• Northumberland
  • Great Britain

Intuitive Explorations with Gillian Lee Smith and Judy Wise

This grand adventure with Gillian Lee Smith and Judy Wise starts off with a bang in London as we begin our adventure overlooking the city from the London Eye. We'll visit the National Gallery, Tate Modern Museum, and enjoy a play before climbing aboard a train for our journey through the English countryside on our way to Gillian's inspirational Northumberland. 

London Eye

London Eye

There will be visits to castles, gardens, and the coast - so much to see and absorb on what promises to be a visually stimulating Art Escape. 

Lindisfarne The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a tidal island off the northeast coast of England. It is also known just as Holy Island. It constitutes the civil parish of Holy Island in Northumberland. Holy Island has a recorded history from the 6th century AD.

Lindisfarne The Holy Island of Lindisfarne is a tidal island off the northeast coast of England. It is also known just as Holy Island. It constitutes the civil parish of Holy Island in Northumberland. Holy Island has a recorded history from the 6th century AD.

Since moving to the truly stunning, historic area of Northumberland, expressive and abstracted landscapes have become Gillian's way of exploring her love of this coastal area in her artwork. She is very much inspired by the spaces between land and sea – these coastal communities, the heritage of the area and the way humans have made their marks on the landscape. Beautifully worn cottages, harbour walls crossed with ropes, ladders and the line of the tide and the incredible vast space of sea and sky. There are also quite a few castles!

Harbour

We cannot wait to share this scenery and atmosphere with you as we explore the local area with sketchbooks and camera in hand and take our findings back to the studio space to create our own interpretations in mixed media on paper and canvas.

Alnwick Castle - Harry Potter, Transformers and Downton Abbey have all filmed here

Alnwick Castle - Harry Potter, Transformers and Downton Abbey have all filmed here

Whether you are new to landscapes or a seasoned painter, drawn to abstraction or inspired to create more representational works you are sure to find something to spark a personal and expressive response to this rugged and inspirational landscape.

The workshop

As we will have some time exploring the local area, Gillian will talk through her sketchbook pages that incorporate her interpretations of the land and sea of the area of Northumberland. When we are out and about Gillian and Judy will do a few quick demos on ways of using your sketchbook as we gather information and imagery for further exploration.

Back at the studio we will be furthering these explorations both in our sketchbooks and in larger paintings.

Gillian and Judy will talk about their intuitive work that is inspired by their sketchbooks and they will demo mixed media paintings.

Lift-Off by Judy Wise

Lift-Off by Judy Wise

You will be encouraged to explore further intuitive ways of working in your sketchbooks referencing the atmosphere and colors of the landscape before working on larger paintings.

We will be discovering more about mark-making, line, value, color and composition and atmosphere as we explore ways of translating our photographs and sketches into more finished mixed media paintings with Judy and Gillian. 

This will be a gentle guide to bringing atmosphere and texture to your mixed media work.

Itinerary

Day 1. Tuesday, May 22. Meet at the hotel for introductions, then walk over and ride the London Eye, and have dinner across the street at Gillray's

Day 2. Wed. May 23. After breakfast at the hotel, we will make our way to the National Gallery where we will spend a few hours. Lunch will be nearby or at the museum. You then have the afternoon to visit the National Portrait Gallery or spend more time in the National Gallery. We will meet for a quick bite to eat before attending a play that evening. 

Day 3. Thursday, May 24. Breakfast and then off to the Tate Modern to explore this beautiful museum. We'll have lunch there and either leave for the train station or you will have the rest of the afternoon to explore the South Bank. 

Day 4. Friday, May 25. It's off to Northumberland via a relaxing four hour train ride through Great Britain's countryside. We'll check into the quaint White Swan Hotel before walking over the the Alnwick Castle and Gardens where we will tour the castle and yard and have lunch. Dinner will be provided that evening.

Alnwick Castle Gardens

Alnwick Castle Gardens

Holy Island

Holy Island

Gillian
Harbor Walls

Harbor Walls

This trip is full. A Waitlist has been started (7/27/17)

This Escape Includes

  • five day workshop with Judy and Gillian
  • 3 nights hotel in London, 6 nights in Alnwick
  • train tickets to/from Alnwick
  • Museum passes
  • London Eye
  • Visit to Holy Islands, Alnwick Castle & Gardens, Craster, Dunstanburgh Castle, and Gillian's studio
  • Delightful meals in local pubs
  • Some art supplies
  • Farewell dinner
  • New art tribe

The price for this workshop is $4,200.    A $1000 non-refundable deposit is due at registration. The final deposit is due January 8, 2018.   

It does not include airfare to/from London. Price is based on shared accommodations. Limited single rooms are available for an additional price of $850. 

Airport: Heathrow Airport  (LHR) is a major international airport in London, United Kingdom. Heathrow Airport is 15 miles west of central London and easily reached by public transport. 

Accommodations:

Mad Hatter

In London, The Mad Hatter Hotel is located on the South Bank

White Swan

 

The White Swan is a charming 300-year-old coaching inn that blends its unique heritage with superb accommodation. The dining room has the original panelling from the Olympia which was the sister ship to the Titanic.

Gillian's sketchbook

Gillian's sketchbook

Judy's sketchbook

Judy's sketchbook

Days 5 & 6, Saturday, May 26 and Sunday May 27. Two days creating intuitive abstracts with Judy. Breakfast and lunch at the hotel. Dinner one night and the other on your own with time to explore the village.

Barter Books, the little bookstore in the village that also has a cafe

Barter Books, the little bookstore in the village that also has a cafe

Day 7, Monday, May 28. Today is another exploring day with trips to Lindisfarne, lunch, then on to the small fishing village of Craster with a quick trip to the ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle. Then off to have dinner at Gillian's local pub before returning to our hotel. 

Craster Harbour

Craster Harbour

Days 8 & 9, Tuesday, May 29, Wed. May 30. After breakfast, we will have studio time with Gillian. Lunch and high tea are on the agenda. We will walk to the Oaks Pub for dinner Tuesday and Wed. we will have our farewell dinner at the Alnwick Castle's The Treehouse.

Alnwick Castle & Garden Treehouse

Alnwick Castle & Garden Treehouse

Day 10, Thursday, May 31. Time to check out and for those returning to London, head to the train station. For others staying on and exploring further, we will say good by to you, Gillian, Mark and the Moo.

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This itinerary may change due to weather, new opportunities of the whim of the group.

 

Judy Wise and Gillian Lee Smith in Gardenstown, Scotland

Judy Wise and Gillian Lee Smith in Gardenstown, Scotland

Judy Wise is an Oregon artist who has worked as a printmaker, painter, writer, and teacher for four decades. Through F&W Media, Judy co-authored the book Plaster Studio: Mixed Media Techniques for Painting, Casting and Sculpting and has published a series of eBooks on Hot Wax, Cold Wax, Mixed media Journaling, Plaster and Painting Faces. In 2012 she was an artist in residence at Can Serrat near Barcelona, Spain and has taught workshops across the U.S., Australia, Europe, Bali and Mexico. This is Judy's tenth Bellissima Art Escape and she is one of Bellissima's core instructors..

Gillian Lee Smith is a Scottish artist living in the beautiful, historic North-East coast of England that daily influences her work. As a teacher, Gillian is inspired to bring her love of people and place to each workshop using a wealth of techniques to make new discoveries along with her students. She has several very successful online courses and has taught three workshops for Bellissima Art Escapes.