Sitting beside the emerald shores of Lake Annecy. Helicopters hovering above filming what is happening below. Excitement is tingling the air. Around the corner comes the Peleton. The atmosphere is intoxicating. The Polka dot jersey leads the pack, wearing it full of pride is Pierre Rolland. Mark Cavendish is on his left wearing British Champions jersey, with a small Union jack on his shorts, Richie Porte ‘the rock’ of the sky team, Colourful BMC is Tejay van Garderen who was second on the mighty mind-blowing Alpe d’Huez stage and next to Mark Cavendish is Marcel Kittel who won the final Paris stage.
To see the start of Stage 20 at Annecy and see these amazing cyclists who battle each day for three weeks is inspirational to an artist and all I wanted to do was put paint to paper to create a memory.
What started as a tiny idea in the middle of the night, as become a project that I am really pleased with and also get so much enjoyment out of.
Having read some of John Ruskin’s diaries which he wrote while living in the Lake District, about students who took part in his correspondence course, I thought it would be a fantastic idea to do something similar but with the powers of the internet. So I set up the ‘Online Watercolour Course’ this is designed for anybody who would like to learn some techniques in watercolour painting, while following in depth step by step projects. There are six project in each course and each one is a landscape scene. Some are of the Lake District, which is ideal to paint in Watercolours and lends itself to this wonderful medium.
The first project is a easy tonal painting of Derwentwater from this we go to Blea Tarn in the Langdales and Windermere. ‘On the rocks’ is the sixth project in the first course and it always amazes me how everyone improves throughout the course and paints a stunning seascape scene.
With each project personal feedback is given and extra handy tips, it is I feel really important to get positive feedback and often paintings are just put in a draw and forgotten, but to see where improvements can be made can make such a difference to confident painting.
If you would like to start the Online course it’s £55 for six projects and is suitable for anyone who would like to learn the magic of watercolour.
With stunning views like this around every corner the Giffre valley is pure heaven for an artist.
The Sixt cheval is a jaw dropping spectacular of waterfalls, interesting cliffs and mountain peaks all situated above a peaceful pasture land full of wildflowers of every colour.
Samoens a tradition Savoyard village full of beautiful buildings and recognised as “ville fleurie” one of the prettiest towns in the French Alps with balconies full of flowers, a colourful market and a botanical garden is perfect to capture colourful sketches.
In the Summer months of June, July and August I will be offering ‘painting days’ around Samoens.
These days will be suitable for beginners and also Improvers and can be taken with individual tuition or in a small group or couple.
For more details on prices and equipment just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
At the far end of the Borrowdale valley you find the tiny village of Stonethwaite. Amongst the pub and the village post office there is a tiny cafe, which sells mugs of tea and coffee and a few tray bakes. You sit on a couple of wooden benches facing each other, sometimes sheltering from the rain. You might gaze around this tiny room and or listen to the cafe owner tell stories of Stonethwaite. ‘Springtime in Borrowdale’ was painted in watercolours on a sunny April morning, the light catching magically on the Herdwicks fleece. This hardy little Sheep is famous in the valleys of Lakeland and spends much of there time high on the fell tops.
Price £130.00 unframed size 19 x 10 inches
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Imagine a tiny village situated on the edge of a Lake, with a ferry calling in every few hours and a couple of cafes on the lake edge. The cafe owner brings your cool drink across a quite street with a few aperitifs to enjoy. You sit back and enjoy the lazy day and watch a few passers go by. A handful of Ladies choose a table in the shade,and began to chatter while prosecco’s are passed around. This special little hamlet is called Riva di Solta on Lake Iseo and this is what inspired me to paint ‘Ladies Lunch Italian Style.
Take the ferry from Sulzano across to Monta Isola, it only takes five minutes to sail across. Walk along the shore and find a shaded spot. Ideally under an Olive tree in the warm afternoon sunshine. Gaze across the bay to the tiny village of Sensole and begin to sketch. You will need to dip your feet often into the warm blue lake, this helps with the inspiration and also will help to magic the paintbrush across the paper.
This is how I painted ‘Monte Isola’ watercolour, if you would like to sample a little of this magic why not come to Lake Iseo on my painting holiday the date is Saturday 14th September 2013 for a week we will stay at the stunning Rivalago on the Lake shore for more information