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Aldo at the Catto


My good friend Aldo Balding, one of the UK’s leading figurative and portrait painters, currently has an exhibition at London’s Catto Gallery of some of his stunning pictures.

The exhibition, which is open until 15th October, can be viewed here

I met Aldo on a plane traveling back to the UK about 5 years ago when we discovered that we lived only about 15km from each other here in South West France.

Since then Aldo has given me a significant amount of help and guidance with my painting (he is a really great teacher) and I continue to be in awe of his mastery of his art and the power of his work.

A couple of weeks ago Aldo and I spent an afternoon painting a lock-keeper’s house on the Canal du Midi. Despite the wind (which almost blew my easel into the canal) Aldo still managed to produce a fabulous painting, as below.

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Squinting at Everything

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I spent Friday and Saturday on an excellent 2 day life painting course run by Aldo Balding at his studio in Castlenaudary.

As well as being a wonderful painter, Aldo is a natural and inspiring teacher – and his advice and encouragement is behind much of my progress over the past few years.

In painting a different model from life each day Aldo reminded me of the importance of squinting to identify the tone (on a scale of 1 to 9) of the various shapes.

I feel that I must now look like I am doing a rather poor impersonation of Clint Eastwood as I walk around Revel squinting at everything!

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