Painting at a Shopping Centre before Easter

painted by Pat Harrison alias Rainer Hillebrand

painting of a shopping centre

the art of Pat Harrison

exhibition table

It has now become a tradition for me to exhibit and paint at our local shopping centre. It is a two-day event in my annual diary for the weeks running up to both Easter and Christmas.

The photos show my painting of the shopping mall and last year´s display.

I shall be painting seasonal landscapes and landscapes on easter eggs. A number of finished paintings, limited edition prints and postcards will be for sale. Visitors often stop to talk to me so it will be another enjoyable experience.

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How to improve your watercolour paintings – Video No.235


In this 13 minute video Angela Fehr shows you how to improve your watercolours. Angela demonstrates and talks about 6 common mistakes and how to fix them.

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Art Masterclasses in Spain with Professor Charles Harris

artist Charles HarrisArt masterclasses in Spain with Professor Charles Harris. For more information click here.
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Berger Memorial – Acrylic Painting

painting by Pat Harrison aka Rainer Hillebrand

Berger Memorial

The painting shows the Berger Memorial which has been erected in honour of a 19th century industrialist and parliamentarian. It is situated in Dagenham´s twin town of Witten in Germany.

The painting in acrylics on wood size 30x40cm shows the memorial and the surrounding woodlands.

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How to paint a still life with pears – Video No.234


In this less than 5 minute time lapse speed painting video Jos van Riswick shows you how to paint a still life with pears, a silk cloth and a glass of wine. The technique will work both for oils and acrylics. There is no sound track.

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Valence House Pond – Acrylic Painting

painting by Pat Harrison aka Rainer Hillebrand

Valence House Pond

Valence House Museum is the only surviving manor house of Dagenham. It is situated in Valence Park and contains permanent exhibitions on history and life in Barking and Dagenham.

The surrounding park has been created from the former Valence House estate, and features a fine pond creating a partial moat for the house.

A house was first established on this site in the 13th century. The name of the house goes back to its 14th century tenants, Agnes de Valence and her brother Aylmer, Earl of Pembroke, who came from a wealthy French family. The family moved here when their uncle became King Edward I.

The painting in acrylics on wood size 30x40cm shows the pond in Dagenham, Greater London, England.

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How to paint watercolour rocks – Video No.233


This almost 14 minute time lapse speed painting video will show you how to paint watercolour rocks. After a one minute introduction Steve Mitchell explains how you can achieve the desired effects.

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Top Tips – producing magnets of your artwork for exhibitions

In an earlier post I was telling you about preparing fridge magnets for my solo exhibition in May to be sold in the museum´s shop where the exhibition will take place. The cards to hold the magnets have now arrived from my supplier. Here is how I went about producing those magnets.

I bought the magnets from my regular supplier. In order to present them to customers I wanted to mount them on a card giving information about the location pictured on the magnet.

I had to search high and low to find a printer to get me the size card I wanted as I had planned to fit it in a polythene sleeve normally used for CDs. This would be an off the shelf item to keep the cost down.

As the printers required the layout to be uploaded to their website ready for printing I had to think hard how to do that. Not being in the possession of sophisticated software I found a way to use a simple photo editing programme. I created a template the exact size to fit the CD sleeve selecting CMYK and 300dpi for the colour resolution. I used the TIF file format for the best possible picture quality.

Now I was able to design the card just as I wanted it to look. Uploading it to the printer´s online shop their software checked the file and told me that everything was shipshape. So I went ahead and ordered it. Although I had to buy more cards than I needed it was still more economical and more professional looking than producing them on my home printer.

The next step was to attach the magnets to the presentation card by means of photo corners. That way the magnet can be easily removed from the presentation card if customers should wish to do so. As I had also printed the magnet´s image on the card you would even end up with a pretty picture after the magnet had been removed.

The magnets will be ideal souvenirs for visitors to the museum. They can even become collectors items to be put in an album or people might attach them to a metal surface at home.

As the presentation card sleeve is a standard clear CD cover you can easily post these to a friend in a standard CD envelope.

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How to glue watercolour paper to a board – Video No.232


This 2 minute video will show you how to glue watercolour paper to a board. I have used a similar method using wallpaper glue and 40 years later that panel is still intact. However I did not paint on it with watercolour but I used Plaka paints a casein based colour instead. Watercolour would have been too wet and it might have lifted the paper off the board.

Today I would use acrylics which again might be too wet for my DIY board made with wallpaper glue. Instead I now use ready-made boards with a cotton based surface bought from my art supply shop. It saves a lot of time.

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Kingsley Hall Dagenham – Acrylic Painting

painting by Pat Harrison aka Rainer Hillebrand

Kingsley Hall, Dagenham

Kingsley Hall has been serving the local community since 1929. It started as a nursery and later a meeting place for young people as well as a church hall. From 1946 until the late 1960s it also hosted gatherings of one of the first youth exchange groups in England initiated by the people of Dagenham to form bonds of friendship with people from the town of Witten in Germany.

There are plans to redevelop the site to provide improved services for the community while retaining the historic Sunshine Building.

The painting in acrylics on wood size 30x40cm shows this community building in Dagenham, Greater London, England.

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