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    Diary Highlights (Full Diary...)

    Saga Cruise Ship Spirit of Adventure

    21st May - 22nd June 2022 - Cruise Workshops on the Spirit of Adventure

    Peter has been invited to run painting workshops on the Saga cruise ship ‘Spirit of Adventure’, sailing from Southampton on the 21st of May, on a 32-night voyage billed as Eastern Mediterranean Odyssey.

    It’s a significant posting for a couple of reasons. Firstly, after a break of two years, for obvious reasons, this will be the first time he will have worked on a ship since sailing to Sydney on the Columbus back in 2020. In that time, many things have changed, and the fate of future cruising seemed uncertain.

    Secondly, this is the first Saga ship he will have worked on since sailing on the Saga Ruby way back in December 2006 and Saga Rose in 2008; 'My trip on the Saga Ruby, to the Mediterranean, was my first ever experience of being on a cruise liner. I really didn’t know how I was going to take to it, or if it was something I was going to like, and certainly at that time, I didn’t know it would be the start of many trips on other ships over the years, to so many different corners of the world.


    Peter Woolley Alpha Painting holiday location in The Wye Valley

    30th June - 4th July 2022 - Alpha Painting Holiday in The Wye Valley

    Paint the beautiful Wye Valley. We will paint the River Wye with a selection of Symonds Yat, Ross-on-Wye, Tintern Abbey or Old Station and the surrounding countryside including castles, old ruins, bridges, cottages and villages.


    Patchings Art Festival - Major Annual Art Event

    14th - 17th July 2022: Patchings Art Festival

    After a two year forced break, the magnificent Patchings Art Festival will be returning in full force this summer.

    Peter will once again be exhibiting/demonstrating at what is universally considered to be one of the biggest and friendliest art festivals in the UK. Each year the show goes from strength to strength and this year will be no exception, guaranteeing arty-action to suit all persuasions, featuring artists and suppliers from all corners of the country.

    For full details of the show and opening times as they are published, check out the art centre's main website here.


    Peter Woolley Painting Holiday in Montelparo, Italy

    15th - 22nd October 2022 - Painting Holiday in Montelparo, Italy - PLACES STILL AVAILABLE!

    Le Marche, an area as captivating as any you will find in Italy, remains one of the very few places which has escaped mass tourism despite its beauty and diversity. The Italians describe it as ‘all of Italy in one region’. With its medieval hilltop towns full of art and culture, amazing coastline with hidden beaches, patchwork quilt countryside, stunning mountain ranges within three national parks and a growing number of vineyards which are now getting attention on the international stage - it really is a secret slice of Italy.

    Join Peter for 7 days of sketching and painting in this beautiful corner of the world. Our base will be Hotel Leone, which sits in the foothills of the Sibillini Mountains and is just 25 minutes to the nearest beach. During the week, we will paint out on location ‘en plein air’, dabble in some ‘urban sketching’ and make use of the fully-equipped art studio, where we will explore all aspects of the medium.

    News and Offers

    14/05/22: WATERCOLOUR FOR BEGINNERS (Parts 1-15) - REMASTERED!

    Watercolour for Beginners DVD and VOD - REMASTERED
    Watercolour for Beginners DVD and VOD - REMASTERED
    Watercolour for Beginners DVD and VOD - REMASTERED
    Watercolour for Beginners DVD and VOD - REMASTERED
    Watercolour for Beginners DVD and VOD - REMASTERED
    Watercolour for Beginners DVD and VOD - REMASTERED
    Watercolour for Beginners DVD and VOD - REMASTERED
    Watercolour for Beginners DVD and VOD - REMASTERED
    Watercolour for Beginners DVD and VOD - REMASTERED
    Watercolour for Beginners DVD and VOD - REMASTERED
    Watercolour for Beginners DVD and VOD - REMASTERED
    Watercolour for Beginners DVD and VOD - REMASTERED
    Watercolour for Beginners DVD and VOD - REMASTERED
    Watercolour for Beginners DVD and VOD - REMASTERED
    Watercolour for Beginners DVD and VOD - REMASTERED
    Peter's Watercolour for Beginners video series have now been fully updated and re-mastered.

