West Clare Oil Painting Art Courses
by County Clare artist, Avril Brand, Ireland

Art is for Everyone

Avril Brand

Art is not just for the special few but is also a wonderful form of therapy (I call it escapism) to get away from all the terrible things happening in the world and in our lives and escape into a more beautiful world inside ourselves.

There is something very special about painting with oils: the rich, creamy consistency; the way it can be manipulated and moved around until you get the effect you want, even days after you started your painting.

You cannot do that with any other paint

Unfortunately, so many people feel intimidated because it is supposedly more difficult than other mediums and you need to study for years before you understand the rules. That is not true.

The methods I use I learnt over many years and acquired my own way of painting with many tips which I am happy to share with you.

In my art courses, there is something for everyone, whether you are a beginner or you have been painting for years. It is so excited to see my students start with alla prima (wet on wet)and then advance on to the more classical techniques of glazing and layering. The ultimate satisfaction is to see people who only recently started on art courses with me advance to doing classical portrait, still life and animal paintings!

So, come along and I hope that you will enjoy the wonderful world of oil painting as much as I do.

Avril Brand


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