Allan's approach is to simplify and he offers offers suggestions and guidance prompted by a lifetime’s experience, first as a teacher, then a successful professional artist who holds workshops worldwide on sketching and painting. Outdoor subjects will no longer overwhelm you and you will become comfortable at finding that view that you love in the surrounding countyside and villages of SW France..
Allan’s belief is that there is no ‘right’ way to sketch; only you can decide that. But, as you absorb the numerous small yet vital stages he describes as he demonstrates and talks you through a sketch or painting., from first sight to completed work, you will quickly recognise those elements that might work for you, too.
Accompanying non-painters are welcome at a reduced price. You can relax by the pool, borrow a bike, take a bus to Toulouse or Castres, go on one of many self-guided walks, pick up cookery tips in the kitchen with Suzie, who runs a cooker school outside Painting Holiday weeks. Alternatively, accompany the painters to pretty towns and villages where you can explore or while away the time people watching in cafés. You could even try your hand at painting for a day for 45 euros with all equipment and materials and equipment supplied.
Brushes - you will need the following size brushes on this holiday
Size 2 or rigger, or small sword liner
Brushes are very personal and artists often have their own preferences, some pay a king's ransom for Windsor and Newton Series 7 sable and though expensive they will last a lifetime. Other artists buy lesser sable, or sable and synthetic mix, these are cheaper, and will eventually need replacing. For a beginner I would recommend Ken Bromley art supplies sable brushes. You may source these yourself from the link provided, or we will source for you if you ask.
No larger than 36 x 29xcm A3 (lots of watercolour sketches will be smaller)
100% acid free rough paper at least 300gsm (140lb)
My preferred brands are Bockingford, Saunders Waterford and Arches)
I use Windsor & Newton artists quality, but use the paints you are comfortable with. A suggested pallette is show below, dont worry too much about being exact, keep to your normal pallette if you would prefer.
Bring a palette that has deep mixing wells to hold a lot of water
Sketchbook & pencils (preferably 4B)
Small or large, it's up to you. Just something to make a quick sketch and a few notes.
Pencils (soft pencils, I use 4B)
Paper - mixed media or strong sketching paper to take water, I use an A4 and A5 sketch pad
Black Pens - watersoluble pens (examples, Stabillo fineliner, Pilot fineline, Steadtler triplus fineliner)
Waterbrush - (examples, Pentel Aquabrush or Derwent waterbrush)
Kit is available at Ken Bromley website
Look at my Youtube videos to see technique