Friday, 31 December 2010

Another Award for Adebanji Alade

Adebanji finished his year in style by picking up the Painting Plein Air Plus Award 2010 as part of the Making a Mark Awards. Having filmed with him a few months ago I can confirm this man's energy and dedication to plein air painting!

Here's what he writes on his own blog:

I'm so happy to end the year with an Award that I really cherish. Earlier this year I won the Chelsea Riverside Competition, organised by Heatherley's School of Fine Art, Chelsea and The Cheyne walk Trust- The whole exhibition was put in place to raise funds for the Schools Bursary Award Scheme. I also won the prize for the Best London Scene at the Chelsea Art Society's 100th Annual exhibition- This Award is donated annually and it's called The Agnes Reeve Memorial for a painting of London. To end the year I got an Award called The Painting Plein Air Plus Award- by MAKING A MARK-This award is for excellence in plein air painting plus a strong commitment to sharing information. I was nominated for this award by Sheona Hamilton Grant, who said, "I would like to recommend Adebanji Alade for the Painting Plein Air Plus Award. His talent, enthusiasm and sustained sharing are brilliant. For these reasons, I really do believe he merits winning this award with flying colours."- You can read the full article on the award by clicking HERE

Read more details on Adebanji's excellent blog

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Where Did He Get That Paint Box?

This is the familar cry of many of our customers who have borught DVDs from us featuring Charles Reid, Steve Hall, John Hoar, Robert Brindley or Dr Robin Macdonald. What they are referring to is the all metal hand-made paint box they all use and which gets so many admiring looks. I have had so many enquitries I thought it would be helpful top place this information in the public domain.
They all use the same box made by the very talented Craign Young.
It really is a thing of beauty and is hand made by Craig in his workshop in Ludlow, Shropshire. It's fashioned from brass and is hand enamled. It is built like a tank - or rather I should say, like a Rolls Royce,  and will last you a lifetime. There is nothing else quite like it on the market currently which is why it is the choice of so many profesional watercolour artists. Two pointrs of caution. Firstly Craig cannot make enough to satisfy demand so there is always a waiting list which seems to vary between three and nine  months. Secondly they are not exactly cheap. But quality does come at a price. Craig does a number of different designs  I own three of them! I always say to people it is best to order the thing, pay the deposit and then forget about it for a few months. When it arrives it is a wonderful  surprise. You can get all the information you need and order from Craig here: Craig Young Watercolour Paint Boxes

Beat The VAT Increase

There are less than two weeks left before VAT goes up to 20% when we shall regretfully have to increase our prices. It does however mean that you have got  until mindnight on Jan 3 to order at current prices. We will be dealing with internet orders right over the Christmas period and the only days our phones  will not be manned are Dec 25 and 26. Any order placed on line or by phone before midnight on Jan 3 will be at the current prices.

We have already lined up a number of exciting projects to film in 2011 and I will be posting some details of these before the year ends.

Meanwhile from Elaine and I and all the team at Town House Films including Steve Thorpe our camerman, Marton Rosten our editor, David Meachen who does all our disc authouring and duplication, Dr Robin Macdonald our associate producer and  Michelle Day who keeps our books on the straight and narrow,  may we wish you and yours a verry Happy Chrustmas and a prosperous  and exciting 2011.
Aahh summer. I rememeber that!

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Christmas Deliveries

With Christmas less than two weeks away we are still busy with orders and will be open for business right up to Christmas Day itself. We always aim to ship DVDs the day they are ordered and as you know post and packaging is included in the price, so you can order with confidence either for yourself or as a gift for someone else. However there is no postal service in the UK until Weds Dec 29 because  of the public holidays, so orders placed over the Christmas period will be shipped on that day. We don't want your order laying around in a frozen post box! Full details are on our website: Town House Films Website

Friday, 10 December 2010

Mad, Wonderful Painting Project in Bath

There's mad ideas and then there's mad ideas. Perhaps the maddest I have heard of from an artist for some time was Adebanji Alade's  wheeze to paint 500 pictures of the city of Bath in a year. Well there were plenty who thought he would never do it but just to prove them wrong he currebntly has a one man exhibition in The Bath Gallery of the first 211 paintings!!!! Only 289 to go Adebanji!!!!
Adebanji is a past winner in thre Bath Prize awards designed to promote plein air painting and this year was on the judging panel - hence his link with Bath.
Here are some more images of paintings from the exhibition and  Adebanji in action.

Adebanji's new DVD Coastal Adevntures in Acrylic is out now. and avaialble from us here: Here's  a taster.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010


I spent yesterday at the 123rd annual ROI exhibition in the company of several of our arists who are mmebers. And what a brilliant exhibiton it is I do urge you to go and have a look yourself. It runs from Dec 8 to Sunday Dec 18 at London's Mall Galleries and 260 stunning pictures are on display.

Here are some of our artists who are ROI members in action.

ROI President Peter Wileman wih the opener of the exhibition Commendatore Antonio Carluccio admiring a picture of Peter's daughter Olivia.

Brian Ryder with his "guess who sold a  picture on the first day" face on.

Adebanji Alade (on the right) talking art.

