Demonstration – April 2018

Rick Holmes is a very versatile local artist.  He paints in watercolour, oil, pastel and mixed media.  He is a member of The Pastel Society, Royal Society of Marine Artists, Wapping Group, Farnham Art Society, Chelsea Art Society and Guildford Art Society.  His works can be seen at his website http://www.rickholmes.co.uk/index.htm.

The subject of Rick’s demonstration was perspective, an area of art that can be very challenging!  Using a reference photo of a London street, Rick demonstrated two different view points. One was when the artist was standing and one from a sitting position.

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The painting on the left shows the eye line of a standing artist while the one on the right is from the sitting position.  A painting from the sitting position is more dramatic.
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First painting with reference photo

Important rules:-

The eye line is where the horizon and the vanishing point are, when the artist looks straight ahead.  All lines above go down to meet at the vanishing point.  Those below go up to meet at the vanishing point.  Vertical parallel lines are wider nearer the front of the painting and get narrower towards the back ie. Lamp posts.

This was a difficult subject successfully illustrated by Rick in a very interesting demo. Please see Angela Vizard’s report below.
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On his last visit he did an upside down head!
Today he is doing architecture instead
Pastels are his medium of choice this time
So I’ll carry on with this artistic rhyme.

The subject, London’s Northumberland Avenue
A challenging subject quite tricky too
With Chinese ink perspective lines went in with ease
Perfect buildings, people, buses, cars and trees.

Unison pastels were then used with such skill
A red double decker soon appeared just brill
He was full of tips and useful information
Answering our questions with no hesitation.

For the second piece of work he used a different view
From a sitting down position the perspective was new
His explanation was extremely effective
Shedding a whole new light for us on perspective.

He enlightened us on the use of the dreaded black
He uses it all the time so we will bring black back
We learnt a lot during the course of the demo
Filling our heads with lots of amazing info.

At the end there were two finished paintings
Side by side each giving a new view of things
Come back soon Rick we are all hungry for more
Your next visit will be just as riveting I’m sure.

Angela Vizard.

Pop Up Shop – Another success

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I spoke too soon at the last demo when I said how grateful I was that we hadn’t booked our event for the “snowy weekend”!  Saturday morning was quiet while people waited to see whether the roads would remain passable but luckily, by lunchtime it wasn’t too bad and they came along to see what our exhibition was all about.   It seems to be the perfect location and attracts people of all ages.

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Tony Yates completed three demonstration watercolour paintings during the exhibition

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Greetings Cards attracted a lot of attention

None of this would be possible without the help and support of the Committee and some of the members who helped setting up/taking down, transferring to and from the overnight storage and generally helping “man the sales desk” during the exhibition.  A huge thank you to all involved.

Monthly Demonstration – March 2018

The demonstration this month, Expressive Portraits in Oils by Peter Keegan, was very well received.  Much of Peter’s time is spent working in his studio at The Courtyard Art Studio – http://www.thecourtyardartstudio.com

 

 

Judging from the excellent portraits on display 

We are in for a good demonstration today

With oil paint and low odour turpentine 

Mapping out the face with straight lines looks fine

Working from a photo of Cheryl on his iPad 

Comparing the head shape to a rugby ball I might add.

 

Using sap green,raw umber and ultra marine blue

white ,cadmium red ,yellow and alizarin too

Squint,the easier it is to see the tonal value

An excellent tip that’s what we all need to do

To create a likeness constantly compare parts of the face

It’s important to get the eyes correct and in the right place.

 

When modelling the eye area work from dark to light

With a few skilful strokes from his  brush it looked just right

Painting portraits should always come from the heart

Always get to know your sitter before you start

Peter filled our heads with loads of useful information 

While working on Cheryl’s complete transformation.

 

Portraits produce zero room for error we knew

So oils are easier than watercolours it’s true

By the end he produced an excellent likeness 

With a skill that looked so completely effortless 

Definition of a portrait with his own words of wisdom

“A moment in time”captured between two people just AWESOM.

 

Angela Vizard