Winter workshops 2024

I am running a series of winter workshops to get you inspired and artistically stretched through the colder months. Art of Sketching workshop Tuesday January 23rd 10-30 till 3pm Colour Mixing workshop. Tuesday February 20th 10-30 till 3pm Expressive Charcoal workshop Tuesday 19th March 10-30 till 3pm  All take place in my studio in fulford York and are […]

Art Class exhibition at City Screen

The students from all my classes have put together work for a show at City Screen in York. This has been scheduled and postponed so many times and we got the go ahead in October to have a slot from 19th Dec 2021 till 15th January 2022. Most people hadn’t put up a group of […]

Sky Landscape Artist of the Year

Phil Reynolds on Sky Landscape Artist of the Year

Back in June last year I competed in a heat of Sky Landscape Artist of the Year that was filmed in Knaresboro. I had wrote a post about it but seems to have deleted itself from my blog. Here is my second draft. It was an interesting and challenging experience. Looking back on it now […]

Very ordinary objects

The brief this week in June was to look at something that had little to inspire you. Quite hard to decide what to chose when you are looking for something with little aesthetic value and then make a drawing out of what you see. The above image was me drawing a value shortbread biscuit and […]

Walton Group, Landscape day

Art class in the open air

On a bit of a catch up from last year . I am not entirely sure that the chronology will be right but I can date them as I go. Sometime in June I did an acrylic landscape workshop with the Walton Group of Artists. Based out of the church hall in Walton we parked […]

Ellergill 2016

This was the fourth trip to the bunk barn in Littondale in the Yorkshire Dales and it was a resounding success. So much so that the majority of the people who went this year have signed up for next year. We had great weather, a bit breezy on Saturday but with that we got some lovely […]

Texture week 3

This week we continued with texture but this time without the source material. Instead we used words as a stimulus. Below are the results of both groups work. The word associated with the texture is on the caption. Hopefully this exercise stimulated the imagination and draws a line under this subject for now. Some said […]

Colour mixing from last term

Last term we spent 4 weeks working on colour mixing, covering orange with the squash which has been posted. After that we looked at green, dulled colours with onions and mushrooms and finally using blue objects. I have put all these into a gallery for speed. Hopefully this was a fairly comprehensive look at colour […]

2015 Workshops and Residentials

I am promoting my 2015 schedule in good time for the New Year. Get yourselves booked in and challenge yourself to doing a new skill or improve on an existing one. I have places left on the life drawing in January. Both sessions have been documented in previous blogs. The difference in the next two […]

Life Drawing Workshop 2

Last Saturday was the second of the four planned workshops. They are predominantly aimed at my class members to allow an opportunity to have a go at this age old discipline. They are fully tutored sessions and small enough for everyone to get some 1 to 1 attention. This weeks format was similar to the […]

Caricature

After doing distortion for two weeks we did a caricature session which involves copying some drawings done by a top caricaturist called Howard McWilliam. He does the front cover of the Week magazine which are usually satirical and often political. There are some images of the group working on this topic followed by a few […]

More distortions

We did a second week on distortion. This time trying to get away from using a tool to affect a distortion e.g. a reflctive surface or some liquid. This time simply taking what we see and warping or elongating that. Jon brought a very small mirror that could only view a small section of his […]

Distortion

This weeks title to work with was distortion. John C had come up with the idea the week previous that he would like to try and deliberately distort an object. I e-mailed a few images to give an idea of what to do. It is good to have some ideas but sometimes they may dominate […]

Cath’s Corwall trip with her mum

Cath had been away with her mum and some more family in Cornwall. On the beach they noticed lots of different coloured strata of  mud. This pigment they dug out and used as a drawing/painting medium. Applying the hand made paint with anything they could get their hands on. Twigs, dritwood, leaves etc. There were […]

Microscopic

A couple of weeks ago Cath brought in a microscope. It seemed a good idea to try alongside the work done on edges. Cath looked at the edges of torn paper and a small dried plant. This process proved interesting but quite do but quite tricky and tiring. You can probably only dop about 15 […]

Coloured objects

Following on from last weeks filling the space exercise, this week we did the same thing but this time used coloured objects and painted the compositions in gouache. I asked people to bring in a few objects of a certain type of colour eg blue objects or green ones. The objects will be varying hues […]

Filling the space

This exercise follows on from the previous work done on edges. This time the focus is on the edge of the pictorial space. From the various still life object in the class I asked people to make a small composition on the table and using a viewfinder create an image that is cropped at the […]

Edges

This week I set the brief to look at the edges of objects. By this I meant not only one edge but what you could see outside the edge also. We had touched on this sort of thing before but this time there was no need to feel compelled to draw a whole object. There […]

Dales bunk barn residential

These are a couple of images of people painting outside the bunk barn in Littondale. This was last June and I am running another trip on Fri 13th- Sun 15th June this year. There are 2 places left and all the details are below. It is advertised as a non teaching trip but this year […]

The sinister side

This week we continued working with our wrong hands. Jon pointed out that the word Sinister is the Latin word for left-handed. What evolution of meaning turned left-handed into evil and threatening? Historically, the left side, and subsequently left-handedness, was considered negative in many cultures. The Latin word sinistra originally meant “left” but took on […]