October 5th, 2018 / posted by paularath

John Lovett,, our watercolor teacher,,sets up to paint a bridge over the River Avon.

Our first two weeks in England were actually fairly intense. Each day we were taken by bus to a beautiful location where twenty artists from all over the world set up to paint en plein air (outdoors). Amazingly, the weather was beautiful every day – something of a miracle in England!

Our Tudor style room with beautiful beams and fun attic ceilings.

Our first week was in the Cotswolds, an area renowned for its beautiful rolling hills and quintessential English villages. We stayed in the town of Stratford upon Avon, known as the birthplace of Shakespeare. Our room was called “Two Gentlemen of Verona” and it was absolutely charming and comfortable.

Our walking tour revealed a lot about Shakespeare and his surroundings.

Our days here involved lots of walking, from early morning walks to see the mist rise over the river, to sunset walks around the park and to various pubs and restaurants for dinner.

Bridge across the River Avon, our subject the first day of painting

The first day of painting we were in the park, looking at a bridge across the River Avon.  Each day began with John doing a brief sketch of the structure of his painting, as well as a running dialog on why he chose that particular composition. This was followed by his recommendations for colors to mix on our palettes to help create the scene, as well as descriptions of what techniques and brushes he was using.

John is completely open and generous in his approach to teaching. He doesn’t hold back any “artist secrets.”

Please remember that I am a fiber artist now, and seldom use paint, much less the very challenging medium of watercolor. I am also an abstract artist, while John is there to capture the scene as he sees it. And he loves to paint buildings, boats and bridges, none of which I have ever painted before. So I was a bit traumatized the first few days. To be honest, I didn’t even try to paint this scene. I just played with the mixing of paints and splashing them on the paper to get familiar with the materials. He was kind and understanding. Whew!

John Lovett’s final painting of the bridge and beyond.

Jerry is an accomplished watercolorist and he has allowed me to show you some of his efforts. Here is his painting of the bridge. Love it!

Watercolor by Jerry Mayfield

Please return to this blog for more of our painting locations and experiences, as well as scenic photos of exquisite locations.

Paula Rath

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Roberta Cullen
October 6th, 2018 at 2:22 am

I love Jerry’s watercolor. He is an amazing artist and should be very proud of his work!

Lynda Sakraida
October 6th, 2018 at 8:58 pm

I agree with Berta…Jerry’s is every bit as good as the instructor’s….actually better! Jerry has never realized how very good he is.

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