Watercolour Painting Demonstration

painting by sarah bell, Parke, Bovey Tracey

Beware: Artist on Stage!
14-IMG_5520 Watercolour  of Parke Estate, Bovey Tracey

This week I visited one of my favourite art societies, Chudleigh Artists, to do a watercolour painting demonstration for them on the theme of Autumn Light and Shadow.     I decided to make a watercolour of the avenue of trees leading to the main house at Parke, an estate Canada goose Discount owned by the National Trust at nearby Bovey Tracey on the lower slopes of Dartmoor, just ten minutes drive from here.                                                                                                                                                                   Above is the painting I produced during the session. (In a later post I shall be sharing a step by step tutorial on how I painted this watercolour.)

The art society’s temporary meeting space is at the St Martin and St Mary parish church  in Chudleigh, a pretty little town in South Devon.

Parish Church, Chudleigh

Parish Church, Chudleigh

 

It was very special to be working in such a beautiful space. The church was originally dedicated in 1259, and features a beautiful rood screen painted with images of the apostles, and a terrific memorial from the 1550’s to Sir Piers Courtenay and his wife Elizabeth. (see the photo of Elizabeth in this blog.) The church was decorated with wheat sheaves, fruits and vegetables for the Harvest celebration and made me think of all those lovely harvest hymns we used to sing at school .
I arrived at the church just after 9am (nice and early!) so that I could take some photos around the churchyard in the beautiful autumn morning sunlight. It had just rained and the low sunlight breaking through the foliage and casting those dramatic long shadows from the trees and ancient grave stones was stunning. There’s something very special about the peace of an old churchyard.

Below you can see a few shots of what I saw. In the background of one shot you can see some of the ancient cottages across the road: they are built in the medieval way with the narrow pointed gable end facing the street and with a very unusual feature of a chimney sitting in the middle of the back gable. (Hmm: I think explained that very badly!)
The ladies who organise the meetings plied me with tea and biscuits; the members were delightfully complimentary about the painting, and I left feeling that I must have one of the nicest occupations in the world! If you belong to an Art Society perhaps you might like me to come and demonstrate for you.
What do you think of my painting of Parke?

tomb of Catherine Courtenay

tomb of Catherine Courtenay

rood screen with painted apostles at Chudleigh Church

rood screen with painted apostles at Chudleigh Church

 

chudleigh churchyard with medieval houses

chudleigh churchyard with medieval houses

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