Jonathan Newey demonstration – 12 January 2019

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St Peters in Rome was the order of the day.

No pencil drawing either I might say

Straight in with a waterproof 04 Micron pen 

Start with the focal point, big question when?


Making that first mark is always tricky

Often making you feel quite panicky 

He started to draw with no hesitation

Also giving us very useful information.


Like drawing upside down when doing a dome

I will remember that when I’m next in Rome!

Soon this busy scene began to grow

Buildings, bridge, arches and trees began to show.


Next came watercolour with a brush number ten

By now he had dispensed with the pen

Keeping it simple were his words of wisdom

So far I think it all looks just awesome.


On wet paper for the sky he used cobalt blue

For the clouds he used a dry tissue

Burnt sienna and ultramarine for grey is the way to go

Good colour mixing and a good result will show.


I loved his tale about his days as a “wild card”

In those conditions it must be really hard

 On Landscape Artist in Wales and Kent no less

An opportunity and experience not to miss I guess.


The final result was an amazing feat

From a blank sheet of paper,hard to beat

I definitely give him ten out of ten 

For being brave enough to go straight in with the pen.


To say the least we all learnt a lot that day 

My sketchbook will have colour now anyway

Those watercolour pencils hiding at the back of the drawer  

Will get a new lease of life for now I am sure.


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

Fleet Art-Fest Exhibition

Fleet Art Festival 2018a

A few members of the Fleet Art Society took part in the Fleet Art Festival this weekend 26th and 27th October, with an exhibition of their work.

A big thank you to those who took part and particularly the stewards who devoted their time to man the display.  Three paintings were sold along with a few cards but there was a lot of interest by the general public.  It was a little unfortunate that, not only was  it the last few days of the children’s half term break with a lot of families away, but was also on the same weekend as two other art exhibitions in the near vicinity, one in Odiham and one in Crowthorne.  However, the excellent presentation was a great success and helped to raise the profile of Fleet Art Society.

We also had a lot of folios from the late Geoffrey Ainley and these sold very well giving us a total of £151 which, I am sure, the Phylis Tuckwell charity will be pleased to receive.

Demonstration by Max Hale – Oct 2018

Max Hale is a full time, experienced artist who uses a variety of media including oil, acrylic, watercolours and pastel.  More details of his work can be found on his website click here.

Despite the late start, which was due to severe traffic problems, Max gave us an informative and entertaining demonstration.  He began by showing us his selection of painting knives, explaining when each should be used.  Max then started the demonstration by drawing vertical and horizontal lines to find the centre point of both source photograph and canvas.  He then made a very basic sketch of the scene to establish the composition, using a long thin brush.

Some tips he shared with us are :

  • use a good amount of paint so that it does not dry too quickly on the palette.
  • aim to apply paint in one layer because the texture of the paint makes it difficult to apply subsequent layers.
  • painting with knives is not suitable for detailed work

There was not enough time to finish the painting but we had learned a lot from Max.  It had been a great demonstration.


The final impression of the painting


work-in-progress before tea break