Join Murray on ALPHA’s Portuguese Painting Holiday in the Western Algarve

Join Murray on ALPHA’s Portuguese Painting Holiday in the Western Algarve


Join Murray Ince on this exciting opportunity to paint in an absolutely delightful place in the Western Algarve in Any Media.


The Algarve is well known for it’s amazing light conditions and vibrant colours from the vivid blue skies and turquoise waters to it’s lush green and colourful vegetation as well as the rustic tiled and coloured traditional buildings. The Western Algarve is more rural, rustic and peaceful than the hustle and bustle of the Central Algarve with it’s sleepy harbours, quiet mountain villages and un-spoilt coastline.

The holiday will be based in Praia da Luz where you can paint the coastline, fortaleza, buildings and churches. The traditional fishing village of Burgau is within a few minutes drive from Luz and has some really quaint subjects to paint including buildings, cobbled streets, boats and the beautiful coastline. We will also visit the coastal town of Lagos (15 mins away) where you can paint anything from fishing harbours with multi-coloured fishing boats, old forts, traditional Portuguese tiled buildings, churches and town squares. We will also visit Camilo where you can paint the coastline plus the stacks.

There are plenty of traditional Portuguese villages nearby as well as the mountain village of Caldas de Monchique.

Murray is a firm advocate that anyone with the desire to draw and paint has it within them to be able to do just that, “anyone can learn” he says. He believes that the best work is produced in a relaxed atmosphere with no pressure to produce and this is what he does through demonstrating his tips and techniques in a relaxed and light hearted way. He works hard to ensure that everyone achieves the best from their paintings by encouraging them to paint in their preferred style and so bringing out the best in them. He will do this through demonstrations and plenty of one-to-one tuition.

Rosemary & Co. Brushes

Rosemary & Co. Brushes

The ‘Ivory’ range of synthetic bristle brushes are brilliant to use and were specially created for painting in water-mixable oil paint. I can honestly say that since I discovered and started to use them my painting techniques have improved and the range of techniques I use has increased. If you would like to view the available range. just click on the link. Other brushes by Rosemary and co are also invaluable and I am particularly impressed by the ‘Red Dot’ range for smoother work and the series 32 Tree and Texture brushes. Should you decide to purchase any Rosemary & Co. products be sure to enter MURRAYINCE in the Affiliate Code box

“The more I use Rosemary and Co. brushes the more appreciative I am of their quality; they have helped me become a better artist.”



Water-Mixable Oils Workshop Painting Holiday

Water-Mixable Oils Workshop Painting Holiday

ALPHA Painting Holidays & Murray William Cole Ince

Are proud to present their 3 Day Water-Mixable Oils Workshop based at the super Bells Hotel & Country Club, Coleford, Gloucestershire. May 27th to 30th 2022

Murray is the founder of the ‘Society of Painters in Water-Mixable Oils’, is a ‘Product Ambassador’ with Winsor & Newton with over 25 years tutoring experience. Murray specialises in land and seascape painting but also loves to paint all other genres too!

This holiday is suitable for anyone with a desire to paint with, or to try this much mis-represented medium. The holiday is suitable for the complete novice or those who wish to improve their techniques or learn how easy it is to make the switch from traditional oils to the more user-and Eco-friendly medium that is Water-Mixable Oils!

Bring what you have or for a small fee we can supply the materials so that you can try the      medium before you commit to the expense of buying your own kit.

Subjects covered…

The paint, mediums, equipment and techniques, composition, preparation, landscapes, seascapes, still life, skies, trees, water and much, much more!

For more details contact Matt and Gill at Alpha Painting Holidays

[email protected]


Painting in Oils on Watercolour Paper

Painting in Oils on Watercolour Paper

I was recently asked about painting in oils on prepared Water-Colour paper. For my part I am quite happy to paint on primed watercolour paper though I don’t very often as I paint mostly on stretched cotton canvases but do use primed Water Colour paper for demos where I am only doing bits and pieces, showing techniques etc. I often use Fabriano ‘Artistico’ or Arches rough 140lb for purposes such as these.

The reason I have no problem with the thought of artists painting on primed WC paper is that the primer used on manufactured canvases and canvas boards is pretty much the same as you buy as an acrylic gesso primer, though I would always recommend Acrylic ‘Gesso’ primer as this remains very slightly absorbent which you need for oils to ‘Key’ properly in the initial stages.

Regarding framing, if a painting is created on prepared water-colour paper then there is absolutely no reason to have to treat it any differently to an oil on canvas, it should, obviously, be backed with a sensibly strong backing board and in an ideal world this should be acid free or archival, but once the painting is backed it can be put into a frame without mount or glass. What I would do, as I always do with my oil paintings, is to varnish when ‘touch dry’ with a Re-Touch Varnish, I have always used W&Ns but please note, this is not a water-mixable product. When the painting is six months old, I varnish with a traditional picture varnish and frame as you would a canvas board or stretched canvas. Oil paintings can be put behind glass as an ‘extra’ layer of protection as they did with some in the past, however, currently where we no longer suffer from ‘Pea Soupers’ or such destructive, polluted air and cigarette smoke this is no longer necessary, simply varnishing will give plenty of protection.

One of the main reasons I started the Society was to have a platform to dispel as many of the myths surrounding WMOs as possible and it is very surprising how many professional artists who write and teach are a little confused with the science, for instance, many believe it dries faster than traditional oils which simply isn’t the case, however, drying time does vary between pigments and even brands. Having written a book a few years ago I did thorough research of a scientific nature before committing information to my editorial and got Winsor and Newton to read it before launching it and they were quite happy for me to go ahead. I am sent samples of products to try and write about by various companies and more recently have been asked for advice on what an artist really needs for painting with WMOs, so they must think I know a little about the subject that I am so passionate about.

If you have any technical questions regarding using WMOs or related subjects then please don’t hesitate to ask, if I don’t know the answer, and my fellow professionals don’t know either I will ask the scientists at Winsor & Newton. MI