Demonstration by Stewart Beckett – 12 October 2019

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Appearing in both Landscape and Portrait Artist of the year

Stewart Beckett is someone we would all like to cheer

A portrait in oils is definitely the order of the day

I can’t wait to see this so let’s go I say

Vicky his model sat calmly in her chair

As we waited for the commencement of his artistic flair.

 

Burnt umber, alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue

Titanium white, lemon yellow, cadmium red too

A limited palette of only six colours to be precise

“Less variables to play around with” such good advice

Drawing first, tone second, colour third

That’s the correct order a really wise word.

 

Painting like wet into wet with oil paint

A tonal painting, applied with no restraint

The brush marks really mapped out the face

With perfect colour mixes all in the right place

Don’t try and create a likeness from the start

You’ll get tight too quickly so just be smart.

 

Establish the darker areas first is the way to go

Measuring the face all the time as we watched it grow

Soon the image of Vicky came into sight

With neutral tones added it looked just right

Use a mirror to view from a new perspective

A brilliant idea and so very effective.

 

When restarting a painting take stock and make a plan

Excellent tip from an experienced and informative man

I’ve never seen an ambidextrous artist before

He’s truly astounding yes that’s for sure.

“If you haven’t got anything interesting to say

Your work will be pointless in every way.”

 

An amazing demonstration with lots of hints and advice

A true inspiration for us all to be absolutely precise

“Landscape Artist of the Year” starts tomorrow night!

My favourite programme my weekly highlight

I’ve met a finalist Stewart Beckett’s his name

I will follow his good advice well that’s my aim.

Angela Vizard