We finished this year’s outdoor painting programme at the beautiful historic village of Upton Grey. It has a long continuous history which traces back from historic Stone Age, through Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman occupation, Norman and Saxon times right up to the present day. We all enjoyed our group lunch at the Hoddington Arms which was built in the 18th century.
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.
The winner of this month’s competition is Hilary Dancer
The runner up is Jeremy Parker
Another beautiful late summer outdoor painting day at Tylney Hall Hotel. We are so grateful to the hotel management for offering us the opportunity of painting in their fabulous grounds. There is beauty in every direction. Please see some work-in-progress of paintings/sketches below.
We had a lovely day at the farm. The weather was just right with interesting light clouds and a bit of sun. The host was just so welcoming. You can see images of the great location and some of the work-in-progress paintings/sketches.
Thanks to the fine weather, not too hot and not too cold, we had a record number of members turn up for the outdoor painting. Please see photos below.