Wednesday, 20 July 2022

Painting by the sea

     Last week the Patchings Art Festival lived up to its usual high standards: it was a great pleasure to be demonstrating before the enthusiastic audiences in the St Cuthberts Marquee once more after a two-year absence because of Covid. Meeting so many of our friends, students, artists, manufacturers and by no means least, Chas and Liz Wood and their family who organise such a fabulous event, as always was truly heart-warming, and the response was so eager that Jenny and I were quite mind-blown at the end of each day. As the song goes, "Nobody does it better," - you're simply the best, Chas and Liz.

    Sadly, a number of people have had to pull out of my course in Cornwall from 4th to 8th September due to illness, so there are 2 or 3 vacancies should anyone wish to join us near Mullion. With the fabulous Cornish scenery at a lovely time of year, this is a great opportunity to do some exciting work with a variety of fascinating subjects. I shall be doing many demonstrations, both outdoors and in the studio, and details are available from  Alpha Painting Holidays on 01934 733877  or by email:

    Skies, light and atmosphere are all vital ingredients in landscapes and seascapes and these will be a strong feature of the course in Cornwall, with a sprinkling of wildlife in the form of seabirds in many of the paintings. Waves often give artists some troublesome moments, but as you will see in the painting above, these can be kept simple, yet providing a sense of liveliness. Enjoy your summer painting!

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