Inspired by the South Downs: An Artistic day to Walk, Eat & Create Prints


As I write, safe from the elements in my little room in the attic, leaves from the lime trees are swirling about in the air like golden coins. The hens, scuffing about for grubs beneath the leaf litter, are all of a dither as their feathers ruffle into orange tutus. Crows are tossing about above the oaks, shrieking with delight as the wind rushes by, whistling like a singing kettle. Autumn has come all of a sudden, and I love the change in seasons.

The Eric Ravilious exhibition is showing at the Towner Gallery in Eastbourne throughout the winter. His work so often embodied the stark, yet soft forms and lines of the South Downs in the bleaker seasons. A walk on the Downs at any time of the year is wonderful, but I particularly like a winter walk, with the wind in your face and your lungs brim-full of fresh oxygen and the anticipation of hot food and drink at the end of the journey.

The Sussex landscape has lured artists for centuries. The light in this part of Sussex is exceptional because the skies seem so big in relation to the land - the reflection from the sea may have something to do with it too.

On October 30th 2017, Sussex artist, Miranda Mayne, will be joining us for the first of our winter Off The Beaten Track days out here at Starnash Farmhouse. We'll meet for a walk on the Downs and sketch and record the landscape that day and enjoy wild picnic refreshments together. We'll then return to the farmhouse and work with Miranda to create some unique printed artwork as well as hunkering down together to enjoy home-cooked food and conviviality. We can promise you that it will be a truly unique and lovely day and you'll go home with some great memories, a replete belly and your own artwork to be proud of. To ensure that the day is special, we limit numbers, but you can book ahead on our Winter Workshops page of our website.

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