Tuesday, 5 July 2016

My return from Tuscany and Provence

Ian and I have returned from our best holiday ever. The first 10 days in Tuscany where for 7 days I painted at The Watermill along with 10 other watercolourists and tutor Sarah Yeoman. What a brilliant start to our trip this was. The grounds and rooms in The Watermill were fabulous as was the delicious food. We were taken on some trips to nearby villages and also to eat in some local family owned restaurants.
Painting was so relaxed, everyone did their own thing and joined in for demos if they wanted too. I did not see many of the painters during the week as they were scattered around the complex busy painting what inspired them. Sarah did demo outside a couple of times but also in the comfort of the wonderful studio. I did paint inside most of the time. She was very generous with her time and advice and I came away with more knowledge to help me in my journey. The last afternoon we had an exhibition where we got to see what everyone had been up to and Sarah also enhanced it with some work she had brought with her. I was thrilled that Phyllis from the USA asked to buy one of mine which finished the week on a high note.

Of the six or so paintings I did I think two were worthy, The Borrowed Umbrella above which sold and one of an old lady busy doing crotchet which was inspired from an image by Phil Jenkins that I had saved to my ipad some weeks earlier. I painted it from my ipad , dancing along to music from Hozier and Adele playing in my ears, my headphones plugged in so I didn't bother any one else in the class studio. I tweaked this in my studio yesterday and it will be framed soon so I can hang it in my studio gallery as open studio weekends are coming up in August.
Future blog posts will no doubt have inspired paintings from our beautiful three weeks in Provence.

A Stitch in Time
Unframed size 28.5cm x 38cm


  1. Welcome back Lorraine. Your two paintings are wonderful. Congratulations on your sale. So glad you had a great trip.

  2. From all your posts on FB I was so jealous. It looks like you had a wonderful time. Both paintings are really nice. The second one reminds me of the older ladies in Burano, Italy that make their lace as they sit in their doorways.

  3. Sounds like a fabulous trip Lorraine. Your Facebook photos looked so wonderful. And a sale to a classmate, wow. Rosie must be happy you're home. :-)

  4. I followed your trip on facebook and wow, that was a fantastic journey! Enjoy painting from the inspiration you've got!


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