Saturday, 29 October 2011

Jean Haines Elected To Full Membership Of The Society For Floral Painters

Jean has  been  selected as a full member of the SFP, The Society for Floral Painters.  Her  first style of painting was botanical  and illustrative which led her, sahe says,  to how she  paints today in watercolour.  Jean commented: "I adore painting flowers so I am  delighted to have been offered full membership to showcase my floral work in future SFP exhibitions."

Jean is already a full member of the Society of Women Artists

Many congratulations to Jean!

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Tim Benson At Affordable Art Fair London

Tim Benson AROI will be exhibiting some recent  pictures at London's Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead which begins on Thursday October 27 and runs to  October 30.
Here are some of Tim's pictures that weill be on sale for really affordable prices.

On Tim's website you can see a short video of his handing over one of his recent portrait commissions. A great piece.

And here's Tim in action in our DVD Dynamic Oil Portaits

Sunday, 23 October 2011

New Jean Haines Exhibition

A vibrant new collection of watercolours by Jean Haines SWA will be on show at the Frame Gallery in Odiham, Hampshire.

Subjects include many favourites including Jean's popular horse racing scenes and  vibrantly alive Autumnal paintings. The exhibition runs until November 18.

There will be cockerels and a few surprises so  this will definitely be a show not to be missed.
"The Laird" portrait from Jeans book " How to Paint Colour and Light" will be included and on show for the first time and  " The Beauty of Venice" the cover from the book will be in the collection.

Please pop into the gallery and meet Jan the owner who will be delighted  to offer a warm welcome.

Jean's workshops for 2012 are selling out fast so you had better book quickly if you want a place. Jean writes:  "My Dedham Hall course is fully booked by the way and I have  only a few places left for 2012 workshops now. I am also running a two day Motivational Masterclass in April but at the moment that only has two places available."

So book now! Contact Jean via her website:


Saturday, 22 October 2011

New One Man Show For Brian Ryder

Fans of Norfolk based painter Brian RyderAROI  have a splendid opportunity to view his latest work at his one many show which has just opened at the Picturecraft Gallery in Holt North Norfolk. It runs until Weds 26 October. More than 50 pieces are on display.

Here's Brian with Picturecraft Gallery Owner Adrian Hill at the private view on Friday Oct 21
And here are some pictures from that private view event. Click on the picture to view them full size.


Friday, 21 October 2011

Last Chance to Book Up For Brian Ryder's Oil Landscapes Masterclass

Just a few days left to book for the event on Sunday October 30 at the Picturecraft Gallery in Holt, North Norfolk. We were plannng to film this event but its proving so poular we felt the cameras would get in the way. Instead,  Brian will be painting two full demonstrations  - one either side of lunch which is included in the ticket price of £55. Ticket also includes tea and coffee and the next door art materials shop is beings specially opened for the day and offering discounts to those attending.

Brian Ryder fans will not miss out on a new DVD as we are filming with him later in the year for January 2012 release.

For those who have not met Brian before he is both an inspiring teacher and a very funny man. There will be ample opportunities to ask him questions during the event and I will be introducing the whole affair.

To book your place contact Picturecraft  Gallery on 01263 711040

Monday, 17 October 2011

Coming Soon

Our next release is sure to please all you line and wash fans. Next month (November) we release our third firm with the brilliant Devon-based watercolourist John Hoar. It's called Line, Wash and Watercolour and shows John painting four half imperial pieces.  We couldn't call it pen and wash as John doesn't strictly use a pen. Instead he uses a matchstick stuck into the end of a short length of garden cane and held firm with a couple of panel pins. Have a look:

And with that, John works his magic to turn out pictures like these.

How many shades of "muck" can you spot? John has also written an article for The Artist Maqazine based on the content of this DVD and it is due to be published in the February 2012 edition whcih will be out mid January. You will be able to pre-order John's DVD from this site from October 24 or by phone any time.  Just call our order line: 01603 259441 or email us :

Friday, 14 October 2011

More From Darkest Devon

ROI President Peter Wileman has kindly sent me some of his latest pictures from his painting trip to Devon. Some cracking work Peter! His next one man show is to be in Harrogate in Yorkshire next month. Details to follow shortly.

And finally here's a picture of Peter's beloved Chevrolet that he drove down to Devon in with some of his pictures being unloaded. Peter tells me he will have to sell a few of them just to pay for the petrol. It achieves just 10 miles to the gallon! 

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Update to Jean Haines's Workshop Schedule for 2012

Jean Haines SWA
Watercolour Workshops 2012 Programme
Could all artists please note my February and April 2012 workshops are now fully booked and the waiting lists have been closed for these popular sessions.

April 2010 Motivational Masterclass  Almost Fully Booked
Fee : £435
A new two day Motivational Masterclass  for  a small group of dedicated artists  has just been announced on my web site but there are only few places left for this event.

June  2012  Hampshire, U.K Places Available
Fee : £115 per day
I have a few workshops places available in June 2012 but these too are booking up very quickly.

Dedham Hall  Two Places Available
Dedham Hall only has two places available for my one week workshop in September 2012

I will be holding exciting Watercolour Seminars in New York and Texas during October 2012.

For full updates and details please see my web site

Monday, 3 October 2011

Trailer For New Jake Winkle DVD

As promised here's the short trailer for our latest DVD which is now in stock.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

New Watercolour DVD

By popular demand we have produced our second film with Jake Winkle and it's out now!

It's called Light and Movement In Watercolour - the same title as Jake's first book which will be published by Batsford Books next spring/summer.

Jake's style is exciting and dynamic and it has earned him a big following on his workshops. He paints four full demonsrations on the DVD filmed in the bustle of the North Norfolk coast at the height of summer.

His sure touch and exciting use of colour and tone is sure to improve your painting. Order your copy now! Jake's new DVD

Here are some pictures from the DVD. You can double click on them to make thm expand to fill the screen.

A video trailer  will follow shortly