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Demonstration – April 2018

Rick Holmes is a very versatile local artist.  He paints in watercolour, oil, pastel and mixed media.  He is a member of The Pastel Society, Royal Society of Marine Artists, Wapping Group, Farnham Art Society, Chelsea Art Society and Guildford Art Society.  His works can be seen at his website http://www.rickholmes.co.uk/index.htm.

The subject of Rick’s demonstration was perspective, an area of art that can be very challenging!  Using a reference photo of a London street, Rick demonstrated two different view points. One was when the artist was standing and one from a sitting position.

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The painting on the left shows the eye line of a standing artist while the one on the right is from the sitting position.  A painting from the sitting position is more dramatic.
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First painting with reference photo

Important rules:-

The eye line is where the horizon and the vanishing point are, when the artist looks straight ahead.  All lines above go down to meet at the vanishing point.  Those below go up to meet at the vanishing point.  Vertical parallel lines are wider nearer the front of the painting and get narrower towards the back ie. Lamp posts.

This was a difficult subject successfully illustrated by Rick in a very interesting demo. Please see Angela Vizard’s report below.
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On his last visit he did an upside down head!
Today he is doing architecture instead
Pastels are his medium of choice this time
So I’ll carry on with this artistic rhyme.

The subject, London’s Northumberland Avenue
A challenging subject quite tricky too
With Chinese ink perspective lines went in with ease
Perfect buildings, people, buses, cars and trees.

Unison pastels were then used with such skill
A red double decker soon appeared just brill
He was full of tips and useful information
Answering our questions with no hesitation.

For the second piece of work he used a different view
From a sitting down position the perspective was new
His explanation was extremely effective
Shedding a whole new light for us on perspective.

He enlightened us on the use of the dreaded black
He uses it all the time so we will bring black back
We learnt a lot during the course of the demo
Filling our heads with lots of amazing info.

At the end there were two finished paintings
Side by side each giving a new view of things
Come back soon Rick we are all hungry for more
Your next visit will be just as riveting I’m sure.

Angela Vizard.

Monthly Demonstration – Feb 2018

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Using Saunders Waterford paper of two hundred pound.
An expressive Scottish Landscape should soon be found
A country full of charm her favourite place
I can’t wait for more this should be ace.
She quickly stuck tissue where the mountains were
Then off white texture paste where the heathers occur.

With acrylic ink on damp paper came a lime green sky
Lots of shades of magenta and drips made us all sigh
Soon before our eyes a zig zag pattern came in sight
Helping us meander through her painting with delight
Using a roller she then added heavy body acrylic
Naples yellow, unbleached titanium white, looks idyllic.

Oil pastel and neocolour for wax resist effect
Pink for the heather, absolutely perfect.
Always have a quiet part of the painting
Too much colour is quite overwhelming
Dark purple and burnt sienna reduces the harshness
Remember without dark values the work is meaningless.

One thing I learnt from this demonstration
Real Art is about experimentation
If you want your painting to be exciting and more
You must take risks, go for it and explore
Thanks Soraya for such a wealth of information
You really are a true inspiration.

Angela Vizard.

Newsletter – January 2018

Chairman’s Jotting by Sue Williams

As we welcome 2018, we can look forward to a packed programme with interesting challenges.
Your committee has worked hard. The Pop Up Shop has proved to be very popular. It gives everyone the opportunity to display and sell their work to the general public. This year, we are hoping to let members enter two paintings and ask, where possible, for members to bring two easels on which to display their work.
Do refer to your membership card and the Internet to keep up-to-date with what we are doing.
At the AGM we thanked the non-committee members who quietly work behind the scenes. Tony Yates is a great support to all of us on the committee. His humour, advice and sound counsel is much appreciated. Mary runs the tea seamlessly and thanks go to all the members who help her. Thanks too go to Chris and Brenda who run the monthly competitions, the ladies who hire out our videos and Peter the framer. Where would we be without David and his video camera? Our demos are enhanced by having the two large screens from which to watch the artist working. Lastly, a big thank you, to you the members. Your kind comments and ideas reflect how the society can progress.

Happy Painting!

Full version of the Newsletter can be downloaded FAS Newsletter 2018jan-2