Mark Fennell RBSA

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Palette knife portrait painting workshop.

Had a fun day running a portrait painting with palette knives workshop for Rickmansworth art society.

Landscape painting demonstration.

I recently demonstrated how i tackle painting plein air landscapes in oils for Winslow art society,
a little tricky as i had to do it indoors from an image on my ipad!

Portrait painting demonstration.

Here are a few snapshots of a 2 hour portrait painting demonstration i did for Cookham arts club, I did this one in oils with the Zorn palette, just three colours - cadmium red, ivory black and yellow ochre plus titanium white.

Portrait painting demonstration.

I had the pleasure of painting Mick over two hours while talking about my portrait painting
technique to members of Beechwood art society in Amersham.

Portrait painting workshop in the Slad valley.

My first painting workshop for Chez Helene at their great new studio in the Cotswolds.
Looking forward to more workshops here and Lake Annecy next year.

Holyport College arts week

What could be better than spending a summer's day outdoors running a portrait painting workshop for a group of talented students at Holyport college during their Arts Weeks.

Zorn palette Portrait painting workshop.

Another very enjoyable portrait painting workshop with Pegasus Art in Stroud.
It was so nice to be painting with a lovely group of artists in Stroud again.
Thanks to Paul for being such a good sitter!

The Artist, Leisure Painter and Painters-Online 2021 Open competition.

Really pleased to have two of my knife paintings accepted for The Artist, Leisure Painter and PaintersOnline 2021 Open competition in partnership with Patchings Art Centre.
They will be on exhibition at Patchings Art Centre, Oxton Road, Calverton, Nottinghamshire from 21 August to 26 September 2021.

Portrait painting demonstration

I recently did a Zoom portrait painting demonstration with a limited palette (the Zorn palette) for The Art events Group. It was another enjoyable Zoom experience, i was told afterwards that it was like watching the grand national towards the end as i was finishing up.
I tickled this painting up a bit after the demonstration!

"Great demo! I really enjoyed the excitement!" Linda Bywaters

Portrait painting workshop in Truro
Another very enjoyable and successful portrait painting workshop with Truro Arts Company.
It was so nice to be painting with a lovely group of artists in Cornwall again.
Thanks to Morgan for being such a good sitter!

Winner of Oxford Art Society Honorary Members Prize.

Really pleased to be awarded the Honorary members prize for ‘Paint splattered apron’ at this years Oxford art society members exhibition.
Visit the exhibition at https://Oxford art

Zorn palette portrait painting demonstration on Zoom

I recently did a Zoom portrait painting demonstration from my studio for 39 members of Henley Arts & Crafts Guild. It was another enjoyable Zoom experience and very well organised by the society.
I tickled this painting up a bit after the demonstration!

Here are a few quotes from the members

"Mark is a super duper painter and so skilled"
"A good demonstration and a good result.  I noted the age-old problem of knowing when to stop"

"Thanks for another fascinating demo!"

" It was a wonderful demonstration and I was very sorry to have to leave early - so pleased I'll be able to watch the rest of it later"  (As we offer a recording)

"Thank you to Mark - it was a very informative and interesting afternoon"

"Just to say thanks for a great portrait demo yesterday.
The members really appreciated it and more are watching the recording too. We've had some nice comments thanking us and you for the demo."
Janet Myall

Oil painting workshop in Stroud
I spent an enjoyable day teaching a small socially distanced group alla prima oil painting techniques
at Pegasus Art in Stroud.
Unfortunately a few people that booked the course dropped out at the last minute due to the rise in covid-19 cases but we still had a fun day!
My next socially distanced workshop here is palette knife portrait painting on October 24th 2020.


Here’s my second portrait for #portraitsfornhsheroes. I challenged myself by painting Katy just with palette knifes. I painted her portrait as part of the #portraitsfornhsheroes initiative created by fellow Oxford art society member and painter friend Tom Croft.

