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A full day watercolour workshop.
Date: Weds 13th Dec 2017, 9.30 am – 4.30 pm.
What makes the difference between good and ‘better’ landscape watercolours?
During the day we’ll look at key factors and techniques, which you can develop control over and build into a strategy for overall more dynamic and satisfying paintings.
Jem will share many tips which he considers most important for success in painting.
Get more impact and vitality into your watercolours. Re-focus on what counts, take your chances, and dramatically improve your landscapes.
The workshop is indoors. Content of the day is varied, including demonstrations, practical work and analysis/discussion. To ensure a good amount of individual attention places are limited to just 8.
Note, this day is aimed at ‘intermediate’ or painters already having some experience of watercolour wishing to improve. Relative beginners may find the workshop challenging.
(Timsbury is an attractive, quiet village south of Bristol and Bath)
Plenty of parking is available at the hall.
Please bring all your usual painting materials, including plenty of paper and your easel if you use one. If in any doubt please contact Jem in advance with any queries you may have.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available, but lunch is not included.
A short walk down the road is a cafe/bistro, a village supermarket (Co-operative) and another general store, providing various food options. We will break for approx. 1 hour for lunch.
Please book now to secure a place. A non-returnable deposit of £30 will be required, with the remainder payable in cash at the beginning of the workshop day.
Deposit accepted by Paypal, UK bank cheque, or BACS. Please email me directly for bookings, stating how you would like to pay, and I’ll send you the relevant payment details.
Thank you, Jem
Paint historic Wells and Somerset countryside – Now booking for 2018
I’m delighted that I will be tutoring the above painting holiday with Alpha Painting Holidays in 2018 (6th – 9th May).
My tuition will cover everything I consider most important for successful watercolour landscape painting, and will feature full group demos and attentive guidance for each individual.
You will be most welcome whatever your current level of painting, and together we’ll have fun whilst making progress!
Further details of the holiday can be found here:
Please contact me for any further information, or Matthew or Gill at Alpha Painting Holidays, on 01934 733877 or by email:
Update May 2017
Next year (7th & 8th June 2018) I’ll be running a two-day workshop in Sidmouth, Devon, at the East Devon Art Academy. For details and bookings please visit the EDAA website, here: http://www.eastdevonart.co.uk
This will include some plein air painting, weather permitting, and is aimed more at intermediate level rather than beginner.
Sandpiper Studio workshops
There are still a few places still left on my one day workshop for intermediate/improver painters this September 2nd at Sandpiper Studio on the Wirral. I’m also running a workshop there the day before on the 1st September, that one aimed at complete beginners, or those who’ve not painted for years and want to get started again. For bookings please visit: http://www.thesandpiperstudio.co.uk/
I’m looking forward to visiting the Wirral, and will be staying a couple of extra days to do some plein air painting of the area, just for me!
I’ll be running a 6 week Beginners course again this Autumn in central Bristol, at The Folk House (Weds evenings from 1st November) and also a one-day workshop for complete beginners on Sat 21st October. These need to be booked through the Folk House, but only once they release their Autumn term prospectus later in the summer:
I’m really pleased to have had a painting accepted for this year’s Patchings / The Artist & Leisure Painter magazine Open Exhibition 2017. My gratitude to the judges!
I enjoyed doing a demo at last year’s Patchings festival, but unfortunately I can’t attend this year’s as it coincides with my Wye Valley painting holiday. However I will be part of a group show at Patchings later in the year, as one of 10 award winners from the 2016 competition. I’ll have 6 of my best works in the exhibition (which will be entitled ‘The Artist’s Collection’) running from Saturday 30 September until Sunday 19 November 2017. For details of Patchings festival/exhibition, and later the group exhibition please visit:
New in, for anyone who lives further North, I’m delighted that I will be running a couple of workshops at
The Sandpiper Studio, on the Wirral, for the first time, in September 2017: http://www.thesandpiperstudio.co.uk/
I’m doing one day for beginners, and one for ‘Intermediate’ level – i.e. people with experience of watercolour, but wishing to improve.
The content will be different for each workshop. Please contact me for further information. Bookings are made through the Sandpiper Studio itself – contact details via the link above.
New – Windrush course! (NOW FULL)
I’m honoured to announce I’ve been invited to run a day workshop next year at James Fletcher-Watson’s former home, Windrush House and Gallery. The date is the 25th of May 2017.
Please join me in the beautiful Cotswolds, where weather permitting we will paint en plein air, with perhaps some time also taken in the studio.
Bookings are made through Windrush Gallery, details of which are here:
Tel: 01451 844425
Next term’s Beginners’ course
Spring term fully booked. Next course Autumn term.
If you would like to join me for this 10 week course at the Bristol Folk House please book now. Places are limited to 10 and the course does fill up. Details can be found here, but feel free to contact me if you would like more information:
Patchings awards, and Painting Holiday 2017
I had a painting accepted for the Patchings open exhibition again this year, and this time it won two awards (!). The Artist Exhibition award, which means I will be back at Patchings Art Centre again some time next year (date tbc) as part of a group show with several other excellent painters, and also The Daler Rowney.
The painting was ‘Turf fen windmill’ which you can see in the Studio gallery page.
I visited the Patchings Festival this year for the first time, to demonstrate on the Alpha Painting Holidays stand, along with Steve Hall. Alpha are now taking bookings for my painting holiday with them in The Wye Valley, July 2017.
For further information on the holiday please don’t hesitate to contact me, or Alpha directly at:
Please join me for what is sure to be a very enjoyable week.
SAA, Artist of the Year 2016 competition.
I have been awarded Best Professional in the ‘Landscape or Woodland Scene’ category in this year’s competition. But unbelievably, I’ve also been awarded Best Professional in the category of ‘Waterscene, boats or seascape’.
Of course I’m delighted, as well as amazed, and grateful to the SAA. Below are my entries, ‘Towards Blakeney from beyond the saltmarsh’, and ‘Fishing boat and paraphernalia at Aldeburgh’.
My thanks again to the Society for All Artists, whose competition and exhibition provides enormous encouragement (and exposure) for all artists (true to their name) at different stages in their development or career, from beginners to professionals, and in all types of media, subject and style.