Can you tell what it is yet? Rolf by June Mendoza

For a detailed look at the exhibition go to the ROI Blog:

Monday, 6 December 2010

Steve Hall's Teaching Programme for 2011

Steve Hall is one of our busiest teaching artists and he has just finalised his programme for 2011. There are a wide range of workshops from intensive weekly sessions in his own studio to courses on the North Norfolk coast and even Tuscany. He has published all his courses in a free brochure. Contact Steve for a copy

The brochure also contains detiuals of his new signature mop brush which he has had specially made to his own specifications by a top Spanish brush making company. It really is a beauty and can be obtianed from Steve on his web site:

Friday, 3 December 2010

Gastronomic Legend to Open ROI Exhibition

His food may be a work of art but Antonio Carluccio, the godfather of Italian cuisine in London is also passionate about painting and has just been appointed a patron of one of Britain’s oldest art societies -  The Royal Institute of Oil Painters. Antonio who has been awarded the Commendatore OMRI by the President of Italy for services to Italian gastronomy, the equivalent of a British knighthood. was awarded also an honorary OBE in the UK. On Tuesday December 7 He will officially open the ROI’s annual exhibition at London’s  Mall Galleries.  Antonio, himself  a keen painter,  last year had his portrait painted by more than 50 artists simultaneously  at the ROI’s Art Event evening.
Antonio with ROI Preoisdent Peter Wileman

ROI President Peter Wileman commented: “Food and painting have always gone together. A good meal stimulates the visual senses as well as the taste buds and that’s why I’m not surprised that Antonio is no mean artist himself. We are delighted to welcome him as a patron”. Carluccio joins former government minster Michael Portillo and actress Maureen Lipman as patrons of the ROI. The ROI’s 123rd annual exhibition featuring more than 260 paintings is open to the public from December 8 -19. At the Mall Galleries, The Mall near Trafalgar Square. The ROI is the only major art society dedicated to oil painting. The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, was founded in 1882, and was granted royal status by King Edward VII in 1909.
Famous artists of the past who have shown their work in ROI exhibitions in the past include  such as Alma Tadema, Macwhirter, Walter  Sickert, Dame Laura Knight, Fantin Latour, Adrian Hill, Ann Redpath and even Rodin.
We have made films with several ROI members including Peter Wileman, June Mendoza, Brian Ryder and Adebanji Alade.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

New DVD and New Exhibition from RBA President James Horton

During what passed for our summer we filmed a new DVD with James Horton, President of the Royal Soiciety of British Artists and the author of a number of painting instruction books. It will be released around the end of December and is called Impressions in Oil. Here's a couple of pictures of James on location.

James tells me he is having an exhibition  of recent work at his Cambridge home and studio where we filmed  part of the DVD .  James passes on this following invitation to one and all.

You are invited to an exhibition of paintings by
President, R.B.A.
11 Victoria Road, Cambridge
Saturday 18 December 12 noon to 7 p.m.
Sunday 19 December 12 noon to 5 p.m.

All works are for sale
Please bring your friends

Friday, 26 November 2010

It's Grim Up North

The current  cold spell has meant a dusting for snow for many of us but in the north east of the country it's been a different story. Ropbert Brindley RSMA lives near the fishing port of Whitby in North Yorkshire  and up there the snow has caused  substantial disruption.Here are a couple  of views Robert sent us from his garden today overlooking the moors beyond.

Now while the snow is a hinderance to getting about it's a joy to Robert who makes something of a speciality of snow pictures. In fact he paints one on his most recent DVD for us Atmospheric Watercolour Landcsapes

Robert has been busy in the last 36 hours and produced some lovely snow scenes in watercolour. Have a look at these.

You can see more of Robert's work on his excellent web site:

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Adebanji's New Acrylic DVD is Out on Tuesday Nov 23

So many people have been asking us when this new title is out. Well I am deligjhted to tell you that we will definately get supplies on Tuesday Nov 23 and it will go on sale on our web site then If you want to make sure of an early copy you can always call us on our usual number (+44)  (0) 1603 259441  and reserve your copies. Pre-orders will be shipped on the day we receive supplies. Remember all our prices incluide pree postage (or air mail for international orders to anywhere in the world. Here's some pictures of Adebanji on location.

Coastal Adventures in Acrylic released on Tuesday November 23
You can see more of Adebanji's work on his excellent web site:

Friday, 19 November 2010

Steve Hall's New Web Site and DVD

Steve Hall - one of our most popular teaching artists has just launched a bright shiney new web site with more than 60 of his painting on show:
Steve is always heavily in demand for his teaching courses and his new site contains his schedule for 2011 which is very busy indeed. It also contains details of his new brush which he has had specially made for him in Spain. It's the brush he uses in his latest DVD for us - just out and selling fast.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Help The Heroes Exhibition of Paintings by John Hoar

The brilliant  watercolourist John Hoar is having an exhibition at his home studfio in Devon next month to raise funds for Help The Heroes, BLESMA and the Royal British Legion.

 It will feature work by John and two of his seven sons who are also artists, Tom and Jack. The exhibtion will be held at 41 East Street, South Molton, Devon EX36 3DF from December 4 to trhe 24th.
Here's John on locaton for his second DVD for Town House Films Watercolour Without Tears
John has a special link with the services as his youngest son Joseph (20) is currently serving on the  front line in Afghanistan with the TA. It was as a result of some of the terrible injuries to British troops witnessed by Joseph  that John decided to hold this exhibition to raise funds for those charities that help Britain's wounded service men and women.
Here are just a few of the pictures on display including some lovely sepia watercolours. Do go along and support this worthy cause as well as seeing some brilliant watercolours

We are always being asked if John does any teaching. Well yes he does both  at this home studio in Devon and elsewhere. The  three days courses he runs in his own studio start again in March next year and he is also running courses at the stunning  Renvyle House Hotel Connemara in May and October. I had the priviledge of two days tuition  with John a couple of years ago and found it competely inspiring. Full details from John on his web site