L’Age Baston Painting Tutor Chris Forsey
Dates: 22nd August & 29th August
As a painting tutor my first priority is to encourage the enjoyment of the process, from sketch to finished work. I always ask myself “why am I painting this” and hope the answer is “Because the colours or texture or form really inspire me”. I trust that it will be the same for you as it is for me. Painting should come from the heart and not just the head.
We start in the morning with a tutoring session and demo, then a discussion before the painting begins. I will then give individual attention to my painters, helping you and encouraging you to follow your own path, as I believe that each artist needs to have their own voice.
After lunch you can choose to paint on, rest up or go out sightseeing. At the end of the afternoon we have a short group evaluation to discuss the day’s painting; how things went, what could work better etc. which can be very helpful.
I believe in getting to know the painting subject through observation, sketching and photography and by planning composition and colour. I then work quickly and expressively back in the studio, making the work look spontaneous, lively and exciting. I like to exploit the happy accident, the unexpected and the unplanned. It makes painting so much fun, especially in water-based media on paper and board. I also work in acrylic and ink on canvas and use a variety of tools from roller and very large brush, rag, palette knife, card and fingers to create dynamic landscape paintings. It’s messy but can lead to interesting results.
As a professional, figurative painter I work in acrylics, watercolour, and mixed media. I like landscape and architectural subjects and capturing atmospheres; fleeting moments of changing light. I use dynamic composition, texture and expressive mark making while leaving some areas as vague abstraction, letting the viewer use their imagination.
I have now been tutoring and teaching for 16 years and enjoy giving lively and informative painting demonstrations. I have been featured in various British and European Art magazines and write on mixed media and acrylic painting regularly for ‘The Artist’ magazine. I have also made two DVD’s about my painting; ‘Beyond Watercolour’ and ‘Pushing the Boundaries of Watercolour’. Both were very enjoyable to make and have proved very popular. They cover a number of different approaches to watercolour, acrylic and mixed media.
Born in London, I lived in Chiswick but grew up mostly in the west of England. Studying Art and Graphics at Bristol was followed by a diploma Art and Design. I began my career as an illustrator in a publisher’s studio. I soon went freelance and worked on subjects as varied as dinosaurs, historic reconstructions, animals, buildings and children’s fiction. I developed an interest in painting watercolours and started to exhibit and selling with galleries, mostly landscape subjects in a loose style, a far cry from my realistic illustration.
My work is widely exhibited throughout the UK and I have won prizes for my work at the Mall Galleries, London. I am a member of the RI (Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours) and SGFA (Society of Graphic Fine Artists).
I am really looking forward to my second year teaching at L’Age Baston because it has everything you need for a great art holiday; big studio, lovely accommodation, good facilities, wonderful nature and scenery, delicious food, and of course great company and ambience. So if you would like to join me, click here to get booking.