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.
The winner is Cheryl Jarvis
and the runner-up is Sue Hodge.
Many congratulations to both.
We had a record number of entries to the monthly competition this month. The winner is Tony Yates and the runner-up is Sylvie Peacock. Many congratulations to both.
Using Saunders Waterford paper of two hundred pound.
An expressive Scottish Landscape should soon be found
A country full of charm her favourite place
I can’t wait for more this should be ace.
She quickly stuck tissue where the mountains were
Then off white texture paste where the heathers occur.
With acrylic ink on damp paper came a lime green sky
Lots of shades of magenta and drips made us all sigh
Soon before our eyes a zig zag pattern came in sight
Helping us meander through her painting with delight
Using a roller she then added heavy body acrylic
Naples yellow, unbleached titanium white, looks idyllic.
Oil pastel and neocolour for wax resist effect
Pink for the heather, absolutely perfect.
Always have a quiet part of the painting
Too much colour is quite overwhelming
Dark purple and burnt sienna reduces the harshness
Remember without dark values the work is meaningless.
One thing I learnt from this demonstration
Real Art is about experimentation
If you want your painting to be exciting and more
You must take risks, go for it and explore
Thanks Soraya for such a wealth of information
You really are a true inspiration.
Chairman’s Jotting by Sue Williams
As we welcome 2018, we can look forward to a packed programme with interesting challenges.
Your committee has worked hard. The Pop Up Shop has proved to be very popular. It gives everyone the opportunity to display and sell their work to the general public. This year, we are hoping to let members enter two paintings and ask, where possible, for members to bring two easels on which to display their work.
Do refer to your membership card and the Internet to keep up-to-date with what we are doing.
At the AGM we thanked the non-committee members who quietly work behind the scenes. Tony Yates is a great support to all of us on the committee. His humour, advice and sound counsel is much appreciated. Mary runs the tea seamlessly and thanks go to all the members who help her. Thanks too go to Chris and Brenda who run the monthly competitions, the ladies who hire out our videos and Peter the framer. Where would we be without David and his video camera? Our demos are enhanced by having the two large screens from which to watch the artist working. Lastly, a big thank you, to you the members. Your kind comments and ideas reflect how the society can progress.
Full version of the Newsletter can be downloaded FAS Newsletter 2018jan-2