Paul treated us to a really interesting demonstration last night to a very well attended audience, producing a painting of a scene acted out at Cressing Temple Barns. Paul had prepared a 4mm MDF board with two coats of an acrylic primer that he obtains from Jackson’s art supplies. He started by drawing out the basic outline using a brush and dilute solution of Burnt umber.
His usual palette contains the following colours: Burnt Umber, Pthalo green, French Ultramarine, Raw Sienna, Alizarin crimson, Cadmium Yellow, and Titanium White. The paints he used for this demo were all from Jacksons although he mentioned that he does have other makes that he uses from time to time. He commented that usually, he would paint the background first and then the figures in the foreground, however, because of time constraints, he would paint the figures first.
Gradually he built the figures up until finally producing an excellent representation of the scene from the source material of his photos and sketch.
Paul, as many of you may know, was a semifinalist in the 2018 Sky Landscape Artist of the Year, and we can certainly see why. He also had his work featured in September 2013 on the cover of the SAA’s ‘Paint’ magazine and also in 2014 started writing for the ‘Leisure Painter’ magazine. to find out more about Paul and to contact him visit his website at – http://www.paulalcock.co.uk/.
Thank you, Paul, for a very interesting and entertaining evening, we look forward to when you are able to visit us again.
To all members and followers of the Rayleigh Art Group, we wish you a very happy new year for 2019!
A good night was had yesterday at our Christmas party, Bill Godsafe from the Essex Wildlife Trust, gave a really interesting talk and film show about the flora and fauna of Hanningfield reservoir, thank you Bill, very informative and very well presented.
Reg Whiting Award
Annabelle Hern won the Reg whiting award for best painting, Annabelle is pictured below being presented with her award by our president, Brian Coppard.
Thank you to all who came to make it a very enjoyable evening, wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Keep Painting.
Pauuline would like members to know that she has several workshops on Watercolour, Acrylics, Acrylic Inks and mixed media, coming up in the new year, if you are interested and would like to know more then please email her at: firstname.lastname@example.org. for those of you who may not be aware of Paulines work, check out her website at https://paulinegrove.weebly.com/. Pauline is a member of the Society of Women Artist, The Society of Botanical Artists and The Society of Floral Painting.
Report and picture by Colin Mossman
We had a very good turnout for John’s demo’ on Wednesday evening, with the hall being filled almost to capacity, it was good to see so many attend and always pleasing for the demonstrator.
Although arriving a little late, (traffic as usual), John soon made up for it and got into his stride quickly.
The Model for the evening was Stewart Grove, who I might add did a sterling job of sitting still for two hours whilst we all watched him being painted.
John started on a pre-prepared canvas of a light brown acrylic wash so that he could get straight on with blocking in the main elements of Stewart’s face. John was using his tried and tested palette of colours which are, Viridian green, French Ultramarine, Burnt sienna, Burnt umber, Raw umber, Alizarin crimson, Titanium white, Yellow ochre and Raw sienna.
John explained that he would normally take several days to paint a portrait, gradually building up layers, letting them dry, slowly refining the painting until he achieved the result he required, quite a lengthy process. However, as he only had around two hours the painting of Stewart would have to be done ‘alla prima’ ie; wet on wet. Notwithstanding this, he did an outstanding job as we gradually saw Stewarts face emerging from John’s brushstrokes until finally, we were looking at a very good likeness.
Thank you, John, for a very entertaining, interesting and enjoyable demonstration and we look forward to when you may demonstrate for us again.
To see more of John’s work, visit his website at http://www.johngloverportraits.co.uk/.
John runs regular workshops in Granchester, Cambridge, contact details are on his website.
Report and pictures by Colin Mossman.
What a brilliant demonstration Paul gave us Wednesday last, it really was most interesting.
Paul had already prepared a board with acrylic gesso and a deep purple background, he had also use a texture paste for the outline of the buildings for the cafe scene.
Before he started painting, Paul showed us his range of palette knives that he would be using, he explained that he rarely uses brushes these days, and the few that he does use are quite small and short, more like very small palette knives. He went on to show us the type of acrylic paints he uses and also, which was very interesting, he passed around a board that had the various types of texture pastes that he employed and the effect they gave when painted over.
Paul’s colours were: cadmium orange, yellow ochre, and white. The orange and yellow were applied neat at first then, by adding a little white to each colour he and putting over the base coats, he increased the effect of the stonework. Cerulean blue was used for the shutters on the windows and to give the appearance of glass he applied dabs of turquoise.
Small details such as tables, stairs railings, and people, he then included with a small brush and the edge of his palette knife. Finally, after he was happy with the result he removed the masking tape from around the edge of the board to reveal a very convincing looking cafe scene.
Thank you, Paul, for giving us such a very interesting and informative demonstration, which we all enjoyed and learned from.
Report and pictures by Colin Mossman