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Come with me on a Painting Holiday

In May next year I have the pleasure of tutoring on a painting holiday in the beautiful Cotswolds region of the UK. This exciting holiday is provided through Alpha Painting Holidays.

8th -12th May 2022

We will paint in a variety of beautiful Cotswolds villages including  Lacock,  Castle Combe and  Biddestone.

Bradford-on-Avon is near to the hotel and we will paint around this historic town and also we have access to places such as Corsham, Nunney with its castle and the famous Caern Hill locks on the Kennet and Avon Canal. There really is no shortage of places to paint and sketch!

Leigh Park Country House Hotel & Vineyard, is located in the picturesque town of Bradford on Avon, near Bath.
Set in five acres of landscaped gardens, overlooking the picturesque Wiltshire Downs, Leigh Park is a classical Georgian country house hotel with charm, character and a subtle elegance.

I hope you may be able to join me on this week of painting in one of the most beautiful areas of England.

Andy Walker

Take the Inktober challenge

Have you heard of Inktober? I have come across it every October for the past few years, advertised on the internet and in magazines etc.. But until now I have never taken part. I’m about to change that.

So, what is Inktober?

Here’s what the founder says on his Inktober website (which by the way is really helpful and contains ideas on how to draw and use ink, along with prompts and ideas to keep you motivated during the drawing challenge). Here’s what he says;

Jake Parker created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve his inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

And you and I can join in! All you need to do is the following:
1) Make a drawing in ink (you can do a pencil under-drawing if you want).

2) Post it. Post it on any social media account you want or just post it on your refrigerator. The point is to share your art with someone. 🙂

3) If you are posting online, then Hashtag it with #inktober and #inktober2021

4) Repeat

Note: you can do it daily, or go the half-marathon route and post every other day, or just do the 5K and post once a week. Whatever you decide, just be consistent with it. Inktober is about growing and improving and forming positive habits, so the more you’re consistent the better.

That’s it! Now go make something beautiful.

My pen and ink sketches. I use a Noodlers Ahab flex fountain pen which is a joy to use. I use a black non-permanent Quink ink with this pen and that allows me to create amazing grey washes when wetted with a water brush.

So, how about it? Are you ready for the challenge? I am.
It starts on October 1. That’s tomorrow.

If you like you can use my Facebook page Painting Posts to post your inky artwork.
I’ll show mine there.

The Blog is Back!

Well this is my first post back on this blog for quite some time, so thank you for waiting around for it! It’s actually been seven and a half years since my last post here which is heading towards a medal from the Guinness Book of Records!
I switched blogging platforms for a few years, but have now decided to move back here and start blogging again from this site. I’ve updated it, changed its name (from to the snappier “Andy’s Art Blog”, and it’s new URL is, and I’m raring to go!

So welcome back to my blog connected with my online art courses website (

What will you find here?

Well, all sorts of interesting stuff I hope. Inspiration and thoughts about painting. How I and others use art materials and equipment. Painting tips and ideas. My favourite art books and Youtubers… In short, anything that will inspire your creativity!

So please look around and make this blog your own.
Comment on anything. Tweet it. Facebook it. Like it. Share it.

Together we can help each other on this great adventure of creating art.

Coming soon:

  • Inktober 2021
  • David Hockney and the art of painting time
  • News of my painting holiday 2022
  • A look through my gouache sketchbook
  • How to set up a viewfinder for a still life (video)
  • The best teachers on YouTube (well, some of them!)
  • How to design a winning painting
  • Ann Blockley and the natural way to paint
  • My plein air sketchbook set-up
  • And more…

If you’ve got any ideas for future posts, then please let me know.

Your friend

Andy Walker