Watermill painting tutor Mark Warner


Mark Warner

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Painting by watermill tutor Mark Warner

Cloud migration from Stiperstones

Black conte pastel and acrylic on blue paper

This painting was produced on location in the glorious Shropshire hills. Stiperstones is an outcrop of ragged rocks standing high above the rolling countryside. Here I used black conte and acrylic on blue Ingres paper letting the blue of the paper come through the painting. This is a technique I use a lot.

Painting by Mark Warner a tutor at the watermill in Italy

Towards Aberystwyth Castle

Acrylic and conte pastel on coloured paper

I painted this at the easel on a windy beach in West Wales, trying to capture the sense of the weather as well as the interesting shoreline. Again, here I have painted straight onto coloured Ingres paper enabling me to work conte pastel into the painting.

Painting tutor at the watermill in Italy Mark Warner

Harbour Boat Sketch

Acrylic and conte pastel on coloured paper.

This is a painting sketch made during a visit to a harbour when the tide was out: plenty of mud, rope and some beautiful old boats. A combination of acrylic paint and conte pastel on another coloured ground. Moving the colour around the sketch brings the composition together.

Painting tutor Mark Warner at the watermill in Italy

Towards Cader Idris

Acrylic and conte on coloured paper

Cader Idris is a fantastic mountain in North Wales and this painting was a commission for someone who very much enjoyed walking up it in all weathers conditions! To paint this, I set up the easel on the beach at Barmouth looking back away from the coast. The weather was unpredictable, sometimes bright sunshine, then dark foreboding skies. I anchored the easel with some large beach stones, had a lovely day’s painting and eventually finished it off back in the studio.

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Acrylics/Watercolours incorporating conte/pastel, and oils

Mark Warner is an artist and tutor who lives in Shropshire in England. He is not only a respected artist but also a highly professional tutor with many years of teaching experience.

Mark is passionate about working outside, tutoring numerous day and residential plein air holidays. His sessions are very popular -- and he leads by example, creating a relaxed and encouraging environment. He says “I adore using colour while interpreting the light, weather and a love for the materials. I work directly in the field (literally on many occasions!) from sketches created outside as well as notes and photographs taken on location.”

Sketching is at the heart of Mark’s work: “This is important in the development of a piece and on many occasions, forming an integral part of the painting itself.” Mark works on coloured grounds, incorporating aspects of mark-making and directional brushstrokes within the work. He says: “I continue to draw inspiration from the landscape, although subject matter can be broad and at times very different.”

You can find more about Mark on his website, www.brushmark.co.uk

Mark’s painting/drawing course at The Watermill

“There is nothing like drawing and painting outside on location.”

Mark will concentrate on demonstrating numerous drawing and painting techniques with an emphasis on colour, line and atmosphere. In a relaxed and encouraging environment, he will offer helpful and informative advice while enabling you to move your painting forward.

The Watermill and its surroundings will form a beautiful backdrop to experiment with colour and drawing. Whether you are a more experienced artist or just beginning your painting adventure, painting outside is something all should experience.

Praise from Mark’s students

‘Thank you, Mark for an excellent workshop. I learnt lots about colour, shadow, and other techniques. I will endeavour to put these into practice as soon as possible.’ - MJ

‘I really enjoyed working ‘plein air’...  It was challenging as I had never worked outside before and it was also good to use colours I would not normally use.’ - LH

‘Thanks for your support and such helpful instruction - my husband was gobsmacked with the results!’ - SR

‘Thanks so much for all your tuition and patience with the art teaching today. It was great being able to try something new and step out of my comfort zone!’ - KP