Author Archives: Alison Cotton
Painting in the woods in Sussex this Autumn.
This week I held a painting class in the beautiful woods at Bates Green Farm near Arlington. In Spring this wood is full of bluebells and open to the public, but now it is peaceful and quiet, a perfect escape after the busiest part of the year. Philippa and Michael Vine farm at Bates Green, and Philippa runs a cookery school where she cooks our delicious lunch with local seasonal ingredients.
First we settled ourselves into Philippa’s cosy, spacious kitchen while she started on the lunch. As it was raining, we stayed indoors while I talked about and demonstrated my approach to watercolour. Fortunately the rain stopped, so before lunch the group explored the woods, and chose places to paint.
Philippa’s seasonal paella followed by blackberry and apple crumble was so delicious that we had to remind ourselves about the painting, and the painters were gently encouraged out into the woods where September sunshine was now slanting through the trees.
They found themselves places to sit and were soon absorbed in the problems of light and shade… Although some were complete beginners, all had lovely paintings to show by the end of the day.
If you would like to join us for a day of painting in the woods with lunch cooked by Philippa Vine, the next class is Saturday October 5th. This will be a day of Autumn delights, with pumpkins grown on the farm and wild mushrooms growing in the woods. Inquire via my contact page or book here
A creative weekend in Classical Athens 7 – 11 November 2019
I’m excited to be venturing somewhere new, taking a small group for a long arty weekend in Classical Athens. Helle from Discover Kalymnos has designed a creative trip that includes sketching and painting on location, tours of the Agora, Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum with expert local guides, two evening meals, an evening walk and time for shopping.
The temperature in November should be around 20% – just right for sketching outdoors and relaxing.
I will be leading the painting and drawing sessions, which are suitable for total beginners or those with a bit of experience. Although I will share my knowledge of drawing and watercolour technique, I’m less interested in skill levels than giving you some tools to capture your impressions, slow down and take in your surroundings. I can include a bit of perspective drawing theory to help us all with those buildings. There are some excellent guides here –https://www.liveabout.com/definition-of-perspective-2577690
Painting in the bluebells
This was a one-day course painting watercolours in the bluebells at the Bluebell Farm, Arlington on 8th May, for beginners and more experienced painters. I demonstrated watercolour technique in the cosy kitchen while lunch was being prepared, then the sun came out and we were sat outdoors after a fantastic lunch cooked by Philippa Vine from Bluebell Farmhouse Kitchen.
If you would like to join a class painting at Bates Green Farm, click here