Welcome to my Blog
I am pleased to welcome you to my blog and though I am a complete novice when it comes to blogging I am excited by the possibilities it presents and look forward to showing you my work, the work that some of my students produce and to answering any questions you may have about aspects of the work, techniques used or just discussing painting and drawing.
Friday, 21 December 2012
Tailored Painting Holiday Tuition On The Isle Of Wight
|Depending on my availability pretty much anything can be arranged from a half days tuition to a full week, either in my home studio or at any of the wonderful spots on the Island for painting or a mixture of both. Tuition can be one to one or for a small group, you can use your own transport or transport can be arranged. I was born on and have lived on the Island nearly all of my life and therefore have a detailed knowledge of worthy subject matter and have a wide ranging interest in it's history. This could be the painting holiday of your dream as it will be tailored for you or your group! Price will of course depend on what you would like.|
Subject Matter Covered
Landscapes; Seascapes; Skies; Trees; Flowers and Gardens; Wild Flowers; Natural History; Buildings; Boats;
Demonstration and Tuition in The Following Mediums
Acrylics; Watercolour; Gouache; Water Mixable Oils (my specialist area on which I have written a book);
Pastels; Pen and Ink, Line and Wash, Drawing; Sketching; Charcoal and Chalk.
Why not contact me for consultation and a quote.
Sunday, 16 December 2012
June 30th to July 6th 2013 and July 7th to 13th
The holiday includes in studio and outdoor demonstrations with three excursions :- the market town of Dunster, famous for the Yarn market and castle. The rugged coastline of The Valley of the Rocks and artists heaven Porlock Weir. There will also be ample opportunity for some one to one tuition.
The holiday will be a very instructional, inspirational, friendly and sociable experience for all!
The holiday will be a very instructional, inspirational, friendly and sociable experience for all!
£530 per person includes 6 nights Bed, Breakfast, Evening Meal, 3 excursions and tuition. £495 for non painting partners, all excursions included for non painters.
Shorland Old Farm
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Drawing And Painting Workshops
At The National Trust's Mottistone Manor Garden
2013 - May 29th, July 17th and August 7th
11.00 - 16.30 £39 per person (£34.50 NT Members)
Book early to avoid disappointment (places limited to 10)
I will start with a demonstration of aspects of garden and flower painting and then give one to one tuition and guidance in the medium of your choice.
|I will start with a demonstration of aspects of garden and flower painting and then give one to one tuition and guidance in the medium of your choice.|
These paintings were the result of a drawing and painting workshop that I ran at the National Trust's Mottistone Manor Garden in July 2012. After a damp start to the day the rain cleared half an hour into the session and out came the sun which lit everything up beautifully and made for a great days sketching, photographing and painting! Thanks to all at Mottistone especiallly the head gardener Robert and his team of volunteers for creating and keeping such a beautiful garden, well worth a visit! The highlight of the garden? All of it!
The painting above is of the top half of the herbaceous border and the painting on the right is of the herbaceous border viewed looking back, both are painted in Artisan water mixable oils
May 4th to 11th 2013
in The Azure Blue Aegean
May 2013 painting holiday based in the lovely Amena by-the-sea Apartments in Karlovasi on Samos (above), May 4th to 11th This holiday is half board (breakfast and evening meal) and includes around 18 hours tuition. The cost is 540 euros per person based on two sharing a studio apartment, non painting partners are welcome at 350 euros. A deposit of 200 euros per person will secure your place(s) on this holiday, just e-mail me with your request for your places on the holiday and I will send you a Pay-Pal invoice and upon my receipt of your deposit your place is secured. Participants are to make their own travel arrangements to Samos. Wednesday is a free day. If you are interested in one of these fantastic holidays and would like more information please get in touch, places are limited with a minimum of eight and a maximum of twelve (artists). The Island of Samos is steeped in history and is an artists paradise. Demetra, Diamantis and I look forward to seeing you there! Participants need to arrange their own flights to and from Samos, airport transfers to the apartments are included! If you would like more information I can e-mail you a leaflet and answer any questions!
Sunday, 2 December 2012
Murray's Painting Workshops 2013
At The Quarr Abbey Art Gallery
Suitable for complete beginners and improvers
One Day Workshops £25
10.30 - 13.00 ~ 14.00 - 16.30
Pastel Painting Workshop ~ January 12th
I will tell you everything you need to know about this wonderfully expressive medium, the materials required and will demonstrate the techniques used for creating beautiful paintings from landscapes to still life. Bring along your pastels, some pastel paper, an easel if you have one and something you would like to have a go at painting, it could be an object(s) or a photograph and I will help set you on your way to creating your own masterpieces in pastel!
