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!
The winner of this month’s competition is Terry Hooper
The runner up is John Vaughan
Congratulations to both artists.
I spoke too soon at the last demo when I said how grateful I was that we hadn’t booked our event for the “snowy weekend”! Saturday morning was quiet while people waited to see whether the roads would remain passable but luckily, by lunchtime it wasn’t too bad and they came along to see what our exhibition was all about. It seems to be the perfect location and attracts people of all ages.
None of this would be possible without the help and support of the Committee and some of the members who helped setting up/taking down, transferring to and from the overnight storage and generally helping “man the sales desk” during the exhibition. A huge thank you to all involved.
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 – http://www.thecourtyardartstudio.com
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.
The winner is Cheryl Jarvis
and the runner-up is Sue Hodge.
Many congratulations to both.