Professional Watercolour Painting Tuition -Workshops & Demonstrations
Are you like the other members of your local art club fed up with seeing the same old wishy-washy watercolour painting demonstrations produced on tiny little pieces of paper by artists that insist that the only way to paint successfully with watercolour is by following a list of rules as long as your arm? Not much fun are they and unfortunately it is these sort of demonstrations that put a lot of people of this wonderful medium.
How about something a little more exciting! My watercolour painting demonstrations are all about big paintings painted with big brushes and lots of paint with the emphasis on loosening up and learning that it is far more important to produce a painting that is true to yourself. There are far too many would be watercolour painters out there imposing self-inflicted rules on themselves that are completely unnecessary.
WRONG! – Watercolours should only be produced on little pieces of paper using transparent colour painted with expensive kolinsky sable brushes – usually as a sketch in preparation for a larger work in another medium…….
RIGHT! – Watercolours can be big, bold, atmospheric, dramatic & colourful and produced using any means the artist finds necessary using a mixture of transparent & opaque colours…….
As a creative person how you get to your finished painting should be completely up to you. If you want to add a little pastel or acrylic here and there, scrape out your tree trunks with a razor blade or even god forbid use a bit of Chinese white to add a highlight then that should be completely acceptable. Even Turner himself used to use a wee bit of white now and again and thankfully some of the stuffier watercolour societies have now started to revise their way of thinking and have started to be more inclusive of those pushing the boundaries – after all, since when did art have rules! Just remember that the only restrictions to your creativity are the ones that you impose yourself.
If you feel that your club may benefit from a demonstration or watercolour workshop that’s a little different then you can either contact me using the form below or alternatively you can call me on: 0792 6161652 to discuss your requirements.
p.s If you are just looking for a price you can get one by clicking here.
Watercolour Painting Demonstrations: These usually last around two hours or the duration of your meeting and consist of a full demonstration of my watercolour technique with the aim being to produce a full imperial size watercolour by the end of the session.
I am happy to stick around after the meeting to answer any particular questions anyone may have although I do make a point of stopping at regular intervals throughout the demonstration to allow for questions on different techniques. I also try to make the demonstrations fun and entertaining and guarantee at least one terrible joke per demo.
Watercolour Painting Workshops: When you book me for a workshop you get me for the whole day (poor you!). Workshops usually last 10am-4pm with a break for lunch although of course I am happy to accommodate other times.
With a workshop the idea is for everyone in the group to complete a painting by the end of the day – no one gets left behind and more importantly everyone has fun! To ensure this happens I break the painting time down into manageable sections which allows plenty of time for drying and evaluating at each stage thus ensuring that everyone no matter how slow they paint will be able to keep up. This results in everyone taking part in the workshop having a fun and productive day.
More importantly you will learn how by painting on a larger scale, with big brushes, lots of paint and a few extra bits of kit such as a spray gun & razor blade you can loosen up and create a beautiful, vibrant, atmospheric watercolour painting much more easily than you would be able to using the traditional methods of working in watercolour and what’s more it is much more fun!
Hi Greg Just wanted to say many thanks for a really enjoyable and informative day yesterday. Must admit my stomach sank when you revealed "our painting"! LOL! However, you shared your tips and techniques which made a great day in a great venue. Thanks for the inspiration! - Jackie Maher
Greg has a refreshing, almost rebellious approach to painting with watercolours, flying in the face of the “rule books”. From large format canvass through broad and chunky brushes to scraping with a blade his approach certainly gets the attention of the room and invites questions from the audience.- Grange Art Society
Hi Greg, Thank you for your waterfall demo, we all enjoyed it and hopefully helped us all to loosen up, you made it look very easy, needs lots of practice! We hope you enjoyed the evening and the ‘banter’, we did! - Bolton Art Circle
Just thought you should have another "thank you" for the great workshop you did for us at Knott End. The feedback was excellent at the following meeting - Over Wrye Art Society
We all enjoyed your demo and definitely learnt things we didn’t know before. You went a long way to de-mystifying watercolours for some of us, and those of us who tend to steer clear of this medium went home with a resolution to try it again.
We will most definitely keep you in mind for the future and pass on your name to any other society who might be interested. Thank you again.- Grange Art Society
Better late than never to say thank you on behalf of all members who attended your demonstration a couple of weeks ago. I have just had the glowing report from Gwyn after today's meeting. Everyone enjoyed it and felt they had picked up lots of tips on technique. Hope you enjoyed it.- Morecambe Bay Art & Craft Society
Important Note: As with my paintings I like to keep the prices for my demonstrations & workshops at a reasonable level so that as many people as possible can afford them. As a result of this I have demonstrated not just for larger established art societies up and down the country but also small local clubs with only a few members and even groups of painters who just like to paint together who have been looking for a little inspiration. If you have rejected the idea of having a professional artist come and demonstrate or provide a workshop before on the assumption that it would be too expensive then now may be the time to reconsider. Drop me an email today – you never know until you ask!….