Still Life with a white Mug under painting after Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin

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Still Life with a white mug under painting

This painting of Still life with a White Mug after Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin

Bistre Under Painting

Still Life with a White Mug Under Painting

Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin 

Known as the master of still life, he was born in Paris on 2nd November 1699

Painting an under painting

This copy of Still Life with a White Mug under painting was carried out using Turner Bistre Oil Paint many of the great master painters would carry out an under painting in Bistre and then put glazing coats over the top, the under painting must be completely dry before attempting  colour glazing to create the perfect painting.

Creating an under painting

When creating an under painting in the manner of the great masters, it is essential to make sure your support, be it canvas or panel is completely gessoed ready for painting, remember to cover the support with at least 4 coats of gesso with each coat spreading in alternative directions.

The process

Once the support is completely dry you can cover it with an imprimatura this is the first paint layer or the colour beginning and means to spread a thin layer of transparent paint over the whole support. next you can complete the sketch in graphite or paint and then work on the darkest dark’s and the lightest lights, gradually working through the mid tones, remember there are normally ten values in a painting and the more you use the more realistic the painting will look.

Turner Bistre Oil

Turner Bistre Oil paint is the only Bistre Oil Paint available in the world and can be obtained from a selected few suppliers, check out Turner Artist Colours where you can find a supplier or go to the Turners Painting School Bistre.

Good luck with your paintings and most importantly, “Enjoy”.

Free Painting Demonstrations

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Free Painting Demonstrations

The free painting demonstrations went exceptionally well with quite a few paintings completed and lots of viewers.

The 1st painting

The 1st painting just had to be a summer painting of the beach the lovely sand dunes with the sea in the background

The 2nd Painting

The 2nd painting is in memory of my brother Nigel chilling at Bala Lake in Wales with his family

A collection of the paintings

Here is a collection of the paintings and the beginning of my last but unfinished painting  The Fall of Anarchy after JMW Turner.


Source: Free Painting Demonstration

Plein Air painting at IKEA Warrington

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Plein Air Painting at IKEA Warrington

Had a fantastic day at IKEA Warrington En Plein Air

Painting in Turner Bistre Oil

Painting in Turner Bistre Oil is a wonderful experience with its translucent quality it is so easy to make it feel like a warm or cool colour as it mixes so well with other paints.

The Day

The afternoon was spent by meeting up in the cafe for a quick drink and then off we went to explore Ikea and the grounds

Turner Bistre Oil Paint by Turner Artist Oil Colours

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Turner Bistre Oil

This amazing product Turner Bistre Oil is the creation of Marc A Turner and Turner Artist Colours and is available on the open market as the only Bistre Oil Paint.

Turner Paints in Bistre Oil

Using Turner Bistre

The photo above shows Marc A Turner using the Turner Bistre Oil to recreate a master copy after Sir Luke Fildes Sweet Quiet Rest in the Warrington Museum in April 2017

What is Bistre

Bistre has been used since the first century AD but became very popular in the 16th and 17th century, it is manufactured from the soot of Birch and or Beech wood after going through a thorough process of eliminating any contaminants and foreign matter  it is finally ground and mixed with the finest refined linseed oil.

Where can it be used

Traditionaly it was used in a ink for to create paintings that have value to them, and like a painting made in Black known as a Grisaille, the Brown painting is known as a Brunaille.

Shakespeare The Modern Man at the TAE17

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Shakespeare The Modern Man at TAE17

In 2016 I was lucky enough to sell my postcard size painting in New York, this year I painted

Shakespeare the modern man

Twitter Art Exhibition 2017

David Sandum

David Sandum, the founder of the Twitter Art Exhibition has given artist a way of getting on the platform without worrying about being judged and supporting charity’s at the same time.

Cat Salter-Smith

The curator for TAE17, Cat Salter-Smith and her team did an amazing job and worked extremely hard for many months to create an amazing exhibition in the Stratford Art House

.In support of Molly Olly’s at Statford-up-on-Avony. My little postcard size painting of Shakespeare The Modern Man sold and along with all the entrants it will help to support this years charity.

Shakespeare the modern man

The painting was created by using traditional methods using hand made gesso with marble dust, Turner Bistre Oil and then glazed to create a mini master painting


Next year its down under  with Kylie Fogarty as Curator and the charity is Pegasusact 


Turners Painting School, learn to paint the correct way, in a brilliant environment

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Turners Painting School

Turners Painting School  is dedicated to teaching the methods and techniques of painting as used by the great master painters old and new.

The Location of Turners Painting School

Turners Painting School is located in the wonderful grounds of Walton Hall and Gardens  in Warrington Cheshire, we have the wonderful gardens complete with woodland, a carp pond and also a small zoo, the hall is a magnificent building, there is so much to paint right at the heart of our school.

The School

Turner’s Painting School is a well designed painting school equipped with almost everything one could ever wish for in a painting school and studio, this is the perfect place to learn how to paint the correct way. We believe that learning how to use oil paints and painting mediums is fundamental to improving your painting creations and here at Turner’s Painting school you will be learning the skills required in a purpose designed painting school with the guidance of our founder Marc A Turner.


We run regular courses, workshops and demonstrations throughout the year, just click on the link below and brows through the site.

and look for a course that suits you, are you a complete beginner or someone just wanting to improve your skills in oil paints,or have you ever wanted to paint like one of the master painters, JMW Turner, Edward Seago, Monet, Vincent Van Gogh or one of many more master painters, Marc A Turner has a vast knowledge in the methods and techniques of many of the master painters and he loves nothing more that sharing his knowledge with like minded people or anyone wishing to learn how to paint using the skills passed on throughout the centuries.

Purchase a course

Courses are available through the website where you can also buy gift vouchers, you can also purchase from the school and you can get any value from £5 upwards, an ideal present for a friend or loved one.

A note from Marc A Turner

Learning to Paint correctly is a life long learning process and we can all continue to learn from continued practice along with the continued learning from people who have the knowledge and are happy to pass on that knowledge, here at Turner’s Painting School we pride ourselves on passing on that knowledge to our students.

2017 is the year of Painting: Marc A Turner.

Painting Demonstrations by Marc A Turner

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Painting Demonstrations by Marc A Turner

The painting demonstrations by Marc A Turner will take place at the Walton Hall Gardens Country Fair, on Sunday 11th September, the first demonstration will take place at 11.15, the second demonstration will be at 13.45hrs, the painting Demonstrations by Marc A Turner are FREE as is the entry to the country fair.

How to find us

The painting demonstrations will be taking place in the Courtyard Art Gallery, just across from the Courtyard café, they will last for about 1 hour for the main body of work and then a further hour to refine the painting, but if you don’t have much time on your hands, still come along and take a look, you will still get to see quite a lot within a few minutes and it might inspire you to have a go.

The address is as follows:

Walton Hall and Gardens,
Walton Lea Road,
Higher Walton,
Cheshire, WA4 6SN

What are the paintings of:

The first painting demonstration will be of the landscape of the Walton Hall Gardens and the second demonstration will be a still life, both works will be carried out using the Turner Artist Oil Colours, an explanation of the process will be given during the painting demonstration.

Some recent work : A couple recent paintings carried out by marc.

Tatton Lilly pond  Over Land and Sea

The two attached painting are from recent Exhibitions, Tatton Park Lilly Pond for the Warrington Art Group annual exhibition at Tatton Hall and Over Land and Sea at the Castle Park Art Centre.