Thursday, 15 November 2018

AromaYoga Evening with Rachel

Last night Rachel returned for another AromaYoga class, with the lights dimmed and the diffusers giving out a lovely sweet orange smell, we started off with a relaxation practice.

Rachel spoke to us about the evening's chosen oils which included bergamot, sweet orange, fir tree and lavender.

We followed a gentle hatha practice with some gentle stretches and introduced the pigeon pose, which was new to some.

After our savasana wrapped in cosy duvets with beautiful piano music playing we enjoyed some delicious nibbles.

Rachel will be back with us in early 2019

Winter Scene Watercolour

Some great snowy paintings from our Winter Scene Watercolour class this week

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

The Autumn Trees at Westonbirt Arboretum

I had a lovely day yesterday strolling through Westonbirt Arboretum

Just an hour from Treetops with a £10 entry it was a perfect time to see the beautiful spread of autumn leaves.

My walk started on a high Tree Top Walkway which was a lovely way to start exploring the arboretum.  There are 600 acres altogether!

Westonbirt started in the Victorian times, with a wealthy landowner called Robert Holford who financed expeditions around the world to collect specimens from the natural world, wanting to find the exotic species, the rare and the beautiful.

By 1855 much of the arboretum had been laid out, aesthetically, not in plant groups or country groups, just in a stunning picturesque vision.

When he died, his son George continued to plant the trees and the many rhododendrons that people visit Westonbirt for every year.

In 1956 the whole 600 acres, 15,000 tree specimens, 2,500 species, 5 national tree collections and 142 champions were handed over to the Forestry Commission

Westonbirt has the National Japanese Maple collection (over 400 different types) which provided much of yesterday's colour.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Watercolour Wildlife

Friday was all about Wildlife at Treetops

Our artists had a choice between Deers, Hares and Foxes.

Surrounded by gorgeous autumnal and wintery colours.

Great opportunity to get out my abundance of Hare things!

We had a lovely lunch of a light thai green curry followed by a delicious Millionaire's Shortbread Parfait.

Here is the Wildlife Gallery ...

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Pen & Wash Winter Sunshine

We had a lovely Pen and Wash class today, sketching Sturminster Newton Mill, an old flour mill in Dorset.

The group started the morning with a light pencil sketch to position their Mill, weir and the walkway.

This was followed with permanent black pens to create tones.

A Watercolour wash was then added.  The paints had been mixed with alot of water to create tints of colour.

And from one Mill to another ......

Today we used paper from St Cuthberts Mill in Somerset,  Saunders Waterford 200lb 425gsm watercolour paper, which is the perfect weight and has a great surface for this technique.

St Cuthberts Mill has been making paper since the 1700's, taking advantage of the pure waters from the River Axe.  They manufacture high quality artists papers using one of the few remaining cylinder mould machines in the world.

And here are a few sketches to round off the day!

Thanks everyone for a great day.

Festive Papercutting with Lucy

Lucy returned to Treetops today with a Festive Papercutting class.

There were options to create lamps and cards.

Lucy had put together some great templates for everyone to work on, from baubles to polar bears and mistletoe to reindeer.

During the day you go through several blades as it's really important to keep the point sharp to create sharp neat lines.  Especially for these Christmas trees and reindeer.  We also used self-healing mats, which are really important to protect your surfaces.

Lucy will be back at Treetops in 2019, let me know if you would be interested in joining the mailing list for her new dates.