Tatton Park Lilly pond Landscape in oils

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Tatton Park Lilly pond Landscape in oils

Tatton Park Lilly pond was painted by Marc A Turner in oils on canvas, the inspiration came from a visit to Tatton Park to carry out Plein air sketching with the Warrington art group, initially the sketch was done as a notan in graphite with a supporting photo and some notes of the direction of the sun and where I wanted to have the focal paint, the weather which was extremely bright on this day made all the trees and the water shimmer, it was quite amazing.

Tatton Lilly pond

Tatton Park Gardens

The painting was made using a canvas support with 4 coats of gesso, then an imprimatura followed by a light sketch, the painting beginning was done using the Turner artist oil colours using cool and warm blues, greens and yellows with the addition of the New Turner Bistre Oil to manage the Values within the painting, the most important aspect of carrying out a painting like this is to get your values correct straight from the beginning.

Tatton Art Exhibition

The painting of Tatton Park Lilly Pond is to be displayed in the Tatton Art Exhibition, (Warrington Art Group Annual Event), from Sunday 20th August until Saturday 3rd September and all the paintings will be on sale unless stated otherwise. The exhibition is being held in the Rotherne Room, the 1st building on your left as you entre the courtyard from the carpark, we are up stairs and it will be well worth the clime up the few steps to see.  The exhibition is also certain to inspire you to take a walk around the beautiful Tatton Gardens to get some inspiration or just feel the tranquility of an amazing place.

Thank you for viewing this blog.

Marc A Turner


Turner Bistre Portrait painting, “Jan”

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Turner Bistre Portrait painting, “Jan”.

This Portrait of Jan using the Turner Bistre Oil pain was carried out in order to practice using the New Turner Bistre Oil paint, the results are pleasing and the only other colour used was white and only for the collar.

Jan in Turner Bistre

The original Bistre was manufactured by boiling the soot from Birch and or Beach wood in Distilled or rain water and filtering it off to get rid of any contaminants.

Availability. Now for the first time ever, Marc A Turner and Turner Artist Colours have recreated the original Bistre ink into an Oil paint that is now available through the internet, we have put it on the market at a subsidised price to allow every one to be able to afford it and try it out.

Use it for sketching. Ideal for sketching using an almost dry bristle brush, use it for plein air painting on its own or in conjunction with Black and White paint,

The joy of Bistre. Apart from the joy of knowing that the great master painters used bistre throughout the ages, such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Peter Paul Rubens, and now for the first time ever you can use it in an oil paint.

Marc A Turner.

Bistre Experiment using Turner Bistre Oil Paint

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Bistre Experiment using Turner Bistre Oil Paint

This experiment using the Turner Bistre Oil Paint was carried out to push the boundaries of the oil paint and to find out what can be created by firstly only using the Turner Bistre oil paint without adding any other colours as per the painting below.

Later looking at using the Bistre plus Black and White.

What is the painting of: You can decide for your self, is it a painting of space, a painting of a droplet of oil or a crater on the moon, let us know your thoughts on what you think.

Bistre Experiment

Turner Bistre Oil Painting of a Small Child.

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Turner Bistre Oil Painting of a Small Child.

The painting of a small chid painted by Marc A Turner using the Turner Bistre oil paint, the first ever Bistre oil paint available on the marked, the painting was made using only the Turner Bistre oil paint on a gesso covered canvas with an imprimatur covering the canvas before the painting was carried out, it was done in one sitting using only the Turner Bistre oil Paint, the canvas was covered in the Bistre and scrubbed of with a cloth to create a mid tone to the canvas, the rag was used for lifting out the highlighted areas before more paint was added in various thicknesses to create the painting.

What is Bistre: Read below:


Small child


What Is Bistre: Bistre: was probably used since the 14th century but was first wrote down in England in 1727, it was traditionally made using the soot from Birch and or Beach wood boiled in Distilled or rain water to eliminate any chemicals that me cause the support to rot and disintegrate, this was used as an ink.

Who used it: Many of the grate Master Painters used Bistre for sketching or as an underpainting, Michelangelo, Leonardo for all the many sketches we all know and love and the famous Peter Paul Rubens.

Who Created it: Marc A Turner has re-created Bistre into an Oil paint that in now available for purchase and the perfect accompaniment for the painters toolbox.

Who Manufactures Turner Bistre Oil Paint: Turner Bistre is a produce of Turner Artist Colours, an English company dedicated to to creating oil paints for artist worldwide.

