I began demonstrating in April 1993 when I joined Winsor & Newton to demonstrate their watercolour and acrylic paint in art shops and mainly to art clubs and societies. Later I was accepted as a listed demonstrator for The Artist & Leisure painter magazine and subsequently included on the SAA list of demonstrators. Since 2008 I have been represented by Art Profile and nowadays I get most of my appointments through their good service.
My Demonstrating Method
Each time I visit an art club I bring a large selection of my paintings and sketchbooks and encourage my audience to examine them before, during and after the session.
I suppose what I really do can be described as an interactive performance, fully engaging with the audience. On a demonstration I am sitting at a table, painting equipment in front of me and a video camera directly above me and pointing downwards. The camera is connected to a powerful projector which throws an large image upon a screen beside me. Every member of the audience can see a close-up of me working. For the next two hours I start and try to finish a complete watercolour under the informed gaze of 40 to 60 people, each with a good appreciation of what they are looking at, many with personal acquaintance with the medium.
You will find a more detailed account on myHOW I DO IT page.
As a teacher I make the most of the opportunity to impart as much of my experience as possible, I encourage each of them to call out any questions which occur to them as I work and I answer them to the best of my ability.
Every demonstration requires a great deal of preparation, I usually work from a photograph, I try to complete at least one tonal sketch and I draw a line sketch in pencil on the paper I will be painting on. Most of my audience tend to work directly from photographs and I am frequently asked to concentrate just on this aspect as part of my demonstration.
These paintings were all started and mainly completed as a demonstration to art clubs and societies