Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Atmospheric Scottish Landscape Watercolour

Last week we had a Scottish Landscapes Watercolour class, that focussed on Atmosphere.

It was a scene from lovely Plockton.

Delicious lunch; Persian Chicken Pilaf with a watercress salad and tomatoes with feta.

Here are the finished paintings full of colour, mood and atmosphere ...

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Relaxing Candlelit Yoga & Meditation Evening

We enjoyed a lovely and relaxing evening last night with Laura.

She led us through an evening of gentle and restorative yoga flow by the fire, with candles glowing.

There are many benefits to Restorative Yoga, it stills the mind, deeply relaxes the body, enhances flexibility, balances the nervous system and boosts the immune system.

Laura chooses supported poses that we hold for several minutes, this helps the body to fully engage, soften and relax.  We use props such as bolsters, pillows, blocks and belts.

Restorative Yoga balances your central nervous system by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system.  By taking deep breaths and relaxing into the postures, the heart rate, breathing rate, blood pressure and emotions slow down.

After a delicious and nutritious soup supper we took part in a meditation session which led into a lovely Yoga Nidra under the duvets with warming eye masks, with sound from Laura's koshi bells.

Our next evening is on Tuesday 8 May

7pm - 9:30pm

Friday, 6 April 2018

Fabulous Fish Watercolour

We tried something new this week, Fabulous Fish with sparkly, glittery iridescent paints.

We started the morning having a play with them, we had SAA paints in silver, pearl and gold plus some iridescent paint powder that we mixed with gum arabic before applying.

After we had chosen our 'fish' and sketched it onto the lovely heavyweight paper from St Cuthberts Mill, Claire demonstrated the first wash, 

below is one of the paintings with the fish and waterlilies drawn out with masking fluid on their outline and some beautiful colours in the wash

others made the fish their focus and worked on the painting of their fish, putting their colours on first



It was lovely to have the sunshine back today, I took time after the class to have a wander round the grounds to see what is starting to blossom.

Claire is back next week for Atmospheric Scottish Landscapes, we have some spaces available, come and join us, suitable for all levels including beginners.

9:30am - approx 3pm
All materials, a 2 course lunch and a glass of wine included.