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Demonstration by Marion Wilcocks

We were so lucky to have Marion demonstrate for us this month.  She is a very accomplished artist.  She completed three life drawings with our members as models.  She also shared her sketches books with us which were greatly admired by members.  More examples of Marion’s works can be seen on her website here.  Please see photos and Angela’s report below.

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A member of The Society For Graphic Art
A drawing only group surely sets it apart
Starting with the biggest piece of charcoal I’ve ever seen
She will never ever keep her hands clean!

Mapping out the features of Tony quite quickly to begin
Getting the darks in first rubbing the charcoal in
Using a thinner stick there soon was a likeness
Leaving us all completely speechless.

The ears are the most colourful part of the face
Remember this and your work will be ace
A putty rubber for white is a very useful tool
They have come a long way since I was at school.

Two more portraits were then produced yes TWO
We watched in amazement as she drew
A Charcoal of Daisy with her long dark hair
An amazing result produced with such artistic flair.

Then a brown coloured pencil one of Bill
Working dark to light with amazing skill
With a hint of blue and highlights in white
Another brilliant portrait came in sight.

Thanks for a very interesting afternoon
I hope that you will come back soon
I’m off to purchase a jumbo charcoal stick
With Marion’s inspiration it should do the trick!

Angela Vizard

Demonstration by Max Hale – Oct 2018

Max Hale is a full time, experienced artist who uses a variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolours and pastel.  More details of his work can be found on his website click here.

Despite the late start, which was due to severe traffic problems, Max gave us an informative and entertaining demonstration.  He began by showing us his selection of painting knives, explaining when each should be used.  Max then started the demonstration by drawing vertical and horizontal lines to find the centre point of both source photograph and canvas.  He then made a very basic sketch of the scene to establish the composition, using a long thin brush.

Some tips he shared with us are :

  • use a good amount of paint so that it does not dry too quickly on the palette.
  • aim to apply paint in one layer because the texture of the paint makes it difficult to apply subsequent layers.
  • painting with knives is not suitable for detailed work

There was not enough time to finish the painting but we had learned a lot from Max.  It had been a great demonstration.


The final impression of the painting


work-in-progress before tea break

Upton Grey Village – 11-Sept-2018

We finished this year’s outdoor painting programme at the beautiful historic village of  Upton Grey.  It has a long continuous history which traces back from historic Stone Age, through Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman occupation, Norman and Saxon times right up to the present day.  We all enjoyed our group lunch at the Hoddington Arms which was built in the 18th century.