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A Runaway Horse called Sebastian - Pencil & Acrylic by Jane Lazenby
Report by Maggie Goodsell
Jane started by telling us a bit about her background and how she likes to work - apparently she usually paints sitting cross legged on the floor!
The subject of the demo was to be a horse called Sebastian, who had decided that he had had enough of performing at a show & took flight. Jane said she was just in the right place to take the photo.
Jane said that normally she would just draw the subject and make alterations as she went. The time constraints of a demo make this impractical so she used trace-down for the image.
Using Derwent Coloursoft pencils on mountboard, Jane started to lay down an underdrawing. She said she keeps turning the pencil to maintain it's point.
Using Atelier Interactive Acrylics, Jane started blocking in the background with a Burnt Umber / Winsor Blue mix ....
... using the same colours on the horse.
Jane working on some highlights
Colour was then added to the horse using mixes of Cobalt, Cerulean & Pacific blues with Magenta & White. Jane said Sebastian doesn't have a deformed mane - it is tied up in braids as he has a very long flowing mane which can get in the way.
Adding more detail & colour in stages
Jane returned to pencil for a bit to tighten up some areas but found the lack of tooth on the mountboard a problem so switched back to acrylics & a finer brush.
Using acrylics, Jane extended the background area.
Jane, the finished painting & the original photo.
An interesting & enjoyable demonstration - Jane's love of horses came through very strongly.
A selection of Jane's paintings. She said that the more detailed ones were commissions, the looser ones were how she likes to paint for herself
Report by Maggie Goodsell
Terry started by showing us an example of the type of picture he was going to do and explaining his technique.
He showed us how he uses a stencil & gesso scraped on with a palette knife ...
... to create a raised shape. This must then be left to dry properly.
You can see the raised area of a door knocker in this picture. Terry was using a Frisk canvas.
Terry wet the canvas & then blocked in the colours using Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna & Burnt Umber with damp kitchen roll ...
... adding Phthalo Blue Green shades to the mix.
He then blended this.
The next stage was lifting out colour with a damp cloth.
Terry painted the shadows in with a brush, using his fingers to blend & soften the colours.
Terry used a small stencil to put the screws in ...
... and then toned them down.
He used Cadmium Red Deep on the knocker ...
.... and then Yellow Ochre for the highlights. Each time he paints something Terry then blends & smudges with his fingers.
The painting so far.
Detail on one of the panels.
Terry added a purple & red mix, dragged over the door crosswise to bring out the grain of the wood. He then decided that the top right panel needed 'something'.
He used a stencil to put some random lettering on the panel .....
... dabbing the paint on with wet tissue. He got through a lot of kitchen roll on this painting!!
Terry thought the lettering looked a bit stark ...
... so toned it down by dabbing paint over it.
The keyhole. Terry said that adding a few cracks in the wood makes it instantly look more realistic.
The finished picture - one that I would happily hang on my wall.
Terry with the finished painting which shows the size.
An excellent & informative demonstration by Terry.
Some of Terry's other paintings that he brought along.
The painting on the left is the one Terry did the last time he visited us.