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Big, loose, colourful paintings are Kirstin’s trademark style. Kirstin White is a contemporary watercolour artist who enjoys painting on the spot. Consequently, she is often commissioned as an event painter, to paint watercolours at live wedding receptions. Kirstin White as your event painter; a top trending party entertainment for your guests. / Equally happy to work from photographic or video reference, why not ask Kirstin to paint a picture of your favourite location? Looking for the perfect gift? How about a commissioned watercolour painting of their car, boat, pub, home, living room or garden? living room? / Kirstin teaches too, watercolour painting lessons are held at Martyr Worthy Village Hall , SO21 1DY, and also at Greyladyes Arts Foundation (GAF), Bursledon, SO31 8BX.

EVENT PAINTING - A live watercolour painting at your wedding, party or event.

EVENT PAINTER: Kirstin White is a contemporary watercolour artist who enjoys painting on the spot. Consequently, she is often commissioned as an event painter, to paint watercolours at live wedding receptions. Kirstin White as your event painter; a top trending party entertainment for your guests. Equally happy to work from photographic or video reference, why not ask Kirstin to paint the perfect picture of your wedding ceremony or party?

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COMMISSIONS - A personal watercolour of your home, your boat, your favourite location.

COMMISSIONS: Always happy to help you create the perfect piece for your shelf or wall. Kirstin White prefers to work on-the-spot but can also work from good quality photographs. Where a visit is practical, she uses her artist’s eye and selects the perfect view point. Your painting may be completed on location or back in the studio. In a hurry? Check out the shop page for paintings that are ready for immediate dispatch.

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TUITION - Watercolour lessons and drawing classes

WATERCOLOUR LESSONS: Additionally, Kirstin offers art tuition, you yourself can learn watercolour painting and life drawing skills. Regular art tuition takes place throughout Hampshire, UK. Group painting lessons are held in Martyr Worthy Village Hall, near Winchester, and also in GAF, Bursledon, near Southampton. Kirstin offers watercolour workshops, watercolour demonstrations, watercolour lessons, en plein air outings, drawing classes, and art groups where you can have drawing lessons or watercolour lessons.

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Summer afternoon watercolour painting in picturesque Bursledon

Watercolour painting outside with Kirstin White

Summer afternoon watercolour painting in Bursledon. Join us outside watercolour painting in the picturesque village of Bursledon, Hampshire. On four summer afternoons in July /August 2021, Kirstin White will be leading watercolour workshops. This is an exciting opportunity for you to learn more about painting outside whilst fully enjoying the summer months.

All four watercolour painting sessions will be held out of doors, hopefully in the summer sunshine. Should the weather be poor, we will move undercover at GAF (Greyladyes Arts Foundation) on School Road, however.

Summer afternoon watercolour dates

  • July 27th, 2021
  • August 3rd, 2021
  • August 10th, 2021
  • August 17th, 2021

… and time

1pm until 5 pm

Pricing for summer afternoon watercolour

Attend all four sessions for £105 or, alternatively book the sessions week by week for £30.

These summer afternoon watercolour sessions are taught and will concentrate on additional techniques with watercolour painting. Furthermore, you will be learning tips, and tricks for watercolour painting out of doors. For the afternoon, the loan of a portable easel is included and consequently, you don’t need to bring one with you. Do, however, remember to bring your own watercolour painting paper and kit.

There will be a WhatsApp group for ‘summer afternoon watercolour’, to ensure that we all meet in the right places in the village. On WhatsApp, we will also be able to share our painting results. As well as any queries or ideas that we want to discuss between sessions, WhatsApp is handy for general chat and likewise getting to know one another better.

Who is it for?

You will find the summer afternoon watercolour painting sessions most rewarding if you already have some experience with the medium.

NOTE: These summer afternoon watercolour sessions are not really suitable for complete beginners. Instead, I suggest that you opt for one of the courses for beginners instead. Only six weeks long and also held quite frequently, the ideal start point would be a beginners course. The next beginners watercolour lessons start on 1st September in Martyr Worthy.

June, en plein air, at Cheesefoot Head

June watercolour painting at Cheesefoot Head, near Winchester.

