For some reason, I mentioned the figure drawing first, saying I had large rolls of coloured sketch paper and a good supply of charcoal, chalk, conte and pastels. It was snapped up as our subject. So out came three of my easels (having to carry the studio easel between us it was so heavy and large), backing boards, paper and drawing equipment. ... and the model ? - who else but lazy me. I sat under the large orange umbrella and read a book with my feet stretched out in front of me on our long garden lounger and managed to stay still for 15 whole minutes.
Before we got started I made us all a large pimms with lots of strawberries, cucumber, orange slice and mint, to try to cool us down but the ice melted immediately so I went and got a dish full from the freezer to top up with. Here they are at work, having found some shade from the shrubs and trees around the edges of the rather sad and dry lawn.
Here are some results of a second pose later in the afternoon - when I remembered to take photos!! All very different approach and use of materials.
We've decided that we enjoyed ourselves so much we would have a full day workshop on figure drawing in September when everyone can take a 15 minutes model turn. Meanwhile we finished with afternoon tea comprising Maggies lovely fresh scones, cream and jam.
Then I had a lovely evening with Clive as we went to a beautiful venue called Plantation Garden made in an old quarry on the outskirts of Norwich city, where Sandra was playing (double base) with her 3 piece jazz group. We took a bottle of rose wine and a box of strawberries to see us through the evening. Delightful.