This is one of my favourite weeks when I stay at someone else’s hotel (for a change!); the Sidholme Hotel in Sidmouth, and teach a four day workshop.
Despite the truly horrible weather outdoors, we are all cosied up inside this beautiful Regency Gothic hotel having a great time. This week the focus is on how to paint Farm Animals, and today we have been looking at how to draw cows. In the afternoon session I did a painting of a South Devon cow to demonstrate to my students how to start off their watercolour.
To help, I brought along a huge stack of photos I took a while ago of the oldest pedigree herd of South Devon cattle in the country. They belong to my friend Elizabeth who has a farm near Totnes in Devon. They really are the most gorgeous looking cows: orangey brown with big rounded ears and with a very mild temperament. To me they seem to be the teddy bears of the cattle world!