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
The winner this month is Maria Haythornthwaite
by Maria Haythornthwaite
The runner-up is Noel Kendall.
by Noel Kendall
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.
Another beautiful late summer outdoor painting day at Tylney Hall Hotel. We are so grateful to the hotel management for offering us the opportunity of painting in their fabulous grounds. There is beauty in every direction. Please see some work-in-progress of paintings/sketches below.
We had a lovely day at the farm. The weather was just right with interesting light clouds and a bit of sun. The host was just so welcoming. You can see images of the great location and some of the work-in-progress paintings/sketches.
Thanks to the fine weather, not too hot and not too cold, we had a record number of members turn up for the outdoor painting. Please see photos below.