To set foot upon Devon soil after a long car journey from London on the Saturday, and to glimpse of the familiar buildings of Coombe Farm Studios nestling down by the stream, was a sheer delight. I spent the evening after my arrival exploring the surrounding hills initially without my paintbrush, just soaking in the atmosphere before the painting started the next day.
Our painting week began on Sunday with a painting demonstration around Coombe Farm itself, and was followed by days painting the gardens, hill views, and subjects in the courtyard from various points around the Coombe. Our time at Coombe Farm Studios was interspersed with excursions to stunning vistas of the Dart estuary from the gardens of the well known sculptor Jilly Sutton, and to the picturesque village of Dittisham, with its harbour and views across to the hills of Agatha Christie’s house. The weather was on our side apart from one day where we retreated to the spacious studio to paint flowers, among other things. It was another fantastic week’s painting, packed with creativity, fun and friendship.
A big ‘thank you’ to everybody at Coombe for spoiling us rotten with delicious meals, and for making us so welcome that we felt we were all part of the family.
With best wishes for the rest of the summer,
Here are a few images of our group working together...