Some of you may have seen Acrylic Paint Pouring on YouTube. if you haven’t, take a look. It’s fascinating and the opposite of watching paint dry! Start off here if you are interested.
This year at Patchings, Daler Rowney were showing us a new, original, product which is a pouring medium for acrylic inks. Because inks are almost pure pigment, the colours are more intense and vibrant than acrylic paints.
Here is one of the Daler Rowney bosses, showing his creations!
The work space at the back was getting more and more messy!
And here are some more examples of what can be produced.
It’s simple in some ways but can become a lot more complex and interesting as you get more proficient and push the boundaries. And it is a bit messy, so lots of protective plastic! Or better still, a dedicated “play space”!
Charlie has recently returned from Bridlington art festival at the Spa, “Art Waves”.
On Friday, he was teaching 35 GCSE students how to paint in watercolour. Quite a daunting task but the students (and their teachers) seemed to enjoy the morning immensely so maybe he has drawn a few more into the ranks of watercolour artists. We can’t show you the students, of course, but this is the view from the “art room”, looking out over the bay. Not a bad classroom!
On the Saturday, we had the sales stall set up and Charlie also taught an (adult) workshop.
And on Sunday it was a demonstration on the stage in the main hall, as well as judging the open art competition. Busy, busy!
These last two weeks have been rather busy with Charlie teaching “down South”. First of all he was in Lewes at the Chapter House Art Group.
and they painted this lovely picture in acrylics, a new medium for some painters.
And then he was in Horam with the W.I. for two days. As there were some people only on one day and others for the two days, Charlie painted two views of a local Arts and Crafts house beloved of the Bloomsbury group – Charleston.
Front and back views.
Then it was off to Goudhurst. The hotel, as usual, did us proud and the weather was fantastic. Some of the painters had been before and it was the first time for others including Sam Rose and his wife Jill who came all the way from Newfoundland in Canada. Those of you who follow Charlie on Twitter will have seen paintings by Sam. He is an Archdeacon at home but was renamed the Jolly Vicar by the group!
The group was able to paint outside every day and we all got a tan. One day we were accompanied by the local wildlife who were very determined to eat something.
Of the two books due out this year, the first is Ready to Paint in 30 minutes, Boats and Harbours featuring 33 paintings and tracings of Charlie’s drawings included in the back. This will be out in July 19 and will be available from the e-shop.
A selection of the paintings in the book.
The process, Charlie painting and dictating the words. Who says he can’t multitask?
Of course, there has to be a dog picture!
The second book due out in October 19 is Paint Pad Artist, Coastal Landscapes. This book has actual Daler Rowney watercolour paper already printed with Charlie’s drawings supplied at the back. The printing cleverly looks as if you have drawn the image yourself in pencil. It’s up to you whether you admit this or not when everyone admires your finished picture!
Charlie’s Fish for the Fisherman’s Charity, Fishmish, (www.fishermensmission.org.uk) has been named Fred the Fish and Jill (the owner of the famous fish restaurants in Padstow ) has chosen to display it before the auction in May. Well done, Fred. And Charlie!
This workshop went really well. The painters were split into 3 groups and did a day with each tutor. The tutors painted the same picture each day so everyone had the same experience.
The weather in Bournemouth was a bit challenging but the hotel was dry and warm! The accommodation and food were good and the hotel was very near the centre, overlooking the sea and the local art gallery/museum. So plenty of things to do and see if you had any energy left over from painting all day!
There were also Penguins in the Oceanarium!!
There are plans afoot for another workshop in 2020. We’ll keep you posted.
The “Watercolour Break” is organised by Marilyn and all bookings and enquiries should be addressed to Marilyn directly.
Full details are on her website: www.marilynallis.com.
Well here we are again! If the John Lewis advert is on the TV, Christmas can’t be far away.
It has been a very busy year as usual and I’ve been up and down the country to Art Societies as well as all the Art Shows like Patchings and the NEC.
The Painting Holidays in France, Kent and Suffolk were all very much enjoyed. Unfortunately these are already fully booked for next year.
I will, however, be joining Marilyn Allis and Denise Allen in Bournemouth for a 3 day painting holiday in March 2019.
I have decided to cut down on the Home Workshops in 2019 as I just have too much to do when I am at home. There are several books in production and the Gallery walls are looking very bare as I don’t have time to paint.
The website has been overhauled and improved to keep it current and make it easier to find things. Frank and Bert have their own page now.
I can’t offer you Kevin the Carrot or an M&S turkey for Christmas, but I do have a large selection of demo paintings that I have done over the year which are on offer at low prices. See them here I’m expecting them to go quickly so ring the office to reserve yours (01670 760 030) or buy then via the e-shop.
And if you are thinking about Christmas presents, don’t forget all our art materials and books are much cheaper than those in the shops. Either buy through the e-shopusing PayPal or, again, ring the office and pay by card.