June 2024 – Peter Woolley

Peter Woolley demonstrated a landscape scene from the Lake District in watercolour for the society in June 2024.  Peter used photos and pencil sketches as reference for his painting while not letting the minute detail get in the way of the process to produce a great piece of art.

Starting with a very simple wet wash, peter showed how to use tissue to create the strong highlights by removing the wash before moving on to detailing the foreground rocks and distance hills.

About Peter: https://www.peterwoolley.co.uk/index.html

Peter Woolley was born in Derby in 1960. He was educated at Spondon Comprehensive School, where he received Art tuition from the late Wilfred Ball. Leaving school at 16, he worked for 6 years at Rolls Royce in Derby as an Assistant Buyer. He left the company in 1982 to more fully pursue his interests in music and painting.

A bad experience with a gallery reinforced his desire to have as complete control over the sales of his work as possible, resulting in his first one-man exhibition at the Guildhall in Derby in February 1983. After early experimentation with subject and medium, he settled for the pure watercolour style he now employs. He began painting full-time in December 1986.

In June 1991, Peter presented his Pennine Way Exhibition, a collection of 50 finished paintings and a portfolio of working sketches depicting Britain’s first official Long Distance footpath. He repeated his success with the Coast to CoastThree Peaks and West Highland Way Exhibitions, and all his subsequent work has been directly related to his extensive travel and walking experiences.

Peter Woolley’s original work can be found in private collections throughout the world, and many paintings have been published as Limited Edition prints and Art cards.

Always seeking ways to pass on his skills to others, Peter began teaching regular evening classes in and around Derby for many years. He soon extended his teaching activities to include weekend workshops, mostly in locations around the North of England, but also in Devon. While those workshops have been on hold since Covid-19, He continues to demonstrate, and run workshops for, art groups and societies across the country. He also works as a regular tutor for Alpha Painting Holidays, and runs a successful Online Tuition Service.

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