report, 6th February 2018, Peter Wood - French Café,
started the evening by giving us a rapid talk about himself &
what he does, his exhibitions & courses and an insight into all
the different media there are and how to best use them - we were
with a ready prepared drawing on white canvas. He said that he starts
loose & finishes tight, working what he called his jigsaw method
- having the right colours & the right shapes.
a ½” flat brush Peter started blocking in colour -
he said to paint shapes &
colours, rather than what is there.
said that when you have paint left on your brush, don't just wash it
off - look for somewhere else in the paintings you can use it.
likes to keep the whole painting going at once.
worked through the coffee break to get rid of the white background.
Once that was gone Peter said he would have a better idea of the
brought out the shapes by working darks around them.
highlights with a smaller
couple of Peter's other paintings
interesting demonstration showing how to plan a painting & bring
it all together at the end.
filmed the demonstration - click on the link to see it on YouTube
on the demonstration
first half hour of the evening was, as I said, a rapid delivery of a
huge amount of facts that left us all a bit dazed. Peter seems to do
everything at the gallop but maybe it would be better to reduce the
amount of information so that the audience have some chance of
common with many demonstrators Peter, when not facing the audience,
was much less audible.
I am not deaf but even sitting
on the front row I struggled to hear what was being said. I know that
others further back heard virtually nothing.
do have a microphone & although not perfect, I think this should
be used at all times.