Best of Simply Painting: Across Europe

Frank Clarke makes learning to paint with watercolors fun and easy in The Best of Simply Painting: Across Europe. Twenty-six episodes, culled from public television's Simply Painting Around the World, spotlight some of the most beautiful and enchanting places to paint in Ireland, Wales, Scotland and France. Clarke, one of Ireland's most sought-after and prolific painters, is a charming tutor who offers a blend of encouragement and practical instruction in each episode.

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Frank Clarke

Frank Clarke

Prolific Irish artist Frank Clarke has taught millions the basics of painting through his public television series Simply Painting, as well as his best-selling books, videos, seminars and classes.

The Druid's Glen

Episode #101 · Frank paints one of his favorite holes at Druids Glen, a golf course built near the site of an ancient Druid altar.

Celtic Cross and Church

Episode #102 · Nestling in the foothills, Frank paints this iconic Irish subject in a quiet country graveyard.

The Cattle Raid of Cooley

Episode #103 · Inspired by the epic "Tain" story, Frank paints a scene of a beautiful cottage on the rugged peninsula of Cooley.

The Morning Sun

Episode #104 · Host Frank Clarke teaches how to paint a beautiful Canary Islands sunrise with watercolors.

The Bogs of Ireland

Episode #105 · Frank spends a day on the Bog of Allen, then visits a fellow artist who creates works from 5000-year-old bog oak.

Step Back In Time

Episode #106 · After a visit to historic Ferrycarraig in Wexford, Frank paints a ruined castle.

Swan Lake

Episode #107 · A swan glides across the lake in the gardens at Gulzean Castle in Scotland forms the subject of this episode's lesson.

To Scotland By Boat

Episode #108 · Frank traces the route of many Irish immigrants in the space-age cockpit of a jet-propelled ferry.

Older Than The Pyramids

Episode #109 · The burial chambers at Newgrange are older than the pyramids in Egypt. Frank stops at various historical sites on his trip along on the River Boyne.

A Welsh, Welsh Castle

Episode #110 · During his travels, Frank finds an original Welsh castle to paint.

The Pirate Queen's Watch Tower

Episode #111 · Frank captures the mystique of 15th-century queen, once a feared pirate in Ireland

The Round Tower at Glendalough

Episode #112 · A 6th-century Irish monastery nestled in the Wicklow mountains provides Frank with an interesting subject to paint.

Love Is A Rose

Episode #113 · For the romantics, Frank demonstrates his unique way of painting a single rose.


Episode #114

Knappogue Castle

Episode #115

Galway Bay

Episode #116

Ennistymon Waterfall

Episode #117


Episode #118 · In the French town of Rouen, Frank visits a ceramics museum, recalls Joan of Arc and paints a vase of daffodils.

The Fairy Bush

Episode #119

Chateau Balerory

Episode #120 · Inspired by a chateau in the heart of the French countryside, Frank paints a yellow field with trees and a church spire.

Atlantic Ocean Scene

Episode #121 · Off the coast of Clare, in the late evening sun, Frank demonstrates the finer points of creating an Atlantic seascape.


Episode #122 · Frank stops at an art gallery in the lovely town of Portlaoise, and encounters some fellow artists outdoors. Painting: Portlaoise Lake and artist.

Doolin Seascape

Episode #123

Inish Boffin

Episode #124 · At the offshore islands of Inishboffin, in Galway Bay, Frank visits a fort on a promontory and the westernmost point in Ireland. Painting: Navigation guide post in harbor.

Rock of Dunamase

Episode #125 · At Dunamase Fortress, Frank tells a story of Ireland's Norman conquest. Stops include a 6th century round tower and Heywood Gardens. Painting: Dunamase Fortress.

Adare Riverscape

Episode #126 · In the village of Adare in County Limerick, Frank visits Adare Manor and King John's Castle. The nearby Hunt Museum contains many famous paintings, sculptures and artifacts. Frank paints a scene of the River Maigue that runs through Adare.