I'm home from a wonderful weekend which started off with a couple of days in the Lake District staying at one of our favourite B&Bs, Lakeside Country Guest House, with fantastic views over Bassenthwaite Lake to Skiddaw. Sharon and Arnie always make us feel so welcome and you can't beat the breakfasts they serve which sets us up for a day's walking in the fells. We had a mixed bag of weather over the couple of days we were there with Thursday being quite grim weatherwise and then Friday being glorious!
Here we are on Barf summit looking over towards snowy Skiddaw - I'm quietly ticking off new Wainwright fells when I can - there are 214 in all and I've still got a long way to go to complete them all but I'm over half way so maybe one day I'll get round to completing them all.
My art fix for this weekend was meeting the lovely Judith Farnworth. There I am with the lovely lady in the photo at the top of this post. Judith has been such an influence on my art since I started painting nearly 3 years ago. She's been so encouraging and supportive to me (and I know lots of other artists), so it was wonderful to get the opportunity to visit her solo exhibition in Garstang and get to meet the lady herself. The paintings on display looked so familiar as I've admired the majority of them online but to see them 'in the flesh' so to speak was such a pleasure - they look great online but even better in real life and her gorgeous red poppy made a beautiful centrepiece above the fireplace - what a stunning painting! Judith has recently started running workshops and I'm not at all surprised at how successful they've been as I know what a great teacher she has been in the online group she runs on Paint my Photo, encouraging looseness in watercolour. When I first started painting I thought it was important to try and paint all the detail - something which doesn't come that naturally to me, so it was wonderful to find that painting loose - something that seems to suit my slapdash way - is ok !!! So I'd like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Judith for guiding me down this path and helping me believe in myself. I really hope we get to meet again and spend a bit more time chatting - I could have happily chatted with her all day!
Our weekend finished with a charity ball in aid of Brainwave. So Gary and I went from being in walking gear one day to bow tie and ball gown the next - I haven't any photos to show of us all glammed up though which is a shame. I'm hoping to get the brushes out tomorrow night for the first time in a couple of weeks and can't wait, so hopefully something new for you here artwise! Hope you're all having a wonderful day whatever you're doing. Bye for now!
P.S. got a photo of us at the ball after all! Nice change from walking gear