Paint with Feeling... the Only Way to Paint!
Painting is a way to release individual creativity. The paint, the paper and brushes are all tools. The feeling in a painting comes from within the artist and it is this feeling that sets work apart, making it individual personal and interesting. My aim is to help painters craft truly personal paintings by connecting with their own emotions
Individual tuition is available on weekdays throughout the year at my Open Studio in Surrey.
I structure the one to one tuition for the painter concentrating on their individual goal and needs. One session can be beneficial to some but typically a personal course has about six sessions and each session lasts about 2 hours.
The aim, as always, is to help get you painting paintings that are truly yours. Paintings that are your idea with your feeling in them.
Location: My studio in Chobham Surrey
Price £25 per hour
Day classes Spring 2013 (six weeks on a Wednesday 1330hrs - 1600hrs in East Horsley.
If you like the idea of a regular class every week then this is for you. Over the six weeks I will help you to create paintings that really please you. I will help you to get the feeling you want into them.
Numbers are limited to ten so book early
Apr 10th - May 15th.
You can achieve a lot, and have fun, on a weekend workshop.
You may have already attended one and are considering another? if so I can assure you you will move forward.
The number is limited to ten in total so there is plenty of time for individual coaching.
A One Day Workshop on 21st. April at The Art Works East Horsley
There are two weekend workshops planned so far:-
25th. 26th. May 6th. 7th. July
Location: Chobham Surrey.
Start Sat 1000 hrs finish Sun 1630 hrs
Cafe close by. Ample free parking.
Week Long Course August 5th to August 9th 2013 Preston Montford, Shropshire
This five day course really allows you to immerse yourself in painting.
Around 12 students work together and individually to explore how to get their own feelings into their paintings. There is no limit to the time available over the week to paint.
I have been running it now for eight years. The course is provided by the Field Studies Council who actively promote art for arts sake.
You can book accommodation on site if you wish at the same time as making a booking for an all inclusive arrangement.
Are you wondering if these courses are for watercolour painters, acrylic painters, or what?
Don't worry, they are for anyone who paints.
You can use what you like, experimentation is encouraged, just bring whatever it is you use...
I discovered painting over twenty years ago when I attended a watercolour class with some friends, it led to a change of direction that I have never regretted. Now, painting is my passion, it is what I do and who I am. I am on a journey of self-discovery and my inspiration comes from within and my work is driven by my life’s experiences. Such as…
Flying. As a pilot the unlimited emptiness of the sky with its ever changing moods fascinates me. As I look down I wonder at man’s insignificance in his landscape and gaze at places he has changed and not yet touched. I love the sense of vast open space and the feeling of quiet calmness. I express this feeling in abstract landscapes or by enclosing space within unexpected structures, this surely comes from the time I have spent in hangers and on airfields!
Escaping from stress. I ran a demanding business for some years and learnt to value the time I could spend alone. Now it is wonderful for me to recall the moment and to paint it. This love of solitude is probably a theme in all my work. It appears in abstract forms of quiet corners that we can find in offices, airports and anywhere that is busy. And no wonder I love the desert, I visit Arizona regularly to paint the amazing feeling there.
Travel and foreign places. Since my early childhood in Japan I have always travelled. This probably accounts for my love of all things different and my dislike of conformity. Individuality is my keyword in life and in painting.
My journey of self-discovery has me exploring my deepest passions and expressing them in paint. How do I paint? I will use anything to get the feeling I want, if I don’t have it I will find it. The feelings that colour creates intrigues me, the power of shapes amazes me. I experiment with it all treating every painting as an experiment. When it works it’s wonderful, when it doesn’t – oh so what!
When I am not painting I am likely to be walking my dog over the common where I am probably thinking about painting. Or I may be trying to play golf with my friends and looking forward to a beer with lunch after the game.
Surrey Art Show New and Old Paintings
Open Studio Art Show Sat. 25th -Mon.27th. May. Chobham Surrey
At this Surrey art show in an artist's open studio you can compare new work with the old to see the changes and to ask why? An older piece is no better or worse than a new painting, just different. Okay the technique may have improved some but that is not the point. Artists' paintings change for many reasons, this Surrey art show offers the opportunity to discuss the subject with the artist.
Every painting is an experiment for me and some fail of course. I keep them to remind me of my lessons from time to time. I have never shown them but figure they can be of interest to others.
This Surrey art show has paintings for sale by Alan Brain that are new and old. All paintings are original, you can view landscapes, figures and abstract paintings which are often bold and vibrant in colour.
details here - http://www.alanbrainart.com/surrey-art-show-open-studio/
Accepted to display with -
Guild of Aviation Artists at Mall Galleries, London, UK.
Royal Watercolour Society at Bankside Gallery, London, UK.
Royal Society of Marine Artists at Mall Gallery, London, UK.
Open Arts Festival at Chichester, Sussex, UK.
Like Minds Art Work in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Sue Ryder Care at the Mall Galleries.
Farnham Art Society, Surrey, UK.
Cork Street Gallery Open Exhibition 2010, Mayfair, London
Featured in -
Art:2011. A collective of several like minded artists.
Palette Magazine, a well respected National US Art publication.
Surrey Life, a cultural county magazine in the UK.
Guild of Aviation Magazine.
Paint Magazine, a UK national publication for artists.
Surrey county newspapers and radio station interview.
Articles written for and published in -
Paint Magazine, a series of five articles charting my approach to painting.
Surrey Life, a profile written to encourage other artists in the county.
County newspapers in connection with fund raising for charities.
First solo exhibition at Adult Education Centre at the invitation of the tutor
Dual exhibitions at Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire, UK.
As part of Surrey Open Artists at home/studio.
Creation of course "Find Your Own Painting Direction".
Residential courses run with Field Studies Council and Missenden Abbey.
Workshops run with art societies in South East England and the Midlands, UK.
One to One Sessions at studio.
"The chief enemy of creativity is good taste" Picasso
Acrylic Inks, Acrylics, Calligraphy, Canvas, Collage, Drawing, Gouache, Mixed Media, Pastels, Pen And Wash, Pencil/Charcoal, Water soluble pastels, Watercolour, Watercolour Pencil
Abstract, Aircraft, Animals, Botanical Illustration, Buildings, Calligraphy, Cars & Trains, Cartoons, Colour Mixing, Decorative Art, Etchings, Expressionism, Fantasy, Figure, Flowers And Gardens, Illustration, Impressionism, Japanese Painting, Landscape, Life Drawing, Naive/ Primitive, Old Masters, Pet Portrait, Portrait, Pyrography, Religious, Seascapes and Water, Skies, Surrealism, Townscapes, Trees and Foliage, Waterways and Canals, Wild Flowers, Wildlife