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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.
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
Phil Biggs came from Spalding to demonstrate a watercolour painting around Cummock Water in the lakes.
Phil’s colour pallet
Cadmium yellow, raw sienna, burnt sienna, burnt umber, light red, cadmium red, indian red, cobalt blue, ultramarine blue, winsor blue and paynes grey.
He used various sizes of squirrel mop brushes and Arches cold pressed (“not”) paper.
For the sky, he used two greys: burnt umber/ultramarine blue and paynes grey.
For the mountains, he mixed various colours coming forward from light hills to dark hills: light red/cobalt blue, ultramarine blue/indian red, raw sienna/cadmium yellow and raw sienna/ultramarine blue.
Phil had already sketched the outline of lakeland mountains, trees and a farm. He added some grey and a little blue into the sky and a couple of distant hills in .
Phil mixed a darker grey for the next layer of mountains, leaving a misty layer.
The nearest two mountains with more mixed greys tending to green and brown.
Phil added tree lines along the lake, trees behind the house. He then washed light colour into the fields and added a hedging across.
Darker greens completed the foreground.
Phil then worked at a conventional slope to complete the sky.
The painting at the end of the demonstration shows a dramatic sky and hills.
The following paintings, and more, can be viewed on Phil Bigg’s web page > artprofile.co.uk
Images copyright of Phil Biggs, artist from Spalding, Lincolnshire UK.
Farsley Art Club welcomed visitors from Horsforth Art Society for a joint meeting to look at members’ paintings, both finished and in progress. There were plenty of appreciative comments and also helpful suggestions on possible improvements where painters were unsure of how to progress or finish paintings and drawings.
There was a wide variety of subjects, styles and colour schemes. The most colourful was an almost completed watercolour by Diane, as illustrated. Graham brought an exquisitely detailed miniature painting of an eastern figure in oils. Maureen revealed an experiment in colourful reflections in water.
Horsforth members brought many works, including: a study of a unicorn, an accomplished pastel portrait of Chief Dan George, pencil and crayon drawings, Chevin woodland and other traditional landscape and flower paintings.