Our painting weekend was at The Glebe in Churchill this time and what a real treat that was in the Highlands of Donegal. We now have a growing Donegal membership, all established artists who love nature and plants and become botanical art enthusiasts, thanks to Sarah Lewtas.
The light was perfect at the tea room, our studio, and there was ample space for each one to spread out. We walked the grounds to choose our plants, azaleas, skunk cabbage, skimmia, marsh marigold and more. There is a coffee machine and we brought along our lunch. Curator Adrian Kelly popped in and out to see if we had all we needed, we did!
We had been generously invited to dinner by Kerry Pocock who owns a gorgeous little cottage across the road from The Glebe, all attended. Her cousin, Derek Hill, lived here for a number of years before he died. Kerry comes here with her family. We had drinks in front of a roaring turf fire in the sitting room when we arrived and lots of good chat and laugh over a delicious dinner. Kerry had invited a local artist friend who brought Valencia orange almond cake which she had topped with sugared primula to mark the occasion.
Everyone was back painting at their table in the morning and we broke up around 4.30pm. It’s satisfying when an event is so appreciated, one member said that the weekend had rekindled her love of watercolour, another said it restored her faith in nature and womankind! We’ve already booked a date for early October, members say they’re already looking forward to it. Curator Adrian Kelly has offered us a tour of the house next time.