A few members of the Fleet Art Society took part in the Fleet Art Festival this weekend 26th and 27th October, with an exhibition of their work.
A big thank you to those who took part and particularly the stewards who devoted their time to man the display. Three paintings were sold along with a few cards but there was a lot of interest by the general public. It was a little unfortunate that, not only was it the last few days of the children’s half term break with a lot of families away, but was also on the same weekend as two other art exhibitions in the near vicinity, one in Odiham and one in Crowthorne. However, the excellent presentation was a great success and helped to raise the profile of Fleet Art Society.
We also had a lot of folios from the late Geoffrey Ainley and these sold very well giving us a total of £151 which, I am sure, the Phylis Tuckwell charity will be pleased to receive.
Our demonstrator for our September meeting was Colette Clegg, a local artist who specialises in animals and still life subjects using a variety of mediums.
For our demo, Colette demonstrated still life using a mixed selection of garden flowers in a clear glass vase. Her pre-prepared canvas had a base of violet acrylic paint on which she roughly sketched out her subject using black oil. Working with a palette knife, Colette produced a vibrant semi abstract painting.
This was Colette’s very first demo and she rose to the occasion.
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Report by Anglea Vizard
A glass vase of flowers were her choice of subject
A good combination for a still life project
She outlined the shapes of the flowers using charcoal stick
that pink canvas background seems to have done the trick.
She likes the squidgy nature of oil paint for sure
Using palette knives and credit cards alone what’s more
Excellent colour mixing is the way to go
Remember that fact a good result will show.
Burnt sienna and French ultramarine for good grey
Cadmium red and cadmium yellow for orange anyway
Mix your own colours make them your own
Remember that fact and get into the Zone.
Glass vases are good to paint because the shapes are abstract
Mix up lots of variations of green too a very useful fact
For the Zinnia French ultramarine cadmium and white
Soon the colours of the flowers came in sight.
White flowers always contain a bit of blue
Don’t put all the flowers in a line is also true
The stems appeared with edge of a credit card no less
Using the lost and found method with great success.
Lastly a really useful tip for sure she shared with us all
Store left over paint in tubs in the freezer no matter how small.
With the Royal Wedding day and of course the F A Cup
I was really surprised how many people turned up
They came to see Jamel Akib in action that famous day
So we will all remember Saturday 19th May.
He started with a grid and black pastel drawing
The subject a yacht with a sailor man in
For the flesh he used raw sienna and white
The sail he added orange so it looked just right.
We learnt all about FAT over LEAN
We all know now what it really does mean
Thin paint on first so it dries really quickly
Then add the next layer much more thickly.
He used a four inch brush to cover his huge canvas
A massive feat for something so enormous
Always get the focal point correct before you start
And tonal control is the secret to really good art.
For the second half he transformed a lady dancer
Changing the orange background to lilac was the answer
We all need to get one of those metal rulers too
Squeeze the paint directly onto the canvas,ooh!
Remember light is the most important thing
Makes your work more interesting
Thanks Jamel for such an inspirational demo
Loosen up and be free is the way to go!