PaintersOnline Virtual Patchings Festival - Welcome to Marquee Number 10

Welcome to the PaintersOnline Virtual Patchings Festival, celebrating everything we know and love about this must-visit art event from the comfort and safety of home. Follow the links below to make your way round the Festival - make sure you check for timed live events.

We hope you enjoy our online event and look forward to seeing you in person at the postponed Patchings Festival on July 8 - 11, 2021.


The Green Zone - Live demonstrations and Q&As (note that these are timed events)

The Orange Zone - Video demonstrations

The Blue Zone - Paint scenes from Patchings and other step-by-step demonstrations

The Red Zone - 2020 TALP Open Exhibitions, prizewinners and People's Choice Awards

The Purple Zone - Special offers

The Yellow Zone - *Competitions with great prizes to be won

The Grey Zone - Festival specials

Virtual Café

Virtual Bandstand

*Please note that you need to be registered and logged in to enter our competitions


LIVE DEMONSTRATIONS AND Q&As                              


Join wildlife artist and popular contributor to Leisure PainterPaul Hopkinson for live watercolour painting demonstrations at 3pm on Thursday July 9 and Friday July 10.

Watch a recording of the first of Paul's live watercolour painting demonstrations by clicking here.

Watch a recording of part two of Paul's demonstration by clicking here.

EXCITING NEWS! Paul has offered his beautiful kestrel painting as a prize for one lucky winner. 

Visit the competitions area for full details and to enter.

Gallery owner and regular contributor to The Artist, Mark David Hatwood held a live Q&A session during which Mark shared his top ten marketing tips for artists.

You can still watch Mark's video on Facebook by clicking here.

Mark owns the Harbour Gallery in Cornwall and runs the British Contemporary Art and Art Rehome websites (see the winner of the British Contemporary Art Award in this year's TALP Open exhibition by clicking here). He has also written the best-selling The Artist's Handbook, which outlines artist and gallery relationships in the digital age.

Click here to watch a recording of a live presentation from Glyn Macey as he answers questions on Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolours and Designers Gouache.

Our friends at Search Press have a series of live Festival events too, take a look at their schedule here.

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VIDEO DEMONSTRATIONS                                             



PaintersOnline Exclusive - Watch Jenny Aitken demonstrate a woodland scene in acrylics by clicking here.


PaintersOnline Exclusive - Follow Tim Fisher as he paints a French farmhouse at last year's festival by clicking here.

PaintersOnline Exclusive - Follow Tim Fisher as he paints a poppy field at last year's festival by clicking here.


Follow Colin Steed to paint a watercolour landscape by clicking here.

Click here to follow Graham Cox's step-by-step demonstration to paint a yacht at anchor in pastel.

Click here to watch David Curtis painting a portrait of editor of The ArtistSally Bulgin at a past Patchings Festival of Art, Craft & Design.

The Artist and PaintersOnline Exclusive - You can also follow also a step-by-step demonstration showing how David completed the portrait back in his studio by clicking here.

Click here to follow a demonstration to paint a cactus using Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolours.

Click here for a masterclass in artists' tools from Winsor & Newton

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Japanese Bridge, Patchings Art Centre, oil on canvas board, (30x50cm)

PaintersOnline Exclusive - click here to follow Alan Bickley's demonstration to paint this quiet scene from the beautiful Patchings grounds.

Aerial View of Patching’s Art Centre, oil on MDF board, (38x51cm)

PaintersOnline Exclusive - Paint an aerial view of the Patchings Festival with Alan Bickley by clicking here.

A Patchings Vista, gouache, (51x76cm)

Leisure Painter and PaintersOnline Exclusive -  Follow Graham Laughton to paint this Nottinghamshire landscape in gouache by clicking here.

PaintersOnline Exclusive - Paint this view of Bamburgh Castle in just four simple steps with David Thomas by clicking here.

PaintersOnline Exclusive - Click here to enjoy a little Egyptian sunshine as you paint this Nile view with David Thomas.

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Click here to visit The Artist exhibition and vote for your favourite to win this year's People's Choice Award. You can also vote for any of the highly-commended entries, all of which can be seen here.

The Artist Purchase Prize Award-Winner 2020 as selected by Adebanji Alade

Louder Than Words, oil, (30x40cm) by Yael Maimon

In the video below, Adebanji shares his reasons for selecting Yael's oil painting as this year's winner of The Artist Purchase Prize Award.

Click here to visit the Leisure Painter exhibition and vote for your favourite to win this year's People's Choice Award. You can also vote for any of the highly-commended entries, all of which can be seen here.

Leisure Painter Award-Winner 2020

Early Sun at Marford Allotments, oil, (34x64cm) by John Jarratt

Two lucky voters in this year's People's Choice Award (one for each category) will each win a one year Studio+ membership!

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SPECIAL OFFERS                                              



Take advantage of the following exclusive festival subscription offers:

Click here to take advantage of this offer for The Artist

Click here to take advantage of this Leisure Painter offer.


Enjoy your first three digital issues of Leisure Painter or The Artist for the price of one!

Pay just £2.99 for three issues, then £2.99 per month.


Click here for The Artist              Click here for Leisure Painter


Save 15% on all Michael O'Mara Books until September 3, 2020. Browse all titles by clicking here then just call this number 01235 759555 and quote 995MO00007 to receive your discount. 

There is also a chance to win one of five sets of books from Michael O'Mara Books - take a look and enter here.

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Enter your best British wildlife painting or drawing for the chance to win Paul Hopkinson's watercolour kestrel which he painted over two live sessions as part of the festival on July 9 and 10.

Click here for full details and to enter.

Paint your ideal festival competition to win Inktense products worth over £450 from Derwent.

Festival Time by Ingrid Mayes

Click here to enter.

Answer a simple question for the chance to win one of five copies of Trevor Waugh's new book from Search Press, The Kew Book of Painting Roses in Watercolour. Click here for details and to enter. 

Be inspired by Trevor at our virtual bandstand by clicking here.

Paint cupcakes for the chance to win one of three sets of books from Search Press, plus a one year's digital subscription to either Leisure Painter, The Artist or Cake Decorating & Sugarcraft. For ideas and demonstrations please visit our virtual café and to enter the competition click here.

Following Lulu Mayo's festival video, see below, on how to draw a mermaid, we invite all young artists under the age of 12 to paint their best mermaid or fantasy sea creature for the chance to win a £50 art materials voucher from Ken Bromley Art Supplies, plus three sets of art materials for three runners-up.

Click here to enter and watch Lulu's video demonstration by clicking here.

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FESTIVAL SPECIALS                                                          


Festival Exclusive - Read advice and encouragement for entering our annual TALP Open Art competition from Paul Bramble by clicking here.

Festival Exclusive - Follow Tim Fisher, over two sessions, as he paints Cae Lem, Pembrokeshire (see below).

Click here to watch part one.

To watch Tim complete his pastel scene, click here.

Festival Exclusive - Follow Jenny Aitken as she paints a seascape in acrylics by clicking here


Babacombe Bay by David Bellamy

Festival Exclusive - Watch as David Bellamy shares his top tips for watercolour painting by clicking here

Festival Exclusive - Bring the kids along to join Lulu Mayo and learn how to draw mermaids

Watch as illustrator, Lulu, shows how to draw mermaids by clicking here.

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Virtual Café

Coffee and Cake Break by Rodney Kingston

Enter the PaintersOnline Virtual Festival café by clicking here.


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Virtual Bandstand

Bandstand, mixed media by David Douglas

Relax with some music at our Virtual Festival Bandstand by clicking here.

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See what else is happening on Patchings' website by clicking here.