This got me thinking: Why do I paint and why do I enjoy teaching so much?
If I delve a little deeper I wanted to learn to paint because I hoped to one day leave a legacy, a little part of me, what I saw, what I felt and what I loved, for others to remember me by and hopefully enjoy. That human desire to connect with people.
"Painting is just another way of keeping a diary" ~ Picasso
Painting is a relaxing and rewarding hobby that can lower stress levels and leave you feeling mentally clear and calm. When we get totally immersed in painting a picture, we can find ourselves in what’s known as a state of “flow". This meditative-like state focuses the mind and temporarily pushes aside all worries, it can even relieve pain.
I had not heard of Mindfulness when I started painting but it is something I've been interested in now for a number of years. I didn't know then what I know now; creating art provides a distraction, giving the brain a break from the usual thoughts and worries.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time” ~Thomas Merton
The goal of painting need not be to mimic life in a photographic style, but to SEE life and visually narrate the process of doing so.
There is increasing scientific evidence that getting out into nature (taking a sketch book or just a camera) can boost your mood and help fend off depression.
If you spend just a few hours a week doing something that you are passionate about, you’ll be able to reduce anxiety and get a strong sense of accomplishment.
Taking up painting will give you the feeling that you can do something which will make you feel more confident and happy, and if you join a group or class you’ll be socialising with like-minded and supportive people.
My Weekly classes have a more flexible approach than the two courses I run making them ideal for those with experience in watercolour painting or those that want to follow-on from a course.
My Courses are structured and include lots of information in a short space of time. Notes and demonstrations are included, where necessary. A list of equipment can be forwarded, if needed, or equipment can be supplied (for an additional charge of £5 for the course) but advance notice is needed.
Workshops are held on the second Wednesday of every month 10am-3/4pm. Workshops are structured and include lots of information in a short space of time. Notes and demonstrations are included, where necessary. A list of equipment can be forwarded, if needed, or equipment can be supplied (for an additional charge of £5 for the day) but advance notice is needed.
Private Tuition is one of the quickest and most efficient ways to improve your painting. I work with teens to adults and with beginners to advanced painters, tailoring my instruction to meet the specific needs of each student.
Gift vouchers are available to purchase if you’d like to treat someone special to a painting, print or tuition. Contact me to order one.
"Thanks very much for this morning, I came away with a sense of achievement and much more relaxed rather than relieved as I did from previous classes". Nick
Read what other people have said about past classes, courses and workshops in their testimonials.
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