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.
My book ‘Landscape Painting in ‘Artisan’ Water-Mixable Oils is now available as both a PDF digital download at £6.00 or as a hardcopy paperback at £8.99 + P&P both available in my web-shop
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.”
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.
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
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
February 25th 2021 marks the first anniversary of the ‘Society of Painters in Water-Mixable Oils’. Much has happened in the first year seeing the membership growing to 78 with more top companies and artists getting involved. The future is exciting though progress has been held back by the arrival and persistency of the Corona Virus. This will hopefully have less and less of an impact on daily life as we move deeper into the spring and the Vaccination programme will have the positive outcome that we are all hoping for. We have great plans for the future and hope that our membership gradually increases as it becomes more well known.
We are introducing painting holiday options and I will keep you all posted via the Society website… https://spwmo.org.uk/holidays/7-night-painting-holidays-with-murray-william-cole-ince-2022/ and here on my website.
I am pleased to announce that the Society has now officially launched and you can join via the Society website https://spwmo.org.uk/
The Society and the website is in its infancy but with some of the worlds leading manufacturers and top artists on board already the future is looking very exciting. If you paint with this wonderful medium why not help us lead the way and join our growing membership. I am in the process of writing the Society’s first bi-monthly newsletter and am busy gathering content so when you join be sure to opt in to receive the newsletter to be kept up to date on all of our exciting future plans and events follow the latest from the manufacturers. Join our closed group facebook page to ask questions and share thoughts and information. Welcome!
Murray William Cole Ince, Founder
‘Society of Painters in Water-Mixable Oils’
Over the years I have introduced hundreds of students to water-mixable oils and the joy that working with them gives and thought that 2020 would be the perfect year to launch an information, teaching and learning platform for all those professional and amateur artists who have discovered the amazing medium that is water-mixable oil paint or are thinking about trying them! So I and some of my fellow professionals are proud to have founded and present to you the ‘Society of Painters in Water-Mixable Oils’ and cordially invite you to join our ranks.
Murray William Cole Ince
Membership will cost £25 per annum and at present is available via the shop here on my web site and membership will soon also be available through the society website – www.spwmo.org.uk the first 40 to join will be known as the ‘Founder members’.
The website will give general access to information and inspiration for those considering membership whilst members will have sole access to so much more including…
- Bi Monthly Newsletter
- Members only competitions
- Free ‘On site’ tutorials/lessons
- Photograph galleries of copyright free images for source material
- Members only special offers
- Contribute to Amateur Art gallery
- Contribute to Professional Art Galleries
- Free Holiday, Workshops, Classes and Courses listings for professional members
Whilst on the website all will have access to…
- About Us
- Professional art galleries with links to their galleries
- Amateur art gallery
- Holidays page
- Workshops page
- Course listings
- Event listings
- Open Competitions
Oficially opening on Saturday November 9th 2019, The Walled Garden Cafe owned by my wife Cynthia and myself and managed by our chef daughter Laura. Apart from the great breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas and naughty cakes you would expect from a good cafe as the name suggests, there’s a nice big garden area which in the late spring and summer will host various art exhibitions and painting workshops. In the meantime it will play host to a number of art workshops, the first of which will take place on the evening of the 19th of November from 18.30 to 20.30 the theme of which is ‘Paint a Christmas Card in Gouache’, all materials supplied and will include tea or coffee and a slice of cake all for £20 per person. With my guidance you will create your own Christmas Card which you could have copied and produced as cards in time to send to special friends and family. Places are limited so if you are interested you will need to e-mail me to book a spot, if you happen to be unlucky and the places have already been filled don’t despair if there is a demand we will simply run some more over the following week or so.
It was a great surprise to find that I had been awarded first place for my painting of ‘Quarr Abbey Ruins’ in the ‘Light, Space and Time’s’ Landscape Painting of the year competition for 2019, especially as I had previously won it in 2016. There were 572 entries from 22 different Countries.