How to Paint Trees – Video No.224


Today I have chosen another 15 minute speed painting video by Michael James Smith. He creates a detailed realistic painting of trees on a river bank. Starting with an underpainting applied to a sketch he shows us how to add in the finer details. It will work both with oils and acrylics.

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Meeting with O Yemi Tubi about an Exhibition in Germany

artist Yemi Tubi

Yemi Tubi

meeting with artist Yemi Tubi

with Yemi Tubi and his wife

I have recently met artist Yemi Tubi in Greater London to discuss an exhibition for him in Germany.

We met at the Valence House museum where I am going to have a solo exhibition next year. My show will cover the friendship of two towns which developed immediately after WWII. The subject of condemning wars and everything else that stops humans making real progress is close to both Yemi and I.

We believe there is too much wrong with the world today. Humans seem to be unable to learn from mistakes which have been made over and over again through or entire history.

Yemi´s paintings all carry a political statement which we want to present to a wider audience. That is why I will be contacting curators in the area where I live to get them interested in an exhibition of Yemi´s work.

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How to use Video on Social Media – Video No.223


Today I have chosen a 9 1/2 minute video by Mari Smith to give us tips and creative ideas on what you should do to integrate video into your social media marketing. The video itself is an example of what you can do to attract your viewer´s attention.

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Acrylic Painting of North Devon Coast

painting by Pat Harrison aka Rainer Hillebrand

North Devon Coast

After many long sessions I have finally managed to complete this painting of a North Devon coast. I enjoyed every minute of it. Nature has created a beautiful rock formation which presented itself in a wonderful light. The seagull gives us a hint of the size with the foreground rock being a fair bit taller than me.

You will find these rocks on the beach at Ilfracombe when the tide is out.

The acrylic painting on canvas panel is 70x50cm.

You will find more of my landscape paintings when you click here. For an enlarged view please click on the photo. The original is destined for a private collection. Similar originals and limited edition prints are available upon enquiry.

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Preparing a Solo Exhibition for 2017

valence-house photograph by Pat Harrison

Valence House Museum

valence-house-pond photograph by Pat Harrison

Valence House Pond

A few days ago I went to finalize the details for a solo exhibition at a museum in Greater London. The theme will be about two towns one in England and one in Germany who have started a 70 year-long friendship almost immediately after WWII.

I will be creating paintings depicting the most picturesque places of both towns. In addition to the paintings there will be mementos in the form of photographs and short stories covering those 70 years.

The friendship started with a chance meeting of an Englishman and a POW under a tree to shelter from the rain back in 1946 and developed into an annual youth exchange between the towns and an official twinning much later. Today regular exchanges continue with a club having been formed to make this possible.

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Lost my Photos

corrupted file

corrupted file

phto by Pat Harrison aka Rainer Hillebrand

Eastbury Manor

I have recently been out collecting material for new paintings. Back home I tried to copy the photos from my camera´s SD card over to my PC. To my dismay win7 told me it would take 2 hours to transfer 80 pictures. I could not believe it so I stopped the process and restarted it. Now I was told it would take 4 1/2 hours. Something must have gone drastically wrong.

On my PC the photos looked like the corrupted file you can see on the left. The other photo was taken with a different camera.

I searched the web for clues and noticed other people had had the same problem. They suggested that I should use picture recovery software. The installation went fine but the software failed to repair my SD card. So now I am stuck. I can see most of the pictures on the camera´s display but not on the PC.

If anyone can offer any help I would be most grateful.

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Acrylic Painting of a Castle Inspired by B.C.Koekkoek

painted after B.C.Koekkoek by Pat Harrison aka Rainer Hillebrand

Landsberg Castle

Here is another reproduction of a painting inspired by the 19th century Dutch painter B.C.Koekkoek.

It shows Landsberg Castle on a hill. On the right hand side you can see a small lake and there is a cow next to the path on the left. My painting is based on a 19th century black and white drawing.

The painting is 18x24cm in acrylics on wood.

You will find more of my landscape paintings when you click here. For an enlarged view please click on the photo. The original and limited edition prints are available upon enquiry.

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How to Paint an Amazing Portrait – Video No.222


Today I have chosen a 4 minute speed painting video by Vic Harris. He creates wonderfully detailed realistic paintings. Vic is a retired doctor who only started painting in 2010. Watch how this portrait develops from a sketch via a monochrome underpainting to the finished oil painting. It took Vic 25 hours to complete the work.

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Devon Art Society Summer Exhibition 2016

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Today is the last day of the Devon Art Society´s summer exhibition at St. Annes Hall, Babbacombe Rd, near Torquay.

A couple of my paintings will have been on show for a month together with hundreds of paintings by fellow members. As usual I have concentrated on west country seascapes to make sure that visitors could easily relate to the scenes.

The picture gallery shows some of the display panels and my paintings too.

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Andy Hamblin – Featured Artist

painter Andy Hamblin

Andy Hamblin

Andy Hamblin started his career at Southend School of Art & Design followed by a very successful career as an international commercial artist for over 30 years.

After winning several creative industry awards Andy decided to become a professional ‘fine artist’, capturing his deep and profound love of the English countryside in every painting. Andy loves the fine details to portray the beauty and intricate textures that nature creates.

He often takes photographs for studio reference, before committing himself to months on the canvas. Andy Hamblin follows in the footsteps of the ‘great masters’ creating classic, timeless landscapes. His works let you share his personal experience with nature sensing the emotional connection to take you on that journey of discovery.

Andy Hamblin kindly agreed to becoming the latest addition to my Featured Artist page. I admire his realistic oil paintings very much.

Art collectors will love his beautiful fine art paintings and the beautiful landscapes.

There is a link to his website when you click on the image above.

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