Do you teach or run workshops?
I rarely teach. I am not very good at helping people with what they want to do. I have been known to do the odd ‘Paint with Pete the Street’ day but it’s very rare. The best way to ensure you don’t miss any opportunities is to sign up for email updates.
Alternatively, you can join me on painting holidays run by Spencer Scott Travel. These 10-day-ish trips are not tutored but are an opportunity to ‘paint alongside’ me. So, if you have the patience, you can watch my every brush stroke! It’s great fun – we have a concierge who looks after us and books nice restaurants where we have a good old gas and the odd glass of wine. So far, destinations have included Arles, Florence, Vietnam and Havana. The next trip is to Istanbul in May 2018. Find out more.
Do you do talks?
I do the occasional talk about my work, and painting on the street. If you are interested in an attending a talk, keep an eye on my website for news of forthcoming events, or sign-up for email updates to make sure you don’t miss out.
If you would like me to do a talk to your club, group or college, please contact me.
What type of paint and brushes do you use?
Oil paint: any brand, as long as it is artist’s quality.
Brushes: hog hair filberts. I do use small nylon rounds for fiddly bits.
Do you do commissions?
Yes, I do – provided I like the subject. Contact me to discuss.
Any tips for emerging artists?
My best tip, I think, is to be fanatical. Paint like a nutter. Photograph everything professionally for that monster biography. And do not be precious about selling. A sale buys you time to do what you love and to get better at it. Also look at other artist’s work – be envious of their skill, learn from it, and let it give you a boot up the bum. Feeling inadequate is a real motivator.
Where can I see your work in person?
The best place is at one of my big one-man exhibitions. I generally have a show at Messum’s in London every two years, and one at the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath every three years. I also show my work at various mixed and group shows such as the annual exhibitions run by the New English Art Club, the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Royal Society of British Artists, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Pastel Society and Bath Society of Artists. I exhibit at other galleries such as the Albany Gallery in Cardiff and Brian Sinfield in Burford. And every now and then, I open up our home in Bath for a Christmas or summer exhibition. Keep an eye on the website or sign up for email updates.
If you are interested in buying a painting that’s for sale on my website, but wish to see it before you commit, please contact me to see if we can arrange a viewing.
How long does it take you to complete a painting? Do you do it in one sitting?
Sometimes I paint it all in one go (about 2-6 hours depending on weather and size of painting). Sometimes it needs to be, if it is a fleeting moment. Other times, I will revisit the site at the same time, in the same light on consecutive days and they can take around three or four sittings of 2-3 hours.
How do you get people to stand still?
Well you simply cannot. You have to use your memory or assemble figures from different bodies at different moments. Some work. Some don’t.