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New Year News Letter 2017


Once again many apologies for such a delay in with this newsletter but 2016 has been a particularly difficult year for Pat and I health wise and we are glad to see the back of it.

Pat was hospitalised for ten weeks after last Christmas with an unknown infection which affected her walking. She has now just about regained the full use of her legs but with failing eye sight is still quite frail. The only course that she managed to join me on was Norfolk in September.

As many of you know, I have had early stage bladder cancer for the last six years. During 2015 I underwent a series of treatments at St Georges Hospital, London to treat this condition and in early 2016 was cancer free. Sadly, biopsies taken in September 2016 showed that the cancer had returned and was aggressive. As a result of this I had a ten hour operation on December 16th for radical surgery which hopefully will finally solve the problem. I am currently resting at home but hope to be back teaching at Leigh Grove Barn by mid-February and to carry out all my other yearly teaching courses as normal. 


Despite the health setbacks, 2016 was a most enjoyable painting year. Most courses were fully booked and, once again, I met many old friends. A new venture this year was West Sussex. This was very successful and will be repeated in 2017.

On a personal note, I joined John Hoar and John Yardley for their courses at Dedham Hall. I think it is really important to see other artists at work and pick out the bits of their style and techniques that might work for you. In 2117 I will be joining Ian Mc Manus and Australian artist Herman Pekel 

New courses for 2017

As well as the usual locations I will be painting in the Lake District this year for Alpha Painting Holiday. In addition the West Sussex course will be repeated and an extra course in East Sussex. Details of these courses are as follows:-

The Exiles

An interesting development during 2016 was the formation of a group of painters who have become known as the Exiles. Originally I and 3 regular Dedham Hall participants started to meet as we were all based around the Bath/ West Wiltshire area. Gradually the group has grown and we have attracted a number of professional painters to our ranks, including Jem Bowden, Paul Weaver, Trevor Waugh and Tim Wilmot. We now meet on location each fortnight to paint together rather like the Wapping Group. Some of the work produced has been very interesting and I will be showing a portfolio of this year’s work in a future newsletter.  

Chien Chung Wei

Here is a copy of a recent email that I received from Paul Weaver. It details a unique opportunity to study the work Chien Chung Wei who is a remarkable watercolour painter. This is a one off course for this painter in the UK, and I thought you might be interested

‘Happy New Year, I hope it’s not too late to say that! I hope all’s well. I have some exciting news, my friend David Betty is organising a workshop in Bristol with rising watercolour star, Chien Chung Wei. 

It’s a great opportunity to paint with this guy, without having to fly abroad! This is the artist that Zbukvic is calling ‘The Prince’, to have him painting here in our little city of Bristol is unlikely to happen again. 

Here’s a link to some of his work:

 Dave needs 15 to make it work, and I have signed up. It’s £350 for 3 days - Workshop dates - 9 - 11 October 2017. We will be based at the hotel
next to the glass boat down in Bristol docks, going out painting with him each day as well as studio work. There is accommodation available at the hotel, but I will be commuting in each day.

If you are interested, or know of any other watercolorist’s (I don’t think this one’s for beginners!) please let Dave know, his email is I have contacted Jem and will also mail Tim Wilmot.’

Best regards,

Demonstrations for 2017

The following demonstrations have so far been arranged for 2017:-

March 9th Corsham Arts Society
Pound Arts Centre 7.45pm
Chairman Jenny Gilks 01225 812747

March 10th Lymington Arts Group
Lymington Community Centre 7.30pm
Programme Secretary Blanka Smith 01590 671258

March 21st Somerford Art Club
Village Hall 9.30am
Contact Wendy Bennington 01666 825069

March 23rd Thornbury
Am -details to be announced

March 28th Great Dunmow Art Group
Details to be announced

April 27th Whitchurch Art Club, Bristol
Evening - details to be announced

May 6th Cranleigh Art and Crafts Society
Band Room, Village Way, Cranleigh GU6 8AT
2.30 – 4.30
Contact Pat Coxon 01483 278698

Painting Competition

We had seven entries from this competition, including Tony Kelly from Australia

Mary York

Judith Priest

Tony Kelly

Chris Gaymer


Frank Offer

Richard Green

Judging of this competition was difficult as, although technically the pictures showed painting skills, I also wanted to give recognition to the artistic consideration used. On this basis I have awarder the best executed picture to Richard Green but jointly want to award the best artistic interpretation to Chris Gaymer.

Chris and Tony Kelly were the only entries to address the imbalance of the boat sailing out of the right hand side of the picture. Not only did Chris adjust this particular aspect of the composition but also balanced the design with a smaller boat to the right and above. As artists we should all strive to impose our own thoughts on the subject before us and, on this occasion, Chris has shown us the way.

For you further delight the new challenge below is a typical scene in Venice – a great opportunity to let your darks and lights run wild.

My Way With Watercolour

The new book has now arrived and is available to buy from this website. This 148 page hardback book features 122 original watercolours by Steve. In addition he shares an insight into his professional career and his developmentas an established artist and teacher, as well as explaining many of the techniques and tips he follows in his work.

Best wishes for 2017


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