A most interesting talk by award winning photographer Claire Carter (to view Claire’s gallery click on the word here) was enjoyed by members at our June meeting. With a slide show of wonderful photographs, Claire explained about how we should consider taking and subsequently using our photos for painting landscapes. She reminded us of the copyright position of using other people’s photos and paintings if we planned on selling our paintings (reminding us that we should seek permission, acknowledge the source, and not copy paintings other than for our own use).
Claire talked of the ability to manipulate photos to improve the colours or contrast and how we can combine photos to create a composition that was pleasing in a way that photographers could not. She also reminded us that cameras do lie and showed some very interesting examples of how by using features of the camera and the lens one can make two images seem very close together when they are actually a long way apart.
February’s meeting was a demonstration of interior painting in watercolour by Pauline Hazelwood. What a treat!
Pauline started with deciding on her palette which she kept to a minimum with raw sienna, yellow ochre, cadmium orange, cobalt turquoise, viridian and alizarin crimson. She sketched out the interior very lightly with a pencil, which she held at the end, as later she did her paintbrushes. Then to perhaps some astonishment she did a wash all over the paper with cadmium orange. As with other artists, bravery seems to be the key. Don’t panic even if you make a mistake – nothing is undoable!
Working across the whole canvas, Pauline then added colour using all of her paintbrush, rolling it and using the edge. She added colour wherever she saw it and so worked across the whole thing all the time. She used separate paintbrushes for each colour to save washing them all the time and kept one for plain water to lift out paint, which she also did with a tissue.
pauline told us that she might do as many as 20 sketches while working our her composition and colours. So the finished piece below is remarkable in less than 2 hours.
Thank you Pauline. You can visit Pauline’s website by clicking on her name above, where you can see more of her work.
Frank is an experienced watercolourist. He demonstrated his technique on three different landscapes. He suggested there are three distinct steps to a successful painting: the first wash, then the mid-tones, then the drama of the darks and shadows. He always puts the same colours in the water as in the sky. His favourite colours ? cadmium yellow, red and orange, aqua, olive green, indigo and burnt sienna for a lovely grey, sepia, van dyke brown, alizarin crimson and ultramarine blue.
Letting the painting dry between the washes seems crucial also. When outside painting, Frank uses small pieces of paper stuck onto cardboard, often the backing from pads of paper.
If you would like to know more then take a look at Frank’s website https://www.frankwatercolours.com/
April’s demonstration was how to paint a figure in oils. Lewis Hazelwood Horner, who is a professional artist, showed us how he set about creating a figure using a very limited palette. He uses sandor low odour medium and yellow ochre/cadmium yellow, alizarin crimson lake, titanium white/zinc white, ultramarine blue/cobalt. Using Andrew as a model he very quickly got the stance down. he described it as being like a piece of marble that you just chip away at. Below are some pictures of the work as it went along.
What a treat! Stan honed his craft doing quick portraits in Paris and St Tropez and refined it when he added caricatures to his repertoire. We were treated to a demonstration of the speed of pastels and charcoal when he managed 3 portraits and a caricature in one evening. All of which captured a likeness of the person as well as some of their personalities, which was very clever as he hadn’t met any of the subjects previously.
You can see some of his work by visiting his website on https://www.stanhurr.co.uk/
Below are some of the portraits he did for us. Do you recognise the people?
The year got off to a cracking start with a demo by artist Mark Fennell. Mark showed us his method of doing a portrait by painting a very good likeness of our membership secretary. Using a Zorn palette, of very limited colours – namely ivory black, vermilion (cadmium red), yellow ochre and white, he created all the colours necessary for this portrait.
The finished piece with the model!
At no point did his picture, painted in oils, look like anyone other than Mick. He captured the likeness from the very beginning and never lost it. If you look carefully you will see his blue eyes and green shirt, which considering the very limited palette was quite remarkable.
You can see more of Mark’s work on Instagram where his name is Mark Fenelli or on his website https://www.markfennell.co.uk/