Friday, 27 June 2014

'Watercolour Demonstration Painting'

I was tutoring a painting course at Art Holidays in Dorset last week. This was one of my evening demo's, a rocky scene in Torquay. It's one of those spots you can paint many times and it'll always look different. I'll be back there again next week for another painting break.

Friday, 16 May 2014

'Cretan Landscape'

I painted this watercolour yesterday. It was a reference sketch for a demonstration painting I did for Brixham Art Society last night. The sketch is 1/4 Imperial size (11x15"). I did the small painting to work out my colours and tones for the demo'. The demonstration painting was twice as large and, although I was pleased with the result, it's always a bit of a rush and I'm talking/answering questions while I work. So, on this occasion, I prefer the smaller, first version.

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Spring Exhibition at the Kitchen Gallery, Cockington

I will be exhibiting my watercolour paintings, alongside other members of Torbay Action for Art (TAA) at the Kitchen Gallery, Cockington Court. The exhibition runs from 8th-21st March, although my own paintings will not be on show until Saturday 15th.
Admission to the exhibition is free.

Monday, 3 March 2014

'We Want You!' for a new BBC art series...

The BBC is looking for amateur artists for a new series on painting. Details are sketchy at the moment. However, from what I've heard, this is going to be a competitive series along the lines of such current programmes as the 'Bake Off' show.
So, if you're an amateur artist in the UK and would like to apply, follow this link for more details.

Good Luck!

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Demonstration for Teignmouth Art Society

Did a demonstration on Friday night for Teignmouth Art Society. 'Still Life with Glass' was the subject, so I took along a few jars & bottles. One of the members also brought along a few items and, from these, I selected that lovely blue jug. Like many clubs these days, they had their own camera/screen, so the people in the cheap seats can also see what's going on. I did this one in about an hour and forty minutes, from blank sheet to finished painting.
Thanks to Felicity Hughes for the photo of me in mid-demo.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

'Looking Towards Meadfoot from Hope's Nose'

Now there's a title for a painting! Well, it wasn't me who named this part of the Torbay coastline. I painted this as a demonstration for Totnes Art Society, three weeks ago. 'Seascapes' was the requested topic, so this is what I did for them. Demo' paintings are always a challenge. Just two hours, from blank canvas (paper for a watercolourist), to last brush stroke... with the all-important tea break in the middle.
I was quite pleased with the way this one turned out, particularly the ripples on the water. I began with a pencil outline, followed by a 'controlled wash'* over the whole sheet. When it was dry, the painting was finished in a series of washes.

*This term was used by the late, great Jack Merriott (1901-1968) who was a master of watercolour and oil. His book, Discovering Watercolour, is long out of print. However, there are many copies around and it can usually be found on a well-known online store for just a few pounds. For anyone who is serious about learning the art of watercolour painting, it is a must have. The controlled wash then, is achieved by working in one over-all wash across the entire surface, to create 'a nebulous atmosphere in harmony with the scene'. This is then allowed to dry completely, before finishing the painting with one or two washes working from light to dark. Turner also used this technique to great effect but, as far as I know, it was Jack Merriott who put this name to it.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

'Clouds over Torcross

On another painting trip to Torcross, in South Devon, the sky was a little heavier with a few interesting clouds. The wind was up too, hence the windbreaks on the beach. Light was still good though and, after bracing my easel with a heavy rucksack, I painted this on the spot. I must admit, as someone who loves to paint light-filled subjects, I do prefer a little drama in the sky as opposed to just a flat, blue one.