Rogers' News / blog
another eventful year 2017 has been.
I have run
"two day watercolour courses" for most months
of this year as well as starting to do one week painting
holidays for some of my students that have been on at
least one of my courses in the past.
Also I have started a "closed group" on Facebook for students
that wish to keep in touch with me and paint the challenges
that I set them to do on a monthly basis.
I am really excited about this as although it only started
at the beginning of October 2017 it is already proving
to be very popular.
I wish to thank everyone who came on one of my courses
and hope to see many of you again in 2018.
If you haven't been onto one of my courses yet
then I hope to get the chance of being able to paint
with you sometime
in the near future.
During the winter months I get more time to do my own
"paintings for pleasure" and thought you may like to see
some of the compositions that I have enjoyed doing so far
so here they are.....
Kingsbury Water Park event
On Monday 11th July 2016 Clair Botterill and
a one day painting event at this water park,
with both of us demonstrating different techniques
and our different styles, together with
offering lots of advice throughout the day.
People were given the opportunity to
indoors or outdoors as the weather was
dry but quite windy.
It was good to see that most were up for the challenge
of spending time painting outside as this was
something that they had not experienced in the past.
This was the first time we have ran an
event at this
location and judging by the comments made by the
people attending I can safely say that it was a
fantastic time spending a week in Ilfracombe with some of my "arty"
This was the hottest week of the month and we certainly had wall to
wall sunshine every day.
Here are two of our group
sketching out the view across Combe Martin.
We came home with a few paintings completed and also lots of photos
for reference material on other paintings.
Coastlines with crashing waves, sunsets, harbours full of
Lynton and Lynmouth's fantastic sea front, to name just a few.
Looking forward to
another week away with our art group later this year to west Wales with all that
sea and mountain views have to offer. Hope the weather is kind to us
then as well, otherwise we
may have another interpretation of what a "wet on wet" technique should
Art week in Wales
On 1st September 2017 I went for a
fantastic weeks painting with three other artists in Wales.
We stayed in a self catering cottage based in Llwyngwril (near Aberdovey)
and even though
the weather was “changeable” we still managed to get out every day.
Personally my favourite place to paint was at
Lake Cregennen with it's magnificent scenery.
The sun shone for most of the time that day making it even more
The clouds in the sky enhanced our paintings but as they moved
across the landscape they
constantly changed the outlook over the mountains making it very
challenging to paint.
You cannot go on a seaside holiday without spending some time
capturing the seascape views onto paper.
Being “on the front” it was colder than being inland, with a
constant wind blowing, but we were
all hardened artists and determined to spend a few hours
capturing the views.
Cannot wait for next year when I hope we can all get together
and do it again.
District in 2018
On 5th May 2018 a few of us went for a weeks painting around the
We stayed in a self catering cottage based at Ipstones (near
After months of horrible weather this year the sun came out for
stayed out throughout the holiday making it great, being able to
get out every day
painting outside at various locations.
We found a little gem of a place only a few miles from where we
were stopping called
"Hetty's tea shop,
Wharf, Staffordshire Moorlands."
This had everything we could have wished for in a painting
A great view to paint, a tea room to get food and refreshments,
toilets and all close to
the car park, so no long journey on foot carrying all the art
One of the other places that we
visited was "RSPB Coombe Valley Nature Reserve".
This was good at this time of year with the bluebells out,
giving us extra ground colour and then there
were lovely spots to sit and sketch. Another favourite was the
view of the bridge at Bakewell.
In fact, wherever we went on this holiday we seemed to be drawn
to rivers and bridges.
Well, they are nice to paint.!