Thailand Painting Holidays

paint on the banks of the Mekong River

A wonderful combination of painting tuition and Thai culture in a small guest house on the banks of the Mekong River at Phon Phisai in NE Thailand.  During the dry cool months of October to January each year the guesthouse provides a combination of painting tuition and Thai rural culture experience to 4 guests each week.

The visits are individually tailored to provide the level of tuition and Thai experience that each visitor seeks.  This website contains details of the tuition, experiences and facilities together with prices and booking facilities. 


Exploring Oils

These are some examples of my oil paintings.  I teach my techniques in acrylic and oil at our holiday guesthouse.  Theses can be summarised as:

  • Thumbnail sketches with colour wheel/light direction and choose the one you want to work with
  • Paint an image on a large canvas with black acrylic and acrylic modelling paste to give it texture.  Work rapidly and very loosely.  Use colour shapers and brushes
  • Continue to work with lots of acrylic paint but now in colour gradually developing the image
  • Work with alkyd quick drying oil paints dragging the paint with colour shapers to imagine your way into the image and create something new and exciting
  • Lots of glazing with thin films of alkyd paint and alkyd medium to modify colours and give the paint depth and richness.

However, its not about technique.  What I mainly teach is the ability to let go or reality and allow your imagination to soar.  Allow the painting to take over.  It will tell you what to do.  There is no well defined objective or known destination.  The painting itself will tell you what to do and take you where it wants to go.  For me this is the essence of creation.  Its not easy to do or teach.  Often a beginner finds it easier than an experienced artist who may have to unlearn habits, but its always worthwhile.  Even if you return to your previous approach you will do so with a renewed vision and enthusiasm