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Paul Riley

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At the age of 15 Paul Riley’s artistic career began when the Royal Academy accepted one of his works for their Summer Exhibition. At that time he was the youngest painter to have work exhibited at the Academy. Since graduating from Kingston Art School in 1965 Paul has had many solo and group exhibitions both in the UK and Europe, and further afield in Kuwait and Australia. Primarily an oil painter and printmaker, Paul also became fascinated by the medium of watercolour. In the last 20 years Paul has established himself as one of Britain’s leading watercolourists.

Coombe Farm Studios was founded in 1983 by Paul with his wife Tina, Paul continues to be our lead tutor and lives on site. He teaches watercolour and oil painting both at Coombe and abroad. He has written three bestselling instructional books on watercolour, his third “The Magic of Watercolour Flower Painting” is due out in June 2015 with an accompanying instructional DVD. He contributes regularly to The Artist Magazine and he lectures and exhibits worldwide.

 

Pure watercolour relies on transparency. The special quality that is embedded in a beautiful watercolour relies on light passing through the particles of paint to produce the painting luminosity. No other medium does this – hence my continued fascination, and why I will never stop experimenting with it… I will be asking you to look in a special way, to look in depth and to look and create with a sense of  adventure


 

Watercolour roses by Paul Riley

 

Upcoming Courses

February 2020

£395 – £640

Watercolour Painting – Light & Whites in Watercolour with Paul Riley

Tutor: Paul Riley
February 9, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - February 14, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

This course offers an excellent opportunity to bring in the light and banish the darkness of winter by learning new brushwork techniques, allowing your work to become looser with a freshness and vibrancy associated with Paul’s painting.   Watercolour is an excellent medium with which to explore the properties of whites in watercolour, from “negative” painting to masking techniques, which will be demonstrated and explored. Light, also explains the mysteries regarding how form is revealed by differing light conditions. These…

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March 2020

£395 – £640

Watercolour painting – The Magic of Watercolour Flowers

Tutor: Paul Riley
March 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - March 20, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

  Following a series of bestselling books on watercolour painting including “Flower Painting“, “Intimate Landscapes” and “The Watercolour Workshop“, Paul Riley published a new book & instructional DVD in 2015. The title of the book is The Magic of Watercolour Flowers and this is the classic and popular accompanying course to the title.   During the five days Paul will take participants through the processes of painting watercolour flowers including brush techniques, colour mixing, the use of different paper, and…

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June 2020

£395 – £640

Watercolour Painting Flowers in Gardens & Still Life with Paul Riley

Tutor: Paul Riley
June 7, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - June 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Flowers provide a great opportunity to explore a range of painting techniques. The variations in form and colour are endlessly fascinating and this course will provide you with the opportunity to explore those techniques including getting to grips with a range of brushes and brushwork. Paul Riley, who leads this course, is well known for his love of flowers and his ability to capture them in fresh, clean and vibrant colour. He has written a number of bestselling books on…

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July 2020

£395 – £640

Watercolour Painting Waterscapes by the Dart with Paul Riley

Tutor: Paul Riley
July 12, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - July 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

This watercolour painting course with Paul Riley makes the most of the stunning area around Coombe by taking participants on location painting following the water from our stream at Coombe, to the River Dart in Dittisham and out to sea at Blackpool sands. Paul adores painting waterscapes and the accompanying skyscapes that go hand-in-hand. Attention is also given to the rendering of boats and their elusive perspective. This course offers a great opportunity for you to get to grips with…

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August 2020

£395 – £640

Watercolour Painting – Abstract Landscapes with Paul Riley

Tutor: Paul Riley
August 2, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - August 7, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

This course is designed to explore the process of abstracting from the figurative world of nature and to careful editing and composition to leave space for your watercolours to ‘breathe’. The landscape tradition in watercolour has been long established. The methods and techniques are familiar to beginners and advanced alike. This course proposes a refreshing new way of tackling the much loved English and even International landscape. An exciting and adventurous new method of looking involves abstraction To abstract, needs…

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September 2020

£395 – £640

Watercolour painting – The Way of the Brush

Tutor: Paul Riley
September 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - September 18, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Understanding your tools and their uses will release the potential of your creative mind, for you will paint with greater freedom if you are at ease with your the means of getting colour onto your paper.  This new watercolour course with Coombe’s lead tutor Paul Riley, has been developed following growing interest in Paul’s extensive use of multiple brushes in each painting. If you want to feel liberated in your watercolour painting, free from using pencil or other medium, to…

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October 2020

£395 – £640

Watercolour Painting Autumn Colour & Skies

Tutor: Paul Riley
October 18, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - October 23, 2020 @ 2:00 pm

Painting in the Autumn provides a rich palette of colours: deep rich reds, golds, yellows.. and incredible skies. Devon is a great place for painting both, out in the landscape beside the River Dart or on majestic Dartmoor National Park. These are explored both in the landscape (taking quick sketches and photos if the weather is bad) and in the studio by the warmth of the log burner. Although the main emphasis will be on capturing the rich colours of…

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