Last year I ran a couple of workshops at the Ship Inn in Sewerby. Yes - imagine that - a workshop in a pub! The only thing that could be better than painting is....painting with a pint! Seriously folks - landlady Louise is a keen painter herself and attended a couple of the sessions. Sadly on this occasion she was on the wrong side of the bar for her...but not for us. She kindly laid on great facilities outdoors under a covered veranda with drinks ( of the tea and coffee variety of course.. shame on you..what else did you think?) on hand all day and a delicious lunch to fortify the inner man and woman. Yes even artists have to eat. It was a typical early Summer's day - a bit blustery but quite warm and certainly very comfortable under our sheltered area. We went for a stroll first - sketchbooks in hand - and meandered on top of the cliffs and round Sewerby Park and cricket ground (one of the most scenic in England). With sketches complete and inspiration calling we retired to our base for the day to start painting. My eye had been caught by the billowing clouds over the bay and before lunch I got the first washes done. Following a convivial hour eating and well yes...drinking, we returned to work (?). Good job I had made a start and good job we had done our 'stroll and sketch' - it 'chucked' it down in the afternoon. That is a Yorkshire saying meaning it rained very hard. But we were high and dry (outside if not in!) and enjoyed finishing our paintings - all in all - a very enjoyable and satisfying experience. Many thanks to Louise for letting us use her pub and we look forward to visiting again soon. Here's a few photos taken by Merice to give you a flavour of the day:
I will be conducting a series of courses and workshops over the next twelve months - please get in touch for full details.
Professional artist now semi retired and enjoying being eccentric!