Melissa Wishart

Artist & Film-maker

"Light, atmosphere and a wonderful surface texture"

"A very exciting exhibition of light and drama. We shall enjoy living with such wonderful paintings"


Saturday 11th February

10.00 - 3.00 pm     Winsley Hall, outside Bradford on Avon


Joy of Colour 

In a guided way we will experiment with colour seeking out surprising combinations and delights, the joys of limited palettes, harmony, use of coloured grounds, mid-tones, hot and cold colours, optical mixing and juxtapositions and become more aware of how it effects emotion, mood and the optic nerves!

The day will be interspersed with short projected presentations for discussion, looking at the subject of colour and how other artists have used this aspect of vision. Artists will be encouraged to move towards semi-abstraction if they wish.

To apply colour where you might not immediately ‘see’ it.

You can work with acrylics or oils and is suitable for both beginners and experienced. Mixing a palette will be demonstrated and the use of palette knife, rags, large brushes and catalyst silicon wedge (if you have one) will be introduced.

Lecture Series

'Concerns of Artists' weekly 1 hour sessions

4 week February zoom course looking at art works as artists

Starts Tuesday 7th February 5.30 - 6.30 pm

week one - what makes art 'contemporary'

week two - mark making & materials

week three - line & composition

week four - colour and absence of colour

These sessions are designed to give a chance to simply look at other art work and connect with artists on a weekly basis.  It will give us time to investigate how artists through history have explored the above in their work. This series of zoom sessions is intended to inspire and enrich us in what can feel like a bit of a fallow month. It will be held on zoom in the comfort of our homes and it will be in the format of slides and discussion.

 Open to both artists and the simply curious!

Please see Workshop page

2022 turned out to be a good year ....below is random news...wonder what 2023 holds for us all?

Awarded Vera Skinner First Prize for 'Bananas, Costa Rica (April 2022)

Selected for Bath Society of  Arts , Victoria Art Gallery, Bath  'Sea Loch, Mull'SOLD

Below are some paintings and stills of the amazing Art Residency I went on in Costa Rica in February at Mauser Eco House, Parrita.  



To see works in the studio  please drop me an email on contact page.

See Shop on website for works for sale.

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One day Art workshops

Saturday 28th January 2023 Water based  'In the Bleak Mid winter'

Saturday 11th February 2023 Acrylics and Oils   'Joy of Colour'

10.00 - 3.00    £40 Winsley Hall

4 week zoom 'Concerns of Artists' 

February 2023

weekly one hour sessions £28

starts Tuesday 7th February 5.30 - 6.30 & option for Wednesdays 11.00 - 12.00

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Commissions  in oil, charcoal or graphite. 

Oil £425

Graphite/Charcoal £95

From sittings or a photo session with me or can be from supplied visual refs  ie good photographs

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Also do garden commissions. Just have to choose your season...or maybe one for every season!

‘.... engaging, funny, knowledgeable and a great tutor. 
(Testimonial from January 2020 workshop)

Summer 2021 update

Ongoing explorations

As artists we are always exploring different medium and methods of working. Summer 2021 saw an intensive period of collaborative work on the Big Brush Art project when we were given a large space as a pilot residency by Black Swan Arts for July and August.

Big Brush Art is a collaborative project with Sarah Ball using domestic sweeping brushes on large canvas on the floor. Call and response method of working.