Category Archives: Artists
Mick Burton gave a demonstration workshop at Farsley Art Club.
Mick showed drawings by artists in styles ranging from rigid geometrical designs inspired by islamic mosaics, through complex landscapes, portraits and animals to exquisite, rapidly executed, dynamic “scribbles” by Picasso.
He explained his own background as an amateur artist in the 1970s as he developed his system of drawing and colouring animals. He took up his hobby again in retirement. He showed many line drawings and paintings of animals, people and landscapes.
Mick Burton demonstrated how he converts his initial pencil drawing into a line drawing with a lion as a subject. He did this in sections but kept the same careful style so that his final drawing was coherent and the sections joined with no loose ends or more than one line.
He also demonstrated his method of creating an abstract drawing with several lines travelling around the page as if part of a sphere and enclosing complex spaces. He showed how the spaces can be made into a sequence for colouring adjacent segments of colours in a progressive tonal range.
As Mick explained, artists had different styles, some using a scribbled approach and many used more than one line. The Farsley Art Club members showed their own artist flair for variety in the following line drawings.
Robert Dutton gave a chalk pastel demonstration to Farsley Art Club. He used Canson Mi-Teintes pastel paper, charcoal and various soft and hard chalk pastels.
He worked from a photograph of a mill town in a valley. He started by establishing the positions of the elements in the scene using charcoal in loose strokes. He smudged the charcoal in the sky and town area.
Robert added colour with browns and greens, again in a loose manner.
He added details into the buildings with a hard eraser.
He added further colours.
Part completed painting at the end of the demonstration.
Sample paintings by Robert Dutton
Demonstration by Lucia Smith of dales landscape in soft pastel
Landscapes need planning to achieve a better balance than the source sketches or photographs.
Soft chalk pastels
Lucia teaching how to apply dark and light blue soft pastel on Art Spectrum pastel paper
Lucia applying sky colours to card prepared with Colourfix grey primer applied over acrylic underpainting.
Parts of sky, clouds and grass on demonstration painting
Some completed pastel paintings by Lucia Smith
Demonstration by Terry Chipp of a Venice street in acrylic paint on board.
Terry had already sketched the scene in pencil, pasted over with gesso at varying thicknesses, then gouged the partly hidden lines to reveal them and make shallow grooves and ridges along with added marks to supplement the textures.
Terry wet the gesso surface to aid paint spreading and applied undiluted ultramarine blue and red with kitchen paper to the sky and central area..
Then he applied a brown mixture to the remainder so that all the white was covered.
After wiping off paint with dry kitchen paper to reveal some of the drawing, Terry then revealed more white around the light with wet kitchen paper.
Terry painted dark edges to the bridge and to buildings and some light brown and light yellow to areas in the lamp light.
Mid tones applied to background
Painting at the end of the demonstration.