Sidmouth artists join in with international demonstration from New Zealand

The local rickety old shed Richard painted for his demonstration

The local rickety old shed Richard painted for his demonstration - Credit: Richard Robinson

Wow! What a wonderful way to spend a lockdown evening! A group of local artists from 'Sidmouth Society of Artists', 'Exmouth Art Group' and 'Otter Vale Art Society' all joined together on a Zoom call and connected with other international artists and the super talented Richard Robinson in New Zealand for a wonderful few hours of art and chat.

Newzealand-based artist Richard Robinson

Newzealand-based artist Richard Robinson - Credit: Richard Robinson

Richard had arranged to get up super early in the morning to connect with us in the UK, so while some of us were drinking wine huddled around a computer, he was just waking up with a cup of strong coffee. However, he was relaxed, entertaining and humorous, offering a wealth of tips, advice and encouragement to all in attendance.
Richard took us through his fresh dynamic approach which he used to paint a local rickety old shed just up the road from him. He painted the scene in oils, although he encouraged those painting along with him to use acrylics if they preferred. 

The online art demonstration with Richard Robinson

The online art demonstration with Richard Robinson - Credit: SSA

The workshop lasted for just over two hours and Richard painted with confidence and ease, explaining each step as he went along. Super well done to the people who managed to keep up! For those that decided just to watch, the meeting was recorded so that they could paint along at their leisure.

And the fun didn't stop there! Towards the end of the workshop he asked us if we remembered what his favourite colour was. After a flurry of answers, 'golden brown' was guessed and he very kindly offered that person his painting! He further went on to offer everyone four more of his online lessons which he called his 'lockdown package gift' to help us stay creative and focused through the pandemic. What a lovely night it was. Thank you so much for the inspiration and connection.

You can see more of Richards paintings at: Or check out his super cool painting club at

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