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.
I have just been notified that I have been awarded 4th place in the annual ‘Light, Space and Time’s’ International Seascape painting competition for my painting of ‘The Needles from Headon Warren’; There were 561 entries from 22 Countries. I was also awarded a Certificate of Special Merit for my Painting of ‘Stag Rock, Freshwater Bay’ which I was commissioned to paint for an article in this years October issue of ‘Leisure Painter’ magazine. Both are available as Limited edition prints in my web-shop.👨🎨
I am a featured, Winsor and Newton artist and a Professional Associate with the SAA, I also write articles for ‘Leisure Painter’. I lead sketching and painting holidays for HF Holidays in their UK houses and in Europe and also run painting holidays at the wonderful Manoir de Gurson in the heart of the Dordogne region of France near St. Emilion. When I am not leading holidays or writing I run workshops and tutor art groups on the Isle of Wight. I have written a book titled ‘Landscape Painting In ‘Artisan’ Water-Mixable Oils’ which is available from my web-shop – www.murrayince.com much more of my work can be viewed in my on-line galleries. If you have any queries regarding ‘Artisan’ Oils or any other topics you can e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org
My Palette of Landscape Colours
There are 40 colours available in the ‘Artisan Water-mixable Oil range, personally I don’t use all of the colours in the range for my landscape and seascape paintings but do have a wider range of colours in the studio for when I’m painting floral, still life and portrait subjects. Above is the range of colours on my normal, working palette. On the palette are the colours with approximately 50% Titanium White added, the tubes appear in the same order as on the palette.
‘Winkle Street’ ‘Artisan’ oils on 20” x 16” stretched cotton canvas
Mediums and Techniques
The ‘Artisan’ range of water-mixable mediums is comprehensive allowing for all of the painting techniques associated with traditional oil painting. Artisan oils are made using modified (to accept water molecules) Linseed or Safflower oils, these are available in 75 ml bottles so that the artist can use the ‘fat on lean’ process of painting meaning slightly more oil in each additional layer of paint and for the technique known as ‘glazing’ over painting with thin, oily layers of paint, much like a watercolour wash. In addition to Linseed and Safflower oil Winsor and Newton produce a comprehensive range of water-mixable painting mediums.
Artisan oil paint can be thinned using nothing more than water however water tends to evaporate quite rapidly and so the thinned paint thickens quite quickly on the palette, ‘Artisan’ thinner evaporates at a much slower rate thus extending the fluid workability time of the thinned paint. Water can also be combined with the thinner, using water alone tends to change the appearance of the colour mixed whereas the ‘Artisan’ thinner maintains the appearance of the colour.
Painting medium is stand oil based and as such dries slowly and remains flexible, it is great for aiding the painting of fine detail and “oiling out”, oiling out is the application of oil to an area where the paint has lost its oil to a layer underneath or ”sunk”. I use a soft lint free cloth and apply the medium in a small, circular motion.
Stand oil is basically a Linseed oil that has been heat treated to lower the oxygen level in the oil which means in effect that it dries more slowly making it ideal for the glazing technique and is also glossier and more transparent.
Fast Drying Medium
The use of the fast drying medium in our colour mixes speeds up the drying time by as much as 50%, this allows additional layers to be worked more speedily whilst thinning the colour, increasing the glossiness and transparency. When painting layers you can use it instead of linseed oil, combine it with water and/or thinner maintaining the ‘fat over lean’ principle.
By thoroughly mixing impasto medium into the paint you can maintain tube consistency whilst speeding up drying by as much as 50% and create a heavier texture than with just the paint. For thick impasto build the texture gradually allowing to dry between layers.
Art and Artisan
Editorial and Featured Paintings By Murray William Cole Ince
Winsor and Newton’s ‘Artisan’ water-mixable oil paint was, for me, it is no exaggeration to say, a life changing discovery. In the early 1990s my wife became asthmatic curtailing my work in traditional oils as the thinning spirits, Distilled spirit of turpentine and White (mineral spirits) would set off an asthma attack. ‘Artisan’ was launched in 1998 and I immediately went and bought a few tubes to see how it differed from the traditional oils that I was used to and to my delight it seemed no different at all! Now having used it for 20 years I can say that ‘Artisan’ oils perform no differently to the traditional oils that I previously used and everything that you can do with traditional oils can be done with ‘Artisan’ the only differences are in favour of ‘Artisan’! You clean brushes and equipment with a little soap and water, you can thin the paint just using water and it has no obnoxious odours or fumes and is far more environmentally friendly than its traditional counterpart.
Now Available, some of my paintings as limited edition digital (giclee) prints. All are printed on a top grade professional 385gsm canvas that is manufactured with a high quality, 100% pure cotton canvas base, coated with a new advanced technology micro-porous coating. This water resistant, lustre finish canvas produces true fine art reproductions with a very high resolution.
Each print is produced by an accredited fine art printer and member of the Fine Art Trade Guild. Only prints by members of the Guild conforming to Guild Standards can use the Guild logo. The Guild sets standards for print publishing in order to protect the interests of the public and maintain confidence in the publishing of fine art.
Each print comes with a signed by me, Murray William Cole Ince, numbered and dated Certificate of Authenticity as well as the print having been signed by and numbered by my own hand. Please visit my shop to view paintings available as Limited edition prints and the numbers of the individual editions.
Over the coming weeks I will be stocking my on-line shop with many paintings and will be gradually introducing many goodies including greetings cards, limited edition Giclee prints and Winsor and Newton art products especially the ‘Artisan’ range of water-mixable oil paints and associated products.
Sketching and Painting Holidays
June 8th to 15th and September 7th to 14th
In the heart of France’s most famous wine region Magnificent Scenery
Relax and soak up the atmosphere, lots of demonstrations and one to one tuition in the medium of your choice!
Only £695 per person; Non Painting partners £550
Painting Holiday Accommodation and Package
This holiday is available for the amazing price of only £695 per guest and £550 per non painting partner. The holiday price includes 7 nights accommodation, bed, breakfast, 4 lunches, evening meals, all tuition, the excursions and transfers to and from the airport (Bergerac).
Lunches for the trips to St. Emilion and Bergerac are not included as it gives us a chance to sample the local fayre and joie de vivre. Many other trips to local vineyards and places of historical and artistic merit including St. Emilion, Bergerac, Chateau Montbazillac, Saint Seurin sur L’isle and the Vineyard and estate of Chateau de Gurson.