Watercolour Workshop ~ February 2nd
I will tell you everything you need to know about this most popular of mediums, the materials required and will demonstrate the techniques used for creating beautiful paintings from landscapes to still life. Bring along your watercolour, brushes and an easel if you have one and something you would like to have a go at painting, it could be an object(s) or a photograph and I will help set you on your way to creating your own masterpieces in watercolour!
Acrylic Painting Workshop ~ February 9th
I will tell you everything you need to know about this most versatile of mediums, the materials available and will demonstrate the techniques used for creating beautiful paintings from landscapes to still life. Bring along your oils, brushes and an easel if you have one and something you would like to have a go at painting, it could be an object(s) or a photograph and I will help set you on your way to creating your own masterpieces in Acrylic!
Sketching and Drawing Workshop ~ February 16th
I will take the fear out of drawing, showing you how to begin using many techniques and tricks in various drawing mediums from landscapes to still life. Bring along your sketch pad, pencils and a drawing board if you have one and something you would like to have a go at drawing, it could be an object(s) or a photograph and I will help set you on your way to creating your own drawing masterpieces!
Special Two Day Workshop £50
10.30 - 13.00 ~ 14.00 - 16.30
Water Mixable Oil Painting ~ January 26th and 27th
I will tell you everything you need to know about this wonderfully user friendly medium, the materials required and will demonstrate the techniques used for creating beautiful paintings from landscapes to still life. Bring along your oils, brushes and an easel if you have one and something you would like to have a go at painting, it could be an object(s) or a photograph and I will help set you on your way to creating your own masterpieces in oil!
Thursday, 9 August 2012
I am painting Steephill Cove on a 24" x 12" stretched cotton canvas and will be posting its progress step by step. In the first stage I have drawn a little more detail than usual as I wanted to be sure of the relative size and positioning of the buildings the next stage will be to give the canvas an acrylic wash to seal the graphite so that it wont sully any pale colours, it also kills the white of the canvas and makes colour temperature, hue and tonal values easier to judge.
Stage II acrylic wash of Alizarin Crimson and Burnt Umber wiped with cloth to lighten tone, warm colour chosen to help with depicting a really warm summers day.
|Stage one the drawing of Steephill Cove|
I work from the sky which is furthest away and paint in the basic colours, then add the clouds and whilst I have the sky colours on the palette I use these to paint in the initial colours of the sea which I will adjust later on after the distant land, rocks and waves are introduced.
Working from the headland furthest away I fairly loosely paint in the cliffs, rocks and foliage and will build up the detail and highlights working towards the middle distance.
I have added more detail and highlights in the background vegetation, shoreline rocks and painted in the buildings, beach and coastal defence rocks, you will notice that I have painted over the drawing of the tractor and trailer because the initial drawing wasn't large enough and it is always easier to paint over the background than trying to paint around a complex subject like a tractor and boat on a trailer.
I have put the detail in the sea and on the foreshore waves, weed etc. I've also added the tractor, trailer and boat which fishes for the crabs and lobsters which are available to buy either complete or as meals and sandwiches in theSteephill restaurants. I have also sharpened up some of the detail in the rocks behind and to the right of the tractor. The next stage is to put some people on the beach and finishing touches to the foreground and rocks on the right hand side.
Here in the final stages of the painting I have sharpened up the detail in the rocks on the far right, but not too much, and have added the people enjoying their day on the beach, note the fisherman just in front of his tractor and boat in yellow working gear! I think this is now a completed picture and so I have signed it. Look out for my next stage by stage painting. Why not sign up as a follower? I'd love to have you aboard!
Monday, 30 July 2012
A Little SuccessI have recently had a little success in painting competitions, firstly I entered the SAA's Artist Of The Year in the professional category and was awarded a Highly Commended for my pastel painting 'Yarmouth From Norton Point' and I entered my 'Great Mis Tor' painting of the Dartmoor National Park in the Patchings/The Artist magazine competition (the professional category) and this too was awarded a Highly Commended so I shall aim a little higher next year! The Paintings are pictured below for your interest.
'Yarmouth From Norton Point'
'Great Mis Tor'
Mottistone Manor Garden Drawing And Painting Workshop
The painting above is of the top half of the herbaceous border and the painting on the right is of the herbaceous border viewed looking back to the manor house, they are painted in Artisan water mixable oils and were executed during the recent Open Studios event which I shared the lovely Quarr Abbey Gallery with my long time friend and fellow artist Ann Greenhill. Below is a series of photographs taken stage by stage during the progress of the right hand painting which took a total of around 25 hours whilst the above painting took around 20 hours. I am running another workshop at Mottistone on September 5th.
