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Monthly Demonstration – Apr 2017

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

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photo by David Jackson

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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.

Monthly Demonstration – Mar 2017

The monthly demonstration was performed by Caroline Strong and

Reviewed by Anglea Vizard
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A seascape in watercolour was the order of the day
The place a sunny scene of Charmouth Bay
Only using four colours,mixing no more than three
If you don’t want MUD this tip is the key
Yellow ochre,scarlet lake and ultramarine
Last but not least yellow shade of Winsor green.

For the cliffs paint in the direction of the flow
Always adding another layer later as you go
Use the colour wheel for an opposite shade
Placed next to each other, a very useful aid
Winsor colours are permanent you can’t lift them out
Plan your moves carefully as you go throughout.

Yellow ochre and scarlet lake for the beach and sand
The image is growing it looks just grand
Wet some of the beach so parts are pale others more intense
Number six brush created variations,soon it all made sense
Just one more thing I would like to know
Where did the person in the red coat go??!!

Monthly Demonstration Feb 2017

This month’s artist was Stephen Cheeseman who paints a variety of subjects in oil pastels which allows him to create a sensation of movement as shown in the cyclist painting he created for us.

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Review by Angela Vizard

There once was an artist called Steve
Who came from Hastings I believe
He gave us a demonstration
Full of such true inspiration
Hang on while my notes I retrieve.

A large sheet of dark green card was used for the base
White angled strokes outlining the cyclists in the race
Using yellow ochre for skin tones more detailed parts dark blue
Also red and orange for the helmets, shorts and to highlight the shoe
I could tell from the start from the audience reaction
The afternoon was going to be packed full of action.

Blur the ovals for the wheels too much detail gives a static effect
“it’s action and movement we need to perfect”
Remember they are not a crayon and persistence is key
Keep layering the pastel and try to be free
To create recession use cooler colours at the back
Making the riders appear towards the end of the pack.

Straight lines don’t give depth so break them up too.
Soon the images of the riders began to shine through
Using diagonal strokes he covered the whole work in blue and red
The lead rider took on the appearance of being ahead
He highlighted random shapes with a thick white oil pastel
Making the whole thing look oh so terribly simple!

A brilliant piece of work to be sure
I’ll dig my old oil pastels out of that drawer.
I must have a go it looked such fun
An excellent demo good luck everyone.

Monthly Demonstration Jan 2017

We were pleased to see such a packed audience for the first monthly demonstration of the year.  Jamel Akib created four stunning pastel paintings in such a short time.  He demonstrated his masterly skills with confidence and decisiveness.

Jamel very kindly brought along several of his paintings explaining his approach.  During the afternoon, we were given several tips to improve our own paintings such as how to use brush stroke size to move the viewer’s eye to the focal point, tips on perspective or the importance of choosing a mid-tone background colour.

You can see more of Jamel’s work at:  www.jamelakib.com

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Monthly Demonstration Nov 2016

David Bellamy is a well known watercolour artist.  David specialises in painting mountain and wild coastal scenes, and is particularly fascinated by the moods of nature.  We are fortunate to have him showing us his way of painting, commenting on different aspects of tools and techniques, most interestingly his paintings trips across the globe.

David’s website: http://www.davidbellamy.co.uk and blog: http://davidbellamyart.blogspot.com

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Finished Painting

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Review by Angela Vizard

From his sketchbook a waterfall in the Lake District.
With Daniel Smith Watercolours, an ideal subject.
For the woodland and streams he worked wet into wet.
Creating a background with that lost and found effect.

He used Gamboge, burnt umber, cobalt blue and moonglow.
Soon the image of stones and water began to grow.
Add warm colours to the foreground to bring it forward was useful advice.
Quinaqridone gold is a good one to be more precise.

From the Arctic to Nepal he paints a plein air.
Truly a man after my own heart to be fair.
The tales of his travels were amazing and certainly amused us all.
Especially the one about the Yak eating the painting drying on the stone wall!!

His advice was “get out there and have fun sketching and painting”
You never know what great pleasure it may bring.
A brilliant afternoon jam packed with inspiration.
Thank you David for such an informative demonstration.

Monthly Demonstration Oct 2016

Maggie Read is an experienced artist and tutor.  She shared with us her process and techniques in watercolour.  She has prepared her demonstration with two identical pieces with underdrawing, masking fluid and underpainting.  One is circulated amongst the audience so we can see it closely while she working on the other at the easel.  She mainly uses watercolours for the demonstration.  She only uses a little pastel to add textures after removing the masking fluid at the end.

Maggie’s website: http://www.pirbrightartclub.co.uk and email address: pirbrightartclub@btconnect.com

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Finishing painting

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Monthly Demonstration Sept 2016

After the summer break, we had almost a full house at our first meeting this year.   Alison Board shared with us her multimedia technique in a very interesting and entertaining demonstration.  Please see below the brilliant pen picture of the demonstration by Angela Vizard.


Using Saunders Waterford paper of 200lb
A Honey Bee on a Thistle will soon be found
An interesting afternoon was about to begin.
With a description of a bee translated into Latin
Which was ripped into strips and stuck down with Bindex glue
It looked pretty random but I think she knew what to do.

To form the base she used watercolour ground
Creating another dimension kept us all spellbound
Masking out the foliage and some of the Bee
Using the edge of the ruling pen is surely the key
Watercolour came next,green gold, cobalt violet and hematite
Soon the body of the Bee gradually came into sight.

Then water soluble pen for definition of the eye
Amazing results with the water spray,this I must try
She was full of good tips and useful information
Answering our questions without any hesitation
A very clever lady with a perfect technique
From Actress to Artist her style is truly unique.

U tube is my next step, I’m hungry for more
I’ll view her in action and recreate what I saw!!!!

Angela Vizard.