Thursday, 29 April 2010

Watercolour Workshop Trial





This morning we trialled a new idea of a Watercolour Workshop. The idea was that you came to Treetops with either a painting to finish or a painting that you need help to get started. Over the course of the morning Claire would be available to give support and advice.

You needed to bring all your own materials and equipment, which again was useful to have Claire look over, to see whether the paints we had were of good quality, either artist or student quality, if they are of student quality they tend to remove alot of the lovely rich pigments that usually produce the beautiful and vibrant colours.

Claire talked about mixing colours, in particular getting some great greens with lemon yellow. She talked "cows" and other animal shapes and helped me get some shadow and depth into one of my paintings that at the moment looks just like a group of floating objects!

The morning ran from 9.30am - 1pm, with the usual home made biscuits and fresh coffee available but it was mentioned that it wasn't quite the same leaving Treetops without having had lunch!

If you are interested in coming to one of our Workshops, please let me know.

Sunflowers in Provence Watercolour Class






A Sunny day for a Sunny Subject. Sunflowers in Provence was the title, and it wasn't as easy as it looked. We spent a large part of the morning using masking fluid to paint out the sunflowers leaves, so that when we did a wash we could keep that part of the paper completely clean and white.

Using a limited pallette of about 5 paints we mixed up a variety of greens and yellows, and then different blues for the sky and the mountains in the distance.

A delicious lunch of Delia's Salmon with pecorino and pesto topping followed by Tana Ramsay's Rhubarb Fool. We needed the energy to rub all the masking fluid off after lunch, it took ages!

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Sunflowers Watercolour Class



There are a few spaces left for next week's Watercolour Class, titled Sunflowers in Provence. Suitable for any level of artist, we have some complete beginners coming, so don't be afraid to come and give it a go.

The class is on Wednesday 28 April, starts at 9.30am and finishes at about 3pm, a 2 course lunch is included and plenty of biscuits (and coffee!) to keep you going throughout the day. The price is £65.

Claire provides all the materials, so all you have to do is just turn up and paint. Call 01635 44850 to book a place.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Happy Easter!


Happy Easter! The house is quiet with no classes....

Plenty of time to get Colourful Cupcakes of Newbury launched. The logo and website are currently being worked on and I'm taking orders! I've recently made some lovely girly pink birthday cupcakes, some bright and pretty cupcakes for Christine Scott Interiors and this weekend some Purple themed cupcakes. Today was all about having fun with mini Cupcakes, they disappear so easily in just one mouthful!

I have started a blog http://colourfulcupcakes-newbury.blogspot.com so that you can see what I'm up to.

Bookings are coming in for the Cupcake Classes, these are on:

Thursday 13 May 10am - 12 noon
Thursday 17 June 10am - 12 noon
Saturday 3 July 2pm - 4pm
Wednesday 15 September 10am - 12 noon

Cost £45: this includes all ingredients, materials, recipes and 6 cupcakes that you have decorated to take home. To book call me on 01635 44850.

It's great fun, and involves clouds of icing sugar and twinkly edible glitter everywhere!