Leonie Norton's week of Botanical Art and Holiday Sketching earlier this year was another week of combining the glorious flora of Fiji with the pleasures of leaning to capture the local sights in sketches.
When I asked Elena’s group of painters what was the most important thing they had learned from the week, someone said that it was how to use plastic cling film to cover their palette. There was a lot of laughter at this but actually it contained a serious point that went to the heart of plein air painting.
Pam structured her classes to explore the body in the morning, always staying mindful of the purpose behind each asana, moving gently amongst the students to correct, encourage, adjust. Then in the late afternoon as the sun started to move towards the mountains across the bay she took a class in relaxation and meditation.
For one week; no meals to cook, beds to make, supermarket shopping to do, no other people to care for, just total focus on your writing. This year's bunch were here to work hard.