Category Archives: Artists

Demonstration by Jenny Muncaster – 11 January 2020

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Jenny began by telling us a little about her, how she discovered mixed media and, because she enjoys painting food related pictures, how she has worked with many well known chefs including Raymond Blanc.

She then went on to demonstrate using stencils with modelling paste followed by examples of gel, sand textured gel, resin and mirror foil.  Samples of each of these were passed  around for members to examine.  A flower meadow was created using trail paints and glass paint which she applied using pipettes and lolly sticks. The seascape was painted using sand textured gel and glass paint.  All the products used are available from Pebeo.

 

 

Demonstration by Stewart Beckett – 12 October 2019

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Appearing in both Landscape and Portrait Artist of the year

Stewart Beckett is someone we would all like to cheer

A portrait in oils is definitely the order of the day

I can’t wait to see this so let’s go I say

Vicky his model sat calmly in her chair

As we waited for the commencement of his artistic flair.

 

Burnt umber, alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue

Titanium white, lemon yellow, cadmium red too

A limited palette of only six colours to be precise

“Less variables to play around with” such good advice

Drawing first, tone second, colour third

That’s the correct order a really wise word.

 

Painting like wet into wet with oil paint

A tonal painting, applied with no restraint

The brush marks really mapped out the face

With perfect colour mixes all in the right place

Don’t try and create a likeness from the start

You’ll get tight too quickly so just be smart.

 

Establish the darker areas first is the way to go

Measuring the face all the time as we watched it grow

Soon the image of Vicky came into sight

With neutral tones added it looked just right

Use a mirror to view from a new perspective

A brilliant idea and so very effective.

 

When restarting a painting take stock and make a plan

Excellent tip from an experienced and informative man

I’ve never seen an ambidextrous artist before

He’s truly astounding yes that’s for sure.

“If you haven’t got anything interesting to say

Your work will be pointless in every way.”

 

An amazing demonstration with lots of hints and advice

A true inspiration for us all to be absolutely precise

“Landscape Artist of the Year” starts tomorrow night!

My favourite programme my weekly highlight

I’ve met a finalist Stewart Beckett’s his name

I will follow his good advice well that’s my aim.

Angela Vizard

Demonstration by Laura Reiter – 21 September 2019

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Lots of her original paintings and screen prints were on show

An Artist and printmaker Laura Reiter we soon will get to know

She produced an orange flower with a stencil and spray paint

Continuing with colours and no sign of restraint.

 

Covering the whole work with yellow acrylic ink

Then acrylic paint markers and fluorescent pink

Put the same colour in more than one place

A good tip for us all to remember in any case.

 

She doesn’t really plan ahead

It evolves as she goes along is what she said

It’s all about playing not being precious

It certainly looked tremendous.

 

It really evolved over and over again it’s true

The composition grew and grew

Using spotted paper collage,oil pastel too

Even corrugated paper from costa cups if you only knew!

 

For the detailing at the end using black acrylic

The finished work full of pattern and colour quite idyllic

I’m off to buy the following just as soon as I can

Paint markers and fluorescent paint well that’s the plan.

I’ll dig out my old oil pastels and give it a try

If Laura can do it then so can I !!!.

Well maybe!

 

Angela Vizard

Outdoor sketching and painting – Manor Farm Seale

The morning threatened rain but thankfully we only had a few drops and by mid-afternoon the sun came out which was very much appreciated by the remaining artists.

With the café being closed there were plenty of parking spaces in the main courtyard and no-one there enforcing the 2 hour limit.

Eight artists in all attended the day’s event and everyone commented how delighted they were with the choice of venue.  How nice to see so many styles and mediums being used, ( see pictures below ) well done to all.

Noel

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Our next outdoor session is at Tylney Hall Hotel (Tuesday 2nd July).  The hotel manager has informed us that they may want to put some photographs of our activity on their social media site so artists should make us aware if they would prefer not to have their photo taken.

Jamel Akib workshop

The workshop on 8th June with Jamel Akib was full of energy and excitement.  He began by painting the top portion of a dancer in silhouette, then lifted out paint to leave mid tones and highlights.  The dress was applied afterwards using a credit card and sweeping paint across the figure.  We were then given the opportunity to paint a lily, a street scene, a flamingo and a landscape in the same loose style.

A brilliant day which passed very quickly.   Jamel encouraged everyone, explaining and helping where needed as the acrylics were new to some members of the group. We came away exhausted but happy with the results.

 

 

 

 

Demonstration by Steve Hall – April 2019

A very enjoyable demonstration that moved at quite a pace and Steve produced two complete watercolour  paintings.  He stressed the importance of not slavishly copying a photo but rather to get a feeling of the shapes that make up the view.  In fact, he began the demonstration by showing us how he plans his pictures by making a quick sketch with the photo “upside down”!  This way the view is broken down into shapes and lines. On turning the sketch up the right way, it is then possible to make decisions about the composition and make changes or additions as necessary.

Steve starts a painting with a wash of wet in wet to cover the paper (except any areas of highlight which are left white) followed by adding more intensive colour.  At this stage the painting was dried before adding more detail, working from the back to the front and top to bottom. The most important consideration in a painting is to get the tones right, not being afraid to add darks to make a dull area come to life.

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A most enjoyable afternoon watching a professional at work.

Demonstration by Ronnie Ireland – 9 February 2019

“What if” is the title of today’s demonstration.
So we all were waiting in deep contemplation
Wondering what was in store for us all
With some amazing paintings along the wall.

“It’s a momentum of what you do”
An explanation but is it all true?
Is it real inspiration or endless hard graft
Ask yourself the question it’s not really daft
Why am I doing this, am I brave enough?
I give myself permission to fail it’s only rough!

One idea leads to another see how this can progress
Just go for it,it doesn’t matter if it’s a mess
It’s only a piece of paper after all
Not having a go could be your downfall
Do something you have never done before
You will never know what could happen so explore.

We saw his own work and sketches of progress too
A wonderful sight to see how the final piece grew
How do you know when you have finished a painting?
Keep going until there is nothing left that’s annoying
We saw paintings of artists like Rembrandt and Titian
Who painted what interested them not for exhibition.

Never lose an idea you may need it one day
Make notes in your sketch book anyway
In thirty minutes with a flourish of white,browns and reds
He managed to paint two very interesting heads
Then a whole new painting was created by changing the eye
That’s something I really must give a try.

As demonstrations go it was one of the best
We listened to his every word with intense interest
It made us think then think some more
We realised there’s a world out there we must explore
A painting world that’s for us to discover somehow
I’m definitely going to ask myself WHAT IF anyhow.

Angela Vizard

Demonstration by Jamel Akib – May 2018

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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!

JAdancer