Plein air painting day – Cromford, Derbyshire July 27th 2022




Plein air class at Cromford, Derbyshire

  1. July 27th 9.30 – 4pm

Do you want to learn more about painting outside, from life? It is my favourite thing as an artist, whatever the weather (within reason!)

On this day out we will paint the river Derwent and surrounding countryside, looking at how to get the most from the experience. It’s not about chasing our best painting – it’s about switching on our observation skills and using what we know.

We’ll meet at 9.30 to sort ourselves out, then the day will begin at 10 with my demonstration by the river. It’ll then be over to you – and I will teach each of you individually over the course of the day. There will only be 8 spaces, so I get plenty of time with each painter.

Showers won’t stop play but if the weather is truly awful we will postpone. (Refunds for bad weather will be available right up to the day itself). It’s probably obvious but please don’t attend if you have covid – I will refund you in full!

You will need the ability to walk off path whilst carrying your kit – we won’t go far, but it will be on grass and by the river. There are toilets and coffee shops nearby in the Mills area and the car park.

My suggestions for kit:

Brolly, sun cream, cap/hat, money for car park, sandwich!

Folding chair if you need.

A sturdy travel easel or pochade box


A small selection of flat, filbert and round brushes

Airtight pot for solvent

Oils: titanium white, lemon yellow, cadmium red, alizarin crimson, dioxazine purple, ultramarine, sap green, Pthalo green, burnt umber

Baby wipes, bin bag

A selection of canvas boards – I use 24 x 30cm, but any size is fine.

A towel for your wet paintings in the car! There are lots of methods for carrying and storing wet paintings. I use this for my 24 x 30cm boards.

Here’s a little article for more ideas on kit and set-up.

More info will be provided on booking. 🙂