Outdoor Painting Days

These very enjoyable events are held during the summer months in beautiful locations in Staffordshire and Derbyshire. Each typically starts with a demonstration and general advice on painting outside. After this, each person settles down with their own choice of subject to paint and Rosemary is on hand to guide and encourage throughout the remainder of the day.

image of gladstone museum
Gladstone Pottery Museum

Tuesday 16th.July Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke-on-Trent ST3 1PQ

Meet at 10.30am. Finish about 4pm There is a large car park on site.

This fascinating museum is worth a visit in its own right, and we will be sketching the pot banks and many other subjects too. It’s a great place!

Price: £39 to include the admission fee. Please bring your own art materials. Anything you are short of, Rosemary will be able to help you out with. There is a café on site for refreshments.

This venue is not weather dependant as there are numerous spots indoors to set ourselves up.

Thursday 15th August Stafford Castle ST16 1DW

Meet at 10.30am in the car park. Finish at about 4pm. This venue is weather dependant.

Fee: £32. Please bring your own art materials. Anything you are short of, Rosemary will be able to help you out with

image of stafford castle
Stafford Castle

From Rosemary’s sketchbook, a demonstration at Weston Park in August 2018:

painting of weston park

Anything can go into your sketchbook including written notes, feathers and daubs of mud. Well, that’s what Rosemary believes anyway! So on her outdoor painting days, you can feel free to paint your own choice of subject using whatever style and method that suits you. Watercolour, graphite, pastels, acrylics, ink….most of these find their way into Rosemary’s rucksack at some time during her trips into the countryside. Her most favoured method, when wanting to quickly capture an image outside uses watercolour paper, a soluble ink pen and water brush. These relatively cheap and portable materials enable you to work at speed… and are especially useful if you are on the move, such as on holiday.

What does sketching mean? Sketching is a very loose term which covers all manner of drawing and painting activities. For example, a sketch can be a simple line drawing done in pencil or ink, or a more extensive watercolour image with pencil added later.

A recent example from my own sketchbook:

painting of Staffordshire old field

Ink sketch of an old field byre in Staffordshire

The subject:

image of the Staffordshire old field

A video demonstration:

Pages from my Sketchbook