From 'A' Level art, through Foundation Studies, HND(Natural History Illustration.
to BA(Hons) and finally Teaching Certificate(PGCE)
Denis John-Naylor. I have been through the formal art college system but in the area that I am most involved i.e. Landscape Painting I consider myself as mainly self taught. After 'A' level and Foundation Studies I studied Natural History Illustration at the CCTA in Wales where we had a whole menagerie of live animals and a large arboretum of hundreds of trees to draw and paint most days. It was a great time. I continued with Natural History Illustration at Bournemouth College of Art to HND level then took up Wild Life painting at Swansea Institute to gain my BA(Hons). I also took fine art electives in life drawing/painting and printmaking.
I also undertook a PGCE to formalise my teaching of art subjects. I have taught on GNVQ Art and Design courses as well as oil painting and watercolour classes in adult education, where it is necessary to do regular demonstrations and workshops.
Over the last eight years I have been commissioned by Search Press Publishers to write and illustrate art books and my forth title has just been released (December 2012) The four books so far are:-
DRAWING TREES (2004) ISBN1-903975--82-4;
DRAWING, Step by step (2009) ISBN978-1-84448-439-3 with Carole Massey, Richard Box et al.;
HOW TO DRAW TREES in simple steps (2011) ISBN 978-1-84448-373-0;
HOW TO DRAW FLOWERS AND TREES in simple steps (2012) ISBN 978-1-84448-876-6 with Janet Whittle & Penny Brown
Several articles of mine have been published in the Leisure Painter magazine and the Start with Art series. A further series of six articles was published by The Leisure Painter Magazine during 2012. A further series is planned for 2013.
Learning should never stop and to that effect I still attend a life drawing session each week as well as a life painting class each week. I have also studied privately with some internationally known artists for both figurative and landscape work; I try to make the learning process continuous.
Nearly all of my landscape paintings are executed 'plein air' usually 8x10" or 10x12" and completed on site in less than two hours after which, unless very overcast, the light has moved far enough to alter the tonal composition significantly.
The wild life and more detailed work are painted in the studio.
COMMENTS AND INTEREST can be sent emailed to:- [email protected]
to be continued.......
Animal or Wildlife, Portrait or Figure, Flowers or Gardens, Landscape or Woodland Scene