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Painting in France goes painting in South Africa..

January 2018. Montagu, Western Cape, South Africa. We've been visiting Monica's family over Christmas which has been a new experience for me - my first 'hot' Christmas. Looking at the weather currently lashing Europe, it was a good move. While we were here we visited the Montagu Nature Garden and Hugo De Wet, proprietor [...]


Painting in France – Oil painting for the first time.

Here at Painting in France, I have been teaching the intricacies of Watercolour Painting for many years. I've been happy applying washes, working wet into wet, wet onto dry - until a few weeks ago when I decided to take the plunge and try working in oils. Up until now I confess that I've steered [...]


Painting holidays and Workshops in France

Painting holidays and workshops in the south of France. Here's a photographic montage of some of the highlights from both en plein air days and studio time throughout the year. As you can see from the photos, we've certainly had lots of variety with a wide range of subjects being drawn and painted. We're busy [...]


Painting workshops in France – Canal du Midi.

A warm autumn afternoon here in the Languedoc, with our painting workshops in France alongside the Canal du Midi - and what better way of passing a few hours.  Le Somail is a beautiful setting with a number of small cafes and restaurants placed around the central bridge. In the 17th century, the town was [...]


Painting en plein air in the south of France…

  The end of May and temperatures are rising here in the Languedoc. This week we've been busy every day with painting holiday guests and regulars - painting en plein air as well as two studio days. Scenes have varied from fast flowing rivers to ancient watermills and restored wind mills. What's proved popular is [...]


Millie. Our English Springer Spaniel – watercolour portrait.

Ah, the joys of dog ownership....Millie, our Springer Spaniel is our constant companion whether galloping around the vineyards or lounging in an old armchair in the studio.  She's 3 years old and so long overdue for a proper 'sitting'.  In this digital age it's so easy to take lots of reference photos until you're happy [...]


Venetian gondolas – watercolour (and gouache) tutorial

  Gondolas. It could only be Venice. Here's a tutorial I've put together based on this wonderful photograph courtesy of Google Images.  It's slightly enhanced colour wise but I like it for it's graphic composition. Start with a good horizontal line for the sea level, the rest can be freehand sketching. I've omitted the pontoons [...]


South Africa – Painting en plein air. Nearly.

I've realised that I'm not averse to some winter sunshine, and there was plenty during our family visit to South Africa - Montagu, Western Cape  to be exact. While I was there, I was invited to join a local painting group on a couple of occasions. Painting en plein air had been discussed but the 'stoep' [...]