Painting flowers at Jo Banks Harrogate Garden and Flower School

by Anita Bowerman May 13, 2017

Painting flowers at Harrogate Garden and Flower School

Nature’s flowers are a gift to artists in all their colours, shapes and forms. I love capturing their essence using all sorts of water based paints and other mediums.

Chatting to some regular clients on my art courses in the studio, I discovered that although people like the idea of painting outside, they don't like the idea of people looking over their shoulders and casting judgement. So I set to social media and asked the question, "does anyone have a private garden that my art clients could come and sit in?" Jo Banks of the Harrogate Garden and Flower School replied and said she had the perfect venue. What a find, Jo has a stunning garden in central Harrogate where she grows her own flowers and teaches gardening.

The date was set for our first course which took place on 6 May. Eight of my clients booked to attend and Jo gave a lovely tour of her garden which included her playful Golden Retriever puppy.

I then did a demonstration in watercolours of a Tulip. We had such fun experimenting with colour, salt and other techniques accompanied with Jo's delicious homemade cake and tea.

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