Painting the Landscape in Watercolours
Saturday 18th May 2019
Course fee: £120 including 2 course homemade lunch
10.00am – 4.00pm
Andrew’s aim is to capture light and form by the most simple and fresh means possible and to pass on this approach to course students. Andrew likes to lead by example and his ‘one to one’ teaching is supported by demonstrations and short tutorials. He makes no distinction between beginners and more experienced artists, believing all are deserving of his time and effort, whatever their ability. Whenever possible course members are taken out into the surrounding countryside so that they may experience capturing the essence of a scene plein air. When bad weather prohibits inspiration is sought in the studio via photographs, sketches and personal demonstration. So join Andrew on a journey that is unending and at times full of frustration and pitfalls yet, for the determined traveller, one that can be so rewarding.
Chairman of the Bath Society Of Artists, Winner of the 2016 Royal Watercolour Society Exhibitions Award, Andrew has also been elected by the Friends of The Scott Polar Research Institute to be their resident artist in Antarctica for 2019 and will exhibit at Bonhams, New Bond Street in 2020, the SPRI’s centenary year.
Andrew has exhibited at the Royal Academy in successive years, the Royal West of England Academy and numerous shows at the Mall Galleries, including RI, RSMA, NEAC, RBA, Sunday Times Watercolour and Lynn Painter Stainers Prize.
His work is generated from a synthesis of memories, material abstractions and direct impressions of the landscape. The source of his inspiration is the fabric of nature. Paint, as earth and water, is regarded as a natural element in itself, rather than as a simple a tool for imitating nature. Paintings are often conceived in a moment and then take time to unfold. Conversely, paintings are also ‘unconceived’ as initial plans are let go in response to the physical nature of the medium and the unfolding unpredictability of creation. In using raw pigments combined with a variety of mediums he achieves a direct connection to the elemental quality of landscape. Working in this way can be explosively fast and at other times may be meticulously analytical.