Status update

June 22nd, 2020: Classes suspended and your options

Due to the Wuhan Flu crisis of 2020, all classes remain suspended several months into the situation.

Current 'social distancing' guidelines do not allow me to hold classes and there is no indication as to when those guidelines will be relaxed.

If you had a booking with a Groupon or Lux/Cudo voucher

As of 22nd June 2020 I am marking all people who had booked an audition as cancelled and refunded. I do apologise for the inconvenience, but it is out of my hands.

  • Please contact your supplier (Groupon or Lux) and they will provide a full refund. Quote this email if required (it shouldn't be).
  • If you want to attend a session when the Academy reopens, please check for announcements at: Your copy of the email newsletter and the front page at

Existing Gallery Quality Painting clients with credits remaining

You have two options:

  1. Your existing credits will be transformed into a fabulous upgrade when we reopen in the 'Monet & Friends' stream, which is a very substantial upgrade to what you have enjoyed the past couple of years in the Gallery Quality Painting program.
  2. Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. regarding a refund. Please consider that when we do reopen with 'Monet & Friends' it will be at a higher price point and there will be no packages.

Prospective Students

If you are interested in auditioning for a spot in our 'Monet & Friends' program, email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you will be kept up to date via my newsletter.

Reopening? Update May 27th, 2020

Yes, I will be reopening with a comprehensively revised offering.

When? Hopefully by July 1st? That's a guess based on the guidelines issued this week. The new 4 metre rule operating from June 1st excludes me, as it would only allow 2 people in the studio!

In the meantime I have been working very hard on redefining the mission statement, content, format, pricing and materials.

Here are a few tidbits to whet your appetite:

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What is perspective?

It's the way things look to us in the physical space. It's the rules behind the way things look.

Here is the best perspective course in the world, by one of the best artists and best communication. That's a lot of best. I only bring you the best!

Marshall Vandruff's 1994 Perspective Lectures

No argument. Get this. Just get it!

Even if you only play with the first module, and have fun sketching boxes in space, you will have immeasurably increased your:

  1. Appreciation
  2. Ability
  3. and enjoyment...

...of perspective, both in art and in real life!

On the road back

Firstly, I hope you have all been well, surviving, and finding ways to cope well with these strange times.

Perhaps, like myself, you've been using some of this 'down time' to reconnect with what is really important in your life. I look forward to hearing your tales.

As you will have noticed, I decided not to go with the online video tutorial route, nor even the online coaching. There is already a plethora of online art content, and I strongly recommend anything by RIchard Robinson of New Zealand.

I have taken this down time to to a M A J O R redesign of the course materials, format and content, so watch this space for the next couple of weeks.

Here are some tiny hints of what you have to look forward to:

  • Higher quality paint
    We will be using Derivan Artist series, up a grade from the Derivan Student: Our Colours
  • Even higher quality paint
    We will also be using Derivan Matisse Structure series, which is about the finest paint in the world! This will go on in the final texture and detail stage. BTW some of this paint runs to $571.00 per litre... compared to the $36.00 a litre Derivan Student we have been using quite successfully.
  • Inglis Academy Paint Kits
    Basic palette and Advanced Palette
  • Higher quality canvas
    Italian cotton, Belgian linen, New Zealand pine.
  • Larger sized canvas
    The standard size for people in the course will be 450 x 600 x 38 mm, up from 350 x 450 x 18mm. (Note that folks already booked in for an audition will still be using the smaller size, with an option to upgrade at the session).
  • A longer session
    Running 12-5 rather than 12-4. So you can relax a little more and add more detail.
  • French cuisine
    Yes, in the spirit of "Monet and Friends", we will sample some of Monet's favourite cuisine. Monet was quite the gastronome, don't you know?
  • A mandatory afternoon tea break
    Yes, I know some of you love to soldier on, (you know who you are!) But I am introducing a minimum 15 minute break at around 2 p.m. By that time the hardest work will have been done (analyses, sketching, blocking) and we will have just glazed the piece, so this also allows it to dry properly.
  • Higher quality brushes
    From Germany and other countries. I am looking for manufacturers with a long tradition of brush making. Iit takes a lot of time to source and test all this stuff... but it's also fun!
  • Inglis Academy Brush Kits
  • New pricing structure
    This will be finalised and announced once I have all my costs fixed. Existing bookings and packages will be honoured at no extra cost, as I stated a couple of months back (it seems longer!)

In the coming weeks I'll be posting more details about each of these features, so watch this space and see you soon!