Painting Holidays

Had such a wonderful time doing painting holidays in 2018, I have been asked to run two more in 2019!

The first is in June in the Wye Valley, its studio based and its for all those who wish to concentrate on painting Animal Portraits. We will do a project together and in parallel you will be able to do your own project so doubling up on the learning ll in the same time frame. To learn more please go to;

The second holiday is a little different in that I am leading a part location and part studio based 3 day break on the North Devon Coast and Exmoor focussing on Sea and Sky. The objective will be to individually gather scenic data and bring back to the studio to create two separate paintings….really looking forward to this one!!

I really hope you can come and join me on either of these wonderful Alpha Painting Holidays



The 2018 sales figures have come in for my latest books and Sea and Sky has now sold over 23,000 over the last 2 years whilst Painting Dog Portraits has sold 2000 in its first 3 months!! The feedback has been wonderful and challenging as students want to know how to improve their projects.

If you have bought a copy and would like to share your project endeavours from the books then please post them to my facebook page The Artist Dave White. Or if you would like a personalised copy then please email me.

So my teaching journey continues and I look forward to seeing how it develops.

November 2018 Painting Holiday

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I know that a lot of people start planning their next years holiday when it turns colder and its starts getting darker. It started to do that!! So here’s an opportunity you might like to consider. Following the launch of my new book in October 2018, I will be leading an exclusive, how to paint Animal Portraits painting holiday in the beautiful Wye Valley. I say exclusive as it will be the first time I will be dedicating 3 whole days to teaching what I do to a select group of people. If you would like to be one of them, then please click on the link and get your name down as soon as possible. Places are limited and already there are bookings being made, so don’t delay!!!!!!!!!!!Animal Portraits Painting Holiday


Life has been busy! The commissions keep coming and they are getting bigger! These absolute beauties are on an enormous 140 x 100 cms aluminium stretchered canvas. It took us something like 6 months to do and it was an absolute joy to capture!

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Russian Blues

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For someone who is generally allergic to cats, these guys and gals were a real pleasure! Once we got over who was who and sorted out who was in which photo and what relationship who had with who, the girls ended up together and the boys too! Its the eyes though which were fascinating because, depending on the light, the eyes could change from a deep green to a luscious blue. We plumbed for the green bias which allowed a yellow highlight. A cut glass breed of cat so I put them on a glass surface.


Pip was a pleasure to paint for some good friends who are as docile and yet can be as equally exciteable as their dog!! The problems with painting him were minimal except that the suite hadn’t been delivered when we met and photographed Pip, so we had to make sure the colour scheme matched the room and would eventually match the new furniture. And this is the result!!

The next step


The past has been a focus on making sure that the painting has matched the room or decor as well as making the image contain the character of the owners dogs. But this year we went a step further to get the painting to match the character of the owner and these were two cases in point where the background was made to match the impression left by the owner ………..on me!