Friday, 15 November 2013

Tutor profile: Brian Steventon - painting tutor

Join Brian Steventon on a Painting Holiday in Havana, Puglia and France in 2014!

Manorolo, Cinque Terre

In an attempt for you to get to know our tutors a little bit better, I will be writing a profile about each of them over the course of 2014. If you're thinking about joining us on a holiday, but you'd like to know more about the background, experience and personality of your potential tutor, then look no further. There are hard facts and some light-hearted banter, but I hope it exemplifies their and our passion for the holidays we are selling and the work that they do. They are all, after all both teachers and working artists themselves - whether they specialise in painting, photography, cooking, singing or indeed walking. They are continually honing their knowledge, skill and craft in order that their guests get the very most from their holidays.

Brian is a full time artist and tutor. His work is sold through numerous UK galleries and has also be purchased by Stephen Fry's Kingdom series. He is currently the official artist at the Black Country Living Museum. An experienced tutor, it is his innovative, free-flowing and impressionistic style for capturing atmosphere and light that most appeals to his students. He combines this with a warm and friendly approach with personalised tuition and demonstrations. His is committed to inspiring and improving the work of all his students.

Brian led some very successful trips last year, with two back to back weeks in Cinque Terre which SOLD OUT! Be quick to sign up for his holidays - they are selling fast!

A few questions....

Q: What's your special skill?
A: My special skill is getting to the essence of the subject in any medium, whether it be landscape, figurative etc.

Q: Why do you love being a tutor for Authentic Adventures?
a) We get to meet such a wide section of people, whether it be students, hoteliers, restauranteurs, who are mostly passionate about what they do.
b) We get to travel to some wonderful places.
c) We get to tutor a wide range of artistic abilities, and hopefully make a difference to peoples lives.

Q: What's your top tip for future guests on an Authentic Adventures holiday?
a) Be open to trying things out
b) Look hard at the tones and shapes before you put pencil to paper
c) Simplify the composition
d) Never make two marks if one will do.

Q: Which Authentic Adventures trip are you most excited about in 2014?
A: I am excited about them all, but if I had to single out one trip, it would be Havana. It's such an unusual place, it's culture, colour and the almost timeless element that will make it a superb painting trip. It's unlikely to remain like this, so go for it now, whilst you can!

Q: What's been the best holiday you've worked on for Authentic Adventures and why?
A: I've enjoyed all the trips for Authentic Adventures, but I still have very fond memories of my first trip to Zuheros in Subbetica. The people on the trip, the Spanish locals and the thrill of selecting new venues was amazing.

Q: Holiday tales...funny anecdotes, memorable holidays - weird moments!
A: How come Italian trains were always late but on the day of the rail strike they were all on time!! How weird is that!!!

Q: Tell us something we don't already know about you...
A: As well as being a painter I have also been a potter and enameller. When I was a little younger I played league Squash, rant the London Marathon four times - I should add, not all on the same day!

Q: Have you got anything special up your sleeve for your next trip?
A: I have not yet been to any of my new venues for 2014, but I always look out for things that will make a difference to artists trips. So rest assured, I will have something up my sleeve. A jazz club sketch night in Havana would be amazing!!

Q: Where would you like to travel to next that Authentic Adventures do not currently visit?
A: A painting trip to Venice would be great, I have been there numerous times but never with Authentic Adventures. It's an amazing place for artists.

Q: Tell us about your forthcoming exhibitions, master classes or anything else you are up to.
A: I lead the Kingswinford 'All Media Art Group' and we're currently working on Christmas week I travel to Bevere Gallery to deliver some new work, and also to Bircham gallery. Early in 2014, I'll be exhibiting at the RBSA (Royal Birmingham Society of Artists) for their start and open exhibitions. I have work ready to submit to the RBA Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in the new year. Keep your fingers crossed. In 2014 I'll be running my Plein-Air painting days at David Austin Roses in June & July and at The Wodehouse in May and Harvington Hall in August. I also have a Watercolour Masterclass arranged for 12th April - to give you a taster of my work and teaching style if you want to then come on holiday with me! I'm doing a Café Scene demo for Spalding Art Society and tutoring my Wednesday group at Quatt. I am also travelling to Weoley Castle art Society to demonstrate acrylic collage and tutoring a monthly easel club. I'm a busy man!!

Monterosso al Mare, Cinque Terre

Vernazza, Cinque Terre - straight from Brians sketchbook

Riomaggiore, Cinque Terre

Monterosso al Mare, Café Scene