About Simon Roberts

Simon is an artist and painting tutor based in the South of France where is leads painting holidays and workshops.

Autumn in Paris: a step by step watercolour tutorial

'Autumn in Paris'. An atmospheric oil painting by Russian artist, Yuri M. Bondarenko is the subject for this step by step watercolour tutorial. I don't normally encourage students to paint from a painting as you tend to get involved with copying the style too closely. Alternatively, I suggest working on a painting using another artist's [...]

Le Pont Vieux, Beziers – a watercolour painting tutorial.

I've seen this view of Beziers many times on postcards and always thought it would make a fine painting subject. When we finally found exactly where the view was from, we climbed to a higher terrace and included the wintry plain trees which I think add to the composition. We were on an exploratory walk [...]

Painting in France: Béziers – a new painting location?

January - and we're both busy planning dates for workshops and classes (Painting and Cooking) plus fine-tuning our plans for this years' Painting Holidays in France. At this time of year we're often on the look out for new venues to paint from. There are some beautiful locations in old Béziers up around the cathedral [...]

Painting Holidays in the South of France – here we go!

Our first Painting Holiday guests arrived at the end of May, as temperatures began to rise - four ladies from America: Kasia and Mary Jo travelling together from just outside Washington and Emanda, with her mother Sandra, all the way from Texas. Coincidentally, they'd spent a few days enjoying the sights of Paris before taking [...]

Painting workshops in the south of France: Update

Painting workshops in France and Spring is in the air. You can always tell, when old friends return to these warmer climes from their Northern winter hibernations and all are keen to draw and paint sunlit scenes. Freshly brewed coffee and a fine selection of chocolate biscuits also help.. For the past two weeks several [...]