Online: The Living Still Life: Potted Plants. Tuesdays, March 5-26. In this workshop we will focus on painting small plants in controlled studio conditions. We will scale up and down between various sorts and sizes of plants. After this course you should be able to then even go outdoors and paint plants as big as your hear desires. You will learn how to create still life paintings that are not just studies, but finished paintings. Find out how to set up, bend and exploit reality in order to take your plant paintings to the next level. This same process can be used regardless of the subject, so it is a good fundamental base for painting from life. You can find out more info or sign up here.

Online: Plein Air Live: March 6-8, 2024. A bunch of painting demos by over 30 artists, myself included. For more info and to sign up click here. Use discount code “OLEARY” for 10% off.

The Live Figure – Design and Composition: Friday 26 April, 2024 – Sunday 28 April, 2024: Stroud, UK. There is more to painting the figure than just mirroring what you see. In this workshop, you will move beyond copying the live model in front of you, and instead start to think more deeply about design and composition. The model will become an inspiration to work from, rather than an object to slavishly duplicate.
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A workshop in Bergen, Norway is hopefully on the horizon. If you are interested in attending or want to stay updated on workshops just send an email to

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