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    Peter Woolley Alpha Painting holiday location in The Lake District

    20th - 24th June 2021 - Alpha Painting Holiday in The Lake District

    Paint the Southern Lakes, Villages & Castles of Cumbria with Peter Woolley. We will paint at selected secluded spots around Lake Windermere and Coniston plus we will paint at places such as Hawkshead, Cartmel Priory, Cark, Holker Hall and Sizergh Castle, Kendal. We will also paint a selection of bridges, waterfalls, cascading rivers, rocks, villages, churches and castles.

    Places on this fantastic painting opportunity are already filling up fast, so book today!


    Art in the Pen 2021

    Art in the Pen 2021

    Although we're awaiting further details, we're pleased to confirm that Art in the Pen, at the Skiption Auction Mart, is going to go ahead this year, on Saturday the 14th and the Sunday the 15th of August. Watch this space for further information, or check out the show's website using the link below.


    Art in the Gardens 2021 confirmed

    4th - 5th September 2021: Art In The Gardens, Sheffield

    It has been confirmed that Sheffield's premiere art show Art in the Gardens, will be going ahead this year. Full details are yet to be announced, but links to the official website and ways to buy tickets will be posted here as soon as that information has been released.

    Peter will once again be exhibiting/demonstrating in one of the Premiere marquees at the annual Art in the Gardens show, in Sheffield. Once a year, Sheffield Botanical Gardens are transformed into an art and craft village, where visitors can wander round and enjoy (and purchase) all the fine exhibits on display. The whole family can enjoy a day out as there are fun activities for children and lots of performing arts, all in a safe and friendly setting.

    Last years's show, despite being held under strict Covid restrictions, turned out to be highly successful. Fingers crossed, this year, we can start to put the last challenging 12 months behind us, and build upon that success!

    News and Offers

    12/05/21: WATERCOLOUR FOR BEGINNERS (Parts 1-4) - 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
    The first four installments of Peter's Watercolour for Beginners video series have now been fully updated and re-mastered. Available on DVD and Video on Demand, all four titles have undergone extensive improvement work and had a whole host of brand new content and features added.

    Part 1: The Building Blocks of Waterclour
    Peter demonstrates each of the four basic washes; Plain Wash, Graded Wash, Wet-in-wet Wash and Transparent Wash (The Building Blocks of Watercolour), and then applies them to a simple landscape The Narvick Fjords. A comprehensive Introduction to Materials, Paint Mixing, Paper Preparation and First Brushstrokes are covered in separate tutorials, along with two short features on Dry-brush Technique and Counterchange.

    Part 2: Tone and Composition
    Peter discusses the importance of Tonal Values in painting and gives two demonstrations of how to paint a single-colour tonal study; Watendlath, in the Lake District and Fields Near Marske, a Yorkshire Dales scene. The art of good composition is explained with the help of an animated Composition Checklist, and the secrets of Fibonacci and The Golden Section are revealed. Peter also explores a range of different methods available to aid with the process of planning and drawing out a painting.

    Part 3: Trees in the Landscape
    Peter discusses how to sketch and paint trees. Two full demonstrations featuring Winter Trees and Summer Trees are included, along with the basics of Sketching Branches. Peter also demonstrates 'Clumping and Dobbing', and how to make your trees more interesting using a Negative Painting technique. This comprehensive collection of demonstrations is topped off with a tutorial on painting Conifers.

    Part 4: Painting Skies
    Peter discusses how to paint skies. A variety of techniques are explored in turn: simple Lifted-out clouds, skies painted both Wet-on-dry & Wet-in-wet to skies more complex and challenging. A hazy sun over Ullswater, a vibrant sunset, Mountains and Clouds and an Advanced Lifting-out demonstration complete the collection.

    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


    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


    11/09/20: 2021 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.

    From the wild slopes of Glencoe in the Scottish Highlands to the gentler dales of the Peak District, many different moods and landscapes are featured, alongside the beauty of Lake District tarns, Yorkshire Dales waterfalls and quiet coastal harbours. His recent trips to Colombia in South America, and the West Coast of Ireland are also celebrated.

    For more details 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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