Making the ordinary extraordinary: Carl March captures the energy of a station concourse

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

Artists have the capacity to make the mundane interesting, to ‘see’ something we ordinary mortals pass blithely by. And at the risk of being accused the Brummism*, nothing could be much more mundane than the passenger concourse of Birmingham’s New Street train station in the Midlands of England.

But in a couple of pages of his sketchbook, Watermill painting tutor Carl March has turned the mundane into something vivacious. Above are the two pages of the sketchbook and below I have isolated and enlarged the left- and right-hand pages.

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

Carl tells me: “During the summer I entered some work for the Stratford Upon Art Society 60th annual exhibition. I was very fortunate to receive the ‘bronze award’ from the President of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, for an ink drawing of mine called ‘New Street Station passenger concourse’. I was chuffed to bits, especially as it was the first time I had submitted work for this prestigious exhibition.”

Carl March will be with us next year for a week-long painting course called ‘Drawing and Painting for Pleasure’. It will run from 18-25 April 2020.

 Carl March, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Drawing and design are Carl’s passions: he likes to experiment with various drawing mediums, combining them with traditional watercolour painting processes to create distinctively subtle works. They are regularly to be seen at the Royal Academy summer exhibitions in London. The evocative watercolour below is called Hotel Garden and was painted in Paphos, in Cyprus.

Carl is also a great teacher. He says: “I love the genuine satisfaction in passing on my knowledge to others. For example, demonstrating a ‘step by step’ exercise, then witnessing students repeat the exercise for themselves. Suddenly the penny drops, and it all makes sense. Surely this is the real reward for any teacher.”

Here’s a comment from a previous student: “Carl has a gentle but effective way of teaching and we have learnt a lot from. Most importantly, however, under his guidance the class always becomes a very sociable and happy group. Quite simply, his classes are not only well planned and informative but also great fun.” 

We already have eight people signed up for Carl’s 2020 course at the Watermill, so if you’d like to join us, now really is the time to book. And don’t forget our Early Bird discount offer: If you book before 31 December 2019 there’s a £75 (English pounds) per person discount on this fabulous 2020 painting holiday.

You can find out more about Carl at his course at the Watermill by clicking here. We would love you to join us.

(*For our American and Australian friends, Brum is a slang name for Birmingham and Brummies are natives of that city. I made up the word Brummism, antipathy to Brum, but I hope to see it in the Oxford University Dictionary in the fullness of time.)

Painting by Carl March, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
 ‘Garden on the Coastal Walk’, painted by Carl on a holiday in Muscat, Oman.

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