Heather Miller Demonstration Sept, 25th 2019

On Wednesday evening members enjoyed a lively and interesting demonstration by Heather Miller.  Heather brought along three of her delightful finished paintings of woodland scenes in an impressionistic style.  She works from photographs and sketches which she has made of her favourite subjects which are all based on nature and especially springtime scenes.

She works in acrylic paints on canvas and begins by priming her canvas with a coat of gesso followed by a layer of neutral coloured (light grey or beige) paint to “get rid of the white”.  She then does a rough sketch on this in chalk. She began by painting in what she called the “main players”, in this case, foreground trees, using a wide flat brush and overlaying Prussian blue, burnt umber and buff titanium so that they blend on the canvas. Explaining that she works from dark to light, she then started to put in the background again using Prussian blue, this time with various greens and lightened with buff titanium. She explained that her paintings are a pattern of lights and darks, creating the mood of the scene, not an exact copy.  This light/dark patterning continued into the foreground with the addition of more Prussian blue, permanent violet and buff titanium with touches of ultramarine and magenta.  Small marks were added with a rigger and a small round brush.

 

Heather explained that she would normally work for much longer on a painting but we thought that what she achieved in two hours was lovely and I think everyone learned a lot this evening.

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Report by Vicki Coppard

Photos by Colin Mossman

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Heather Miller Demonstration Wednesday25th September

This Wednesday coming we have another great demonstration to look forward to of a Bluebell Wood in acrylic by Heather Miller. The demonstration will take place at the Cedar Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, usual times, at 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start.

Inspired by a love of nature, Heather’s aim as an artist is to engage and intrigue the viewer and draw them into her work.  She mindfully explores colour and light in each painting, conscious of how these elements lift the spirit and encourage connection with the subject.

The seasons, water and changing light all provide rich influences on her art. Her paintings are an emotional response to what she sees rather than a facsimile encouraging the viewer to find something different each time they look.  She works chiefly in acrylics and acrylic inks which lend themselves to working quickly and expressively with a glorious array of colours.

Although Heather enjoyed art from a young age, she started to paint seriously when she moved to Abu Dhabi with her husband and young family.  The change of culture and scenery awakened her creative spirit and she knew she had to paint.  The journey continued when she moved back to the UK and she met her teacher and mentor Caroline Hulse, who challenged, inspired and encouraged her to take risks and grow as an artist.

As well as working as an artist Heather is keen to spread the word about the versatile medium of acrylics. She demonstrates her working process to art societies around the UK, through Art Profile and also teaches impressionism and abstract workshops regularly throughout the year at the Joe Daisy Studio in Reading.

She has previously exhibited paintings and life drawings at Contemporary Art Fairs, Art Shed, The JoeDaisy Studio, The Maynard Gallery, Gravelly Barn, Art Van Go and various art shows.  She studied at the Open College of Art and has had many wonderful teachers who have helped and inspired her along the way including the brilliant Caroline Hulse FRSA.  She has recently written for ‘On your Doorstep’ Magazine, issue 7, explaining her creative inspiration.

To see more of heather’s click on the link to take you to her website https://www.heathermillerpaintings.com

Lastly a reminder that subscriptions are due this month, see you on Wednesday.

 

Sharon Hurst Demonstration 10.07.2019

We were promised an interesting evening and we weren’t disappointed. Sharon gave us an extremely informative and enjoyable demonstration of a young woman in watercolour. Sharon has a great sense of humour and kept us entertained with her unique way of explaining how she builds up paintings.

I won’t go into detail of her demonstration except to say that she used 140lb Bockingford Paper (Sharon’s favourite paper), together with Winsor Newton and Shin Han Watercolours. However, for those amongst you who would like to try her method, full details of her colours together with tutorials may be found on her website: http://www.sharonhurst.co.uk/. Go to the bottom of her Home Page and click on the link to Tutorials and Videos. Sharon also has a Facebook page which is ‘Sharon Hurst Art’

 

From all of us Sharon, thank you for an excellent evening, one we won’t forget for a long time.

Text and photos by Colin Mossman

 

Sharon HurstDemonstration Wed’ 10th July

Yes, this coming Wednesday we have Sharon Hurst, the well-known fantasy artist, giving us a demonstration. Sharon, as many of you may know, has made many TV appearances for the SAA, to take a look at her work, click on the link to her webpage: http://www.sharonhurst.co.uk/, looks like we will be in for a very interesting evening.

As usual, guests are welcome for a small fee of £4, Venue as always; The Cedar Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7QF. Time: 7 pm for 7.30 pm start.

Look forward to seeing you there.

 

Stephen Cheeseman Cyclists in oil pastels.22.05.2019

Stephen gave us an interesting demonstration yesterday evening, painting a picture of cyclists in oil pastel on coloured paper. The paper he used was Canson Mi-Teintes and the oil pastels for the main painting were Sennelier, although he did use Pentel oil pastels to do the initial drawing. Stephen explained that cheaper oil pastels (like the Pentel pastels), tend to very hard in use and the pigment quality is lower, in his opinion, Sennelier oil pastels are the best as they are very highly pigmented and being softer, release their colour very easily.

Stephen made up his painting from a set of three black and white photos, his preferred method when producing his paintings, as he likes to choose his own colours to make his paintings his own.

Below are a series of photos that show the progression of his demonstration from start to the finish of his impressionistic picture of a group of cyclists racing in France.

Thank you for a very interesting evening, Stephen, we all know a lot more about oil pastels and their use than we did before.

 

Report and photos by Colin Mossman

‘AT HOME’ 1st MAY 2019

Our evening started with an interesting talk by Cathy Russel on Quilling, which is an art form that goes back hundreds of years.

In this picture, she is demonstrating the varied form of paper rolls that are used to make up a picture. Thank you Cathy.

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After Cathy had finished her talk and everyone had replenished their glasses and plates, Brian Coppard presented the awards chosen by the public for the best pictures on show at our exhibition.

In third place with a watercolour entitled ‘Sunrise Leigh-on-Sea was Colin Mossman, and here he is receiving his certificate and cup.

Colin receiving 3rd prize

In second place was Chris Wiseman with his acrylic painting entitled ‘Smoke and Steam’, (this painting, was purchased by Mark Francois). In this picture, Chris is receiving his certificate, he also received a cup.

Chris Wiseman receiving 2nd prize

In first place with his watercolour painting entitled ‘Special Moments’ was Colin Mossman. In this picture, he is receiving his cup certificate and the Jose Hook award tankard which he can keep until next year.

Colin receoving 1st prize and the Jose hook Award

The final award of the evening went to Ken Marjoram, he won the ‘Presidents’ award for the best painting of the year, In these two photos Ken is receiving his certificate, and clock that he keeps for a year and a ‘Brian’, this is a gold coloured maquette, and this he may keep forever.

Ken with his winning painting

Ken recceivingthe Presidents award and his Brian

We had some great prizes for our raffle most of which, together with the presentation mugs, were donated by the SAA.Raffle Prizes

All in all, it was a very good evening, thanks to all who attended and brought food and a big thank you to the committee for organizing and preparing everything for the evening.

 

Report by Colin Mossman

Photos by Anita Mossman