Traditional Oil Portrait Painting Techniques Art Workshops for pupils of St Aidans Church of England High School – this was fun! So here’s the thing, in this country we no longer teach: drawing, life drawing, portrait or painting techniques in mainstream education, not at GCSE, A-Level or even University. I think it is very sad because […]

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Art in schools is a subject close to my heart, for obvious reasons, the future of art in schools is looking quite bleak. Back in November (2016), I received this message: “…The Arts are currently being squeezed by the government in Britain using something called the EBAC and we need your help… Currently children in […]

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I love it when this happens… when an art student is studying my work it gives me such a buzz, it makes me feel like a real artist, brings “the dream” alive – brings me a little closer to where I would like to be.  It is a special moment for sure – thank you […]

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Here it is! The follow on article from Painting Lessons and your first chance, unless you follow me on Facebook, to see Aleksandra’s completed oil painting.  This young artist has done so well! Our second lesson of 2016, described in my previous post, “We have now moved on to adding the final details to the portrait, Aleksandra […]

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Finally, I can unveil this oil sketch to you, an oil sketch of a building – a first for me and one that I am extremely proud of.  This is the Clothworkers Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Leeds. The sketch was commissioned by The University of Leeds, specifically: Gabrielle Wright (Alumni Relations Assistant), for Gillian – pictured receiving the […]

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