Can you tell us about yourself?
Colin: ” My name is Colin Joyce and I live in Dunfermline, Fife in Scotland.”
When did you start painting?
Colin: ” I’ve been painting for as long as I can remember. In fact, my father tells me I carried a sketchpad and pencil before I could even write. As with many people, a career took over but I returned to painting seriously in 2000 and have never looked back.”
What medium do you work in?
Colin: “I paint mainly in watercolours and oils. To paint outdoors, as I prefer, I’ve designed and built my own ‘Watercolour Painting Station‘ as I call it. It fits on a camera tripod to hold my palette, water, brushes and watercolour paper on a board. All of this fits into a small backpack so I can travel light and compact. When I paint in oils I use a pochade box I bought from the USA. Again, this fits on a tripod and is carried in another backpack together with all my painting materials. To carry wet oil panels safely I designed and built wooden boxes, Wet Panel Carriers, which hold 6 panels. These have proved popular and are available on my website.”
What is your speciality?
Colin: “Painting landscapes in watercolour.”
What subjects do you paint?
Colin: ” Because I love to paint outdoors my subjects are mainly landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes. I do also enjoy creating a still life now and then, when the weather stops me getting outside.”
Where did you study art?
Colin: “I took several part-time courses and attended workshops with well-known artists but never full-time study at college. Several artists I know started out that way and soon realised the lecturers were trying to knock drawing and figurative skills out of them. So I think I might have had a lucky escape there.”
Is art a hobby or a career?
Colin: ” It was a hobby at first but much more serious now. I write several articles each year for the UK based Leisure Painter magazine, have a stand at various art festivals each year and teach a few workshops overseas. Last year I worked with Arte Umbria to teach in Venice and Umbria which was great fun. I also teach art classes on cruise ships. I’m presently organising workshops in Scotland for 2021 both with me teaching and will be bringing four internationally known artists there to teach a week long workshop each. Full details will be on my website.’
Have you had any exhibitions?
Colin: ” Yes, I have, here is an overview of the exhibitions I have had so far.
– Dunfermline Community Gallery – Solo Show Oct Nov Dec 2018
– Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams August 2018
– Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams August 2017
– Dundas Street Gallery Edinburgh February 2017 Group Exhibition
– Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams August 2016
– Artist Magazine Open Exhibition June 2016
– Paisley Art Institute Open Exhibition May 2016
– Featured Artist RS Hanna Gallery
– Fredericksburg Texas February 2015
– Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show, Bonhams August 2015
– Hopetoun House Edinburgh Group Exhibition April 2015
– Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour Edinburgh 2013
– Dundas Street Gallery Edinburgh Oct 2012 Group Exhibition
– Leisure Painter Magazine Open Art Exhibition June 2011 :Winner of the Winston Oh Award
– Dundas Street Gallery Edinburgh Feb 2011 Group Exhibition
– Leisure Painter Magazine Open Art Exhibition June 2008
– Leisure Painter Magazine Open Art Exhibition June 2007 :Winner of the Earnley Concourse Award
– British Society of Painters 2002 (Prize Winner), 2003, 2004, elected Companion of the International Guild of Artists (C.I.G.A.) in 2004.”
Which artists do you admire?
Colin: ” Ken Howard RA. I was extremely fortunate to get to paint with Ken Howard for a week in Essaouira, Morocco.”
Colin: ” I play the Ukelele badly but I only started learning in December.”
Colin Joyce wrote a step by step tutorial for us called Highland Crofters – Step by step watercolour. Please take a look and enoy painting along.