Wet-on-Wet Oil Painting Holiday in the Isle of Wight
This unique painting method involves applying wet oil on top of wet oil without waiting for each layer to dry; it’s also known as direct painting. The approach makes it possible to blend paints together to create a glossy, rich texture with bold brushstrokes which can be spread and layered. Painting in this way is all about being spontaneous and making rapid decisions to create a finished work before any layers are dry. No matter what your previous experience, our art leader will be on hand to show you just how easily these vibrant oils can be used to create an inspiring work of art.
- Learn how to work with this colourful, versatile medium
- Have the guidance of an experience leader
- Enjoy the fun, social environment
- High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
- Tuition from our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, to ensure you get the most from your holiday
- Your leader will provide pallettes, masking tape and table easels together with the cleaning equipment, i.e bucket, griddles and odourless thinner, which is part of the uniqueness of this method of painting.
- Small groups of up to 10
Your room will be ready from 2.30pm onwards (1pm for better and best rooms). Afternoon tea will be provided so you can meet your fellow guests. Your leader will talk you through the holiday, including its timetable, on the first evening.
Today is our introduction to this colourful and inspirational medium in which Sophia will show you just how easily these vibrant oils can be used to create an effective landscape.
There will be plenty of tips and advice on hand and by the end of the day you will have completed a painting.
We will start the day with a demonstration in which Sophia will display the use of a different wet-on-wet oil background which is particularly expressive when used to create trees and moving water, whether it be waterfalls, rivers or seas.
You will then be guided as a group in discovering this for yourself allowing your confidence to build further.
Our last day and a final opportunity to paint something different. We will chat about our discoveries so far and decide upon a final landscape whether we go for something entirely different or expand further on what we have already done.
By the time you finish, you’ll realise how easily new ideas and styles can be applied leaving you with the wish to explore this medium further. We'll also have the opportunity, if you wish, to exhibit our final pieces of work during the evening for the other guests to enjoy.
Depart after a leisurely breakfast.
Sometimes things happen beyond our control. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.
Freshwater Bay House
Holidaying on the picturesque Isle of Wight doesn’t get any better than at Freshwater Bay House. Stood stop the island’s classic white cliffs and dominating the bay that it is named after, Freshwater Bay House has a gorgeous location. As well as 43 bedrooms, many decked out in blue and white printed wallpaper featuring foam-tipped waves breaking softly across the walls that act as a promise of the coastal scenery to come, there are three lounges and a friendly bar. Extensive gardens give on to the coast path, with a staircase that drops to the beach one way, while a path leads away across Tennyson Down towards the Needles in the other direction. If you’re experiencing some of the island’s plentiful sunshine (it averages around 2,000 hours a year), head to Alum Bay for coloured sands or Compton Bay for dinosaur footprints. Explore Carisbrooke Castle, stroll through Ventnor Botanic Gardens and keep an eye out for red squirrels in Borthwood Copse and America Wood.
Tea & coffee-making facilities, TV, Hairdryer, Toiletries, Wi-Fi
Stay in one of the main building’s bright, beautifully presented rooms, many that come with sea views. They’re mostly spacious and chic, styled to acknowledge the house’s nautical connections but with a modern twist of dove greys, clean whites and contemporary furniture. With 43 bedrooms, Freshwater Bay House has plenty of space and there’s a range of Good, Better and Best Rooms to choose from: Rooms 19 and 20 on the first floor come with spectacular sea views out over the English Channel; Rooms 18 and 22 are sumptuous corner rooms with expansive views over both the bay and Tennyson Downs. If it’s a room with a view you’re after, ask for Room 24, a superb, spacious corner space with five large windows all overlooking the gardens and bay, with its own private sitting room to relax in. Request Room 39 on the second floor and you’ll get an attractive corner room complete with a bath to soak in after a day of coastal walking.
All ‘Good’ rooms are ensuite and furnished to a high standard. There are also several ‘Better’ and ‘Best’ Rooms that are either larger or have a desirable view, a more luxurious mattress, larger television, enhanced toiletries and a fluffy bathrobe & slippers – upgrade your stay for just an extra £15-20 per person per night. You can choose a specific room for an extra £30 per room, subject to availability. Upgrade supplements still apply.
Free Wi-Fi, boot room and drying room, extensive garden, outdoor swimming pool, multi-purpose activity room, lounges, library and board games to borrow
After a day walking on the coast, come back to the house and its specially tailored walkers’ facilities. Relax by sitting in the extensive gardens or challenge a fellow guest to a game of croquet. If you’re visiting with children, turn them loose in the outdoor playground area or watch them splash in the large heated alfresco pool – there’s seating with sea views for you to enjoy a drink in too on a hot English summer’s day. For something less strenuous, snag a comfy chair in one of the three cosy lounges to read a book, play a board game or just hideaway; there’s a grand piano in one if you’re feeling musical. Head to the bar before dinner to perch on a tall stool with a perfect gin and tonic made with the Isle of Wight’s very own Mermaids Gin and a chance to catch up with your companions.
Food & Drink
As at all our country houses, holidays are full board, from afternoon tea served as a welcome treat through that evening’s meal to a hearty breakfast on the day of departure. Lunch is a chance to stock up on our famous picnic snacks. Food at Freshwater Bay House is hearty and has a strong emphasis on ingredients from the area and seasonal produce. Once a week the light-filled dining room hosts a Local Food Night, when, over a sociable evening, you might try a five-course feast of local flavours.
For accessibility and assistance information, please contact our expert team on 020 3974 8865
What to Bring
- Three 24”x18” canvas or mount boards
- Bob Ross Liquid White and a Liquid Clear
- Black gesso or just a plain black acrylic
- Bob Ross Landscape Paints (37mls tubes):- Pthalo Blue, Sap Green, Bright Red or Alizeran Crimson, Dark Sienna, Cadmium Yellow, Titanium White and Prussian Blue
- Bob Ross 1” Brush, No 6 Fan Brush and Landscape No 10 Palette Knife (a fine tipped brush of any sort is useful).
- Baby wipes (great for cleaning yourselves and lots of other things!) plus Kitchen Roll
Those wishing to purchase Bob Ross supplies are welcome to go to https://www.artsupplies.co.uk/referral/GR7ZJ
The recommended materials outlined above are so easy to use. However, if you already have a set of oils & similar sized brushes, as long as you have the Bob Ross Liquid White and Liquid Clear, we can create a scene. Never allow anything to get in the way of being creative & painting!
Sophia has been a professional artist and art tutor for many years.
She teaches regularly both in the UK and overseas, running a yearly Residential Painting Holiday in Southern France, giving demonstrations and holding art exhibitions.
Sophia believes true art is about letting go and it is this she wishes you to experience – there are no mistakes only discovery and learning. Sophia particularly loves to teach people of all abilities/ages, especially those who have never painted before. Classes are fun and enjoyable.
For more information about Sophia’s love of painting, her website is www.sophiaflowers.com
All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person.
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