My name is John and I live in the Cotswolds in an old cottage in the hill village of Oakridge between Stroud and Cirencester. It is a beautiful part of the world with a wealth of painting opportunities. apart from my interest in art I am active – walking, sailing, tennis, swimming etc and have a great love of music, playing the piano guitar and accordion. I also love travel and take my paints and guitar with me.
I'm a watercolour landscape artist and although I have been influenced by people like Fletcher-Watson, Trevor Waugh, John Christian, Barry Herniman and Jane Lampard, I'm essentially self-taught. My first love is watercolour because of its freedom, freshness and fluidity and because it has a life of its own. I do most of my painting “en plein air” on the spot and like the immediacy of painting outdoors. Most people see me as quite a loose and direct painter and this is often why people come to me. Having taught adults for a number of years I get great pleasure from encouraging and helping people develop their work. I also enjoyed the company and seeing the satisfaction they get from their achievements. I exhibit with a number of societies including the Fossway Artists but my main outlet is my annual exhibition held at my studio and the cottage in the Cotswolds. Over the last 10 years this has been in aid of Cancer Research and I have now raised more than £10000 for this important charity. I now run painting courses and holidays here in the Cotswolds, but also in Cornwall, Brittany and Greece and I give regular demonstrations and workshops in the Midlands and South West.
Courses and Painting Holidays
For the last 10 years or more I have run painting courses for both beginners and improvers locally and outdoor summer painting evenings. In addition I also run 3 to 5 day residential painting holidays in the Cotswolds, Cornwall and Brittany. My approach is to encourage participants through demonstration, personal tuition and critique, I lay emphasis on the value of sketching to help with composition and establishing the tonal values prior to completing the painting. I also use pen and wash as a valuable process for gathering information or as a final painting. For certain subjects I find watercolour and gouash on a mid toned paper to be very effective.
I tend to work with small groups of 4/8 participants, which enables me to give more personal attention. It also means that we all get to know each other better and can offer mutual support. The courses and holidays are great fun for all concerned and we make the most of our time together.
"increased my confidence"- simplifying, tone, negative shapes
"opened a door"- wet into wet, perspective
"enjoyed it" – new techniques, lifting out, sketching, colour
"gained a lot"- don’t mix on palette
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