Brittany – Professional Drawing and Painting Courses.

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Clematis and thatched cottagesDo you  want to master the skill of making quick and accurate drawings and paintings? Or do you long to create a truly superb work of art?

Then come an join me in my fully equipped Art Studio in gorgeous Brittany – and make your dream come true…

As a working Artist-Painter, I have many years’ experience ( In Ireland and in France) of teaching people how to produce lst class illustrations and paintings – in all fields and in all aspects of drawing and painting mediums and materials.

Although I specialise in one-to-one Professional, Art Personal Tuition, I also hold a number of challenging Open Days (limited to just 4 persons) which comprise a Professional Art Class in the morning and in the afternoon, the students are given the time to unleash their creativity and to create a wonderful  work of art of their own.

For full details and tariffs on these excellent programmes, etc., please contact me at:-

art2cherish@orange.fr.

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AN ADVENTURE WITH ART

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Are you a brave and bold person, always looking for a challenge?    Or are you a somewhat retiring personality, with nevertheless, the feeling that deep inside you, is another person looking to emerge?    Well, art, by which I mean, drawing and painting, is one excellent way in which to achieve both types of needs.

Most people will begin their artistic endeavours by tentative doodlings…little scribbled shapes in the margins of scraps of paper.   In time, though, these  sketches will develop – depending on you, the artist, into illustrations of merit.    The beauty of this area of the arts is that you can take your time, doing as little or as much each day, as you wish.   Artists rarely rush their work – it shows too much: instead, their artwork is usually built up over a period of days, weeks or even months, in order to achieve the desired effect.

Because art is so flexible (its’ beauty does indeed lie in the eye of the beholder) you can afford to be adventurous in this field.    But the one thing I always advise, is to learn how to work expansively – that is to say, use large illustrations on large surfaces rather than tiny drawings on tiny pieces of paper.    Very small work tends to be tight and limited whereas large works give scope for easy viewing and a broad expanse of artwork!

Remember too, to take on subjects that you may not have considered before.    Everything that surrounds you can be illustrated.    From the wash hand basin with its accrued towels, facecloths, soaps, toothbrushes, etc., to the new jar of coffee sitting beside a coffee cup and saucer, spoon and biscuit,   and from a plate of fish and chips on a gingham table cloth to the broken down chair and old metal watering can in the garden.

Artists, the world around you provides all you will ever need as subjects – so go ahead, take on the challenge and produce your wonderful artworks for all to admire and enjoy.

 

 

Practice makes Perfect.

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A "triptyche" of the same dog - watercolour on paper.

A “triptyche” of the same dog – watercolour on paper.

In this electronic age, the use of computors is endemic.   Computors though,  are not a substitution for physical creativity.

For artists, this usually means carrying around a small sketch pad and a pencil or drawing pen and making quick and sometimes random illustrations of subjects that take one’s fancy, which could become in time, useful…indeed, very useful.

It is a practice that I indulge in and encourage as I have found it to be quite valuable, particularly when I wish to compile a work for which I have just one really good reference point but which needs the addition of background or even foreground items to make the work come alive.

A five minute sketch can be invaluable!      Even if only roughly made, the artist can re-format it into something of impact and beauty.     However, you might need to encourage yourself to take on this daily effort…..though for just 5 mins. a day, it is a practice that is guaranteed to improve your artwork.

Give it a try and I think you will agree that this is a worthwhile discipline.

Remember to check the dates of my Open Days and free Art Demonstrations (indoors and outdoors) during this coming 2016.

One-to one art classes and group art classes are also available – more information on these coming up shortly.

ARTWORK WITH A LITTLE DIFFERENCE.

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Most artists are very serious about their artwork, but occasionally, just occasionally, a little artistic licence can be taken with a work.   Here, after painting this glorious Alpha Romeo, I just had to add in a couple of angelic heralds, serenading AlphaRomeo

the wonderful sight and sound of this truly fantastic car.

AN ADVENTURE IN ART.

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Artists tend to be a little quirky!.

By Artists, I include all those involved in the creative process, i.e. artists, painters, sculpters, musicians, actors, singers.  and sportspeople    We do not tend to be l00% predictable (unless we chose to be) , nor indeed 100% conventional  and again, not unless that is our choice.

Much of our work may meet the needs and expectations of the paying public, but every now and again, we are permitted to uleash a different way of approaching our work

As an example of this type of “difference”,  I have shown here an ink and wash illustration of a young woman.   However, to it, I have added the dimension of dreams.   Flowers and little creatures emerge from around her and a tiny dragon sits on the artist’s hand.   The sitter’s face is illuminated by a variety of colours and her lips are touched up in the colours of France.

The appearance of Dreams

The appearance of Dreams

BRAVO TO BLACK AND WHITE.

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Our lives to-day are totally dominated by colour, usually 3D and in very High Definitation.

In this motoring artwork, I have taken a step backwards if you like, and re-produced one of my own motoring artworks (the original oil painting is in full colour) in black and white and honestly, I am astounded at the result.  .   And, here, I think, that feeling of a more gentle era, is so ably demonstrated by the lack of harshness both in the portrait of the Racing Driver – Eric Comas, the French F1 and Rally champion and (still very desireable – perfect fit for me…the beautiful  iconic Renault Alpine A110,

Dream team

Dream team

THE DRAMATIC IMPACT OF PAINTING IN OILS

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As a demonstration of the dramatic use of oil paint, I have demonstrated here, one of my artworks, a portrait of the late (and very great) Graham Hill  F1 and World Champion Motorsport Racing Driver.

Graham Hill F1 and World Champion Motor racing Driver

Graham Hill F1 and World Champion Motor racing Driver

This is not a large work but the use of oil paints in this instance, make, I feel, a very imposing artwork.

ARTISTIC BOUNDARIES CAN BE STRETCHED.

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In this portrait of the fantastic British Actor, John Hurt,  instead of the conventional oil portrait, this painting shows only part of the face in colour and the rest in cartoon form.    The work has been illustrated using oil paints and charcoal on stretched canvas.

Oil

Oil “portrait ” of Actor, John Hurt.