CHRISTMAS CARD MAKING SESSION
On Saturday 10th August Peter & Kate did an all day wet on wet watercolour workshop for our club members following on from a demo they did on the previous Wednesday evening. All the club members who attended enjoyed the day and were given plenty of help and tips on how to use watercolour wet on wet. See below for members work.
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.