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 and 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.
Wow! 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