Pastels with Les Darlow

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 > .

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.





Workshop with Sue Ford

Sue Ford came to Farsley Art Club to run a mixed media collage workshop.
She first paints an abstract background in acrylic paint, then she sticks on pictures from magazines etc. Then she embellishes the painting with more acrylic paint.

Sue Ford examples



Brusho with Barbara

Barbara the lead the session of “watercolour with fun!” It was like a harvest festival as quite a few members brought flowers and vegetables as subjects.

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

Members’ Work in Progress

Cober Hill Painting Holiday

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







Sketching on Ilkley Moor

Ann shared her photographs taken during sketching on Ilkley Moor



Demonstration by Cath Inglis


Member Workshop

Phil Biggs Demonstration

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.

Phil painted the next layer of mountains with hints of green, yellow and brown.

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 >

Images copyright of Phil Biggs, artist from Spalding, Lincolnshire UK.

Critique of members’ paintings

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.


Heidi Farrar demonstration

Heidi Farrar gave a presentation of her paintings of furry animals.

Mother bear painted in acrylic and reproduced onto canvas print.
Based on an photograph of a Canadian grizzly bear.

Heidi demonstrated her method of painting hairs in detail using different tones.
Painting in this detail can take over 50 hours.

Wolf painted in acrylic

Panda painted in acrylic

Red Panda painted in acrylic

Heidi brought a peacock painting in a colourful style.

More details of Heidi Farrar’s art >




Jo Dexter, Oil Painter

Jo Dexter demonstration of landscape in oils

Oil painting palette


Painting on board prepared with Liquin quick-drying medium,
central area in light yellow


Darker paint dabbed on and blended with wide brush


Terrain added in varying tones and blended


Darker blues and various grasses by brush and rocks with pallet knife


Painting at end of demonstration



A similar painting that Jo was working on.