NEC and all that

It was really good to see so many friends at the NEC Art Materials live show in early November.

For us it was a mad week with lots of travelling, but it was well worth it. So nice to realise how many people are passionate about their art. People were very enthusiastic about the new book (Flowers in the Landscape) and I actually enjoyed the opportunity to paint every day as I was demonstrating flower painting techniques.
I met many people who are fascinated by the loose wash technique which involves putting in the background at the beginning of a painting and setting the scene. I will look into doing a video clip of laying the first wash and putting it on the website and/or youtube. Laying that first wash gives you confidence and helps you to find your way into the rest of the painting, a lot of which is achieved by painting into the negative spaces so that you are delving your way into the depths and creating a 3D effect. I love it!