    Available on DVD and Video on Demand, all fifteen titles have undergone extensive improvement work and had a whole host of brand new content and features added.

    All DVD titles include include a gallery of work and full biography.

    DVD Price: £12 each + Carriage
    All titles are also available ON DEMAND

    For full details, video trailers and secure online ordering Click Here


    20/10/21: Now Showing on Peter's YouTube Channel

    Now Showing on Peter's YouTube Channel

    Available 27th October:

    Available 3rd November:

    Presenting... a little something I've been working on over the last 12 months...

    Grand Circle South America is a six-part series available to view exclusively on my YouTube Channel. Part 1: Bristol to Cape Verde is now available, with the five subsequent episodes scheduled to be posted one week apart.

    In 2019, I was commissioned to run painting classes on the cruise ship Marco Polo during its epic, 70-day circumnavigation of South America. In this series of six episodes, I will be sharing highlights from this magnificent voyage, punctuated by several timelapse demonstrations of watercolour paintings directly related to the trip.

    Join me in part one, as we sail from Bristol to Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands, stopping off at Lisbon, Madeira and the Canary Islands along the way.

    Featuring exclusive footage from the trip and an original soundtrack, this episode also includes a painting of a fishing boat on the beach at Mindelo (the full version of which is available to subscribers of my Online Tuition Service.

    The series will be covering the whole of the trip, with highlights including penguins on the Falkland Islands, spectacular views of Rio de Janeiro and the magnificent mountains seen from the Chilean Fjords. Visits to Ecuador and Peru provide the perfect build-up to a transit of The Panama Canal, before heading homeward across the Atlantic, via the Azores.

    I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed putting it together!

    Available 10th November:
    Available 17th November:
    Available 24th November:


    20/09/21: 2022 CALENDAR

    2021 Calendar featuring paintings by Peter Woolley 2021 Calendar featuring paintings by Peter Woolley

    This high-quality, ring-bound, A4-sized calendar (opens out to A3) features a collection of work painted by Peter during the last 12 months, but with a couple of older classics thrown in for good measure.

    Featuring the high tarns and rivers of Cumbria’s Lakeland to the wild mountain pass of Glen Etive in the Scottish Highlands. From the uncompromising coastline of Dumfries and Galloway to a gentle silhouette of Dunstanburgh Castle on the North-East coast of Northumberland. Weathered rocks and pot-holes of the Yorkshire Dales, an old barn and caravan, and a Norwegian snowscene, complete this eclectic collection of landscapes.

    For more details Click Here


    14/11/20: New DVD - THE THREE PEAKS

    Peter Woolley Three Peaks DVD and Video on Demand
    Pyjama Video is proud to present the seventh in a series of video demonstrations, The World in Watercolour, based on Peter's travels and sketching trips, home and abroad.

    Join Peter Woolley, as he explores the Three Peaks area of the Yorkshire Dales.

    It’s an area of vast open moorland, riddled with pot holes and limestone pavements, and featuring three of Yorkshire's highest hills... and a famous railway viaduct.

    In this celebration of one of the most visually exciting and inspiring areas in the Dales. Peter paints Ribblehead Viaduct at Sunset, tackles the Limestone Pavement below Ingleborough, and creates a dramatic sky over the iconic Pen-y-Ghent. before completing the collection with a loose line and wash painting of Hull Pot - the biggest natural hole in England

    Special Features include a gallery of work and full biography.

    Length: 90 Mins approx
    Colour: PAL / NTSC
    Aspect Ratio: 16:9
    Region: 0

    DVD Price: £12 each + Carriage
    This title is also available ON DEMAND

    For full details, video trailers and secure online ordering Click Here


    03/08/20: Peter's Travel Blog - Relaunched

    Trees on Butherlyp Howe - Original Pencil Sketch by Peter Woolley

    Peter's blog has undergone a makeover and been relaunched as 'Peter's Travel Blog'.

    Previously known as ‘Peter’s Cruise Blog’, it will now encompass all his travels. As always, he will be keeping a record of all his future trips while running painting workshops on cruise ships (even though, with things as they are at the moment in the industry, it's a little uncertain as to when this will happen again – in the meantime, there are vast archives of his previous cruising adventures for those wishing to dig around).

