Category Archives: Demonstration

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.

Monthly Demonstration – March 2018

The demonstration this month, Expressive Portraits in Oils by Peter Keegan, was very well received.  Much of Peter’s time is spent working in his studio at The Courtyard Art Studio – http://www.thecourtyardartstudio.com

 

 

Judging from the excellent portraits on display 

We are in for a good demonstration today

With oil paint and low odour turpentine 

Mapping out the face with straight lines looks fine

Working from a photo of Cheryl on his iPad 

Comparing the head shape to a rugby ball I might add.

 

Using sap green,raw umber and ultra marine blue

white ,cadmium red ,yellow and alizarin too

Squint,the easier it is to see the tonal value

An excellent tip that’s what we all need to do

To create a likeness constantly compare parts of the face

It’s important to get the eyes correct and in the right place.

 

When modelling the eye area work from dark to light

With a few skilful strokes from his  brush it looked just right

Painting portraits should always come from the heart

Always get to know your sitter before you start

Peter filled our heads with loads of useful information 

While working on Cheryl’s complete transformation.

 

Portraits produce zero room for error we knew

So oils are easier than watercolours it’s true

By the end he produced an excellent likeness 

With a skill that looked so completely effortless 

Definition of a portrait with his own words of wisdom

“A moment in time”captured between two people just AWESOM.

 

Angela Vizard

Monthly Demonstration – Feb 2018

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Using Saunders Waterford paper of two hundred pound.
An expressive Scottish Landscape should soon be found
A country full of charm her favourite place
I can’t wait for more this should be ace.
She quickly stuck tissue where the mountains were
Then off white texture paste where the heathers occur.

With acrylic ink on damp paper came a lime green sky
Lots of shades of magenta and drips made us all sigh
Soon before our eyes a zig zag pattern came in sight
Helping us meander through her painting with delight
Using a roller she then added heavy body acrylic
Naples yellow, unbleached titanium white, looks idyllic.

Oil pastel and neocolour for wax resist effect
Pink for the heather, absolutely perfect.
Always have a quiet part of the painting
Too much colour is quite overwhelming
Dark purple and burnt sienna reduces the harshness
Remember without dark values the work is meaningless.

One thing I learnt from this demonstration
Real Art is about experimentation
If you want your painting to be exciting and more
You must take risks, go for it and explore
Thanks Soraya for such a wealth of information
You really are a true inspiration.

Angela Vizard.