I live in the Cotswolds in an old cottage in the hill village of Oakridge Lynch between Stroud and Cirencester. It is a beautiful part of the world with a wealth of painting opportunities.
I am a watercolour landscape artist and although I have been influenced by people like Fletcher Watson, Trevor Waugh, John Christian, Barry Herniman and Jane Lampard I am essentially self taught.
My first love is watercolour because of its freedom, freshness and fluidity and because it has a life of its own. I do most of my painting “en plein air” on the spot and like the immediacy of painting outdoors. Most people see me as quite a loose and direct painter and this is often why people come to me.
Having taught adults for a number of years I get great pleasure from encouraging and helping people develop their work. I also enjoy the company and seeing the satisfaction they get from their achievements. I exhibit with a number of societies including the Fosseway Artists, but my main outlet is my annual exhibition held at my studio and the cottage in the Cotswolds. I also participate in the Stroud Valleys Open Studios.
I now run painting courses and holidays here in the Cotswolds but also in Cornwall, N. Mallorca, Brittany and Croatia and I give regular demonstrations and workshops in the Midlands and South West.
You can find out a lot more, including about my forthcoming classes, at my website.
John will be offering Painting Workshops again this autumn, starting in October 2021. The sessions will be held in the Studio, and will be suitable for beginners and people wanting to improve their painting skills.
John is planning to run them for 5/6 weeks, 9.30 – 12.30 on Wednesday mornings, £40 for 5 sessions.
Conditions permitting, he will also be holding his Open Studio event with paintings and pottery for sale on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th November, through to Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th December, all in aid of Cancer Research.
Please ring John if you are interested in more details on 01285 760659 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. John’s website address is johnbaileyart.com for further information.