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.