Such a great day today.
Its foggy and what many people see as miserable outside - I love it - and about thirteen of us sat outside the bar at Hope Barton on the covered patio painting all day.
It was such a mixed group - ranging from a 9 year old to a GCSE student to holidaying professionals to retired ladies & gents. A couple had never really painted before. Its just so satisfying to watch people paint and realise what they can actually achieve, and how it makes them feel. There is something amazing about creating a unique object that will probably stick around longer than you! Painting to non-painters can carry so much mystique, and appear so much harder than it is. And many people just don't want to be seen doing it - for fear of ridicule.
I watched thirteen people create, fairly easily, about 30 strong, completely different paintings today. Did my demonstrations, taught some techniques, but was so gratified to see people take what I said and use it, rather than copy. None of the pieces looked like attempts at reproduction of my own.
Even got some video of the session filmed by my good friend Peter Kent! Will post, with photos of results, soon! For now stuck in a mobile-reception-free beauty spot... :)