Just had two fantastic days teaching in Huttons Ambo. Looking at the outstanding landscape around the village we began the day exploring plein air. It was very windy so it was not all 'plein sailing..'.
I managed to lock one person in the village hall at lunch time. She had to escape through the emergency exit and ask directions to find us. (I am very sorry Mandi!) From now on I will do a head count. Despite gale force winds, lots of exciting and original work was produced. In the afternoon we explored mark making, printing, washes, using acrylic mediums and scratching out. The Urban sketchers came all the way from Newcastle . Others came from as far afield as Stratford on Avon and Shropshire.
Here are some of the lovely quotes that I received afterwards: "What a wonderful day on Wednesday! Thanks so much Lesley. I realised in the evening I felt happier and more relaxed than I had been all year! The sunshine and the landscape and the gorgeous food helped. But above all working alongside other artists with a sensitive tutor instead of doing my time in solitary, - trying something new. Those first little sketches gave me more pleasure than anything I had laboured over. I will get out more and be braver working in the open."
'Thank you Lesley for a really enjoyable workshop. We were all made to feel so
welcome and quickly put at ease when we arrived. The village hall that we met in
was a lovely, light, bright venue for the workshop and also had a ramp for ease
"I find Lesley`s work inspirational and it was great to
watch Lesley in action and how she actually approached her work and executed
it. Lesley gave really helpful feedback throughout the day that I'm going to
put into action and take forward into my future work. It was a great day with
really friendly people that I'd love to repeat."
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