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Beautiful rolling fields at Cheesefoot Head, near Winchester

We are fortunate to be living close to the South Downs National Park. On Thursday I was out painting with my art classes at beautiful Cheesefoot Head, near Winchester. June en plein air is always a treat but nicer still to be painting with members from my regular lessons. We are so enjoying being able to meet live after months of WhatsApp and Zoom. The weather was good for an English summer – slightly chilly but NO rain!

out painting with Kirstin White
Regular class members painting with Kirstin White at Cheesefoot Head (also known as Matterley Bowl)
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Sharing a chat, whilst sketching, in the chalk grassland of Cheesefoot Head
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A useful sign board at Cheesefoot Head, near Winchester

This outing was for adult students who are currently taking termly lessons with Kirstin White. However, during the summer, Kirstin will be out painting every Thursday.  If you would like to join her painting, you are very welcome to do so.  Informal Summertime Days Outside Watercolour Painting with Kirstin White are £25 per day, or part thereof. Come to any or all of the days outside painting.  Turn up and leave when you wish.  Kirstin will be watercolour painting and will be happy to show and explain what she is doing. There will not be a formal lesson on these summertime days out but there will be some tips and advice. Paintings and sketches from the day will be for sale. The exact location for each session will be provided on receipt of your payment. All being well, with the progress out of lockdown, taught courses will resume on the 1st and 2nd of September in Martyr Worthy and on the following week in Bursledon. 

dog tent, easel and paintings in a meadow
The end of a happy days painting at Cheesefoot Head on the South Down Way

Kirstin demonstrated to students how thye might want to build an image up in layers. We also looked at two additional ways of approaching the subject before everyone went off to do ther own thing.

English Summer at Cheesefoot Head – a watercolour by Kirstin White
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Wild flowers underfoot, pretty pink grasses and a dog roses in the hedgerow. Heaven!

We saw many wildflowers, including some that not one of us could name with any certainty. That is not surprising since the site is an SSSI. For another time, I must install an app to help with the correct identification of interesting plants! Then I will need one for the insects!

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Wheeeee! Spotty dog, Aero, in full flight.

A short video from Cheesefoot Head proper. Sound on to hear the birds singing! I made a 360 degree rotation on the spot, there are a host of landmarks to pick out. (If you watch carefully and you may also see a silly spotty dog trying to catch flies!)

360 degree rotation at Cheesefoot Head, Winchester. June 2021.
On safari, in the nursery wardrobe!

Chalk painted furniture with a safari animal theme

Chalk painted furniture with a safari animal theme has brightened up my recent days! I enjoyed this, pre-Christmas, commission to paint nursery furniture for two baby boys. The client had good quality, but mismatched, furniture that was otherwise ideal for the room. The project was to transform a large stripped wardrobe, a dark wood chest and two side tables, into items suitable for an adventurous nursery!

Stage sets, wall murals and carnival floats aside, this was a new area for me. After a little research, I decided to use chalk paints, and more specifically, Frenchic chalk paints for the project. These are non-toxic, readily available locally and the colour range is exiting. If you are thinking of doing something similar with furniture of your own, my recent experiences with this type of paint may be of interest to you.

‘Frenchic’ for chalk painted furniture

The paint colours used in this project:-

Frenchic Lazy Range
  • Hot as Mustard
  • Creme de la Creme
  • Wolf Whistle
  • Loof
Frenchic Al Fresco Inside / Outdoor Range
  • Ol’ Blue Eyes
  • Hot Lips
  • Constance Moss

Additional items included, Frenchic oval brushes, Frenchic detail brushes, Frenchic Finishing Coat, sandpaper, masking tape, dust sheets, rags, a large flat screwdriver for opening the tins of paint and a hammer for closing them.

What is Frenchic paint?

Frenchic is a chalk and mineral paint with a wax infusion. It is certified child safe (EN 71:3). The paint drys to a lovely matte finish.

Local supplier

I chose a fairly local supplier, My Fab Find. The shop, in Andover, is run by Amanda Parkinson and stocked, or sourced, everything that I required. If you want to try painting something similar yourself, I can recommend My Fab Find, Unit 10 Kenyon’s Yard, 80a Weyhill Road, Andover, Hampshire, UK, SP10 3NP. Phone 07770 365662 to speak to Amanda. 

Beginning with a safari animal theme

Excited about trying the new tins of paint, I first experimented on a small coffee table that I had at home. It quickly became obvious that the paints were easy to use had almost no odour and were quick to dry between coats. I found the detail brushes well-shaped and easy to use, while the oval brushes were fantastic for rapid coverage. When mixing the paints, I stuck to mixing just two or three paints from the same product range together and had no problems.

