Well, it's been well over a month since I posted last. I've been busy teaching and painting, doing the things I enjoy the most, working on new paintings and trying to develop my ideas beyond the sketchy, thought stages. "Hatchling" is a new painting based on a previous watercolour and I'm really quite pleased with it. My good friend Paul Brown has recently introduced me to a new support/board called Gessobord, available from the states and I'm really looking forward to trying it. It has quite a smooth, completely non absorbent surface that he reckons is perfect for my style of work, so I'm just about to give it a try. I'll keep you informed. Our art classes here in Hanc are still busy. If your in the area and would like to see what you can do, please get in touch. I'll try and make sure the next posting doesn't take so long to produce. Your comments or questions are welcome. If you would like information on our classes or painting holidays, please visit us at www.paintinfrance.eu or www.aartvark.eu or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Watched is now complete and I'm reasonably pleased with it. There will always be some elements of any painting that I feel I could have done better, but that's the incentive to do the next one,.. and the next, etc. It has been a busy week here at "Les Jardins des Arts" where I live, paint and teach, with my wife Lynne, in the Charente, South West France. (Busy and hot, current night-time temperatures in the 20s). As well as our normal classes, our very good friend Paul Brown has held another one of his masterclasses in oils and once again it was a great success. The photos I have included, say it all.
Some new paintings. Both watercolour, the perfect medium, I find, for this kind of image. I like working with glazes, swathes of transparent colour as well as utilising light and dark in dramatic ways. For me it's about drama, mood, atmosphere and story telling. In future blogs I'm going to discuss what we do here at Les Jardins des Arts. I spend a lot of my time teaching watercolour, oil and acrylic painting as well as producing my own work. If you'd like any advice on your own work or ask questions about how I have produced a certain thing, please feel free to contact me.
Welcome, thanks for dropping by. I will be adding more photos and information over the next week. Please pop back if you'd like to see more of my work and get some idea of what I do here in rural France. I have just installed the gallery to the right but unfortunately not had time to link the thumbs to larger images. Watch this space. Hope you like what you see!
Originally from Manchester, UK, now living and working in S.W. France as painter and art teacher.It's not a bad life. I work in oils and watercolour mixing fantasy and reality. I like telling stories in my pictures.