Turner Artist oil colours

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Turner Artist Oil Colours                           Turner scrole

Artist Quality Oils at affordable prices

We are dedicated to producing the finest quality paints at affordable prices.

The Turner Artist Oil Colours are manufactured in the UK for Marc A Turner Arts using the Finest Refined Linseed Oil and genuine quality Pigments, we only sell artist quality as we believe that everyone should be able to use the best quality paints at a affordable price.

We are currently developing a new shop front with some amazing Bargains so keep returning to get the offers.

Monet set    The Turner Selection      MAT BS1   Turner   MAT EC

Here we have the Monet range, the Turner selection, brushes, The Susan Holland selection and Turner Earth colours.

Coming Shortly

We are proud to have created the 1st ever Bistre Oil Paint

It will be on the Market from the 28th June to commemorate the 439th Birthday of Peter Paul Rubens

Turner Bistre Oil

Bistre was originally manufactured by adding the soot from logs of Birch and or Beech wood, boiled in distilled water, this was used as an ink for drawing or used as an under painting, we have all seen Leonardo Da Vinci’s drawings. Now it is possible to create amazing artwork to replicate the masters by using the New Turner Bistre oil paint.

Golden Gates Angel Warrington

Golden Gates Angel by Marc A Turner

The Golden Gates Angel was painted using the New Turner Bistre oil paint, the Transparent paint can be used as an imprimatur to create that amazing glow so noticeable in J W M Turners work.

Thank you for taking the time to view this article, we are sure you are going to love the paint.

Marc A Turner, The Gateway, oil on canvas

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Marc A Turner, The Gateway, oil on Canvas

I was painting at the Warrington Gateway exhibition today and it was thundering and lightening so I painted this picture and called it Marc A Turner, The Gateway, oil on canvas, look extremely closely and you may notice something within the painting that comes to life.

Thank you for looking and thank you to the Staff for putting up with me.

The Gateway oil on canvas

This large painting was done on a canvas support using the Turner Artist oil colours and the new Turner Bistre Oil came in really handy due to its Transparency. I started off with a good ground of Gesso and a nice bright imprimatura before sketching out and painting, once that was done I started the sky using both a cool and a warm blue, with the addition of white where required, moving on to the background and in particular the horizon I used a cool purple then building up as I moved on to the foreground with viridian and some greens I mixed  for the purpose.

As you can see by the water it is mainly a grey green with the addition of a muddy white with some boats added and a few posts, the post help to give the painting depth and make you follow your eye along the estuary towards the focal point, You will notice that the focal point is in the middle of the painting and this was done purposely as I felt it made the overall appearance much more dynamic.

The Gate Way oil on canvas took about 5 hours although I had already prepped the canvas support.

When the painting has completely dried out in a couple of months, I will give it a couple of coats of varnish to finish it off.

The painting will be exhibited at the Castle Park Art Centre and the Chester Art Centre.

I am exceptionally pleased with it, thank you for viewing and any comments would be appreciated.

Marc A Turner

Warrington Art Group Gateway exhibition 13th June until 18th July

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Warrington Art Group Gateway Exhibition

The Warrington Art Group have their 1st Gateway exhibition at the Gateway Community Resource Centre in Warrington Cheshire, we have over 60 works of art in a range of mediums from watercolour through to Oil painting and in many genres from landscape through to abstract art.

The Warrington Art Group Gateway exhibition is free to view and well worth it, come along and see the wonderful art created in Warrington.

You can visit the exhibition from 13th June until the 18th July from 9am until 4.30 pm.

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Many more photos will be added over the next few days so keep returning to the site.

JP1  JM1+

DH1  CG1

LG1   mm1

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LG2  LH1



Turner Artist Oil Colours Painting Apron

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Turner Artist Oil Colours Painting Apron

The new stylish Turner artist oils colours painting apron, “Handmade by Lorraine” is the perfect apron designed for comfort and convenience, each apron is individually hand made and each apron has its own alteration to make it unique and individual to the wearer, a perfect present for anyone or better still, a present for ones self.

Turner Aprons  Turner Apron  Turner Apron HMBL

All the Aprons are “Handmade by Lorraine” for Turner Oil Colours with an individual twist on every apron, they are made of extremely good quality material and designed for comfort and style.

If you are interested in purchasing a Turner artist oil colours apron, please contact info@marc-a-turner.com


Weekend sort-out of the Turner Studio

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Weekend sort-out of the Turner Studio

The bank holiday weekend was the perfect time to sort the studio out and get some paintings ready for a sale, one forgets how many paintings one has until the grass diapered in the garden.

A selection for sale