    Peter also plans to write up his adventures in his trusty campervan, and to keep a record of his major walks/sketching trips out and about, featuring route maps and downloadable gpx files (for use on Google Maps and Navigation apps.


    13/04/20: Original Sketches Gallery Updated

    Trees on Butherlyp Howe - Original Pencil Sketch by Peter Woolley
    Bluebells in Strid Wood - Original Pencil Sketch by Peter Woolley

    Peter's Online Gallery is currently undergoing a major refurbishment!

    As part of this refurbishment, we are pleased to announce that updates to the PENCIL SKETCHES GALLERY have now been completed, with lots of new sketches available to purchase, and featuring additional pages designed to provide extra information and insight into each piece of work on display.

    Original sketches are only £25 each, plus carriage, so start browsing today...

    To view the full gallery Click Here


    Weekend Watercolour Workshops with Peter Woolley


    22/11/19: New DVD - Painting IRELAND

    Peter Woolley Painting Ireland DVD and Video on Demand
    Pyjama Video is proud to present the sixth in a series of video demonstrations, The World in Watercolour, based on Peter's travels running workshops on cruise ships, and sketching trips, home and abroad.

    Join Peter Woolley, as he travels across Ireland from East to West in search of subjects to paint and draw.

    His journey begins in the glacial valley of Glendalough before pausing by ancient ruins in Wicklow Gap.

In County Tipperary, The Rock of Cashel makes a great line and wash subject, followed by a brief sketch of Glanworth Bridge, one of the oldest and narrowest public stone bridges still in use in Europe.



    In Killarney, he enjoys the delights of Muckross Abbey and Torc Waterfall before hiking up the spectacular Gap of Dunloe in Killarney National Park to earn his pint of Guiness.

 A line and pencil drawing of Kerry Cliffs and a memorable visit to Blarney Castle concludes this epic sketching trip.

    Special Features include a gallery of work and full biography.

    Length: 104 Mins approx
    Colour: PAL / NTSC
    Aspect Ratio: 16:9
    Region: 0

    DVD Price: £12 each + Carriage
    This title is also available ON DEMAND

    For full details, video trailers and secure online ordering Click Here


    Videos by Peter Woolley are now available On Demand Streaming and Download


    19/11/19: WORKSOP SOCIETY OF ARTISTS DEMONSTRATION


    Downloadable Study Packs by Peter Woolley


    15/08/19: 'Hills & Mountains' Book Paintings Now Reduced

    Traversing the Ridge - Watercolour painting of Crib Gogh by Peter Woolley
    Peter's last book 'Hills and Mountains in Watercolour' have now all sold out. Sadly, Search Press have not scheduled a reprint, but all 24 original watercolours featured in the book (size 12" x 9") are available to purchase, unframed, at the special price of only £75 each (reduced from £120). The one shown here is 'Traversing the Ridge' - a re-imagining of Peter's earlier work, 'Crib Goch, Snowdon', which is still available in the main gallery here.

    To order, go to the Hills & Mountains Gallery and bag yourself a bargain today.


    21/07/19: New Projects Collection DVD - The Rooftops of Lisbon

    Peter Woolley The Rooftop of Lisbon DVD and Video on Demand
    Pyjama Video is proud to present The fourth title in The Projects Collection video series, the natural progression from Peter's Watercolour for Beginners series, aimed at intermediate painters and improvers.

    Projects feature Location Information to help you get to really know the subject and two full working demonstrations; the first one, a Preliminary Pencil Sketch, is followed by a demonstration of the subject, painted up in watercolour. Bonus material will include a brief study of a specific technique associated with the subject.

    Join Peter as he explores the views across the historical capital city of Portugal, Lisbon. After demonstrating a couple of simple, but effective, loosening-up techniques, he draws out the scene in pencil before finishing with a line and wash painting.

    Bonus Demonstration: Rural farm buildings rise from the mist in Misty Marrick.

    Length: 63 Mins approx
    Colour: PAL / NTSC
    Aspect Ratio: 16:9
    Region: 0

    DVD Price: £12 each + Carriage
    This title is also available ON DEMAND

    For full details, video trailers and secure online ordering Click Here

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