Saturday, 30 March 2019

Painting Competition

Archie - Animal, vegetable and mineral
It was our AGM this month and after we'd got through the business in hand, it was time to enjoy ourselves by taking part in the Painting Competition, which is designed to take the stress out of the AGM!

Thirteen members took part and we were allowed to vote for three paintings which we liked. After a refreshment break and milling around the paintings, it was time to count the votes and announce the winners.

This year, Archie scooped 1st place with his painting "Animal, Vegetable and Mineral". New member Helen came second with a miniature painting of her kitten "Poppy". Lastly, two members shared third place, David with "Euphorbia" and me (Frank) with "Cow".

Everyone got at least one vote and the voting and social atmosphere soon banished any trace of the dullness of an AGM!

Helen - Poppy

Frank - Cow

David - Euphorbia

Saturday, 23 February 2019

Cityscape in Watercolour

Finished painting - Meeting Street, Quorn

In his demonstration, Leicester based artist Andy Shore gave us a demonstration on how to paint a cityscape (meeting Street, Quorn) using watercolours. He came prepared with a Saunders Waterford 140lb stretched paper pre-drawn with portions that were masked out using a stencil and sprayed with latex. Andy said that this was a much cheaper option than masking fluid and easier to remove.
Prepared paper masked off using latex sprayed over a stencil

Andy at work
After wetting the surface of the paper and using Winsor & Newton professional watercolours, he first set about quickly laying a wash for the sky using lemon yellow and venetian red. Other colours used in the painting were Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Violet, ultramarine and burnt sienna. The two cobalt colours were mixed to paint the foreground shadows, after peeling off the latex.

Andy said that it was possible to glaze darker colours only two or three times before they started to look muddy. The trees were blocked in at first, then the finer branches were done using a sword brush. Lastly, finer details were added, though Andy said that it was best to suggest these somewhat. Another finishing touch was to lift out some of the paint for highlights and smoke from one of the chimneys.

This was a super demonstration, much enjoyed by our members.

Source photo

Sunday, 27 January 2019

A watercolour workshop with Michael Edwards

Michael guided the art club members through watercolour washes for beginners. As a beginner it was perfect combination of demonstration, and instruction, far easier than following a book and DIY.  Looking around the room I could see the experience water-colourists’ also benefited.

We were gently guided through:
1.   Background wash
2.   Foreground grass
3.   Removing hard edges, branches and twigs
4.   Direction of the light, and tones
5.   Finishing, making additional statements

Creative but not constrained as the members of the group were allowed to choose and develop their own work. Had I had been taught watercolour by Michael before my art may have taken a different direction. Having said that I will apply what I have learnt to my sketchbook work.

A big thank to you Michael.