Category Archives: Demonstration

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.

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

Demonstration – April 2018

Rick Holmes is a very versatile local artist.  He paints in watercolour, oil, pastel and mixed media.  He is a member of The Pastel Society, Royal Society of Marine Artists, Wapping Group, Farnham Art Society, Chelsea Art Society and Guildford Art Society.  His works can be seen at his website http://www.rickholmes.co.uk/index.htm.

The subject of Rick’s demonstration was perspective, an area of art that can be very challenging!  Using a reference photo of a London street, Rick demonstrated two different view points. One was when the artist was standing and one from a sitting position.

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The painting on the left shows the eye line of a standing artist while the one on the right is from the sitting position.  A painting from the sitting position is more dramatic.
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First painting with reference photo

Important rules:-

The eye line is where the horizon and the vanishing point are, when the artist looks straight ahead.  All lines above go down to meet at the vanishing point.  Those below go up to meet at the vanishing point.  Vertical parallel lines are wider nearer the front of the painting and get narrower towards the back ie. Lamp posts.

This was a difficult subject successfully illustrated by Rick in a very interesting demo. Please see Angela Vizard’s report below.
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On his last visit he did an upside down head!
Today he is doing architecture instead
Pastels are his medium of choice this time
So I’ll carry on with this artistic rhyme.

The subject, London’s Northumberland Avenue
A challenging subject quite tricky too
With Chinese ink perspective lines went in with ease
Perfect buildings, people, buses, cars and trees.

Unison pastels were then used with such skill
A red double decker soon appeared just brill
He was full of tips and useful information
Answering our questions with no hesitation.

For the second piece of work he used a different view
From a sitting down position the perspective was new
His explanation was extremely effective
Shedding a whole new light for us on perspective.

He enlightened us on the use of the dreaded black
He uses it all the time so we will bring black back
We learnt a lot during the course of the demo
Filling our heads with lots of amazing info.

At the end there were two finished paintings
Side by side each giving a new view of things
Come back soon Rick we are all hungry for more
Your next visit will be just as riveting I’m sure.

Angela Vizard.

Pop Up Shop – Another success

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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.

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Tony Yates completed three demonstration watercolour paintings during the exhibition

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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.