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From Pencil To Paint

“I think that painting today is pure intuition and luck.”
Francis Bacon (1909-1992) on Matthew Smith 

We know that a painting is more than just a coloured-in drawing, but how do we do it? What exactly is the difference? This one-day workshop explores the gulf between drawing and painting and then seeks to build a bridge between the two disciplines. From studies in black and white, we will take a short step to the tonal properties of colour before exploring that magical moment when, as Bacon said, “the image is the paint and vice-versa”. All-comers welcome.

No Brush Necessary?

“What’s painting? I’d use a hammer and a chisel if I had to.” Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980)

Conventional watercolour wisdom has it that the best way to get paint onto paper is with a brush – and preferably, a nice expensive sable, at that! As a consequence, watercolour artists have been floundering over their flat washes, struggling with unwanted streaks and back-runs and despairing over their dull colours for centuries. In this one day course, we look at an alternative approach to landscape painting that will not only loosen us up, but give our paintings the atmosphere and authority we’ve always wanted, whilst by-passing all those traditional niggles. It may sound too good to be true, but with the business of getting paint onto paper resolved, we will be free to focus on those elements of picture-making for which there is no short-cut: colour, tone, proportion and composition.

This informal, one day workshop is suitable for all abilities.

Three Ways To Paint An Abstract

Abstract art may be over one hundred years old as a genre, but it can still baffle and provoke as much as it intrigues and excites. This one day, practical course in acrylics demystifies the art form by looking at the fundamentals of all painting from an art historical perspective, before guiding participants through the creation of three very different abstract works. Suitable for all abilities and attitudes (from doubters to the plain curious), this course is for anyone who wishes to gain more confidence with their colours as well as their brushwork, whatever their preferred genre. Throughout the day, David will demonstrate technics and provide hands-on help and support.

All comers are welcome, although absolute beginners may find some concepts challenging.


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Set in beautiful grounds with more than forty bedrooms, both old and new, Dillington House is a great place to extend your stay. Evening meals and breakfasts are first class, too.


Dillington House
Somerset TA19 9DT

From Pencil To Paint
Saturday 29 September 2018
9:45 – 16:00

No Brush Necessary?
Saturday 12 January 2019
09:45 – 16:00

Three Ways To Paint An Abstract
Saturday 6 April 2019
09:45 – 16:00
Saturday 25 May 2019
09:45 – 16:00

Sessions: 1 per course title

Cost: £55 (includes refreshments and three course buffet lunch)


More info and booking for these courses is available on the Dillington House website.

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