Contemporary Landscape Zoom Demo with Hester Berry – 2nd November

Contemporary Landscape Zoom Demo with Hester Berry - 2nd November

Hester’s Berry’s online zoom demos have been surprisingly huge lockdown hit and they have gone from strength to strength. This will be our 20th zoom-based demo and we have drawn in large numbers of art fans from across the world, many returning again and again to see how Hester paints!

For each demo, Hester paints a scene that will be attuned to the month of the demo and as different from Hester’s previous demos as we can muster. We will do our best to put our chosen month’s image up on this page at least the week before the demo, maybe even sooner.

I really find Hester Berry’s painting quite mystifying. She creates stunning landscapes that capture a moment in time beautifully. Standing slightly back from her paintings you feel like you are in the landscape – you can feel the warmth of the sun, movement of the clouds, the stirring of the leaves. Take a step closer though and the painting is ‘just’ a small number of beautifully executed brushstrokes. It never gets boring to watch her work!

Being able to deconstruct a landscape, distill it down and then reassemble on the canvas with seemingly effortless style is artistic alchemy my brain struggles to comprehend!

Further information about the evenings can be found if you keep scrolling below. If you have missed Hester’s previous demos, you can buy recordings of them here too.

£17 for the two and a half hour demo

Please note: You will receive the link for the zoom meeting either the day before or the morning of the live event.


Complete the booking form (top right of your screen, or scroll down if you’re on a mobile)


Zoom Demo Format:

Hester will give a two and a half hour demo, including:

A brief introuction to her journey as an artist.

She will then start a painting, explaining how she does it as she goes.

Questions are absolutely welcomed, people tend to write them in the chat box and James reads them out but you can also ask the odd question yourselves!

Once she has finished her piece, there will be more time for questions at the end.

  • People are welcome to just watch, or you could even paint alongside (more info on this below).

This session includes:

  • Informal, relaxed demo by Hester Berry
  • Covering the key steps taken to create a contemporary landscape painting
  • The option to paint alongside Hester as she demos. A list of the materials you will need are listed below in a seperate box.
  • We will email you the image she intends to work from so you can print it off and look at/work from it at as she works.
  • Hester cannot give feedback on anyone’s own work while she is painting or even towards the end of the zoom, but if you email her your work she’d be happy to give you a couple of lines of feedback and things to consider for yoour next painting!

Suitable for?

  • Anyone who is interested in knowing how artists do what they do!

What is included in the price?

    • Two and a half hour demo
    • If you choose to create yourself during the live demo then Hester will provide a few lines of critique after zoom session via email at a later date

Optional extra:

The session will be recorded by us and can be bought for an additional £7. You can then replay the session as many times as you want!

Please note – Any purchased recordings are for you, the purchaser, only. Please do not share the recording with anyone else.
These are tough times, especially for those of us who work in the creative sector. Hester is extremely generous in sharing her wealth of knowledge with us, especially for a such a bargain fee. We hope that everyone who benefits from having watched her demos has paid to do so. If any of your friends or family want a copy then we’d be delighted to sell them one for £17 or they can attend a live demo to get a critique.

This course is for you if:

  • You want to demystify the art of creating or just behold an artist at work
  • You want to learn how to create landscapes or ‘loosen up’ in your creative approach
  • You want to explore your creativity but lack the knowledge to do so on your own
  • You want to get away from it all and immerse yourself in a fun, creative environment
  • You want a bit of escapism from the pandemic and covid blues.
  • You want a create kickstart and are needing a bit of inspiration!

Beyond The Demo

You could always come and join us ‘in real life’ for one of Hester’s two day courses here at the Phoenix Studio. We run a few a year and they generally sell out fast so be sure to get on our waiting list so you will be one of the first to announce when new dates are announced.

If you wanted to paint while Hester does,

then she said these materials would be a good start: 

  • Oil paints
    • French ultramarine, burnt sienna, titanium white, a warm yellow (cadmium deep hue, but if not, any yellow), yellow ochre, Prussian/cobalt/pthalo blue, viridian, sap green /terra verte, a red (crimson maybe) Any additional colours will would be useful, but these are pretty essential. Windsor and Newton is good and reliable.
  • Turps/Zest-it, linseed/poppy oil
    • Hester doesn’t think brand matters, but Zest-it is a good – it’s dilutant and brush cleaner.
    • She suggests poppyseed oil, but linseed is good too.
  • Palettes
    • Hester just uses a cupboard door, any scrap of smooth wood, or perspex or glass, or a plate!
  • Easels
  • Primed boards or oil paper
    • Ampersand smooth primed artists panel is good, 8 x8″ or 9 X 12 ” or artists oil paper (A4 should be fine for 2.5 hours. I like to prepare mine a few days beforehand with a neutral warm brown ground (burnt sienna and ochre) diluted with a little turps or zest it)
  • Brushes and palette knives
    • A range of brushes, including some flat ones. Hester use a 3/4 inch chisel brush.

Ultimately go with what you’ve got or can get your hands on though. It’s the having a go that counts!

£17 for the two and a half hour demo

Please note: You will receive the link for the zoom meeting either the day before or the morning of the live event


Complete the booking form (top right of your screen, or scroll down if you’re on a mobile).


Hester Berry

Hester’s practise is rooted in traditional representation and methods, but she constantly challenges her understanding of ‘painting’ and explores her technique to capture the intricacies of the landscape.

She studied at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth and went on to do a Masters in Wimbledon. In recent years she has returned to her native Devon where she lives, works and raises her family.

Hester’s previous demonstrations:

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