Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Blissful Candlelit Yoga Supper Evening

Following last night's beautiful Sunset in Newbury, we had our Candlelit Yoga Evening with Laura Routh-Parsons.

The hall was lit by 'millions' of candles, the fire was lit and the room was cosy.

Following a warming welcome drink of mulled apple, Laura led a gentle yoga flow and meditation.

Our 8 Yogis enjoyed a soup supper followed by chai lattes and warm cacao drinks.

We had a delicious lightly spiced butternut squash and butterbean soup

 and this yummy broccoli soup ...

... served with gluten free croutons, roasted seeds, dairy free coyo yoghurt, roasted peanuts and pomegranate seeds

After supper, Laura took us through some pranayama breathing before we laid down under the duvets with warming eye masks listening to the sound of the crackling fire.


Our next Candlelit Yoga evening is on Tuesday 13 March 2018

7pm - 9:30pm

Pen and Wash Class

A collection of last week's beautiful pen and wash pictures.

The colours are gorgeous.

Claire and the artists started playing with the pens, making marks on paper, using watersoluble and permanent black pens.

They then started on their main picture, and had a quiet and relaxing morning sketching and drawing.

A first wash of watercolour was applied to the paper

which is great (British!) paper that holds the water really well when we are applying lots of watery washes. 

We stopped for lunch, a warming chicken traybake and this really delicious winter coleslaw salad


We had some super speedy artists today, so here is a selection of some of their smaller artworks that they experimented with in the afternoon.

See you all again soon

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Come to our Cosy Candlelit Yoga Evening

We have some spaces available on our Candlelit and Fireside Yoga on Tuesday 27 February.

The evening runs from 7pm - 9:30pm and costs £30

This includes warming drinks and a delicious soup supper.

Laura will lead the group through a restorative yoga session with some great stretches to unwind after a busy day, there will be some focus on the breath and after supper there will be a lovely sound meditation/yoga nidra whilst relaxing underneath duvets and warm eye masks!


Please email me to book your place.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Banish the Winter Blues Watercolour

Last week we had our annual 'Banish the Winter Blues' Watercolour class with Claire.

This year the theme was Snowdrops and Crocuses.

Most of the group managed two small paintings during the day.

Great paintings from everyone!

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Spare place on Tuesday's Pen & Wash class

We have a place available on Tuesday, for our Pen & Wash class with Claire.

The class runs from 9:30am - 3pm and costs £75

This includes all of your materials, a 2 course lunch with wine, and refreshments throughout the day.

All levels of artist are welcome.

Email me if you are able to come

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Join Claire Warner's Painting Holiday in Valencia June 2018

Claire is running another painting holiday to Valencia this June, staying at Las Orquideas House, a colonial style white villa with wonderful views overlooking the Moorish town of Beniganim.

It will be a small group to ensure plenty of individual attention, with painting and sketching both on and off site.  

Beautiful gardens, sunbeds, swimming pool and tennis court and large studio are situated at the house.

Comfortable en-suite twin bedded or double bedrooms available for single or shared occupancy.

Most of your food and drink is included, with the food freshly cooked from the well stocked kitchen gardens.  Alicante airport transfers are included at allocated times, there is a supplement for flights outside of these times and those from Valencia airport.

Sunday 10 June - Saturday 16 June
(flights and insurance extra)
You will be sent a list of materials that you will need to bring with you.

Please let me know if you are interested and I can put you in touch with Claire.

Friday, 2 February 2018

Beginners Watercolour Snowdrops

Our Watercolour term started with a Beginners and Refreshers class

Claire starts these classes talking about the paints, brushes, papers and technique

after this everyone gets a chance to play with the paints and water

The next stage is starting the masterpiece!

The paintings today were fantastic and incorporated so many different techniques, water, trees, reflections and masking.

The snowdrops look lovely in the foreground and also along the banks in the background.

Below is our finished gallery of artwork


Welford Park, near Newbury, has now opened it's doors for visitors to see their stunning snowdrops.

It's really worth a visit with your camera, sketchbook and wellies.