The lovely oil painting in the foreground above is by Watermill painting tutor Tom Byrne, who loves to paint en plein air at every opportunity. It is of a Judas Tree in a garden in Florence, blossoming prolifically – another bright sign of Spring. Tom also loves sketching, both indoors and outdoors. Here’s a recent sketch of the statue in the piazza of San Marco in Florence:
Tom will be leading a painting course at The Watermill this June – and there’ll be plenty of sketching in and around the watermill, and in the glorious surrounding countryside.
Tom J Byrne is from Ireland, where he studied and worked as an artist for 20 years, but for the last 15 years he has been living between France and Italy. In his workshop Tom will demonstrate in both oils and watercolours. He says: “The simplicity of watercolours means they are a fantastic way quickly to grasp the principles involved in seeing and painting. Oils give us a very robust and powerful painting which is more easily appreciated by an audience.”
Here’s some praise from former students. One said: “Tom Byrne is a charming host as well as a superb artist. He set up an easy and congenial atmosphere with fantastic food and plenty of wine. Tom is also an inspiring teacher. He’s serious and fun at the same time.” Another said: “Tom Byrne made the experience a special one by creating a friendly, collegial atmosphere among the guests with relaxed, interesting conversations over delicious Italian dinners. There was comprehensive tuition tailored to suit all levels of experience. I was amazed how much I actually painted while thoroughly enjoying myself.”
Oils and watercolours
To learn more about Tom and his course at The Watermill, please click here.