From first sketch to final painting: another fascinating journey with Sarah

Sarah S Hill finalWe’re always fascinated to see the progress of a painting from the initial sketch to the finished object — and Watermill painting tutor Sarah Spencer lets us do just that again in her latest blog about one of her paintings that is currently on show at the Russell Gallery in London, England.

The painting above is called Over the Hill and it is of a scene in Uragaig on the island of Colonsay in the Inner Hebrides of the North-west of Scotland. It came about, Sarah tells us “from a series of smaller sketches done in a yelping wind in the Hebrides earlier this year.” Here’s the first of them:Sarah S Hill 1

Back in her studio in London, Sarah developed the painting over a month on a larger scale, some 80cm by 100cm. You can read – and see – the whole fascinating story on Sarah’s blog, by clicking here.

And if you are in London, you can see the painting at her exhibition in the Russell Gallery in Putney in South-west London, along with other landscapes and still lifes.

Sarah S H&S for tutor profileAward-winning English artist Sarah Spencer RAS, NEAC* is internationally known for her landscapes, portraits and still lifes. She has had no fewer than 10 solo exhibitions in London since graduating from the Royal Academy Schools. Her work has won national and international acclaim. (*Alumnus of the Royal Academy Schools, elected member of the New English Art Club and Federation of British Artists)

She also tutors painting courses and leads masterclasses for, among others, the UK Royal Academy and the University of the Creative Arts. She is a passionate and inspiring tutor and will take her Watermill students to paint en plein air at wonderful nearby locations, as well as teaching the art of portraiture and still-life in the Watermill studio. She will teach in oils and acrylics and in various drawing mediums.

Sarah’s course is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced painters. She says: I am really looking forward to sharing my passion and passing on what I’ve learned about oil and acrylic painting and about drawing.”

Sarah’s course will run from Saturday 3 September to Saturday 10 September 2016. You can find more details by clicking here.  And if you would like to enquire about availability and/or reserve a place, please use our Secure Enquiry Form, by clicking here.

Early Bird discount: book now! 

If you book before 31 December 2015 there’s a £75 per person discount on this fabulous 2016 painting holiday.

 *** Why not bring your non-painting partner as well? There’s a generous £200 discount for him/her if they share a room with you — and there’s plenty for them to do. Have a look at our Partner’s Activities suggestions by clicking here.

Painting by Sarah Spencer, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany Italy.

Less windswept and warmer — an Italian scene by Sarah Spencer

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