I have been painting solely in watercolour for the last 25 years trying to capture the light and atmosphere of our landscape and now paint outside as often as possible.
I have a very traditional style led by such 20th century artists as Ted Wesson, James Fletcher-Watson, Edward Seago and so on. I have been demonstrating in art clubs for two years now and love it, I have recently started all day workshops too. It’s always great to see an artist try a new technique and succeed.
I am a professional landscape painter working in watercolour and acrylics. Many of my subjects are sought amongst the moors and hills of my native West Yorkshire and beyond. Throughout my painting life I have been made a Companion of the International Guild of Artists, an Associate of the British Watercolour Society, a Professional Associate and advisory panellist of the SAA, president of the Halifax Art Society, as well as an advisory panellist for Artists and Illustrators magazine. In 2013 I won the Pennine Wealth Management Award for ‘Best in Show’ at Holmfirth Artweek and exhibited my work in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition. I regularly contribute to The Artist magazine and have four practical art books published to date. I have been teaching and lecturing on the subject of watercolour and acrylic painting for the last fifteen years.
Graham Wilson – Watercolour Seascapes demonstration
Originally a watercolour artist, having the time to devote full time to painting he began to see the exciting potential that other media could offer and now regularly works in acrylics, line and wash, water soluble oils and mixed media.
He takes inspiration from the world around him both for his more traditional paintings and his ever-popular cartoons. The differing media lend themselves to differing styles of working and produce quite different results appealing to different markets.
It’s my passion to pass on my knowledge and skills that I’ve learned over the years as I love watch others achieve what they thought was too difficult. I hope to inspire the world to get a little mucky with a heck of a lot of colour.
Vivienne Cawson – Vibrancy in flowers – Watercolour
Pattern, colour and natural form are the focus for my floral watercolours. Inspiration is sparked by the colours and shapes of flowers, gorgeous fabric, a special jug or vase. The contrast of natural form with geometric pattern is often a strong element in my work.
I aim to produce a response in my painting that is fresh and contemporary, not merely a faithful reproduction and am inspired by the information set out before me to produce a spontaneous reaction. It is an exciting journey which I hope helps to keep my painting alive with fresh, vibrant colour.
Sue Chatterton’s demonstration on May 22nd taught us all how to raise our game especially when painting ‘Big Game’.
The elephant was well and truly in the room for all to see and how instructive her talk was with lots of tips on creating personalised animal portraits in stunning watercolour.
Sue is a British wildlife specialist who now lives in Stafford having spent a lot of time in the past studying wildlife in her native Botswana where elephants inspired her to paint. Working from photographic references Sue first created a pencil sketch then applied paint directly to non-wetted 425 gsm Sanders Waterford paper without stretching.
Using plenty of water for the background she mixed her colours on the paper not on the palette using her favourite Rosemary and Co brushes. Three predominant colours were used throughout: Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue and Veridian, which she certainly made the most of giving us all lots of encouragement to explore different colour contrasts in two hours flat.
Whilst Sue ran short of time and did not complete the portrait it mattered not as the tips she gave were extremely valuable and well appreciated. It was also great to see many new faces who we all hope will return for future demonstrations. Thanks Sue for an outstanding evening – and do come back soon!