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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The monthly demonstration was performed by Caroline Strong and
Reviewed by Anglea Vizard
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??!!
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.
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.
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