Richard Thorn SWAc – Artist & Tutor
  • 0 A week filming with Domestika

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      In the first week of April, I went to the Domestika studios in London to shoot the video tutorial featuring my watercolour techniques. The subject was one of my staple river scenes. There were many 'lessons' to cover which, in reality, are my usual painting processes from choosing the subject through to the final painting. Composition, sketching, and the various wash stages were highlighted finishing with detail. It was a fascinating and very enjoyable week. The film crew and producer were wonderful - friendly, helpful and above all, patient. There was a lot of material to get through and sometimes, I 'forgot my lines'! But we got there. i'm very much looking forward to seeing the final product which should be out by May 22.  For me it was a landmark in my career as an artist. I feel it is a great accomplishment and endorses my skills and talent as a watercolour artist. 

  • 0 Circle Quarterly Art Review

    5.00 of 1 votes

    I’m very happy to have received this award recently.  In the coming year I will be entering the open exhibitions with the Federation of British artists including; The Royal institute (for painters in Watercolour), The Royal society of Marine artists and the Federation of British artists. I have previously shown my work in the Watercolour open exhibitions over the last 5yrs and was thrilled to have one 2 awards in 2016 & 2017. Next Year I wall also be applying for associate membership to the Institute. Wish me luck!

  • 0 Working in The Netherlands

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      Recently, I was offered the opportunity to work with ‘Aquarel Art’ as a board member on their judging panel. It’s a wonderful opportunity to be a part of this group who are working to gather some of the best artists, not only in the Netherlands but in Europe in general.  As a member of the group I have the opportunity to show my work on their website and exhibit in their ‘Brick Gallery’ in Zutphen. As a nascent company, their website is currently in Dutch, but they are now working to include English.  As soon as this becomes available I will update the website link.  https://aquarel-art.nl/galerie-zutphen/

  • 1 October 2021 News

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      I could talk about the art market but I would only end up with assumptions. So many online galleries and competitions are springing up, which confuses the picture in regard to the national gallery outlets. It’s a good thing in many ways as it offers a global forum for artists and buyers alike. But before I go any further with this endless subject, I would prefer to tell you about my art and what is going on for me. I’m returning to many of my favourite subjects - riverscapes seascapes, woodlands, orchards and meadows. Over the last 3 years I’ve been developing my acrylic painting technique. I feel more confident with the medium after a long build-up to it, which produced not a few failures. The new medium fired me up to produce new textures and light in my work. I returned to my favourite subjects with new vigour and excitement.  I still love painting in watercolour - I feel as though the medium is part of me. But interestingly, the new medium has somehow allowed me to look at these subjects (and nature in general) in a new way. The possibilities have broadened, I feel I can delve a little deeper into the subjects - a little like getting to know a person in a deeper way.  This coming year I’ll be proffering my work into the R.I. The federation of British Artists, The Painters in watercolour exhibition and the Royal society of Marine Artists. Instagram seems to be the platform for art and selling, so I’m updating my site and will soon be opening a shop on the app. https://www.instagram.com/thornart2/  I’m hoping this will help to show my work to a broader national audience and perhaps attract the attention of some new galleries. In November I will be showing 3 new works with the SWAc annual open exhibition at our new venue - Kennaway House, in Sidmouth, Devon. https://www.southwestacademy.org.uk/open-exhibition  

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Richard Thorn SWAc – Artist & Tutor
  • 0 A week filming with Domestika

    0.00 of 0 votes

      In the first week of April, I went to the Domestika studios in London to shoot the video tutorial featuring my watercolour techniques. The subject was one of my staple river scenes. There were many 'lessons' to cover which, in reality, are my usual painting processes from choosing the subject through to the final painting. Composition, sketching, and the various wash stages were highlighted finishing with detail. It was a fascinating and very enjoyable week. The film crew and producer were wonderful - friendly, helpful and above all, patient. There was a lot of material to get through and sometimes, I 'forgot my lines'! But we got there. i'm very much looking forward to seeing the final product which should be out by May 22.  For me it was a landmark in my career as an artist. I feel it is a great accomplishment and endorses my skills and talent as a watercolour artist. 

  • 0 Circle Quarterly Art Review

    5.00 of 1 votes

    I’m very happy to have received this award recently.  In the coming year I will be entering the open exhibitions with the Federation of British artists including; The Royal institute (for painters in Watercolour), The Royal society of Marine artists and the Federation of British artists. I have previously shown my work in the Watercolour open exhibitions over the last 5yrs and was thrilled to have one 2 awards in 2016 & 2017. Next Year I wall also be applying for associate membership to the Institute. Wish me luck!

  • 0 Working in The Netherlands

    0.00 of 0 votes

      Recently, I was offered the opportunity to work with ‘Aquarel Art’ as a board member on their judging panel. It’s a wonderful opportunity to be a part of this group who are working to gather some of the best artists, not only in the Netherlands but in Europe in general.  As a member of the group I have the opportunity to show my work on their website and exhibit in their ‘Brick Gallery’ in Zutphen. As a nascent company, their website is currently in Dutch, but they are now working to include English.  As soon as this becomes available I will update the website link.  https://aquarel-art.nl/galerie-zutphen/

  • 1 October 2021 News

    5.00 of 1 votes

      I could talk about the art market but I would only end up with assumptions. So many online galleries and competitions are springing up, which confuses the picture in regard to the national gallery outlets. It’s a good thing in many ways as it offers a global forum for artists and buyers alike. But before I go any further with this endless subject, I would prefer to tell you about my art and what is going on for me. I’m returning to many of my favourite subjects - riverscapes seascapes, woodlands, orchards and meadows. Over the last 3 years I’ve been developing my acrylic painting technique. I feel more confident with the medium after a long build-up to it, which produced not a few failures. The new medium fired me up to produce new textures and light in my work. I returned to my favourite subjects with new vigour and excitement.  I still love painting in watercolour - I feel as though the medium is part of me. But interestingly, the new medium has somehow allowed me to look at these subjects (and nature in general) in a new way. The possibilities have broadened, I feel I can delve a little deeper into the subjects - a little like getting to know a person in a deeper way.  This coming year I’ll be proffering my work into the R.I. The federation of British Artists, The Painters in watercolour exhibition and the Royal society of Marine Artists. Instagram seems to be the platform for art and selling, so I’m updating my site and will soon be opening a shop on the app. https://www.instagram.com/thornart2/  I’m hoping this will help to show my work to a broader national audience and perhaps attract the attention of some new galleries. In November I will be showing 3 new works with the SWAc annual open exhibition at our new venue - Kennaway House, in Sidmouth, Devon. https://www.southwestacademy.org.uk/open-exhibition  

Richard’s BLOG