Demonstration by Ronnie Ireland – 9 February 2019

“What if” is the title of today’s demonstration.
So we all were waiting in deep contemplation
Wondering what was in store for us all
With some amazing paintings along the wall.

“It’s a momentum of what you do”
An explanation but is it all true?
Is it real inspiration or endless hard graft
Ask yourself the question it’s not really daft
Why am I doing this, am I brave enough?
I give myself permission to fail it’s only rough!

One idea leads to another see how this can progress
Just go for it,it doesn’t matter if it’s a mess
It’s only a piece of paper after all
Not having a go could be your downfall
Do something you have never done before
You will never know what could happen so explore.

We saw his own work and sketches of progress too
A wonderful sight to see how the final piece grew
How do you know when you have finished a painting?
Keep going until there is nothing left that’s annoying
We saw paintings of artists like Rembrandt and Titian
Who painted what interested them not for exhibition.

Never lose an idea you may need it one day
Make notes in your sketch book anyway
In thirty minutes with a flourish of white,browns and reds
He managed to paint two very interesting heads
Then a whole new painting was created by changing the eye
That’s something I really must give a try.

As demonstrations go it was one of the best
We listened to his every word with intense interest
It made us think then think some more
We realised there’s a world out there we must explore
A painting world that’s for us to discover somehow
I’m definitely going to ask myself WHAT IF anyhow.

Angela Vizard