Weekly art classes are held every Tuesday evening in Beccles, from 7 pm to 9.15 pm.
A autobiography entitled “Painting from the Heart” by Halsgrove Publishers is available for £24.95. This hardback edition traces the life and career of John Patchett IEA and shows the range and development of his paintings from his 19 years in South Australia to the last 25 years, whilst working and living in England. Further information can be obtained by contacting John Patchett (see Contact page), or The Gallery, Holt (see Links page).
One and two day weekend Pastel Workshops by John are continuing to prove very popular for all those who attend. They offer members of the public a unique opportunity to see John demonstrating his style and technique, receive personal and supportive tuition and experience the infectious creativity that has become a hallmark of his teaching.
A number of art groups and societies, who regularly invite John to run workshops include:
The Lowestoft Art Group
The Southwold Art Circle
The Cromer Art Society
The Hempnall Art Society
The Beccles Society of Artists
The Norfolk and Norwich Art CircleThe Caister Art Group and
Great Yarmouth Guild of Artists
My 10 Basic ‘Top Tips’
Here are some tips, which you may find useful, when working with pastels on location.
1. Choose a coloured sheet of pastel paper, or card, to suit your
2. Start ‘lean’ and ‘loose’.
3. Try and work as quickly as possible.
4. Don’t press too heavily and allow for a build up of layers.
5. Use a hogs hair brush, or stencil brush, to clear away mistakes.
6. Keep your initial concept clearly in your head.
7. Be receptive to accidents and incidents, if they contribute to what
you are trying to achieve.
8. Use fixative for a good reason; creating a barrier, darkening an
area, holding a heavy build up of pastel in place, etc..
9. Tap the back of your work with your fingers for at least a minute, to
remove any loose particles.
10. Turn your work face down against your support board with masking
tape, or bulldog clips, and hold it in place, avoiding lateral movemen