Color and Composition on Location in Scotland
We had a great time! Now we're looking toward 2005 for our next visit to Barmagachan, affectionately called "Barny"— the family home of David Brown in Borgue in the county of Galloway. On the south west coast of Scotland looking over the Irish Sea, its a pleasant drive to the picturesque artist's colony of Kirkcudbright.
David began bringing artist groups to the rambling farmhouse in the early 80's and continues to bring birding groups twice a year as well. Annette travelled there in 1999 to paint and began planning to bring workshops there on the years she was not teaching in France. The house comfortably sleeps 10, boasting 8 bedrooms and three and half baths.
How your days will be at the Workshop. Your day at the workshop begins in the spacious farmhouse kitchen with the traditional Scottish Aga keeping the room warm and inviting. From 7 to 8:30 AM, you may enjoy your coffee, cereal and toast outside or in and if you like you're welcome to make eggs and bacon, if you wish. You may have time for an early morning walk before the workshop begins at 9:30.
Some days, we'll be on location, others we will work in the spacious Lounge at Barny on studio work. From abbey ruins to ringstones, this part of Scotland offers a rich history with a small-town flavor. The picturesque sea town of Kirkcudbright (pronounced Kir-CU-Bree) is about 10 km away. There are museums, shops and taverns to visit. Charming streets offer colorful buildings and studies in perspective. If there is rain, the large lounge at Barny provides ample space to spread out, share a still-life or paint some of the cozy interiors.
Each day, you will have focused group instruction in the mornings and time for individual one-on-one help with a demonstration in the afternoon. Lunches of a hearty soup, or a variety of sandwiches and salads will be at the farmhouse. Some days, we may enjoy the fare at a local pub before going back on location. A sample schedule will be sent to you upon enrolling in the workshop.
At the end of the day, wind down with a nap before a filling dinner prepared by our local chef, Linda McTurk who will be sharing some of her favorite Scottish delicacies. You may want to enjoy a glass of wine which you are welcome to bring to the table, (though alcoholic drinks will not be provided in the cost of the workshop.) We will enjoy a Welcome Supper the first night, a Final Banquet and exhibition and at least one night at a local restaurant. You are welcome to dine on your own in a local restaurant any evening, with 24 hours notice. (No refunds for "missed meals" will be provided.)
What you need to do to join our group. Each participant will want a vehicle. Flights in and out of Glasgow offer a two hour drive south to the farmhouse. You may want to arrive in Scotland a few days early to enjoy what Glasgow or Edinburgh have to offer. The trains are also very accommodating and can deliver you to the smaller city of Dumfries, only 45 minutes from the farm.
Space availability is on a "first come" basis.
Annette Compton welcomes local Scottish participants with their own accommodations for a reduced rate of £250 for the week of classes, without meals included.
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