Down the valley from Fivizzano
In this painting I made the most of a flat light day by adding brightness to the foreground and infusing plumes of smoke to draw attention to the building.
Down in the Valley, Menebres
I painted this watercolour as part of a tutorial in Provence. The view was from the village of Menebres high up the hillside, looking down into the valley. The aim of the painting was to show the focus of a design and completing the picture with a sense of immediacy.
This was a demonstration of light and shadow, starting with pale washes and building the shadows before adding the detail.
Town square, Roussillon
Here I aimed to capture the bright colours of the red and ochre buildings bathed in Provence light. This was quite an immediate painting using lots of mixed colours on the paper to reflect the intense light, then enjoying the abstract shapes that shadows often create.
Watercolours (and acrylics)
Paul Talbot-Greaves is a professional painter from England, working primarily in watercolour, although he also works with acrylic. He says: “I like to seek out compositions employing patterns of light, shade and contrast. At home, I enjoy painting wild places or capturing the timeless essence and atmosphere of the South Pennine landscape where I live.”
Paul has achieved many accolades over the years and won many awards, but, while he appreciates the recognition, he always prefers to allow his work to speak for itself. During his career, he has worked with some of the world’s biggest publishers and he has had four books published on watercolour painting. He is a regular contributor to The Artist magazine. Paul is also a very experienced teacher. He says: “I have been teaching painting through courses and workshops over the last 20 years, where I get an enormous amount of pleasure seeing people improve and enjoy their own work.”
Praise for Paul’s last course at the Watermill
I just wanted to say a how much we enjoyed our time at the Watermill. The combination of the place, the excellent art course with Paul Talbot-Greaves and the care from you and your staff made a really lovely experience. - KmcA
A great big thank you to you and Bill (and all your staff too) for making my week so pleasurable. Paul said I had improved as the week went on so that was a bonus. It was a relaxed atmosphere, a good crowd and an attentive staff making it all so enjoyable. It was just what I needed to boost my ego! - KH
I have never received such great treatment on a holiday. You all couldn't have been kinder. Everything was 5-star, from the food to the bedrooms, to all of your staff. It couldn't have been any better. Your organisation of the week was amazing, down to the very last detail. Thank you again. - CG
Praise from some of Paul’s previous students
“It is one thing to be proficient as an artist and it is another skill to impart knowledge and teach effectively! These two experiences do not necessarily go together. No problem for you! Highly organised, good timing, excellent 'pitch' …clear and progressive lessons, culminating in a session using all learned techniques...wonderful.” -
Chris (retired teaching professional)
Thank you VERY much indeed.....a brilliant approach to this medium and I feel I shall have much more enjoyment in the future rather than the 'labouring' of far too many 'disappointments' and a few expletives!! Having a framework & understanding 'contrasts' has made a massive difference...I even commence all work now by asking myself "Where is the light?" You are immaculately prepared, but more than this you understand intuitively how people learn. All this added to the fact that you are an amazing artist makes you an inspirational teacher. -
Dawn (Senior university lecturer)