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En Plein Air painting with Mark Warner

Mark is an artist who studied in Wales but is now an art tutor based in Shropshire, UK.   Sketching is at the heart of his work and it is integral to the development of a piece, many times forming part of the painting itself. He draws inspiration from the landscape, although subject matter and application at times can be very different.   He says, "I adore using colour while interpreting the light, weather conditions and a love for the materials. I work directly in the field (literally on many occasions!) from sketches created outside as well as notes and photographs taken on location then worked back in the studio".

With thanks to Landmark Trust, Mark came to the Grade 1 Listed Llwyncelyn Farmhouse near Brynarw where he did an 'en plein air' workshop for Abergavenny Art Group on 10th April 2018.  Although the weather was inclement the painting outdoors was a memorable and worthwhile experience.

For more details about Mark and the various courses and holidays that he runs, visit

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Mark giving his demonstration

llwyncelyn painting
En Plein Air workshop

Watercolour on Yupo paper by Howard Jones

On 12 March Welsh artist Howard Davies gave a demonstration and introduction to watercolour painting on Yupo paper.  Yupo Painting paper is an exciting and relatively new synthetic paper which is ideal for use with watercolour or acrylic. Suitable for a wide variety of techniques, artists can blend and merge colour in the most exciting way on this very smooth synthetic paper. 

The whole process is almost counter-intuitive because Yupo paper is a synthetic water-resistant paper and yet you are applying watercolour on it.  So when you use watercolor, your paint will dry only by evaporation and there will be no absorption by your paper (as would be with regular watercolor paper). This is why Yupo paper will allow very nice textures to form while the paint is drying. Howard explained, "Too much water and you will have even more textures and effects! But you may have to resort to using a hair drier to dry the paint.  Although too much force from your drier and the paint and water may slip and blow off the paper!" 

Equipped with foam rollers, water sprayers, plastic foam pieces, paper tissues, and a few brushes he gave an interesting insight into what is possible with Yupo paper.

Visit his website by clicking here.

howard davies

Portrait Demonstration by Local Artist

Local artist Alex Brown recently gave a demonstration entitled “Painting the Portrait, a Structured Approach" by taking everyone through the various stages of preparation for and then painting wet in wet in oils.

Alex is a graduate of Camberwell School of Arts, and works in a variety of mediums and is now based at Court Robert Arts near Raglan. He specialises in oils and charcoal and has a particular love of colour.

alex brown

Amanda Skipsey and her Portrayal of Wales 10th April.

Amanda is a self taught artist who loves to paint Welsh towns and landscapes.  Most of her paintings are 'packed' with things happening in every corner.  She says, "I often have stories dashing round my head whilst I'm painting such as: 'What is happening behind that door?' or 'Who is that and what are they doing?'

"I love my work and I'm so happy when I'm painting.  It's intended to make people smile."  

She has also written five children's story books which she is in the process of illustrating with the hope of getting them published.  She also undertakes private commissions.

"I adore Wales and it's beautiful towns and countryside, I'm so lucky to be able to have my ideal job in my ideal location."  Come along and hear her story and her portrayal of Wales on Monday evening 10th April at 7:30pm at the Abergavenny Community Centre.

the prisoner
The Prisoner
The Mumbles

Jon Davies demonstrated pastel painting

As part of its continuing programme of events to celebrate 80 years since the Abergavenny Art Group was formed, the renowned Pembrokeshire artist, Jon Davies,  gave a demonstration of pastel painting on 13th March at the Abergavenny Community Centre.  Jon's career started back in 1967 when he met the great Pastel Artist K. E. Paine who offered Jon a position in his studio to study portraiture. "The rest is history", he says, "I've been painting ever since."

Nowadays his subject matter has widened to all mediums and many subjects.

Coming to Wales in 1988 he went to live in Blaenau FFestiniog where he fell in love with landscape and animal studies. 
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Jon Davies painting in pastels

Painters' Workshops at Abergavenny Community Centre

workshopFollowing Malcolm Meadow's talk on the Art and Architecture of the Baroque Era, it was intended to hold a workshop (27th Feb) to give everyone an opportunity to paint in a "Baroque" style.  That was the plan anyway.

In the event we all painted or drew the things we wanted to in our own styles.

There was encaustic wax painting in one corner and pastel work being done in the other.  Several were using watercolours, others acrylics, and one doing a graphite drawing.  Quite a mix of media.

poppyInspired by Jon Davies's demonstration, several artists bravely tackled paintings of pet dogs at the workshop on 27th March.  Many used pastels but this one was in acrylic and though not completed was done within 2 hours at the workshop. 

The next "workshop" will be a en plein air session at Linda Vista on 24th April between 11:30am and 4pm.

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