Roy Connelly

Outdoor Painting Workshop

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I will be teaching a plein air oil painting workshop at Assington Mill in Suffolk on Saturday 17th September 2016. Based at a 17th century watermill in 70 acres of private nature reserve, it would be hard to find a more perfect location to hone your outdoor oil painting skills.

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Orchard at Assington Mill P1200617

The one day course on Saturday 17th September 2016 will cover the follow topics.

  • Equipment
  • Materials
  • Setting up outside
  • Working methods and techniques
  • Short cuts
  • Finishing paintings on location
  • Getting your wet oil paintings home again

All for just £95 with the added bonus of delicious home-made lunch in the farmhouse kitchen, biscuits and cakes throughout the day.

For those already familiar with outdoor painting this is a great opportunity to paint at this fabulous location and for those a little nervous of working in public this secluded landscape is perfect. We will have the freedom of this 70-acre private nature reserve with stunning views.

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For online bookings and information please visit

For information and telephone bookings contact Anne Holden on:
Tel: 01787 229955
Mobile: 07770 550570

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Gallery France

I am very proud to announce I am now represented internationally. From November my paintings are available at the prestigious Gallery France in Beynac-et-Cazenac in the Dordogne.


Beynac-et-Cazenac is a beautiful village in south-west France that was used as a location in the film Chocolat.

Gallery France is one of the leading art galleries in France specialising in 21st century artwork. Established in 1998, Gallery France represents some of the finest artists from across the world, in styles from traditional Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Realism up to the more contemporary and provocative works of art. The artists represented have work in the finest private collections and museums around the world.

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Plein Air 2013

The 3rd annual Plein Air Brotherhood exhibition opens on Sunday 27th October.

Do come along and meet the artists, look at some great paintings, share a glass of wine and maybe buy a picture.

PAB invitation 2013There will be plenty of new paintings by the members: Adebanji Alade, Antony Bridge, Roy Connelly, John Dobbs, David Pilgrim and Karl Terry. This year we are joined by a couple of guest artists – our friends, Tony Dakin and Graham Webber.

The Third Annual Plein Air Brotherhood Exhibition

The exhibition runs from 27th Oct – 9th Nov 2013
Tuesday & Wednesday 9.15–5.30. Thursday 9.15–2.00, 6.00–8.00
Friday & Saturday 9.15–5.30. Sunday & Monday Closed

A selection of paintings from the exhibition can be viewed at

A & K Wilson Gallery Ltd,
11 Station Approach, Harpenden,
Herts. AL5 4SP
Tel: 01582 760824 E-mail:

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Ken Howard’s Switzerland

Roy Connelly, Ken Howard, Tim King, Dora Howard, Haidee-Jo Summers, David Pilgrim, Valérie Pirlot
Left to right: Roy Connelly, Ken Howard OBE RA, Tim King, Dora Bertolutti Howard, unknown, Haidee-Jo Summers, David Pilgrim ROI, Valérie Pirlot. Photo by Adebanji Alade

This week saw the launch in London of Ken Howard’s latest book – Ken Howard’s Switzerland. It was also the opening of his latest show – a fine exhibition of eighty paintings celebrating his 80th birthday. The exhibition at Richard Green Gallery, 147 New Bond Street, runs until 2nd February 2013 and is well worth seeing.

Ken Howard's Switzerland

Ken Howard’s Switzerland is an account of his journeys, over the last few years, through Switzerland in the footsteps of JMW Turner RA.

Jürg Gabathuler, Ken’s friend, co-author and ‘fixer’ for the Swiss expeditions was also present and he has written an excellent account of the trips at

The day was a perfect excuse to get together with some of my plein air painting friends, look at some great paintings and enjoy a very fine hot chocolate on Piccadilly…

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Oi! No painting in the Street

Ken Howard, Roy Connelly and Peter BrownAbove: Ken Howard, Peter Brown, Roy Connelly – click to view


This is a recent interview with Ken Howard RA in which he talks about the difficulties encountered when painting on the streets of London.  The problem is not one of perspective,  capturing the light or changing weather but of being moved on under the spurious excuse of ‘health and safety’.

I was pleased to get a mention in the article, along with Pete the Street – Peter Brown NEAC.

The Health and Safety Executive saw fit to respond with a letter defending common sense:

“Real health and safety is about dealing with risks that are likely to cause serious harm or even death to those in workplaces. I would urge you to challenge those jobsworths who persist in devaluing the real and important stuff by using “elf ‘n’ safety” as an easy excuse for spoiling everyone else’s enjoyment.”

In a humourous response to the original story in the Telegraph, The Guardian newspaper found 10 ‘serious menaces’ in Trafalgar Square that were apparently missed by the wardens.

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Naomi, Karl and Ken

Ken_Howard_and_Roy_ConnellyI had a fun day out in London today.  I started off at the annual exhibition of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours where my friend Naomi Tydeman won the Winsor and Newton Prize for a series of beautiful moonlit beach paintings.  Well done Naomi!

Then I went on to paint the Thames with Karl Terry but we found that Ken Howard RA had beaten us to the best spot 😉

We stopped for a quick chat with him on Hungerford Bridge then left him to get on with the two wonderful paintings of the river towards Westminster.

Ken and I will have work in an auction on Thursday 22 April, conducted by Nick Bonham, to raise funds for a young artist’s bursary at Heatherley School of Fine Art.

There will be selected works by artists including: Ken Howard; Jane Corsellis; Bill Packer; Julian Barrow; Roy Connelly; Hazel Soan and others.  You can see the auction items and competetion entries here.

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