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Spalding Arts & Crafts Society News


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August 2018 demo - Shane Wiseman - Orangutan in pastel

Demo Evening ReportsPosted by Maggie Goodsell Fri, August 17, 2018 09:50PM

Demonstration 7th August 2018 - Shane Wiseman - Wildlife in Pastel

report by Maggie Goodsell

Shane started by giving us a bit a background about himself & said that his demonstration was going to be of an Orangutan. He said he always works from his own photos thus avoiding copyright problems. The photo was taken at Twycross Zoo.

Shane said he starts by planning & drawing the picture, scales it up and then transfers it to the paper using tracing paper. He then draws over the lines with pastel & rubs it into the paper. He was using a velour paper from the SAA and a range of makes of pastels - choosing which one best suits at the time.

The background was put in by lightly dragging a soft pastel over the paper & rubbing it in. Shane said that he would normally take about a day to complete a background !!

He used a smoky soft grey on the baby, .....

.... then lighter greys followed by browns. He said to constantly rub in and build up the painting in layers.

Pinks on the cheeks and roughing out the eyes.

Adding more detail to the eyes. Shane added a highlight to them to give a reference point.

Shane put in wispy bits of hair using the side of the pastel stick.

Building up the layers

Working on Mum & defining the baby's hand.

The finished picture which Shane kindly gave to the Society.

He said that he would normally let a pastel picture settle for a week before framing with a triple mount & that he doesn't fix on velour.

The original photograph

My only criticism - please Shane, Orangutans are apes not monkeys !!!

Some of Shane's other paintings that he brought along.

This was an exercise in capturing various dogs

SACS at the Hub

Tuition & WorkshopsPosted by Maggie Goodsell Sat, July 14, 2018 04:36PM
Any members inspired by Lynn Norris' negative painting there's a mini challenge at the Hub next week. There will be some flower photos available & a hairdryer.
Refresh your memory by looking at the blog post below

SACS at the HUB 'paint together' Tuesday 17th July
Come & join us for a lively afternoon of painting & chat - tea & coffee included
1.30 - 4pm at the Pinchbeck Community Hub & Library.
Members £3, guests £4

July 2018 Demo - Lynn Norris, Watercolour Flowers

Demo Evening ReportsPosted by Maggie Goodsell Sat, July 07, 2018 09:49PM

Demonstration 3rd July 2018 - Watercolour flowers by Lynn Norris

Report by Maggie Goodsell

Lynn said she would be demonstrating negative painting technique. She was working on Saunders Waterford 140lb paper, using SAA Silver brushes & Winsor & Newton watercolour paints. Lynn said she prefers to work on a paper block rather than single sheets as she finds it suits her wet in wet technique better. Her colours were mostly Gamboge, Permanent Rose, Cobalt Blue, Quinacridone Gold, Winsor Blue Red Shade, Perylene Violet & Perylene Green

As she works flat Lynn uses a camera, projector & screen so everyone can see what she is doing. Unfortunately this does mean that the photos are mostly taken from the screen and the colour rendition isn't always correct. The photos have been edited to give a truer feel but there are limits to my editing ability !

The initial drawing - Lynn was working from a photograph.

Lynn started by wetting the whole sheet of paper .....

.... and painted some warm & cool colours in the flowers.

After drying with a hairdryer Lynn then wet the background for the negative painting.

As it was such a warm day she worked in sections around the painting trying not to get hard edges. She painted yellows ...

........ followed by greens, mostly mixing the paint on the paper - working round the flowers to define their shapes.

This was the view we had - it shows how the painting is building up as a whole and the reference photo.

Defining the flowers more by adding darker areas.

Lynn hard at work !!

After this stage Lynn dried the painting thoroughly. She said that it is better to be left to dry naturally for at least 2 hours but 24 is better. This allows the paint to settle and fix into the cotton fibres of the paper - which means that the colours don't lift when the painting is re-wetted.

Lynn gradually built up areas of green, wetting an area at a time. She used a natural fibre brush for the re-wetting as this doesn't lift the grain of the paper as much as a synthetic would. Lynn also added a few areas of salt to give texture.

Halfway - time for a cup of tea.

The next stage was to add some 'positive' leaves to the painting, always following the 'rule' of odd numbers - in this case Lynn put in 7.

Working on the background flowers & buds - making sure they don't stand out too much.

Working on the main flower - Lynn said to remember that it is a white flower so don't overdo the colour.

You can see the areas where salt was added quite clearly in this photo.

The finished picture.

An excellent demonstration from Lynn. I'm sure many of us were inspired to go home & try the technique.

June 2018 Demo - Peter Barker - oils

Demo Evening ReportsPosted by Maggie Goodsell Mon, July 02, 2018 01:26PM

5th June 2018 - The River Welland near Rutland - an Oil painting demonstration by Peter Barker

Report by Maggie Goodsell

Peter and the finished painting

Progressive pictures

The finished painting

The original photograph

An excellent demonstration from Peter.

July 2018 Demo - Lynn Norris, watercolour flowers

NoticesPosted by Maggie Goodsell Sun, July 01, 2018 09:42PM
Our demonstrator for Tuesday is Lynn Norris, watercolour flowers.
Tuesday 3rd July at Pinchbeck Village Hall, Knight Street, nr Spalding, PE11 3RB
members £2.50, visitors £4.50 inc tea & coffee.
7.30pm – 9.30pm. All welcome - doors open at 7pm

May 2018 Demo - Stan Hurr

Demo Evening ReportsPosted by Maggie Goodsell Sat, June 02, 2018 11:13PM

Demonstration 1st May 2018 - pastel & charcoal portraits by Stan Hurr

Report by Maggie Goodsell

Stan Hurr gave us an excellent packed evening of portraits.

The first was a pastel, the second a charcoal & the third was a very quick charcoal caricature.

The basic concept was the same in all

- A2 Great Art paper

- lay down a basic drawing making sure it is well placed on the paper

- apply & blend the pastels / charcoal as needed

- lift light areas with a putty rubber

- correct the proportions as you go

- fix with hair spray at regular intervals

Stan kindly donated the portraits to the sitters.

Pastel portrait of Beverley Healey

Charcoal portrait of Arthur Beever

Caricature of Cherylyn Marriner

Stan said he likes to hone his skills doing quick portraits in shopping centres.

Tulipfest 2018 - Entrants & winners

ExhibitionsPosted by Maggie Goodsell Tue, May 08, 2018 10:38AM
The winners & other entrants to our Tulip painting competition at Tulipfest, Springfields Festival Gardens, Spalding.
Thanks to Spalding Horticultural Society for sponsoring the competition and all the artists for their excellent entries

May Demo - Stan Hurr, Pastel Portrait

NoticesPosted by Maggie Goodsell Sun, April 29, 2018 05:22PM

Stan Hurr will be demonstrating a pastel portrait at our May meeting.

Please remember to bring your Still Life postcards & your entries into the Tulipfest competition (painting & entry form) Entries should not be framed or mounted.

Tuesday 1st May at Pinchbeck Village Hall, Knight Street, nr Spalding, PE11 3RB
members £2.50, visitors £4.50 inc tea & coffee.
7.30pm – 9.30pm. All welcome - doors open at 7pm

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