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Monday, November 13, 2017

NOVEMBER 22ND MEETING

KIM THOMPSON WILDLIFE

Kim will show us how to paint wildlife in acrylics.

ALSO

Claire will be taking bookings for places on the ABSTRACT ART WORKSHOP taking place on FEBRUARY 3RD.

DI needs QUESTIONS for the meeting in JANUARY

QUESTIONS FOR JANUARY MEETING BY NOV. 30TH

REQUEST FROM DI

MAKE OUR JANUARY MEETING A SUCCESS 

I am looking for your questions / suggestions for topics to discuss at the January meeting on Wednesday 24th. I shall be selecting video clips to show at the meeting. What topics would you like to know more about?

If you do not mind asking a question in person on the Question Time Evening in January, you could win a prize. Alternatively your questions or suggestions can be anonymous if you would prefer. Just send them to me  by hand, post  or email by 30th November. See website or programme for contact numbers

ONE DAY SALE


SENT FROM ANNE
We  are over the moon -what a day! Ten members came forward and with all the help and support that you gave we had everything set up easily by 9.00 a.m. and the atmosphere was amazing. Everything had been put back by 4.15 p.m.  and best of all we took over £1,000, the highest figure ever.
Thanks to you all -  this was the best One Day Sale EVER!

 
 We would all like to thank  Anne, Claire and the Committee members who made it such a success. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

NEXT EVENTS

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS
Next outing is to the King Rufus , Eling Hill, on Friday, November 11th meeting outside the pub. at 10-15 am. Kate will be hosting this time. Contact info Tel. 078500 16940 or e-mail katerodrigues@kitsmail.com

ONE-DAY SALE
Saturday, November 12th starting at 10 am. Help needed setting this up. See website for more details.

Dee Cowell


DEE COWELL ON DYNAMIC WATERCOLOURS 

Dee started the evening by telling us about some of her favourite materials and items of equipment that she uses.
 She likes Derwent materials and one of her favourite products is their table pencil sharpener!  Favourite brushes are a squirrel hair mop brush and a swordtail brush.
The mop is used for washes or with the pointed end for dry brush work. To work wet into wet colour is put down and the second colour added leaving a space between the colours for the colours to merge without muddying.
The sword tail is used vertically for fine lines and on its side with broad sweeping strokes for other effects.
Gouche is a favourite paint as it can be restarted from dry. It is particularly effective used straight from the tube on black paper. It is also easily lifted off.
To start a flower painting Dee does a thumbnail sketch then places her main flowers on the strong points where the thirds cross. She uses a Daler-Rowney mixed media pad for her work.
To start the Hydrangeas she first sprays water in scattered areas then drops blue in and allows the paint to spread. This is followed by yellow and again the paint is allowed to spread. Some of the paint is then lifted with a tissue to form petals. The same method is repeated with brown paint to produce a darker flower.
For the roses she paints a squarish shape with water then adds yellow and spreads and drags the colour out with the swordtail. The petals are outlined and shadows put in using quinacridone gold. Irises are painted in dark blue in a similar way.
Texture paste can be added with a palette knife but needs an hour to dry. It can then be re-wetted a small area at a time and colour dropped in around the area. This will then spread into the centre of the petals. 
Watercolour pencils are used throughout the painting process eg for outlining leaves or painting stems.
Other useful products are Aquawax available on line from Colourcraft and Schimke gel. Both can be used to give texture.
Backgrounds were painted in using various greens and the versatile swordtail brush.

This was a very informative evening with Dee introducing us to some new materials and producing a beautiful flower painting by the end of the evening.