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Established in 2004

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During the week I would like to encourage you to explore your own style of painting and drawing, but also experiment with different media and techniques to capture the essence of the architecture, colour, light, vegetation etc. I will be guided by you, as to how much tuition you would like.  I am happy to instruct in oils, acrylics, watercolours, pastels, pen and any other drawing media. There will be a strong emphasis on direct observation and draughtsmanship.   When I am away on location, I like the idea of sketchbook type studies rather than attempting the 'finished picture'.  I find a more resolved painting is possible from these spontaneous approaches to light, shade and atmosphere. Some photographic references are also useful to capture fleeting shadows and figures.

I will help you to approach 'seeing' the subject in a different way and to explore the full potential of the medium that you are using. From the broad and colourful marks of oils, acrylics and pastels, to the subtle tones of pencil and charcoal. From the lively, translucent brush strokes and washes of watercolour to the descriptive lines of pen and ink.

There will be chairs, easels and boards available, plus rags, white spirit, drawing paper, a small range of oil, acrylic and watercolour paints, plus some pastels.
  This is what I would recommend as a basic set of equipment:


Pad of Cartridge (drawing) paper at least A4
Sketching pencils a selection of hard to soft
Pencil sharpener

Putty rubber
Masking tape
Sketchbooks for drawing and or light watercolour washes (for field trips)
Rubber bands / bulldog clips for keeping paper in place
View finder (2 'L' shaped pieces of card)
Lightweight bag/rucksack for easy carrying.
Charcoal/ charcoal pencils
Coloured pencils
Water soluble pencils
Pens (fibre tip with waterproof ink i.e. Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens

Loose sheets of paper which are cut to fit into my suitcase (I prefer Arches NOT or Rough 140lb, 300gsm.)
Watercolour paints
Palette (I use a plastic rectangular one with flat bottomed wells for mixing colour)
Water container

Gum strip (for stretching watercolour paper)

My basic set of watercolours that I will be taking:  Manganese Blue, Cobalt, Ultramarine, Indigo, Cobalt Violet, Raw Sienna, New Camboge, Winsor Lemon, Winsor Yellow, Quinacridone Red, Permanent Rose, Rose Madder, Light Red, Brown Madder, Light Red, Brown Madder, Cobalt Green, Viridian, Burnt Umber, Paynes Grey (Winsor & Newton artists quality).



Loose sheets, suitcase size, different colours, warm and cool.

Loose chalk (soft) pastels. I use Conté a Carré (harder) and Unison (softer)

Pastel pencils. I use (Carb Othello)
Fixative (optional)
Glassine paper to protect finished artwork (optional)

Good quality oil paper/canvas covered boards.

Fast drying oil paints are useful, i.e. Winsor and Newton Griffin Alkyd
Container/dipper for mediums
Paper palettes
I am very conscious of the weight of all the paper I bring, so I keep hard backed pads to a minimum and put as much in my hand luggage as possible.
I protect loose sheets of paper in transit in my hold luggage  with 2 sheets of foam board or mount board.