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 –



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

Monthly Demonstration – Feb 2018


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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.

Angela Vizard.

Newsletter – January 2018

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.

Happy Painting!

Full version of the Newsletter can be downloaded FAS Newsletter 2018jan-2