Over the summer, I will be running pay-as-you-go classes as everyone goes off to warmer climes, including me. I will be notifying people by email through my email newsletter group and places at these sessions will be on a first come, first served basis. there will be a minimum number of 4 people (maximum is 6), so in the event of there being too few people, the class may be cancelled. Join the newsletter to get news of classes.
My first painting retreat at the ICA headquarters; An Grianán, in County Louth was last weekend. We had a wonderful time. Despite the weather, which was changeable as you can see, we all got a lot of work done -either outside or in our art room.
As ever, I did plenty of demonstrations. We were very well fed, An Grianán is famous for the quality and generosity of the food. We’re all going to need a week just to digest!
So, thank you to all who attended and made it such a fun event. I hope you gained some new techniques, approaches and confidence to paint landscapes en plein air and I hope to see you at the next event.
I started looking though the Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 timelapse videos – there are many – and it’s interesting to see the many different approaches to making a painting; from very loose and unstructured to the insanely realistic. There is no one way, of course, but one of my favourites out of the lot I saw was this one by Haidee Jo Summers. You can see paintings being made with the aid of iPads too but I have to say, I’m not a big fan of that method. The deadline for application for this year’s show is May 11 and you can do that here.
Whatever you do, watch as many of these short videos as you can ; they’re an education.
Booking for the May weekend en plein air painting weekend is now CLOSED. I’m sorry if you haven’t managed to grab a place but if you’d like to be added to the waiting list if places become available through cancellation, please contact us here.
I always try to impress on beginners that the very best way to learn to paint is by doing so from life. The uncertainty of the enterprise stops you from becoming ensnared by a pre-existing representation. That’s not to say you’ll manage to get good results straight away; it’s just that the uncertainty will provoke a more interesting and human result and you’ll learn more from the process.
Hence, last week was spent at each class demonstrating how to paint successfully from a photographic reference. I printed out some pictures I’ve taken over the years that I thought would be worth trying.
Here are the results of my own demonstrations. Each took about 30 minutes and I spent a further hour or so on the impressionist/pointillist one: