weren't many of us but the students that attended had been to previous workshops and I noticed a great improvement in the work. We studied spring flowers; bluebells, violets, tulips and quails eggs and practised wet in wet and dry brush techniques. I remembered to take photos this time around and a few of Denmark Farm too. It's a beautiful place and there's plenty going on there including accommodation and camping, a 40 acre nature trail and also venue hire. They have a range of courses like conservation training, species ID and all sorts of natural crafts. I went on a moth day course there a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Great workshop venue

Tutor selfie!!

Tulips are good to study for wet into wet and sweeping dry brush techniques

Really great work from the students
Perfect sheen

Denmark Farm in the April sunshine

Beautiful place 

Some of the accommodation with an amazing sedum roof
The next workshop will be held on Sunday the 19th of July and we will study the forms and textures of fruit.


  1. Love your Sarracenias - I missed those on the rounds of SBA photographs. Are they in gouache? Nice teaching venue - the UK is looking so beautiful at the moment. I have missed it!

    1. Hey Jess,thanks,managed to find a photo,I forgot to take any at the SBA! Yes, they're gouache
      The weather has been amazing lately here but gone a bit colder now.
      I lived in Spain for a little while about 27 years ago and I missed the green but I will never forget the Alhambra palace, Love Spain.

  2. Looks like a wonderful workshop in a great venue. It must be satisfying to see your students improve so much. Congrats on the sale of your striking Sarracenia painting!

    1. Thanks Janene, it's a beautiful place,now full of nature after years of being an ordinary farm devoid of biodiversity. x