I am going to put a suggestion to you.
Are there a handful of us who blog our art who might join together for a couple of days and jointly pay for some tuition?
I have not organised such a thing before but it wouldn’t be that hard. I have discussed this with a talented and versatile professional artist who might lead it. I was thinking that we might focus on some more technical aspects of drawing to give it a theme, but it might be that mentorship and discussion result in the more illuminating outcomes. What I imagine is that this might appeal to people who are not dedicated professional artists, who have other jobs perhaps and maybe are not formally trained as artists, but who have been making art for some time and regard themselves as being on some kind of artistic journey. Of course, if anything comes of this, it may turn out differently.
I should mention, this would be somewhere in the UK (unless, of course, someone offers us use of a more exotic venue. Do feel free to do so …).
If anyone thinks this is a good idea, please leave a comment and we can see where it goes. If it doesn’t appeal, that’s ok too.
My own artistic journey goes in short infrequent steps at the moment. I have been playing around with simple landscapes, blocks of colour for sky and fields, painting a first layer in watercolour and drawing into it with conte crayon. I am trying to build texture and depth of colour more than detail, because I am working with a small field kit. My Stillman and Birn beta sketchpad is small enough for me to hold it by hand as I work, with my materials littered on the ground.
None of this was possible yesterday because it rained steadily. In the early evening, the rain stopped long enough to lure me out of the house then pounced once I was walking up the path to the fields. Even when I drew sheltered by foliage, my paper was quickly soaked. Watercolours were out of the question and I began to worry my crayons would dissolve in my fingers. I walked back, each separate stooping grass head placing its payload of water on my trousers. I finished the sketch directly I returned, and you can see I scoured up the damp surface as I worked into it.
Here is the sketch for what it is worth. Rain.