New dates for Tuscany.

New dates for Tuscany.

 We are pleased to announce new dates for our fabulous painting holiday in Tuscany. Join us at Ancora del Chianti a beautiful Italian homestead, our base for 6 nights. Inspiration is the rolling countryside the olive groves and vineyards surrounding us. Authentic...
Beautiful snowdrops!

Beautiful snowdrops!

Here we are heading towards the end of February and the tail end of snowdrops in the hedge are still inspiring and beautiful. Two pages in my sketchbook, I’ve written about the different species and the common names that are given. It’s been a fun thing to...
Is sketching my obsession?

Is sketching my obsession?

Interesting question ……… I do love recording things in a sketchbook, I love it more when it’s full and you go to it sometime later and see what i drew, and read what i wrote. I like to take a sketchbook with me on holiday, but I have learnt to reduce the size of my...
Finding my mojo!

Finding my mojo!

[inspiration] It’s time to find my mojo! What is it that presses your creative button? What starts those painting juices flowing? Something spurs on the ideas and suddenly you’re creating, painting and in the zone. When your last work was so “deep.” From a place that...
Sketching the hedgerows.

Sketching the hedgerows.

The beautiful shapes of the plants you find in the hedgerows are inspirational. This curled up Harts Tongue Fern looks like a flower, it was too beautiful to pass by. It’s now recorded on my 2024 sketchbook. Sketching helps me relax, keeps my drawing skill on point...
A good start to the New Year!

A good start to the New Year!

Well here we are half way through January and itching to get drawing and painting. It was a busy 2023 with courses at Brambles and a late painting holiday in sunny Morocco. Our new dates are on the website, offering courses in Devon, Tuscany in May, Calamansac –...

100 views of Mt Fuji

> While in Tokyo we went to the national museum to see the Japanese national treasures. One in particular stood out – Hokusai. > Many of his beautiful wood cut prints, which look like paintings are there and some very special hand painted scrolls. Several of his...
Inspirational Japan

Inspirational Japan

My muse – Mt Fuji. We’ve recently been travelling in Japan and Hong Kong and the trip was a feast of beautiful views and a source of so much inspiration. Over the next few months I’m going to share my creative journey. This is to show how valuable it is to have...
Rose Challenge

Rose Challenge

This week in my group “Sketchaway” on Facebook we are starting a “War of the Roses” challenge. Sketching, drawing and painting roses. I will post about my gorgeous roses and my sketches, giving you the opportunity to post up your sketches of roses. I’d love to see...
The Golden Section or Golden Ratio

The Golden Section or Golden Ratio

Golden Section or Golden Ratio is the special ratio found in nature in things like the distribution of leaves on a stem, or the formation of a snail shell. It has long been held that this ratio is especially pleasing to the eye and has aesthetic qualities when applied...