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

 

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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

Carole Massey Demonstration Wednesday10th April 2019

 

We had an excellent turnout last night for Carole Massey’s demonstration and I don’t think anyone was disappointed as Carole treated us to an excellent evening, explaining her method of working as she produced a vibrant example of a cockerel using pastels.

Carole favours Schmincke, Sennelier and Unison pastels because they are soft and very high in pigment content. She augments her pastels with Derwent pastel pencils, she explained that the pastel pencils enable her to do the initial drawing and to use for small details.

The surface she used for her painting was a grey Mi-Teintes that Carole finds an excellent surface for her pastel work.

It was very interesting to see her method of working especially that she leaves a section at the side of the painting to try out the colours, to ensure she selects the correct one.

I know many of us have never tried pastels but after watching Carole I think there will be more than a few trying out this medium, which includes me.

Thank you, Carole, for an extremely interesting, informative and enjoyable evening, we look forward to seeing you again.

For those of you who would like to know more about Carole and her work, check out her website at http://www.carolemassey.com/

Picture and report by Colin Mossman.

 

John Glover Demonstration ‘A portrait in Oils’ Wednesday 14th November.

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.20181114_200052_001

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.20181114_201031_001

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.

enhanced 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.

Joe Dowden Demonstration

Our first demonstration of the New Winter Program and we are all really looking forward to a brilliant evening with Joe Dowden. Our new Chairman, Colin Mossman is a friend of Joe and has lead us to believe that he is a brilliant artist, nice man and Colin himself is looking forward to catching up with Joe. Well not everything goes to plan as we found out last night….

The day before Joe is coming to visit our Club, Colin is given an appointment for an operation so is now going to miss the demonstration that he has been looking forward to. We have taped the demonstration Colin so you will get a chance to see it eventually. Meanwhile we all wish you well.

Joe had said he would be an hour early at the hall so as to be set up and ready to go when we all arrived. That too was not going to happen, we got a telephone call from Joe to say he had been held up on the M25 at the Dartford Tunnel and so ended up arriving at the hall about 7.45p.m. Meanwhile we had done the raffle, chatted for England and all had a cuppa. We are resourceful if nothing else us Brits.

With a large sheet of Fabiano paper and a vote from the members, Joe started a painting of a river view at sunset. Using a photographic tripod and a board which had an attachment on the back to fix it to the tripod, Joe put plenty of water onto the paper which was flat but leaving a double diamond shape in the sky dry. He then did a strong wash over almost all of the paper with Naples yellow leaving the diamond shape still white but wetting the inner diamond with plain water to keep it moist. This will give the sky the dynamic sun later.

Making greys with a warm shade of red to them, Joe put plenty of paint along the bottom of the picture making his way up towards the horizon. Once he was satisfied with the amount of colour on the paper he removed the masking tape from around the outside of the paper to let the pigments spread and then he dried the paper with the use of 2 hairdryers. While the paper was drying, Joe entertained us with jokes some of which were really quite funny and definitely made the drying time go in a flash.

Using colours like Windsor Blue, Phthalo blue, Vermillion red, Quinacridone Magenta joedowden1and Naples yellow, Joe re-wet the paper once again and made more mixes of paint and reapplied across the picture. He said that Fabiano paper was brilliant for this method of painting but Bockingford could also be used quite successfully.

The sky area was painted with a mix of Cobalt Blue and Naples Yellow to one side and then moving to the other side of the sky he added Aussie Red Gold with a touch of Vermillion and Magenta. He then re-wet the soft edges of the clouds in the sky so there were no hard edges. Looking really good now.

Next the boat, then he turned the painting upside down and painted the horizon line. Now to add the long mud banks and the foreground mud which was done with Red, Black and Green with a touch of Neutral Tint.

joedowden2Wow! We may have had to wait for Joe to arrive but my goodness it was a brilliant demonstration, with a really lovely picture at the end of the evening and Colin was right, Joe is a very nice, easy to watch demonstrator.

Probably several of us will have a go at this way of painting as it was really inspiring but as to how many of us end up with a real muddy picture is anybody’s guess.

Report and photos courtesy of Cathy Newton

Joe Dowden Demonstration–Wednesday 8th November 2017

Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a watercolour demonstration by Joe F Dowden tomorrow evening (Wednesday 8th November). The demonstration will be in the Cedars Centre,Dowden1 Castle Road, Rayleigh SS6 7QF, starting at 7:30pm sharp, so please arrive soon after 7:00pm. Guests are welcome to participate for a small charge of £4.00.

Joe is a Landscape and Seascape Painter and has exhibited at the Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Exhibition, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Laing Art Exhibition, Chichester Open, Barings ING – Platform 100, World of Drawings and Watercolours, British Modern Masters, Royal Society of Marine Artists.  

Stages one man shows at Albury, Southern UK. Paintings sell at Elford Fine Art, Fine Art UK & British Modern Masters 2008. Author of books and magazine articles. Published worldwide. Presents TV, DVD, seminars, demonstrations and he is a Panel Member of the SAA.

 

Review:

JoeDowden“Joe is a very fine watercolourist, and a magical, water, watercolour artist. But there’s more: he is a brilliant teacher and communicator. As a teacher, he is able to both demonstrate his skill and watercolour technique in a methodical, clear, step-by-step process and along the way run an instructive commentary telling you exactly what he’s doing with variations and alternative approaches. He adds to all this a cornucopic list of useful tips on equipment, advice on best brushes, colours and paper suppliers, colour mixes and much more.”