Nocturnal Activity

My nocturnal activities tend to be restricted as I don’t have help with Bruno in the evenings, and Mr Separation Anxiety cannot be left alone.

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It’s always a rare treat to chance upon an activity that welcomes him along.

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Last night, Wimbledon Village Stables organised a painting event, with PopUp Painting, at the Dog and Fox Pub in my village.

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No painting experience was required.

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All that was required really, was a sense of humour and willingness to have, fun.

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Everything else was catered for- paints, brushes, palette, easel, canvas, water, smock…

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There was even a teacher who broke the painting (Blue Stallion, by Maxwell Dickson) down into specific lines, shapes and colours, gently leading us, every step of the way.

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Cover your canvas with the blue you just mixed up, and then with a clean brush, add a white splash, just about here, He said.

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Now, draw a semi-circle from the edge of the canvas to…

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I loved how as we all followed along, everyone responded to the same set of intructions in their own, individualistic ways.

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Wow!  Dee Dee’s horse has a certain elegance I could not visualise in mine.  I suspect it’s because I’m in love with Dumpling.  He’s a great horse, but looking nobel isn’t quite in his bag of tricks.

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It was also lovely to be in the company of friends, women whom I admire on horseback and off.

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Which then made me remember, that even in its most casual state, art has the power to draw people near.

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