Category Archives: Demonstration

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

October meeting

This is just to remind you that our next demonstration will be on Saturday 12th October 2019 at 2.30 p.m at our usual venue which is St Phillip and St James Church, King’s Road, Fleet at 2:30pm.
It will be by Stewart Beckett and not Cecil Rice as previously advised on the membership card.
Stewart has featured on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the year and Portrait Artist of the year and he will be demonstrating a portrait in Oils for us.
 
The painting competition topic remains the same and it will be “Town or City Scenes” and the picture must be unframed.

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

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 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 Colette Clegg – September 2018

Our demonstrator for our September meeting was Colette Clegg, a local artist who specialises in animals and still life subjects using a variety of mediums.

For our demo, Colette demonstrated still life using a mixed selection of garden flowers in a clear glass vase. Her pre-prepared canvas had a base of violet acrylic paint on which she roughly sketched out her subject using black oil. Working with a palette knife, Colette produced a vibrant semi abstract painting.

This was Colette’s very first demo and she rose to the occasion.

 

Report by Anglea Vizard

A glass vase of flowers were her choice of subject
A good combination for a still life project
She outlined the shapes of the flowers using charcoal stick
that pink canvas background seems to have done the trick.

She likes the squidgy nature of oil paint for sure
Using palette knives and credit cards alone what’s more
Excellent colour mixing is the way to go
Remember that fact a good result will show.

Burnt sienna and French ultramarine for good grey
Cadmium red and cadmium yellow for orange anyway
Mix your own colours make them your own
Remember that fact and get into the Zone.

Glass vases are good to paint because the shapes are abstract
Mix up lots of variations of green too a very useful fact
For the Zinnia French ultramarine cadmium and white
Soon the colours of the flowers came in sight.

White flowers always contain a bit of blue
Don’t put all the flowers in a line is also true
The stems appeared with edge of a credit card no less
Using the lost and found method with great success.

Lastly a really useful tip for sure she shared with us all
Store left over paint in tubs in the freezer no matter how small.