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Pop Up Shop – Another success

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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.

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Tony Yates completed three demonstration watercolour paintings during the exhibition

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Greetings Cards attracted a lot of attention

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.

Monthly Demonstration – March 2018

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.

 

Angela Vizard

Another successful Pop Up Shop

Pop Up Shop 2017

The first day of the pop up shop was a great success, taking nearly a thousand pounds in painting sales.  Our newly set up “Card Reader” proved very useful as the majority of sales were made by card rather than cash.

The number of entries was higher than last year and there was lots of  interest in all of the paintings on show.  Tony Yates very kindly offered to paint a harbour scene during the day which drew quite an audience. Tony delighted some of the younger members of the audience by including the objects that they wanted to see in the picture.

Day two (being Sunday) was much quieter but we still managed to sell three paintings.  There was a lot of interest in our Society and several people left their contact details with a view to becoming members.

Definitely a worthwhile venture.

November Demonstration by Sera Knight

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With newspaper,magazines tissue and PVA glue

Can’t wait to see what Sera will be able to do

Triangular shapes cut from magazines was the first process

Stuck down to create the ruffles of the dress.

Up market magazines are too shiny don’t stick at all

You could end up a future masterpiece downfall

Using neat glue but the brush must be wet

Sweet wrappers and pamphlets are a better bet.

Cutting up paper and tearing it makes you feel good

Takes you back to the freedom of your own childhood

Laying the collage on top of each other makes the image look nice

Remember capturing  movement is important so don’t be too precise.

Crushed up tissue paper went on next for texture to be sure

It must be sheer, acid free and durable and yes, less is more

Lastly she covered the whole thing with yellow acrylic ink

Process magenta was used for the dress turning it pink.

Thin acrylic for the background,Paynes grey,indigo and white

Cutting in around the figure,suddenly the audience came in sight

Yellow ochre,alizarin crimson and white for flesh and face

Echoing the red of the dress into the background looks just ace.

Finally lighter colours produced movement to the edge of the skirt

Ah yes, I think  I could definitely become a collage convert.

Thank you Sera for a brilliant and informative afternoon.

We all look forward to another visit soon.

Angela Vizard