Wirral Open Studios Tour 2017

IMG_4124This year over 60 artists are taking part across Wirral in 36 venues – shared spaces and studios – on 10-11 June (Saturday 10-5 Sunday 11-5). You can download the brochure with listings and maps here or pick up a printed version from any of the artists or venues across Wirral. Continue reading

Athens: Platforms Project

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Platforms Project is Athens’ Independent Art Fair, open this year 20th – 25th May. Artist groups from all over the world are taking part, including SCI, a group which developed out of Liverpool Tate staff artists’ Soup Collective (SC).  The ‘I’ in SCI stands for ‘including other artists’, which is how I got involved.

IMG_7715SCI’s theme for the fair is consumerism and branding and the exhibition, titled ‘CODED‘ includes work from 22 UK artists in addition to Soup Collective’s six members. In keeping with the theme, artists have used food packaging as a basis for their contributions (which also seems apt, given the group’s name!). I found this an exciting proposition, given my concerns about the food industry, packaging, processing and environment. Continue reading

Watercolour Classes 2017


1st July Beginners’ Saturday – FULLY BOOKED

14th July Beginners’ Friday – ONE PLACE LEFT

15th July Improvers’ Saturday – 3 PLACES

21st July Improvers’ Friday – 2 PLACES

Late July and August dates to follow.

Please register your interest via the form below, stating your experience with watercolour. Feel free to ask any questions. There are information brochures available, which I’ll add to the site (hopefully!).


Experiments & Sketches

Watercolour is a feisty medium – I refuse to say ‘difficult‘, though it’s often said to me by those either keen to learn or keen to avoid it. I also refuse to talk about ‘rules‘ because that implies a power imbalance between the artist and the paint. It may begin that way but, like learning the rumba, eventually the dance starts to look and feel more sensual and natural. Continue reading

Chester Arts Fair 18-20 Nov 2016

caf16socmedimg I’m delighted to be joining more than 90 artists as part of this year’s Chester Arts Fair at Chester Racecourse on the weekend of 18-20 November.

It’s always a challenge to begin something new and I’ve just been an arts fair visitor so far, dropping in on other artists and weighing up the possibility of showing my own paintings, deciding whether I’m ready and if I’m prepared to take the risk in terms of energy and funds. Continue reading

Watercolour Day for Beginners

Wet-wet technique, run-backs, granulating pigments and dry brush are used in the miniature seascape (Janine Pinion 2016).

Wet-in-wet, run-backs, granulating pigments and dry brush are used in this miniature seascape.

Friday 23rd September 10-3

Five hours of watercolour bliss in a small group (max 4) – open to all levels of artistic ability but with little or no experience of watercolour painting. Tuition in my studio near New Brighton, Wirral, close to the prom and historic Magazines area.

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Upcoming Dates for Watercolour Classes


All masterclasses 10am-3pm £45 (discounts for returners). This is an intensive day for those who prefer it to weekly classes and all or some materials are included. Maximum of four per group.

Masterclass 1 is for anyone new to watercolour painting, whether you’re a practising artist or starting out. Materials included. Friday 15th July (one space left); Saturday 16th July (one space left); further date to follow (four places)
Masterclass 2 is a follow-on day OR for those who have some experience of watercolour painting. Materials to supplement your own. Saturday 2nd July (full) & Friday 22nd July (two spaces left)
Masterclass 3 (coming soon!) is for those with more experience and will focus in more depth on advanced techniques and on my own particular approach. Bring your own materials, specialist materials provided.

How to book: send me your preferred class and dates via the contact form below.


Practice sessions are suitable either for those who have attended a Masterclass or who have some experience of watercolour painting but want to develop their skills further (not suitable for complete beginners). If you would like to come for informal tutoring for up to 3 hrs in a small group, let me know via the contact form below. Bring your own materials  (water containers and supplementary materials provided). 10am-1pm or 1pm-4pm £15 (dates coming shortly)


There has been some interest in a series of weekly classes, so I will be trying these soon, dates and prices to follow. Let me know if you are interested. I also tutor groups as a visiting artist, so please feel free to ask for details via the contact form below. If you would like to book a class in my studio for your group of up to four, do get in touch as I offer special rates.

Wirral Open Studio Tours 2016

Tomorrow I open my studio for the first time – in previous years I’ve shared or been in a venue – I’m feeling  both excited and anxious to get everything in order. Three of us are opening in New Brighton: Breda Whyte, Neal Dawson and myself, luckily all within a stone’s throw of each other in the Magazines area.

Not only are our studios open, but there is plenty to add to your visit: Vale Park, historic Magazines area, pub, vintage shops cafes etc, promenade and beach. That’ll give you a nice break before continuing your tour to other artists across Wirral – you can download a brochure with maps here: http://wirralart.com