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.
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.
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.
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.
A most enjoyable afternoon watching a professional at work.
“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.
Congratulations are extended to Sue Williams who has been selected to hang a painting at this year’s RA Summer Exhibition. Well done Sue, we are all delighted for you.
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!
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.
Tony Yates completed three demonstration watercolour paintings during the exhibition
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.