We had seven painters at our painting day on an unusually hot day for September. Most of us retreated under the shade of a lovely tree which gave views of the fine waterfall or down the path to the main house. Friendly staff on duty for the open day stopped by often to see our work, as did many interested visitors. We all went off at some point to enjoy one of the delicious cream teas available in the nearby café – irresistible.
We had an enjoyable day painting in this quiet, tranquil location on a high point above the river. People arriving for the morning service greeted us and invited us to join them in the vestry afterwards for refreshments. The beautiful log cabin facilities, at the back of the church – called “The Ark”- was left open for us all day. As always, people came to view what we were doing and to chat, so we felt very welcome.
Four of us met at Dorney Court Garden Centre on a very hot Sunday in early June, to paint in the walled garden of this beautiful Tudor mansion. There were several views to choose from, including many large pots, displays of flowers and old wheeled carts, but we all headed straight for the shade of the beautiful rose arches to capture the view down into the sunken part of the garden.
Afterwards we had tea and cake in the garden of the adjoining cafe, when we found some of the staff had been taking a look over our shoulders while we were painting and were interested to see our results.
Another grand day out- as Wallace & Gromit would say! Five of us had a beautiful day painting at Odney Common in May. The weather was so hot for most of the day, that one painter reported ‘my arms burnt and I never noticed until later.’ Afterwards a few of us went to the Teapot tearooms in Cookham for a cup of tea and a huge piece of cake.
In April we met in the grounds of Nashdom Abbey in Burnham, a former monastery. Eight painters came and painted different views of the house and extensive grounds. The weather was kind for April, a little overcast but dry and warmish! At the end of the afternoon, we were treated to refreshments by Katy, one of the residents, who joined us for tea in the grounds, with several other interested residents, to view and discuss our paintings.
For our outdoor painting day in September, we visited the Thames Hospice near Windsor. It was refreshing that 8 painters came to capture scenes in the grounds and across Bray Lake. Arrangements had been made in advance and the staff and volunteers made us extremely welcome throughout the day. They, and some visitors to the hospice and café, came to talk to us during the day, showing a great deal of interest as we painted, and afterwards when we displayed the pictures on a table at the café
August’s outdoor painting was based near the church at Hughenden. one of our members painting just about sums up the heat of the day with the cattle grazing on the ready-made hay!
Ray Mill Island
A few members met at Ray Mill Island for an outdoor painting session in April.
The weather was fine and a good day was had by all.