Friday, 20 May 2016

Painting Wells

It never crossed my mind that there was a reason why Wells is called Wells. I now know. It is because there are a lot of wells there, too many to paint. I say that, because I have just returned from a week's water colour painting in Wells. It was an organised holiday based at The Swan Hotel overlooking the amazing Wells Cathedral.

I was looking forward to a restful week, dabbing paintbrush into pallet and contemplating beautiful views. Wrong! It was a full-on, 9.30 to 5 pm, packed programme. It was enjoyable, inspirational, instructional but relaxing? No way!

I am no expert at art and so I won't be sharing any of my 'masterpieces' with you but I will share a photo from the hotel of Wells Cathedral and some info about the holiday in case you fancy having a go too...


The holiday was organised by Alpha Painting Holidays. We were very well taken care of by Jill from Alpha, who brought us teas, coffees, packed lunches and anything else that we might need.

The tutor was the very talented Rob Dudley.  He was equally attentive to our painting needs - in other words he was extremely patient with the likes of me, a virtual non-painter, and was encouraging and positive in spite of my many abortive efforts.

The only disappointment was the catering arrangements at the hotel. They couldn't serve us supper until 8 pm and, after a full day of fresh air and concentration, I was ready for bed even before they got around to serving up the soup course.

OK, OK, I'll include one of my efforts... but NOT my water colour attempts. Here is a bit of a pencil sketch of a gatehouse by the Cathedral gardens. 


Well I did warn you! Best to stick with my writing, methinks!


10 comments:

  1. I love Wells - so glad you braved leaving Leicester and discovered one of our gems in the south-west.

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  2. Hi Ros - I don't think I've been to Wells and it's certainly a town/city I should see ... especially the Cathedral. What a lovely experience and a treat to learn in that environment ... Your drawing is admirable ... and at least you can sketch now when you feel like it ... having understood a bit more. Yes - I'd be flat out and ready for my bed - being outside for so long is exhausting ...

    Well done ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Wells is well worth a visit, Hilary. Do go.

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  3. sounds like a lovely artsy "working" holiday. Good for you, and I think your sketch is quite respectable. As long as you had fun, that's what counts.

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    1. Thanks, Joanne. I can live with 'respectable'!

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  4. That's a massive cathedral and it sounds like an interesting town to visit. I also sounds like you had a good experience even if the days were long and the rest short. I know you must have learned a lot. Is it your Leicester football team that won such big upset that everyone is talking about it, even here in the US?

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    1. Yes, Inger, it is our football team that has caused such a lot of news around the world. The atmosphere here in Leicester has been electric. It's just a shame we were out of town for the open-top bus parade but... who knew!

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  5. I love Wells too. I used to live in the West Country so I was able to go there quite often. I think it's really one of the most magical cathedrals in the country. And the city is lovely too. I think your pencil sketch is very good! I'd love to see some of your efforts. I like water colour painting too but I'm no master, either, so it would be great to see how you got on!

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  6. I could only wish to draw like that Ros. You are brave doing something different like that and it looks a lovely place.

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