I am very lucky to live close to beautiful Derbyshire and visit often, but I rarely spend an indulgent artistic weekend there. I did recently, though, with the wonderful Helen Hallows on a 2 day Landscape Sketchbook course.
The landscape we were sitting in front of (Barlow, near Chesterfield) kept shifting, not only in terms of weather conditions, but also what was revealed the closer we looked – tractor marks, distant buildings, crows nests – and I saw every shade of green possible.
Drawing a whole landscape felt scary before this weekend, but under Helen’s tutoring I have gained in confidence, learnt a lot about charcoal and collage – and depicting hundred of trees.
My fellow students had varied artistic experience and were all lovely. Helen worked with us individually and encouraged us at all levels.