|Port Isaac- Day 1|
For any artist Cornwall is inspirational whatever the weather but we were fortunate again to have
fabulous weather, helping to enrich the week's experience for everyone.
Day 1 - The North Coast
|Beryl in Port Isaac|
|Erica & Antonia in Trebarwith Strand|
By the time we reached our afternoon location, Trebarwith Strand, we were building up a good appetite. A hearty lunch at The Port William Inn, (overlooking the bay) followed and everyone couldn't wait to get started for the afternoon drawing /painting session. Here, Ashley spent time with each artist individually, discussing their composition and helping them to use a different approach to looking and sketching/painting the landscape .
Light, shape, shade and colour were all taking shape on canvases and sketchbooks - this was just the begining!
|The Group in Charlestown|
Charlestown , our first stop and a very special place for Ashley. The harbour has a dramatic presence and even though on previous visits with our group the heavens have opened, this time the sun shone (except for a fleeting shower) and Charlestown was both striking and tranquil. Ashley started the morning with a brief drawing demonstration followed by some group sketching exercises helping the artists to simplify their drawings, looking at shapes, lines and contours.
|Kate in Charlestown|
Once again everyone enjoyed the diversity of the location and the panoramic view from the top of Polruan Hill was definitely worth the climb. It was time to make sure everyone was fired up with plenty of studies to take with them into the studio for tomorrow!
|Panorama at the top of Polruan Hill|
Ashley began the first day with a variety of demonstrations and colour exercises, he then shook things up a bit with the introduction of words to highlight and demonstrate movement, mark-making and finding different ways to put paint down.
|Joy's Painting in Progress|
|Erica's Painting in Progress|
|Nicola our PrizeWinner|
|Joy, Nicola, Erica & Antonia|
|Beryl discussing work with Ashley|
By the end of the two days the paintings really started to take shape with some really exciting, colourful work coming through and although the subject matter may have been the same, each artist produced something entirely different, finding their own unique style and pathway.
The last day in the studio concluded with an invaluable critique about the work where the whole group looked constructively at each others paintings and contributed to the discussion.
Thanks to The Old Inn, St Breward for looking after all again for lunch over the two days - it was perfect!
And of cause our week wouldn't be the same without our wonderful Friday evening meal at Asquiths Restaurant, Lostwithiel. (After a swift pint in the 13th century The Globe Inn). Thank-you Graham, Sally and staff, as always the food was top notch and your care and attention to detail, exceptional!
|Friday Evening at Asquiths Restaurant|
Thanks to everyone for signing up to 'Freedom in Painting in Cornwall', you were a great group (yet again) and we hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we did and found the course both inspiring and beneficial. We look forward to seeing (and hearing ) about your future work and hope that we might see you again soon!
Denise & Ashley
Nicola won the Great Art postcard challenge with this entry. We hope you agree it was very well deserved. She also writes a blog and if you would like to read about her own experience with us on the painting holiday , you can read about it here.
We also have some exciting news from Kate Dove who was came on the holiday. She has been short listed for the Artist of the Year Award with the Artist & Illustrator magazine. Well done, Kate!
We now have our painting holiday dates for next year:
Mon 11th - Sat 16th May & Mon 21st - Sat 26th September 2015
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See also www.ashleyhanson.co.uk for more information about Ashley's art practice, exhibitions & previous holidays etc.