Thursday, 28 July 2011

Chettle Village, Dorset - An Artists Retreat

Last week an eclectic group of artists of different ages and backgrounds came together in Chettle Village for a week of painting and sketching organised by local artist Clare Shepherd. Undeterred by the rain, we filled the village hall with the smell of turps, the wash of watercolour and hairdryers and the scraping sounds of the palate knife. I did a few sketches using pastel such as the one of a tree above. I also struggled to do an oil of a field of daisies.

Finally, after a week spent inside, I managed to get out and sketch on the final day when the rain eased. A soft pastel sketch of the church archway entrance led to two further paintings. Comments welcome - how these could be made better... always grateful for any input.

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