If you are keen on experimentation and want to experiment with different media, to draw and get to grips with colour so you can unlock your creativity, then this is an ideal course for you.
Gerry’s summer courses have been full for the past few years so for 2015 we have introduced this special weekend course. It is a great opportunity for returning students to revisit specific techniques with Gerry or for anyone new to his teaching to have a taster course at a less busy time of year.
Gerry has taught throughout his professional painting career most recently one day master classes from his studio in Dorset. As a regular exhibitor at Coombe Gallery since 1995 we are delighted to build on those one-day courses by offering this intensive residential course at Coombe.
An admirer of the St Ives painters Peter Lanyon and Roger Hilton, Ivon Hitchens, the Scottish colourists, and 18th century Indian miniatures. Dudgeon’s experience of working on archaeological excavations manifests itself both in the scraping and wiping back of the paint surface to reveal underlying layers and in his fascination with Dorset’s ancient geological past.
Gerry draws parallels between Jurassic fossil forms and the shapes of the hills, and he enjoys finding rhyming shapes in man-made tracks, hedgerows, field systems and hill forts observed while walking high up along footpaths, often with a distant view of the sea. He likes to combine a scrutiny of close-up forms with a feeling for deep space in these acrylic on canvas paintings.
This course is designed for students who are seeking ways to unlock their own creativity. Gerry works intuitively, albeit with references to the observed world. This way of working, which will be encouraged during the course, enables students to free up their self-expression and lose their inhibitions. This is a particularly useful course for people who feel that they want to find a new direction for their work or for those who have not painted for a while and you will find yourself working both in the studio and out in stunning locations nearby (weather permitting!!)
Please bring Daler Rowney Cryla acrylic paints (75 ml tubes) or Golden “Heavy Body” acrylic paints (60ml tubes) in the following colours:
Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Pyrrole Orange (or Cadmium Orange), Pyrrole Red (or Cadmium Red or Vermilion), Quinacridone Magenta, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue (green shade), Phthalo Green, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna
Hog bristle brushes in sizes 2,4,6,8,10. Jackson’s own brand Black Hog series 334 (long flat) are good quality and reasonably priced www.jacksonsart.com A 40mm wide hog bristle decorator’s brush or “mottler” brush
Berol Handwriting pen (water soluble black ink), No 6 sable watercolour brush, A few charcoal sticks (6mm diameter), A box of “Inscribe” chalk pastels, An A5 or A4 cartridge sketchbook, 4B & HB pencils, Eraser, Pencil Sharpener
Three or four painting supports (primed canvases or boards or large sheets of paper), A flat palette with a good-sized mixing area in the middle, A roll of masking tape, Palette knife, Some kitchen roll, Two ‘J’ cloths, Small sketching stool