Thursday, April 03, 2008
I spent yesterday making plans for my Birthday.
On Saturday I will be 40 and I wanted to mark the occasion in a bespoke and memorable way. So....
In the morning I shall set off for Clarice House Spa retreat in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, where I plan to fill my day sketching and hopefully plein air painting, weather permitting. I shall of course stop for the odd latte and 3 course lunch.
I may take a plunge in the whirlpool or swimming pool with it's wonderful waterfall feature and I may suffer the heat of the sauna or steam room for a while before returning to my luxury room to freshen up and dress for the 3 course dinner. After coffee on the huge, deep comfortable sofas that welcome tired limbs in the reception area I may grab my sketchbooks or even set up my easel back in my room. Then, when everyone is tucked up in bed, I shall as I usually do, sketch my way through the house for a while before retiring.
On Saturday (my Birthday) I shall rise alone and pack my things into my truck before tasting the range of foods offered in the restaurant, check out and head towards Sudbury: Destination - Thomas Gainsbouroughs house. There I will spend six wonderful hours with a life model and a suitcase full of art materials before driving home to have a Chinese meal and a celebration glass or two of something sparkly with my family.
Bring it on!