Category Archives: Bruce Mulcahy
Bruce Mulcahy gave a demonstration using artist quality acrylic, applied with a fairly small white nylon brush, on 200lb cold pressed Bockingford watercolour paper with a slightly rough random texture.
Bruce sketched the position of the main shapes from the photograph of boats in Staithes beck. He established the dark areas with a “black” made from cobalt blue and burnt umber.
Bruce, working from dark to light, painted the similar areas of colour across the scene, creating a unified painting.
Bruce worked through the painting methodically adding the larger areas, a light cobalt blue sky, grass and light sand.
In the short time available, Bruce added detail to the houses and painted the boats.
Painting at end of demonstration, needing an hour or so to refine.
Initial layout sketch in oil paint with low odour thinners on Daler board
Bruce gave a demonstration of how he paints outdoors in oils onto board. He also showed us techniques of applying the oils and manipulating them when still wet.
He uses warm and cool blues, reds and yellows together with burnt umber and white. These can be used to create most colours.
He works quickly to try to finish the painting in one session, painting the changeable areas as early as possible.
Bruce worked from a photograph of a harbour. The demonstration piece still needed work to include finer details.
Although Bruce paints en plein air, for a demonstration he has to work from photographs taken during painting trips.
The sequence of his oil painting is shown in the following photographs.
Dark areas – mainly boats & buildings
Mid tones – red colours onto buildings
Further mid tones and skyline
Some lighter tones in buildings
Painting half complete at the end of the demonstration
Sample paintings by Bruce Mulcahy