Alan McGowan class

This coming week I shall be working on the portrait with Alan McGowan, the Edinburgh-based figurative artist, who works in a free and expressive style.  This apparently improvisatory style is actually based on a rigorous knowledge of anatomy.  This is the knowledge “that gives you the freedom” to quote from Alan himself.  Alan gives classes all over the world, so I am especially fortunate that he is able to provide workshops so nearby.  This week the focus is on the portrait, but he also teaches life painting and drawing and specialist anatomy workshops.  Highly recommended.

I hope to build my knowledge of the human head and the face,  and also learn from Alan more about the use of paint and colour to give a lively and powerful sense of form.  The week will be an opportunity to share time with a group of dedicated artists in a great environment near the Old Custom House of Leith Docks.  The experience will be complement my work based on the time with Martin Campos earlier in the year.

 

Alan McGowan oil figure study Alan McGowan oil portrait study Alan McGowan teaching anatomy Alan McGowan portrait study Alan McGowan life studies

 

 

Martin Campos demo

Painting with Martin Campos

In July I went to Cork in Ireland to study with Martin Campos, teacher at Philadelphia College of Art.  Martin is a figurative painter, who specialises in the human figure, and he is a wonderful draughtsman and painter.  But I like the way he places his subjects in an abstracted context.  I want to learn how to place my equestrian subjects in a different context, and that is why I wanted to learn from Martin.  But I am enjoying working with the human figure as well.  It contains so much meaning to us as a species, so different from the meaning of an animal.  We can never fully share the experience of an animal in the way that we can empathise with other human beings.  However, my passion is for drawing and painting horses

Martin also practises plein air sketches as a daily routine.  This is another great idea to loosen up  and discover one’s own interest and focus.

The workshop was organised by another teacher, Pauline Agnew.  Pauline is also an inspirational and liberating artist, and she runs on line courses and also workshops all over the world.  “Pauline is truly an art whisperer” to quote some of her students.

 

 

Martin Campos demo Martin Campos plein air painting Martin Campos painting Martin Campos painting

 

 

WP HORSE'S NOSE

Painting horses

I am exploring the use of colour in my equestrian art.  The coat texture and the colours so rich and different from our human skin.

 

Leo oil on canvas WP HORSE'S NOSE WP oil painting of horses

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WP Oil sketch on canvas

Life drawing in Edinburgh and Glasgow

As well as the portrait class, I am  practising life drawing each week at the excellent untutored sessions at Leith School of Art.

WP Figure in charcoal on paper WP detail figure in wash WP figure drawing on paper

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WP HEAD IN CHARCOAL ON PAPER

Portrait Class at Glasgow School of Art Open Studio

WP PORTRAIT CHARCOAL AND CHALK ON TINTED PAPERI  am learning about the structure of the head in the Portrait Class with Cynthia Bowles at Glasgow School of Art Open  Studio evening class.  Wonderful…!!

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Watercolour sketch of horse

Drawing Horses with Diana Hand at Callander Summerfest

 

i shall be holding a day-long workshop on 29th July in St Andrews Church Hall, Leny Road, Callander, FK17 8AL  from 10 am to 4 pm.  The cost is £30, including basic materials.

The subject will be horses, drawing horses, in whatever form you like.  I will demonstrate my approach and then it is up to you to create your own interpretation, as freely or precisely as you wish.  I will guide you through the basics of proportion and anatomy and drawing materials and paper will be supplied.  Please bring along any images or additional favourite materials.

I look forward to seeing you and sharing my love of horses.

Thank you to everyone who came along and worked so hard.  We had SUCH a good day.

Here are some details from student drawings, experimenting with different media

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Palace House Newmarket

Society of Equestrian Artists Summer Exhibition, Palace House, Newmarket

The Summer Exhibition of the Society of Equestrian Artists

at the National Heritage Centre  for Horseracing & Sporting Art . in Newmarket

The exhibition coincides with Europe’s Premier Midsummer Sale at Tattersalls and The Moët & Chandon July Festival at Newmarket Racecourse
I will have two pieces in this exhibition and am thrilled to be showing work in this beautiful venue.
Silver Beauty mixed media on paper Abstract Horse oil on canvas

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The Family oil and paint on card

Cut the Mustard Summer Exhibition 10th June to 24th August, 2017

Grey Silver mixed media on paper The Family oil and paint on card

 

Cut the Mustard is a private gallery, representing 60 different artists, makers and jewellery designers.   It is owned and run by photographer Barry Young, and jeweller Lisa Rothwell-Young.  In their words

“We run 5 or 6 different exhibitions each year, alongside a gift area and our jewellery room.  Our artists sell their work in the gallery for the same as they would via their own website or studio (there are no inflated prices here) just beautiful work (ceramics, sculpture, glass, printmaking, textiles, paintings, photography, wood etc) and a friendly welcome.”

We’d love you to come and visit us in the pretty, former mill town of Langholm, approx 20 minutes from junction 44 of the M6.  We’re pretty central, about 1.5 hours from Glasgow, Newcastle upon Tyne, Edinburgh and the South Lakes.”

I shall be exhibiting originals and fine art prints in this exhibition.

 

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Tigh Mor, Loch Achray

Tigh Mor Trossachs Art and Craft Fair, Loch Achray, Stirlingshire CANCELLED

Tigh Mor, Loch AchrayTHIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

 

I will be showing a selection of my work as part of the art and craft fair at Tigh Mor Trossachs Hotel,  between 10am and 12 pm on 22nd June, 2017.

Tigh Mor Trossachs, the ‘big house in the Trossachs’, was a sadly neglected former hotel when it was rescued and restored to its former glory. Following a multi-million pound restoration and development programme, Tigh Mor emerged every bit as magnificent as it was in its heyday when Queen Victoria stayed there. Today it provides a choice of outstanding holiday apartments and cottages.

With magnificent views across Loch Achray, Tigh Mor offers a romantic introduction to the magnificent scenery of Highland Scotland – a land of craggy mountains, deep-cut glens and shimmering lochs, purple heather moorland and green forests

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