June, a member of Farsley Art Club for many years, was asked to do a pre pastel demo on Wednesday evening 12 June 2019 then do a workshop on Saturday 15 June 2019 for club members. Those who came to the evening session were given tips on technique on how to use pastels, and the different kinds of paper one can use. On the Saturday June was on hand to give help and advice to the club members that came to the session, some had never used pastels before but were given encouragement in their use. All who came to both sessions enjoyed the experience.
Below are the paintings of the club members at the end of the Saturday workshop.
Andrew ran a painting workshop for members working in oils. He asked for members to prepare their boards or canvases with a coloured ground beforehand. He suggested that the paintings be alla prima. An under drawing is usually needed. The oil colour is applied directly to the board, usually in one stroke of the brush in the right place so as not to have to go over it again.
Members’ work in progress at the end of the session.
Anthony Barrow first illustrated how to sketch the shape of a head using an oval, a centre line down the face and eye spacing. He used heavy lining wallpaper prepared with gesso.
The paper was prepared with willow charcoal rubbed in to make a grey basecoat. The basic head shape and position of key features were drawn with a charcoal stick.
Anthony worked on the features in charcoal and darker areas with compressed black charcoal. Highlights were created by wiping charcoal areas.
Anthony applied some hairspray and a wet acrylic wash (mix of burnt sienna, red and blue) over the face to fix the image so far.
The face was refined with more charcoal drawing and white chalk pastel.
The final result was impressive and inspired members to try charcoal portraits.
Les Darlow is an artist, tutor and demonstrator from Laycock near Keighley. He specialises in pastel landscapes. His paintings can be viewed on his website > www.lesdarlow.com/ .
There are also links to youtube videos showing him working.
His first demonstration was a sea landscape in pan pastel.
His second painting was of sea and cliffs.
He made an underpainting in ink and finished with pastels.
Rob Wareing made a return visit to Farsley Art Club to run a demonstration and workshop.
Sue reported: “A successful day painting. Rob as always a brilliant artist passed on his skills to members of Farsley Art Club. He makes it look so easy. The models were excellent. Everyone had a great day and learned lots of techniques to get the likeness and tones. I am sure we will get better with practice.”
It is 4 years since Joanne Boon Thomas demonstrated Brusho painting at Farsley Art Club just as Brusho was gaining acceptance.
See > Brusho 2013
Members hard at work
Ann and others shared their photographs from the annual Farsley Art Club trip to Cober Hill, Cloughton, near Scarborough. They roamed the coast and countryside looking for painting subjects.
North Yorkshire countryside
Painters enjoying good weather and company at Thornwick Bay
A bit of relaxed painting at North Landing, Flamborough
North Landing from a higher viewpoint
Interesting Subject at North Landing
Classical view of Robin Hoods Bay
Thornwick Bay waiting to be painted
Incomparable Staithes scene
Where is this?
Back to Thornwick Bay
One last view of Thornwick Bay
Back to secret garden at Cober Hill