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
I am running some sketching and painting holidays in the wonderful Cotswolds during the quieter times of year. We will be based in the splendid Best Western Wroxton House Hotel for six nights. On the first day we will start with some tutor demonstrations and a walk with our sketchpads around the local village of Wroxton. During the following days we will go out on three separate sketching and painting excursions, firstly to the historic town of Stratford Upon Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare. The second days excursion will take us to the beautiful village of Lower Slaughter a truly idyllic Cotswold village of honey coloured stone cottages which sit beside the river Eye. The third trip will take us to the 'Little Venice of the Cotswolds' where the river Windrush flows between beautiful Cotswold stone houses and shops, most memorable though are the highly picturesque and paintable low bridges which span the river at regular intervals. This painting holiday due to the location features a great deal of beautiful buildings, however there is a huge range of other subject matter to inspire artists of all tastes. This holiday is particularly beginner friendly and will also suit the more accomplished artists as I will spend a considerable amount of time working with artists on a one to one basis.
The Luxurious Wroxton House Hotel sits at the edge of the Cotswolds in Oxfordshire just a few miles from Banbury and is the ideal base for a sketching and painting holiday. Those artists with a taste for the quintessentially English village will be in heaven on this holiday. Another little piece of heaven is the Wroxton House Hotel itself with it's sumptuous accommodation and 'Restaurant 1649' that offers a contemporary menu in the oak beamed surroundings with inglenook fireplace.
Wroxton House Hotel
Sketching and Painting Holidays
5 Day (6 night) Sketching and Painting Holiday
September the 30th - October 5th
5 Day (6 night) Sketching and Painting Holiday
January 20th - 25th
February 17th - 22nd
April 7th - 12th
The accommodation and painting package cost per person is £835 based on two sharing, the cost for a non painting partner is £510 ( a single room will cost £929)
All rooms are en-suite and equipped to the very highest standard. The above prices include breakfast and evening meal with packed lunches availaible at £5.00 each.
For more information and /or to make a reservation please telephone 01295 730777 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sketching and Painting Holidays
I will do some drawing and sketching demonstrations along with some painting demonstrations in various mediums over the 5 days both in the hotel and on site as well as giving one to one tuition along the way. You are free to work in whatever medium you have chosen to bring with you and I will be able to advise and help you with your medium, I work in most! If you e-mail me I will send you a list of what you will need to bring to help make your holiday truly memorable! I look forward to seeing you and painting with you!
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
This is the final of my four paintings in the Dartmoor series they are all 90 x 30 cm in size and are painted in 'Artisan' water mixable oils. I am looking for a Devon gallery to take these paintings and to represent my work and I, some of the other paintings are here, earlier on this blog site, should be be curious and wish to see all four together drop me an e-mail and I will willingly send you the images. I love Dartmoor and the wide expanses of the high moor and if I didn't live on the Isle of Wight I would like to live on Dartmoor or close by!
Sunday, 11 March 2012
I am running two fantastic sketching and painting holidays at the wonderful 4 star Treglos Hotel at Constantine Bay near Padstow in the painters paradise that is Cornwall later in the year, the first starts on October 15th and the second starts on November the 19th both are for six nights (5 days of sketching and painting) and includes breakfast and 4 course evening meal, jacket or tie to be worn in the restaurant after 7.00 pm. The rooms are all en-suite and there is 24hour room service. The Treglos has its own 18 hole golf course for those non painting partners, indoor swimming pool, many excellent Spa facilities, a Snooker room and much more besides, so there is plenty for the non artist to do for the stay when not relaxing in the luxurious comfort of Treglos.
The cost for the October break is £650 per painting holiday guest, per room (based on two sharing) and for a non painting partner it will cost £400.
The cost of the November break is £600 per painting holiday guest, per room (based on two sharing) and for the non painting partner the cost will be £350.
For more details about the Treglos visit http://www.tregloshotel.com/
For full details of the Sketching Painting Holiday contact me, Murray at email@example.com
I have a fantastic itinerary planned including a trip to St.Ives, the Cornish artists Mecca, a trip across the river Camel to Rock (a small town) to sketch and paint the view back across the river to Padstow and Constantine Bay and a trip into Newquay, the surfers paradise. Jim, Rose and I look forward to giving you a warm welcome and a holiday to remember, Don't leave it too long to book as I have capped the number of artists at 10 so that I can devote a considerable amount of time on a one to one basis and so the holiday really is suitable for the complete novice to the more accomplished artist and the holiday will run with as few as five!
Sunday, 15 January 2012
This is the third of my series of four 900 x 300 paintings of Dartmoor National Park in 'Artisan' water mixable oils. 'O'er The Widecombe Vale' (see below) features in my book 'Landscape Painting In Artisan Water Mixable Oils along with many other landscapes, if you are looking for a book that explains about water mixable oils, the equipment used and how to paint with the wonderfully liberating medium then go to my web-site www.murrayince.com where you can purchase a copy of my book from my web shop or you can buy one on e-bay and I will be pleased to sign a copy for you or as it also makes a great gift for artist friends and family I will sign it for them!