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Welcome - Brian Batista

Instructor News

Brian Batista

Welcome to the Swinton’s team, our newest instructor, Brian Batista. He has been with us doing the Sampler Workshops and will now teach a regular class on Thursday afternoons.

If you are looking for a fresh new approach or a different take on your work he may be just the guy for you. Brian’s creative experience is extensive and his enthusiasm is contagious. He is high energy and animated making for a very fun and entertaining studio environment…

Brian believes that there is an efficient and effective way to successfully tackle creating an artwork. Knowing these steps and being systematic in how you set up your practice can make all the difference. Art creation need not be boring or formulaic, there is still plenty of room for creative exploration etc. but great innovation comes from limitation and knowing to get to where you want to go.


Paula Henchell • Mixed-Media Painting Step-By-Step

International Artist Magazine - Dec/Jan 2015

Paula Henchell • Oil Painting Step-By-Step • Leisure Painter

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST ARTICLE:

Paula Henchell was once again featured in an article about Mixed Media (watercolour and acrylic). Below is a little bit of her process revealed. If you would like to read the full article, purchase the Dec/Jan 2015 Issue from Swinton's or Online...

Congratulations Paula!

"I use 140 lb CP Windsor and Newton watercolour paper which is stretched on to Gator Board. The focal point is always painted in acrylic and really makes it pop - it is actually amazing how much it draws your attention to it.  I start off the painting by pouring the watercolour - then it is in to negative painting and then painting and then continue painting any of the flowers or fruits that I also want in watercolour. Next is preparing the focal point for the acrylic which has to be built up in layers. It is a fun process. You should try it!"

Paula Henchell • Oil Painting Step-By-Step • Flower Fairy

Leisure Painter Magazine - August 2014

Paula Henchell • Oil Painting Step-By-Step • Leisure Painter

We are always proud to showcase the talents and achievements of our art instructors. Paula has been teaching at Swinton's for six years now, and in this time has honed her skills, in teaching and in her art, to great heights.

Follow her painting process in the latest of her articles published in Leisure Painter Magazine (August 2014), where she outlines how to achieve the illusion of depth, what colours to use for skin tones, how to attain glowing colours by glazing and create visual interest by building up areas of detail.

Enjoy the demonstration and don't forget to leave a comment below. Paula loves the attention :)

Leisure Painter Magazine: Paula Henchell - Part 2

Paula Henchell - Leisure Painter Magazine - October 2013

Paula Henchell Artwork

This is the final part of a two part article published in Leisure Painter Magazine. 

Paula Henchell, one of our fine instructors, demonstrates in a straightforward fashion how this combination of watercolour and acrylic painting comes to life. Paula's paintings are realistic and her approach to painting is systematic and based on abstract design. The dreamy poured background is a soft stage for the rhythmic design of the detailed flower in the foreground.

Leisure Painter Magazine: Paula Henchell - Part 1

Paula Henchell - Leisure Painter Magazine - September 2013

Paula Henchell Artwork

This is the first part of a two part article published in Leisure Painter Magazine. The second part comes out October 2013.

Paula Henchell, one of our fine instructors, demonstrates in a straightforward fashion how this combination of watercolour and acrylic painting comes to life. Paula's paintings are realistic and her approach to painting is systematic and based on abstract design. The dreamy poured background is a soft stage for the rhythmic design of the detailed flower in the foreground.

A Natural Approach to Realism

Paula Henchell - International Artist Magazine

Paula Henchell Artwork

Paula is one of our premier instructors and her artistic feats keep adding up. She is one of the reasons Swinton's has become such a great place in which to learn and create.

If you get a chance to pick up the June/July 2013 issue of International Artist Magazine, you will learn about her process in detail. See the step-by-step stages of working from a reference photograph on a toned canvas, how she builds her layers and uses glazing to get the beautiful subtle colours, all the way to the final painting. She reveals her palette and the kinds of brushes she uses to acheive her soft backgrounds and hard edge details of realism. 

Southwest Art Magazine - October 2012

Spotlight on Doug Swinton

Southwest Art Magazine - October 2012

"The thing that attracted me to draw Brandi was the simplicity of her image. When I saw her I thought she would make an awesome drawing. There wasn't a lot of shading involved. It was about her eyes, nose and mouth, silhouetted by her shock of blond hair. Her mysterious allure - nothing else. It sounds cliché but the truth of the matter is that simplicity wins out every time. Though I like to challenge myself continually, there comes a time when I just know I can draw something end and enjoy it. BRANDI embodied this."

Strokes of Genius 4 - Doug Swinton

The Best of Drawing - Exploring Line

Strokes of Genius 4 - Doug Swinton

"Line is arguably the most fundamental and direct element in art, and also the most expressive ... as personal as handwriting. Strokes of Genius 4 explores the linework of more than 100 contemporary masters. These artists tell the stories of their varied subjects through strong verticals and sweeping diagonals, quick staccatos and loose, sensuous strokes."

We are proud to anounce that our very own Doug Swinton was included in this beautiful publication.  

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