Since it was particularly large and heavy, I worked on the client’s wardrobe in situ and painted it first. The smaller items I brought back to the studio to paint.

Having washed down the surfaces with sugar soap, I applied a base coat or two of ‘Wolf Whistle’ to each item of furniture. This light grey paint covered well and I knew that it would instantly unify the mismatched group of furniture.

Designing the safari animal decoration for the nursery furniture

The following snaps illustrate the design process. Since Botswana is a particularly popular safari destination, I selected animals found there as subjects for the nursery furniture decoration. Firstly, I made a scale drawing of the key piece of furniture, the wardrobe. Then I played around with lots of cut out photographs of safari animals. I also researched typical African patterns and African fabric designs. Once I had a feel for what was wanted, I made a watercolour sketch of my vision for the wardrobe.

As I designed the furniture, I imagined stories that young children may hear while growing up. Stories about animals who lived in harmony, animals who fought, animals who hunted one another, animals who ran very fast and animals who crept rather slowly. Tales of animals who had difficult youngsters and animals who had easy young, animals who laid eggs, animals who flew and animals who crawled. Tall creatures, tiny creatures, scaled creatures, furry creatures and slimy creatures. I wanted to include them all!

Painting the safari animal wardrobe

The wardrobe was immaculately pre-stripped. These snaps show my initial base coat of Frenchic Lazy Range ‘Wolf Whistle’, grey, and subsequent use of Frenchic Lazy Range ‘Hot as Mustard’, yellow, used to draft out the design onto the wardrobe. Once these stages were dry, I switched to Frenchic Alfresco ‘Ol’ Blue Eyes’ and began to work up the background shapes.

I continued to build up the design using blue. I immediately noticed a marked difference in the way the Frenchic Lazy Range and the Frenchic Alfresco range paints performed. In order to achieve a similarly flat and opaque surface result, the Frenchic Alfresco Range paints that I used for this project required many more coats of paint than did the Frenchic Lazy Range paints. I also found Frenchic Alfresco Range paints less efficient at self-levelling than were Frenchic Lazy Range paints. As a consequence of the experience, were I to embark on further indoor furniture projects of this type, I would be inclined to stick to the colours available in the Frenchic Lazy Range and to avoid the Frenchic Alfresco Range. Having said that, the fabulous Frenchic Alfresco Range colours were perfect for this project and looked well together!

Next came a green, ‘Constance Moss’, and a lovely red, ‘Hot Lips’. I mixed these two colours together to make a satisfying range of browns.

Various greys were achieved using a rich dark grey, Frenchic Lazy Range, ‘Loof’. This was mixed with the light grey, Frenchic Lazy Range ‘Wolf Whistle’, that I had used as the overall base coat, to create some pale toned greys.

Wardrobe details

Since the chosen curtains have a cream base colour, the tops and backs of all the furniture were painted to match, in Frenchic Lazy Range, ‘Creme de la Creme’. Inside the wardrobe door, the safari theme continues with an Impala, a Crocodile, a Painted Wolf plus various insects and amphibians.

Treasure chest

For the treasure chest, I picked out the existing carved design in ‘African’ colours, while adding wilder beast, buffalo, meerkat, snakes and more to the back and sides of the chest.

Side tables

The side tables feature a simple outline map of Africa and some patterns and colours sampled from suitable traditional fabric designs, that I found illustrated, online.

At one point I was a bit hasty in applying masking tape to a not yet fully dry layer of paint. I needed to sand back and patch in a new layer of paint to repair my mistake but the paints we forgiving and the end effect was seamless. I used paper stencils to make a template for a reasonably accurate map of the continent of Africa.

A short video, showing the finished nursery room.

Once it had been imaginatively styled by the homeowner, the nursery took on personality. Won’t it be a fun space for young zebras, meerkats and Tarzans to grow up in?!

All in all, this was a satisfying project to work on during a nationally difficult time. I may have ‘got-the-bug’, but it’s for nothing more sinister than chalk paint! Future ‘victims’ are currently sitting, unsuspectingly, in corners my own home! Watercolour paint will always be my preferred medium but chalk paint makes a fun change!

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