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Friday, May 24, 2013

MAX SHOWS HOW TO BE CREATIVE WITH ONE BRUSH

Max Hale loves a challenge and in the May watercolour demonstration he overcame lots! He demonstrated without the use of microphone or camera. The support was upright so there were a few 'dribbles' - but he made jokes about them.
 
 
Advocating the use of large brushes, he proved his point by using the one inch flat brush all evening. Max said that some artists spend time fiddling when they should be expressing feeling and using a time constraint can make your work freer.
He achieved vibrant colour through applying as few layers as possible and by pre-mixing colours as little as possible. They were mostly blended on the paper. Look very hard at the beginning and observe the tonal values advised Max. Work on the whole painting rather than resolving one part too soon. Leave the option to make changes after the paint has dried.
 
 
Max showed how to measure proportion, symmetry and draw ellipses and circles.
Other tips were: (1) give cast shadows hard edges and shadows formed on a surface soft edges
 (2) paint glass as if it were a see-through mirror.
 
 
From the initial pencil drawing to the finished picture, Max showed how to imorove your painting through attention to detail and  confident brushwork. Look out for his next article in the September 2013 issue of The Artist!



Thursday, May 16, 2013

SUBLIME PAINTINGS AT ROY LANG'S WORKSHOP

Members who attended Roy Lang's Workshop on 14th May produced beautiful seascapes which follow the 'sublime' tradition. Sublime paintings became popular in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They portray the power of nature and invoke heightened feelings in the viewer.

The subject was a dramatic marine scene with waves breaking over rocks. Roy has studied the sea intensively and he reproduces subtle lighting effects for example:
(1) light shining down onto water and wet rocks, (2) passing through waves and spray and even (3) light reflected from the sea bed. 
He demonstrates in oils, premixing the colours and using a variety of brushes and methods for applying the paint.
Those attending were: Caroline Beech, Glennis Courtney, Rosemary Cunliffe, Jill Gillespie, Anne Hamerton, Shirley Lester, Claire Palmer and John Shotter. Claire reported that she and everyone else thoroughly enjoyed the workshop.
Roy says that 'there's something magical about water'
and there's certainly something magical about his paintings.
 
Click on the links below for more about Roy's artwork.
 
 
 
 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

INVITATION TO SEE THE EAST BOLDRE PAINTERS' EXHIBITION AT LYMINGTON

 
Muriel Hiscott invites everyone to an exhibition by  East Boldre Painters, at the Walter Simmons Gallery in Lymington Community Centre* from 8th June to 5th July. Entrance to the exhibition is free .....should anyone be in the area, please come along!
 
Muriel says that she and June Green belong to the group which meets most Monday mornings.
 
 
*Exhibition Venue Address: Lymington Community Centre,  New Street, Lymington, SO41 9BQ