This is the second part of my video showing how I created the entry I hope to submit for the forthcoming SAA show at the Nature in Art Museum, Gloucester. Enjoy!
Demonstrating painting techniques.
On Thursday 13th April I’m holding another of my popular demo evenings and there’s still a couple of places left. To celebrate Easter, this session is a very seasonal spring lambs in acrylics. The evening starts at 6.30pm sharp and finishes around 9pm. Price is £15.00. Refreshments and nibbles will be served. Spaces are very limited so book now if you want to join us. Hope to see you there!
I’m hoping to show a painting in the forthcoming Society of Animal Artists show to be held at the Nature in Art Museum, Gloucester. This is the first time the SAA have held a show in Britain so I’m really pleased to be a part of it. I’ve created a short video outlining the progress of my entry, a painting of guinea fowl, that I hope you all enjoy!
It’s almost Easter weekend (14th-17th April) so, instead of another chocolate egg, why not buy something different? For the creative person in your life, there’s my books on painting in acrylics. Dogs and Puppies and Lakes, Rivers and Streams are step-by-step guides on how to paint these subjects and they also contain reusable tracings to enable you to easily outline the drawing so that you can quickly get on with painting.
Or there’s my art tutorial dvds which are packed full of handy hints and tips. If you’ve never painted outside my dvd Eaton Lands: An En Plein Air demonstration will wet your appetite! I’m a passionate advocate of painting En Plein Air with many years experience and the dvd shows you how to get the best out of using the great outdoors as your artist’s studio. For animal lovers, there’s dvds on how to paint a Springer Spaniel and Labrador. These dvds take you step-by-step through the process of painting these lovely dogs, from first sketch to completed painting.
Alongside these artist’s guides, I stock a range of Michael Harding oil paints, Rosemary & Co brushes, canvas boards, Hahnamule watercolour paper and other artists’ materials. In fact, everything you need to get painting.
There’s also gifts for the home featuring specially selected images from some of my paintings. These include bone china mugs with a wide range of designs and 16″ cushions featuring big cats, one of my favourite subjects to paint. If you love cats, you’ll love these cushions!
If you’re still stuck for an idea, how about a gift certificate? Just load it up with any amount you like and it can be put towards a painting or print from the gallery. This makes an ideal gift for any occasion. Just email me and I will sort it out for you.
I have a few spaces left for my regular Tuesday and Wednesday art classes. Spaces are very limited so, if interested, you will need to book asap!
Dates and times are:
Tuesday afternoon – 1.30-3.30pm [2 spaces available]
Wednesday morning – 10.30am-12.30pm [Fully booked]
Wednesday afternoon – 2.00-4.00pm [1 space available]
Wednesday evening – 6.45-8.45pm [1 space available]
DUE TO DEMAND, I’M NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR A NEW ART CLASS TO BE HELD ON A TUESDAY EVENING, 6.30-8.30pm. NEW SPACES WILL BE LIMITED SO EARLY BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org took reserve your space.
My classes are aimed at all levels and all abilities using any media, from those who have never painted or drawn to those who wish to add to their creative knowledge. I have been teaching and demonstrating painting for over 22 years and I really enjoying showing others what I have learned.
The glasses are £12 each and booked in blocks of 10 lessons at a time (£120 per term payable in advance) and we have between 4 and 5 rolling terms each year.
The classes are small and friendly with no more than 8-10 people a session. I supply table easels, boards and refreshments. You need to bring your own materials and I am happy to help and advise on the right choice of materials so that you do not spend unwisely.
Students at the art class.
As it’s now springtime, I’d thought I’d celebrate with a special offer on a one-off, original oil painting! This painting, of three little piglets chasing across a farmyard, is so full of joie de vivre that it seemed the ideal choice that perfectly compliments the change in the season. I do so enjoy painting piglets, they are just so mischievous and have such endearing characters.
The painting was £850. For a limited time only it’s £600. BUY NOW
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Animal eyes painting during the demonstration evening
My regular monthly painting demonstrations, held at the gallery in Marine Walk Street, are very popular and always fully booked. This month’s demo was focussed on painting eyes, an area of animal painting that can be very tricky. Capturing the expression in the eyes is vital to bring life and narrative to any animal painting.
Overall, I managed to paint four different animal eyes in the two-and-a-half hours of the session. I began with painting a cheetah’s eye, first when the animal was in shadow and then in light, to show how light impacts on colour and tone (top right and top centre). I then moved on to a hare’s eye (top right). As a prey animal, it’s eye is located to the side of the head so that it can have a wider field of vision. This means that colour and tone are subtly different to that of a predator which influences how you capture it’s character. I finished off with a vixen and caught her expression of hopeful intent as she looked up towards a flock of birds coming into feed.
The evening was great fun with a very lively atmosphere, much discussion amongst the participants and many questions for me! The feedback from those who attended was positive and many said that they found the evening very helpful. The consensus was that the evening had improved the participants’ confidence in painting the eye and many took photos of the finished eyes as an aide memoire.
It was a very successful evening and I’m looking forward to the next one on Thursday 13th April. Then I’ll be painting spring lamb using acrylics. There are still a couple of places available so visit my website to book your place. Hope to see you there!
I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve been invited to be a signature member of the Society of Animal Artists (SAA) based in America. The society, founded in 1960, is an international organisation for artists whose subject matter is animals and wildlife, whilst it’s aim is to promote excellence in all media of animal art and utilising great art to educate the public on animal welfare and conservation.
I was originally invited to be a member around 1999/2000 and I had great success. Sadly, due to a range of circumstances, my membership lapsed so I was delighted to again become a signature member. The deadline for 57th Annual Exhibition, to be held at the Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum in Oradell, New Jersey, is the end of April so I am busy preparing paintings for selection and exhibition. I am very looking forward to be involved once more with this very prestigious society and to be showing with them in the very near future.
As you know, the African elephant is one of my favourite subjects to paint and, through this, I’ve become very involved in conservation efforts to protect these majestic animals. Therefore, I was pleased to be commissioned to produce this watercolour illustration of the Tusk Trust’s garden for this year’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show (4th-9th July).
Illustration for the Tusk Trust’s garden design at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show
The garden, to be designed by the award-winning design firm Ferguson & Whyte based at The Garden Shop, Hythe, Kent, is centred around an avenue of replica tusks and aims to highlight the evils of ivory poaching and the rapid decline in the numbers of wild African elephants.
So far, the garden design and illustration has received lots of media coverage with a full page article in the Mail on Sunday (6th March) and The Times (7th March) and, as patron of the charity, HRH Prince William saw and approved my illustration. I was delighted!
At this stage it’s my intention that he watercolour image will be auctioned and the money donated to Tusk Trust’s vital conservation work.
Mail on Sunday 6th March 2017
The Times 7th March 2017
I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been commissioned by Search Press to write my third art book! The book, called African Wildlife in Watercolour, will be available to buy early in 2019.
This book will be a radical departure from my last two books, Dogs and Puppies in Acrylics (2012) and Lakes, Rivers and Streams in Acrylics (2015), both in terms of medium and subject matter but I’m really looking forward to working on it as I get to go to Africa, one of my favourite places in the world, and paint the wildlife in it’s natural environment.
Watercolour can be a challenging medium and the aim of this book is to explore different painting approaches through fully illustrated step-by-step guides, with tips and hints to enable you to get really get the best out of your watercolour painting. I’ll keep you all updated on my African painting experience and the book’s progress!
Watercolour studies of African wildlife