Yesterday evening we had an interesting demonstration from Trevor Harwood using mixed media.
Trevor started by using 140lb Saunders Waterford paper, unstretched, on approximately two-thirds of the paper he laid an acrylic underpainting and on the remaining third he laid an underpainting of pastel, which he smoothed down with brush and water.
The idea of separating the picture as he explained, was to show us the different effects that may be had from each method.
He gradually built up the ‘Spring’ painting by using acrylics and pastel on both parts to achieve quite an effective result.
Thank you for the demonstration Trevor it has given us food for thought.
Pictures and report by Colin Mossman
This Wednesday we will be hosting a demonstration by renowned pastel artist Trevor Harwood.
Trevor who has been exhibiting and demonstrating for many years will be painting a Spring scene in pastel.
To know more about Trevor and to see his work, click on this link:- https://www.harwoodart.co.uk/, which will take you to his website.
The demonstration will be held at the Cedar Centre, Castle Raod RAyleigh.SS6 7RE.
7 pm for a &.30 pm start, All comers welcome for a small entrance fee of £4.
Look forward to seeing you there.
Our Christmas party was a great success and very well attended, thank you to all who came.
David Williams gave us an excellent and extremely interesting talk on the greening of London, David is a historian who takes groups on history walks of London, details of his tours will be circulated to members as soon as received.
Reg White Award.
We had a record number of excellent entries for the competition the subject of which was ‘ English Landmarks’ Dave Mansfield’s painting of the London Corn Exchange, was a clear winner and received the award from our President – Brian Coppard.
Thank you to all who entered, the quality of which made it very difficult for members to vote for the best picture, so well done Dave, a well-deserved win.
Thank you to all who turned out on such a cold evening, we had a full house and with plenty of good food and wine made for a great atmosphere.
All that remains now is to wish you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Graham Webber was a new demonstrator to our group so we waited with bated breath to see how he tackled oil painting, our subject being seascape in Norfolk.
A good turn out of members came to watch this very interesting demonstration.
I think we were all surprised at just how young Graham seemed to be, not in our usual age range. With this younger personality came a brilliant sense of humour that we all enjoyed very much.
Graham explained that he painted outdoors on a much smaller board and then came back to the studio and enlarged the painting. With this in mind, he brought along a small maybe 10 x 8 or smaller pre-done painting and then a large MDF board that had been primed with gesso which had acrylic PVA and chalk powder mixed with it to give a texture. This is to hold the paint rather than the paint just slipping around the board.
Graham then told us the colours that he uses and then ran through the actual colours that he was going to use on his demo. He always uses Titanium white, 2 blues a warm and cool, Ultra Marine and Cerulean. 2 yellows Cadmium and Lemon yellow but tonight he was not using lemon yellow. Cadmium red and Alizarine but also sometimes Magenta, no Magenta this evening though. He explained that he uses Veridian Green as this mixed with red makes a really good grey and is a good talking point for onlookers. We all found that amusing as we all know what it is like having onlookers that you don’t necessarily want to paint in front of and need a good distraction. The last of his colours were Yellow Ochre and Burnt Sienna. As a thinner, he uses Zestit that apparently is harmless but does smell very nice, better for those of us that like the smell of these oils, thinners etc.
Graham uses hog brushes and said that they come in a largish brush but wear away and end up almost as twigs or almost hairless brushes.
With all this information now under our belts we watched as he very quickly made a drawing with darkish paint and then began to put in the sky colours. He started from the left side of the picture and gradually lifted the colours from greys to blues.
The whole of the demonstration he reiterated the fact that you should remix the colours that you use, this method keeps the picture interesting to the eye of the viewer. Graham did explain that he tried to get triangular shapes into the picture and also to have warm and cool shades of colour against one another again to add interest to the painting.
This was a brilliant demo, one of the best we have had. A really nice chap, very good sense of humour and really turned out a good painting. One to have back again I think.
Report by Cathy Newton
Pictures by Colin Mossman
This Coming Wednesday we have Graham Webber, a renowned Norfolk artist and a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, coming to demonstrate for us a scene of the Norfolk Coast in oils.
The demonstration will be held at the Cedar Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, SS6 7QF. guests are very welcome at a small charge of £ 4, please arrive promptly at 7 pm for a 7.30 pm start.
To find out more about Graham click on the link to take you directly to his website, https://www.grahamwebber.co.uk, I think we are going to be in for a very interesting and informative evening, I look forward to seeing you there.
Report by Colin Mossman
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