Curiosity inspires the artist, says Tom Byrne

Tom plien air bannerWatermill painting tutor Tom Byrne reckons that while curiosity may have killed the cat, it certainly enlivens the artist.  He says: “My inspiration comes from drawing, curiosity and communication.”

He adds: Painting is a constant evolutionary process. Nothing stands still and an artist always thinks in terms of exploration, insights and an almost scientific investigation into poetic expression. Exploration is the lens through which we see the world and art is a foundation stone of culture. It searches for it’s true north in each society.”

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

An oil of one of the hills surrounding Florence, by Tom Byrne

Tom specialises in plein air painting especially in the Tuscan countryside and that’s just what you’ll be doing (plus occasional studio work) when you join his for his course here in June.

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.

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

A watercolour of a Florentine garden by Tom Byrne

Tom 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.”

3 to 10 June 2017 Tom J Byrne

Oils and watercolours

To learn more about Tom and his course at The Watermill, please click here.


Come and join us at the Watermill and paint the glorious Tuscan countryside of Lunigiana en plein air with Tom.Lunigiana Bardellino

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