Last minute deal!

Join us for a painting holiday at a Brambles... we are hosting a 7 day course from 23rd June and a 5 day course from 25th June  here at Brambles. Enjoy the delightful Devonshire countryside, stay in our 17th Century cottage. Relax, paint and draw with two tutors. Stunning countryside…

Japan in Spring 2018

Painting by Kanta Harusaki Painting the blossom! It has long been a dream to host a painting course in Japan. It takes quite a bit of organisation so never really come together before now. So Spring 2018 is are target date for the trip and I can't wait to get…

Love sketching!

This sketch was a bit scrappy, it was late in the afternoon, a bit cold and the man with the drone stood right in my view. Really getting into the habit of presketching and sketching for fun. When I want to start a new painting I like to begin by…

Top tip – the iPad stand!

As technology invades our everyday life, I embrace its usefulness. I love my iPad, it has become a very important tool, from allowing me to write my blog sat cosily in front of the Aga, to standing on Dartmoor freezing my fingers off to capture a dramatic sunset. When I…

Sponging magic!

At the mention of the word Sponging all my painters hold up the smallest bit of sponge they can get their hands on, something that may have once been used for applying make up! That's not good enough! The key to good sponging is to use a broad range of…

Collecting ideas!

I am always asking painters to keep their inspiration safe. To keep a sketchbook, not only full of recent drawings and paintings, but also tears, notes, adverts for exhibitions, books, photos, anything that jogs back that thought, that glimmer that sparked an idea for a painting. We all think that…

What Medium?

Watercolour: Janet Brady teaches Watercolour. her specialism is using transparent paints. A small range of colours and good quality paper. "I don't use artist quality inks, they are far too intense, I use Cotman and Aquafine brands, in tubes." Recommended materials: Paint : Alizarin Crimson, Scarlet Lake, Transparent Yellow, Sap…