Painting en plein air for Beginners with Mark Fennell RBSA – Friday 16th August




This plein air painting for beginners and refreshers with Mark will take place at the idyllic retreat location at the pond in the woods at Clue Hill Farm, near Brill.

Don’t worry if you have never painted en plein air before – it’s what you’re here for!

wildlife pond

The Pond at Clue Hill Farm Retreat

Mark is very enthusiastic and well practiced at painting all kinds of landscapes, in all types of weather.

He will immediately put you at ease and help everyone to choose a great spot around the lake.

Mark will demonstrate and guide you through his simple structured approach to painting in oils and acrylics, breaking everything down into easy to follow steps that will cover everything from mixing all the colours you need from a basic primary colour palette to working tonally, blocking in the larger elements and leaving the finer details for the final stages of the painting.

The aim is to have fun, learn new techniques and build your confidence to paint outdoors!

Please make sure you bring wet weather gear in case of rain or drizzle and also bring a hat in case it is bright and sunny.

The day will start with a quick demonstration to get everyone started, followed by lots of one-to-one tuition and further short demonstrations.

This workshop is suitable for the complete beginner who wants to try plein air painting for the first time or intermediates that need a refresher course.

Price: £60.00 to include delicious homemade lunch and refreshments

A basic ‘starters’ kit can be obtained at a small additional charge, please message for further details

Time: 10.00 – 3.30 pm approx

Mark recommends bringing the following materials with you. This is just a guideline and you are welcome to bring your own materials and ask us any questions.

lake painting

Lake Painting by Mark Fennell

Recommended Equipment List:
Paint: Oil or acrylic. Mark will be using oil paint on this workshop.
Useful, but not essential colours are: Titanium White, Naples yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cadmium Yellow, Burnt Sienna, Cadmium red, Alizarin Crimson, Raw Umber, Ultramarine Blue and Blue black are a good basic set of colours plus anything else you want to bring along.
If you are using oil then please bring an alkyd medium to thin the paint, something like this:
Zest – it or Winsor and Newton Liquin original.
Sketching easel, French easel, pochade box with, or without tripod.
Brush cleaner and tissues / rags and a jam jar (with lid) for cleaning your brushes in, a carrier bag for dirty tissues and rags.
Seat or stool if you prefer to sit whilst painting.
Canvas board or gesso primed mdf 10” x 12” is a good size. preferably painted with a light ground of burnt sienna lightened with white or a light grey ground.
Brushes: Bring a selection of short flat hogs and or filbert hogs sizes 2 – 8 or synthetic brushes for acrylic painters only, plus a rigger. (no sable/water colour brushes)
Palette Knives if you’d like to have a go at using one.
Suitable clothing and footwear for inclement weather including a hat for both sun and shade.
Suncream if necessary.
A camera or phone to photograph the scene you are painting.
if you are using acrylics, a good stay wet palette and fine mist water sprayer is recommended.

Mark was elected member of The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in 2007, he is also a member of Buckinghamshire Art Society and was elected member Oxford art society in 2018.

Brill Windmill by Mark Fennell

An established portrait painter with over 18 years experience, as well as portraiture Mark also enjoys the challenge of painting outdoors, working at speed to capture the fleeting effects of light over landscape.

His work has been selected for exhibition with The Royal Society of Portrait Painters at the Mall galleries London on a number of occasions.
In 2014 and 2018 he was selected for The Artist and leisure painter competition, Patchings festival open art exhibition.

He was awarded The Artists and Illustrators Artist of the year West Design prize, peoples choice award 2012 for his portrait of 2nd world war veteran Len Nixey and was also shortlisted for Artist of the year again this year.
His self portrait was shortlisted out of nearly 10,000 entries for the Daily Mail ‘Not the Turner Prize’ and exhibited at The Mall Galleries, London in 2005.

Mark also featured on ITV’s ‘A Brush With Fame’ in 2005, portrait of Antony Worrall Thompson was chosen as his favourite.  To find out more about Mark:


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Date(s) - 16 Aug 2019
10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Clue Hill Farm