John Christian is one of Dartmoor's foremost watercolour landscape painters. Painting has been running, like a thread, through his life for over 60 years. Inspired by Wesson, Seago and Merriott among others, he is rooted in their distinct tradition. Like them, John is driven by an immediacy of response to a deeply felt sense of place which necessarily involves fast sketching. He is profoundly inspired both emotionally and visually by the landscape of Dartmoor, of which he has an intimate knowledge. He works swiftly, with spontaneity and a sense of quiet passion, preferably out-of-doors and is known for his fast, wet-into-wet approach. He has contributed to 'Leisure Painter' and is a popular demonstrator. He organised his own residential courses for 16+ years and tutored too in Scotland, the South of France, Tuscany and Majorca. He has also exhibited with the Pure Watercolour Society.
Join nature-connection expert Dartmoor's Daughter and artist John Christian for a day of gentle walking, sketching, and painting. We will wander slowly to the mighty Kestor, through Bronze Age stone rows, burial cistvaens, a standing stone, and an Iron Age pound. Watercolour tuition will be for all levels - you will learn to enhance the artistic skills you already have or learn new techniques and media.
And the walk will be approximately 1-1.5 miles across open moorland. It will be a slow pace with several stops to sketch, paint, and have lunch. There is also one gentle incline hill to the tor, and down again.
Meeting place: Small grassy carpark on the right hand side of the lane that leads up to Kestor and Batworthy corner (not the carpark at the end of the road near Batworthy bridge). There is a well sign-posted road leading up to 'Fernworthy' from the town of Chagford then a turning to the right for 'Kestor' (before you get to Fernworthy). Map Reference is SX662862. The nearest postcode for satnav is TQ13 8EN but don’t rely on it to get you to the exact spot!
Parking is limited so please carshare where possible. We can help to put you in touch with others if you need a lift.
What to bring: Dartmoor weather is changeable so bring plenty of warm layers, sunscreen, sturdy walking shoes, waterproofs. Bring lunch and a drink. And bring your own painting/drawing materials, pencil, rubber, sharpener and sketch pad.
Cost: £45 for adults. Group size is limited so pre-booking essential. Click here to book: Coming soon...
Cancellation: The walk maybe postponed if the weather forecast is awful (strong winds or heavy rain) and you will be sent an email 12- 24 hours prior to the event so please keep an eye on this FB event page and your emails (including junk mail). You will be invited to attend the new date or offered a refund. Sorry no refunds if you are unable to attend.
Risk: Walks are at your own risk. No responsibility accepted for accidents or incidents.