Moor to Sea Arts
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For us a day without creativity in whatever form it appears is a day without a smile. We love to paint.  We paint to live.

We inspire

Sharing our creativity we write, we demonstrate, we teach. Smile with us.


Welcome to Moor to Sea arts!

We are looking forward to a very creative Autumn this year. Having just had our third book published we are taking some time to work on our own portfolios, sadly neglected while we both busily painted trees. Keep an eye on our galleries and our Facebook pages for news of our studio experiments and new paintings.

Our New Book - ‘Painting Trees’

‘Painting Trees’ with some of the original images

‘Painting Trees’ with some of the original images

‘Painting Trees : Colour, Line and Texture through the Seasons’

Our third book was a joint venture. We both enjoy painting trees, emptying different techniques to achieve images in our individual style. It made sense to share our knowledge for the benefit of the reader, encouraging aspiring artists to develop their own style. It was published on the 16th August. It is currently available through Amazon, priced at £18.99. Signed copies will be available through this website in the near future!

Here’s how the publisher, The Crowood Press, describes it:

“ Learn to paint trees creatively with confidence and personal style

Trees are a magnificent source of inspiration for the artist. This book looks more closely at their role in art and how best the artist can capture their essence as the sole subject of a painting, to complete a landscape or to step into an abstract representation. In a unique collaboration, Siân and Rob Dudley combine their skills to offer insights into a range of techniques and styles. With through detail and practical advice, the book is a joyful and essential guide to creating expressive paintings.

  • Tips and ideas for finding inspiration, developing your ideas, information gathering, layout, tone and colour

  • Step-by-step projects to demonstrate the techniques in action, from first inspiration to completion

  • Some 200 illustrations feature watercolour, oil and pencil techniques

  • Advice on painting through the seasons helps you to see and paint trees with new eyes and appreciation.

Siân and Rob Dudley are the well known duo behind Moor to Sea Arts, based in Devon. Both respected artists, they teach widely and contribute to the online resource Art Tutor. Siân has written Painting Flowers -a creative approach and Rob has written Painting Rivers from Source to Sea, both published by The Crowood Press.”



Our tuition is designed for you to succeed.

We enjoy teaching. It genuinely gives us great pleasure when we help people to achieve more than they had thought themselves capable of, and to share in their delight. Whatever you perceive your standard of painting to be, we are confident that we can help you to get more from your watercolour painting. Whether you are a complete beginner, looking to improve your skills or re-discover your confidence we aim to give you the resources you need.

If you need some inspiration, have you considered...

  • A term of watercolour classes with us in Ivybridge or Kingsbridge. Classes can be a real incentive to try something new, or to find the courage to fulfil a longing to paint. Our Autumn classes begin the week beginning 23rd September 2019. We are now taking bookings for places for the Autumn term. For more information click here.

  • One of our art courses at Flatford Mill or Slapton Ley. A short art break can be very inspiring! The Field Studies Council is taking bookings for 2019. Our courses earlier this year were fully booked, and there are only a few places left for the October course, so if you are interested we would suggest you take a look soon. We have a number of courses planned with the FSC for next year; they will be taking bookings later this autumn.

  • An art holiday? Rob is woking with Alpha Painting Holidays in 2020, tutoring on two of their art holidays. In June he will be visiting the Wye Valley, teaching on location. In November he will be tutoring a studio based course ‘Rivers, Valleys and Waterfalls’.

  • An art book? As well as ‘Painting Flowers, A Creative Approach', and 'Painting Rivers from Source to Sea', and ‘Painting Trees: Colour, Line and Texture through the Seasons’ which we hope you will find incredibly inspiring, we have some excellent suggestions on our Books page.

  • Watching art tuition videos? A selection of our videos are available to view on YouTube. To view our extensive collection of tuition videos take a look at, an excellent website dedicated to helping you improve your enjoyment and skills of your own artistic endeavours.

Flatford Mill 2019

A brand new course called ‘Art Detox Week’ was the first of our four visits to Flatford Miill in 2019, and was highly successful, so it will be repeated in January 2020.

This painting is of a scene from behind Valley Farm, a 14th century farmhouse that is used by the Field Studies Council, and is still in current use as accommodation for course participants. It is reputed to have the oldest staircase in the UK that is still in use, a delightful arrangements of planks and half-timbers, well worn and providing an interesting voyage from one floor to the next!

The teasels in the field behind the farmhouse were a big feature of the summer courses at Flatford this year! Many paintings of them were produced as participants mastered masking fluid techniques to give them that extra special backlit glow.

Rob and Siân will be returning to Flatford Mill in October. From Monday 21st October to Friday 25th October Rob will be tutoring ‘Exploring Autumn Landscapes’ , while Siân tutors “Expressing Autumnal Hedgerows’.



An original painting can be a beautiful addition to your home; have a look through our galleries. Or for a very personal piece of artwork consider commissioning a painting, giving you opportunity to suggest the subject matter, and decide on your budget. If you like this idea and would like to discuss it, please contact us.


Painting Flowers - a creative approach

" Painting flowers is a joyful experience -  to capture and celebrate the colour, form and beauty of flowers in watercolour is an endlessly exciting pursuit. This book encourages you to experiment and play when you paint, to enjoy the process of creating a painting, and to develop your own style as you observe and render either a single stem or a full floral abstract. By moving away from the tight constraints of botanical illustration, it encourages a looser style of floral painting that allows for a more personal and unique interpretation of the subject. Written by a much-respected artist and teacher, this beautiful book will inspire both those new to painting and those seeking a different approach. "


For more details and to buy click here.



Painting Rivers - from source to sea

'' Rivers can be enchanting or exciting, but are always absorbing. They provide a myriad of painting opportunities and challenges for the artist. Focussing on watercolour- one of the most direct of mediums- this practical book explains how to paint a river and capture its life, light, movement, colour and interest. 

With over 200 images, Rob Dudley shares his methods, techniques, and ideas to make this beautiful book a must-have for all landscape and en plein air artists.

  • He explains each stage of a painting: inspiration and focus, sketching and information gathering, planning and painting.

  • Advises on how to paint water so that it captures the colour, shape and tone of light and reflections.

  • Finished paintings, examples and step-by-step sequences are used throughout to support the detailed instruction.''


For more details and to buy click here.


Rob and Siân Dudley are popular and experienced artists, demonstrators, tutors and writers, with a passion for watercolour painting. They have been living, painting, teaching and exhibiting in Devon for over 20 years. are both enthusiastic in sharing their love of watercolours with others. As well as exhibiting and selling their work, they are qualified, experienced tutors and demonstrators, keen to share all the tips, tricks and techniques they know. Look out for their videos on and their articles in the Artists and Illustrators magazine.