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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.

Monthly Demonstration – Jan 2018

Our demonstration subject for January was painted by Roger Dellar.  The subject was interiors.  Members chose a photo of two dancers in their dressing room.  After roughly mapping out the composition in burnt umber, Roger painted the darker colours in blocks before cutting in with lighter shades.  He shared his techniques, thinking process and reasoning throughout the demo.  All agreed, the finished painting was delightful!

Details of Roger’s work and achievements can be found on his website here.



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AGM and Demonstration – Dec 2017

The AGM went smoothly with reports of business from the Chair and various posts. The Chair and all existing committee members were re-elected. We also co-opted a new addition member to the committee. Jill Smith is taking on a new role as Deputy Chair in addition to her very committed duties. Please see photos and Angela’s report below.


Wendy, Secretary Reports

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An AGM then cakes and tea
A perfect start it seems to me
But I believe there’s much much more
Is that an upside down face I just saw?

Yes Rick was working from a face, identity unknown
With a black and white photo he worked on shapes alone
Using lamp black watercolour the shapes came in sight
But no one could get the the name of the person right!
Using charcoal he blocked in the dark side of the head
Adding burnt sienna watercolour, white and cadmium red.

Guessing who the person was became our quest
Then someone suggested it’s “Timothy West”
That was the right answer we all found.
So the face was turned the right way round
He then used pastels to complete the face
All the facial features were in the right place.

Just to get the Christmas spirit right
With a sweeping skill of red and white
He turned the image into Santa Claus
To an audience of rapturous applause.

Angela Vizard

Monthly Demonstration – Oct 2017

Before the monthly demonstration, Sue makes various announcements related to the persons and business of the society.   She also thanks all those volunteers working hard behind the scene in particular our gratitudes to Desi.


Desi accepted a small gift from the society for her contributions over the years.

The demonstration by Wendy Jelbert was proceeded after an very impressive introduction by Sue.  Wendy is a well known and productive artist.  She is member of Society of Women Artists, Society of Floral Artists and St Ives Society of Artists.  She has published a large number of books and DVDs.  More information on here website.

The demonstration was very interactive with a lot of questions and discussions from an very engaging audience.  In addition to the demonstration Wendy also brings along a number of samples showing different materials she uses and approaches and techniques.

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Monthly Demonstration – Sept 2017

This first demonstration of this year was very well received.  Jake Winkle is inspired by light and movement.  You can see more information about him and his painting on his website.

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Review by Angela Vizard

A huge variety of paintings were on display
I’m looking forward to this, just show me the way
A Highland cow and a pheasant too
Two paintings WOW a lot to do
Masking fluid splatter,scribble and the odd dab.
I think this demonstration will be just fab.

For the background wash he used orange and cobalt
Wetting the paper first is just what you want
Wet into wet for the partridge starting with cobalt blue
Run in lemon yellow,alizarin and Winsor green too
Getting darker as he went along soon the body came into view
For the tail he used violet and again cobalt blue.

The same background wash but leaving the paper white for the cow
So the paper was dry for wet onto wet anyhow
Painting in the direction of the form warm against cool
Holding the brush at the end for expressive brush strokes is the rule
A multicoloured cow began to take shape and amaze us all
You could have heard a pin drop in that hall.

No trace of MUD all the colours were clean and pure
An extremely talented man that’s for sure
“Always accept the marks you make”were his words of wisdom
Come again soon Jake I think your work is awesome.

Monthly Demonstration – Apr 2017

This month’s artist was Keith Morton.  More of his works can be seen here.


photo by David Jackson


photo by David Jackson

Review by Angela Vizard

There I was in the very front row
Next to the artist all ready to go
He positioned Maria into the chair
Aligning her pose and her beautiful hair.

With small straight lines he mapped out the face
Putting the marks strategically in place
Measuring carefully as he went along
The image of Maria began to look strong.

For shadows he used lemon yellow, alizarin crimson and prussian blue.
For brightness cadmium yellow, cadmium red, French ultramarine and white too
Mixing three colours he made lots of shades of grey
Using them to create the angles in a very clever way.

Thanks Keith for such an informative afternoon
I look forward to making some NICE MARKS soon.