Halcyon

Flowers in February

Halcyon is the name of my solo exhibition that starts this weekend at Wills Art Warehouse in Wandsworth, London. Twenty four new floral paintings in bold and vibrant colours can be seen from 16 February to 25 March in this bright and friendly gallery.

I have expanded the limited edition print range of flower paintings in my Etsy shop to include some of these brand new paintings. A 10% discount applies to all orders over £90 with COUPON FLOWERSINFEBRUARY10

Be inspired!

Twice a year I offer art courses on my Explore Colour website. In 2018 I created Flower Collage, focussing on colour, paint techniques and a variety of paper collage processes in an alternative art course. It proved to be very popular, and I am offering it one more time before moving on to a follow on collage course to explore more ideas in this exciting medium.

The course starts on 4 March, it runs for four weeks, registration will close on 28 February, or when spaces have filled up, there are a few more available. More information can be found on Explore Colour.

More news coming up soon regarding collaborations and large paintings for the Affordable Art Fair Battersea in March.

Ninfea 70x90cm Acrylic on linen.

Ninfea 70x90cm Acrylic on linen.

Marguerite 40x40cm Acrylic on fine linen.

Marguerite 40x40cm Acrylic on fine linen.

Source: https://www.explorecolour.com/course-info

Developing an online painting course.


This is me doing interactive painting with visitors at the Windsor Contemporary Art Fair last November.

Around six months ago I decided to create an online painting course.
The reason for this was a demand from people following my fb page and encouragement from fellow artists and friends. I occasionally do workshops and projects to promote creativity in the community, but time is often an issue and creating my own art has taken 

Having thought long and hard about how  this will proceed I looked in depth at the way I create.
My working process and methodology is unorthodox and very intuitive, focussing on creating calm from a rather chaotic and colourful background.

Starting off with colour shapes


Completed still life.


A busy visual to start off a landscape painting.



The landscape painting nearing completion.

To demonstrate this practically in the course I have experimented with shapes, colours, a variety of techniques and drawing marks. A tentative formula and working process to be implemented in this course will include live elements and interaction thanks to digital technology with virtual 'hands on' elements to be included by myself drawing digitally on students' developing artworks to offer guidance without actually touching the physical item.

It's quite tricky to explain, and I will release a short video to explain the process in more detail. 
Meanwhile, I've documented the creative process of one of my still life paintings in a time lapse video and demonstrated some of the techniques to be used in the September course.  

I limit places on the course to 60 in order to interact with students effectively. A further course might be added in October as the September one is nearly full.Further courses on Landscape painting and a more Floral design based option will be offered early 2016.If you are interested in the course, have a look for detail on the link at the top or see  www.explorecolour.com


Explore Colour Online Course 12-20 September from Este Macleod on Vimeo.


Registration opens on Monday 29 June with the option to benefit from an early bird 15% discount with preregistered students being offered spaces first.
Early bird discount is offered for 24 hours until 12pm 30 June GMT.
Course price is £150, with the discount, £ 127.50
A deposit of £27.50 by end of June will secure a space at the discounted rate in the course from 12-20 September.
Payment of £100 is payable on 1 August onwards.