Brushing up on art at Paxton House

Liz Bennett, Geof Highley and Jane Pigney working with artist Judith Currie who is hosting painting lessons at Paxton House
Liz Bennett, Geof Highley and Jane Pigney working with artist Judith Currie who is hosting painting lessons at Paxton House

FOr the past 16 years Judith Curry has been spending a few weeks of her summer running classes for budding artists at Paxton House and this year is no different - and as well as passing on her knowledge she is exhibiting some of her own work alongside fellow painters Jancis Courtney and Margaret Hutchinson.

Like many other artists, all three women are completely captivated by the scenery that both north Northumberland and Berwickshire are blessed with and their love for the area is there for all to see in Paxton House’s Hayloft Gallery, the venue for Judith’s classes.

Amongst the pieces on show are ones entitled ‘Coldingham Bay’ and ‘Sunset on the Tweed’ but unfortunately due to the ever unpredictable British weather there hasn’t yet been too many opportunities for Judith’s students to get outside and use their surroundings as inspiration.

Those who have been along to the classes so far, which run on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, have however been studying and emulating the work of a number of famous artists, including Mary Fedden.

And although Judith is keen for her students to learn from herself and other artists she said she would never interfere with an individual’s particular artistic style.

“If you want to paint you’ll paint anywhere,” she commented.

“The colours in Berwickshire and North Northumberland are very true and there is some beautiful scenery.

“I now live in Skye but having lived near Wooler for a long time I still have a great love for this part of the world.

“Like me, Margaret doesn’t live in the area but spent many of her childhood holidays on a farm near Kelso and Jancis lives in Paxton so she has some great views right on her doorstep.

“The students I’ve had along to the classes so far have all improved but I am a tutor not a demonstrator.

“I’m here to help and advise but I would never tell any one how to paint, everyone has their own style.”

If you want to explore your artistic side, Judith’s classes cost £10 a day and run from 11am-4pm.

To book or to find out more visit www.paxtonhouse.co.uk or ring (01289) 386291.

The classes and exhibition will run until Thursday, September 8.