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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Painting and woodturning workshop

the painters
We had our first painting and woodturning weekend at La Verderie and it was a great success.
Painting tutor Pamela Slater coped well with 5 participants working in different mediums. Jen chose to work in acrylics, Moira oil and Sue, Frances and Pirette all went for watercolour. Everyone went away happy feeling that they had achieved something. I even had a little dabble in oil painting on Sunday, which I really enjoyed and it has inspired me to have a go at some more.

samples of Roger's beautiful woodturning

the woodturning workshop

Steve and Jim clutching their finished bowls
Woodturners Steve, Jim and William were overjoyed with their results, under the careful supervision of tutor Roger Slater they turned a dibber each on the first day of the course and a bowl each on the second day. It was an intensive couple of days and everyone went away exhausted but there were mutterings of looking for lathes on ebay so I think that at least two of them are now hooked!

The next painting and woodturning weekend will be on 11th and 12th May and is open to residential and non-residential participants for further details visit the Art in France website.

Thanks to a cutting error on the glass at Bricomarche Culli and Steve didn't get the front of the barn finished until Monday, however, it looks fantastic, just needs the painter (me!) to finish it off, but that will have to wait until after the Mystery Blanket workshop as I have 12 bedrooms to prepare before next week!

my new studio

I am afraid that we won't have the weather for the knitting workshop that we had this time last year, it is starting to warm up a tad, but has been very windy and there is more rain forecast for next week. Never mind lots of knitting in front of a toasty fire.

The cranes have been migrating the last few days, you can hear them coming before you see them, it sounds like a flock of demented chickens and then you see hundreds of them gliding along on the thermals, an amazing sight.

1 comment:

  1. It all looks very exciting. I can't wait to get there to check it all out - good luck with the 12 bedrooms . . . . x