Katy's experience her own words.
“I’m a theatre recovery nurse. I qualified as a nurse in 2012 working first at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and later the BMI. During the full-on Covid period both NHS and private hospitals dedicated themselves to the common Covid struggle. The private sector was contracted to the NHS. I did a number of long shifts in an area designated for Covid patients with “hot and cold” areas - an off shoot of ITU. I also had informal caring responsibilities to my every father (recently widowed), whilst trying to socially distance.”

Portrait painting course.
I had an enjoyable day running a workshop on portrait painting with painting knives at Micklems farm near Henley on Thames. It was fully booked but 5 people cancelled because of the coronavirus, I think this will be my last workshop for a few months while covid 19 is still at large.

Portrait painting demonstration.
I had an enjoyable evening demonstrating portrait painting from life at Virginia Water art society.
As ever it was a challenge with only 2 hours including a tea break.
"This evening Mark Fennell came to Virginia Water Art Society to demonstrate painting in oil the Portait of Anthony one of our members. The likeness was incredible and in less than 2 hours Mark talked us through his process. The evening was very enjoyable and everyone was impressed by the results, thank you Mark"

Winner of The Winsor and Newton Painting Award at the 2020 RBA annual exhibition.

Chuffed to bits to be awarded The Winsor and Newton Painting Award at the Royal Society of British Artists annual exhibition.

Portrait painting demonstration.
Another enjoyable portrait painting demo, I felt the pressure on this one painting Patrick from life for Eastcote art society.
I think a backdrop and more dramatic lighting would have helped!

Buckinghamshire portrait artist has work selected for The RBA.
My self portrait – The diagnosis has been selected for The Royal Society of British Artists annual open exhibition at The Mall Galleries London.

“I painted this self portrait with palette knives soon after being diagnosed with Lymphoma, I think it reflects how I felt at the time.” Receiving the cancer diagnosis was such a shock, but I felt compelled to paint himself and show how i was feeling. The chemotherapy treatment was successful, and i now feel healthy and well”.

Landscape painting demonstration.
I had an enjoyable evening demonstrating landscape painting with Rickmansworth art society. I’ve painted this amazing view of Clifton and camps bay from Bantry bay Cape town on the spot a couple of times whilst out there visiting my daughter and family.

Portrait painting course.
Had a fun day running a portrait painting workshop with a talented group of artists at Pegasus art in Stroud.

Painting courses.
Had a great time running a two day portrait painting workshop at Pure Artwork studio in Adderbury, what a great place to work!

Plein air painting workshop.
Spent a great day running a workshop for Henley arts and crafts guild in the lovely gardens of Micklems farm. It was so hot i just wanted to jump in the pool! Looking forward to running more workshops here in 2020.

Portrait painting workshop.
Another fun day teaching a lovely group of artists portrait painting with palette knives at Art events in Surrey.
“Thank you for a wonderful wokshop on Saturday. It was a delight to meet you and we all loved working with you on the challenge of the palette knife! Not only are you a fine artist but an excellent tutor and I very much appreciated the preparation you made to ensure the students had all they needed to help them create a good painting. It was huge fun as well! We are already looking forward to the next one and I will send you some dates soon.”
Linda Bywaters

Portrait painting course in Oxford.
Enjoyed the weekend teaching palette knife portrait painting to a great bunch of students at Oxford Summer School. Some people decided to stick to working with brushes but still got some impressive results.

Painting workshop in Brill village.
My first ever Brill village oil and acrylics painting workshop was a lot of fun, very impressed with the work!

My next oil and acrylics workshop is september 3rd – october 8th, every tuesday morning 10am – 1pm, book early, 8 easels available, or bring your own. Beginners welcome!

Shortlisted for Artist of the year.
I am very pleased to announce that I have been shortlisted again for the Artists and Illustrators, ‘Artist of the Year’ Award. My portrait of Tony AKA Bouders has been chosen for the Artists of the Year Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London from 25th February to 2nd March 2019.
You will have a chance to vote for it online –