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An audience of 25, including fellow artists from Kelling Art Group, enjoyed Ian’s Watercolour Masterclass. These are some of Ian’s tips and comments that he shared with us during his demonstration:
Ian emphasises tones, he says he’s not a colourist, the tone values is what really works. He prefers street scenes to trees and fields type landscapes and this is evident in his body of work. Using a scene from Venice, Ian started his demonstration by quickly drawing the skyline and a few key details. When drawing he focuses on shapes and overall composition using a 2B propelling pencil With 2mm thick graphite.
His materials were Arches Rough 12 x 16 inch cotton paper, which Ian always uses, having it bone dry and taped to a backing board. His paints were Winsor & Newton professional tubes, which provide the richness of pigment to help make the colours bolder. His brushes were 2 x squirrel mops and an Escoda perla synthetic brush for detail.
In terms of technique, Ian’s main approach was leave touches of bare paper otherwise the picture looks flat. At times Ian scalped of paint to reveal clear paper using his finger nail. Paint just using one coat not paint on paint - its all about application says Ian. In terms of colours Ian used Neutral Tint mixed with Windsor Blue and Alizarin Crimson. Neutral Tint was new to many of us and it looks like black out the tube and is ideal for sky washes. Ian hardly ever changes the water. Some very useful pointers.
The afternoon workshop was attended by 12 budding artists. A different street scene was the subject and Ian’s approach was to paint the picture in steps which the ‘students’ copied before moving onto the next step. The results and interpretation are always interesting to see.
A great day with lots of learning and tips, the Group were really grateful to Ian for sharing his skills and we all really enjoyed the day.
Regarded by many as our best selection yet the Art Group have launched their Autumn collection in The Gallery @ The Chequers. A wide selection of work on a variety of subjects including, landscapes, seascapes, portraits, animals and wildlife, botanical studies and art deco, so a broad range of subjects. As always very many thanks to Simon and Sarah for hosting us on the opening night with scrumptious sausage rolls and cider and apple juice to get us into the Autumn mood. Here's a sample of the works which includes Pauline Taylors oil on board striking portrait called Carnegie (which is featured on our home page as Picture of the Month). enjoy
Selected works by members of the Binham Art Group have been on display in the nave of the Priory Church as part of the cross-arts Concert. The concert, featured the Civitas Ensemble (string quartet), Choir, poetry readings, motets and paintings on the theme of ‘Time to Pause” which reflected the thoughtful mood of the event.
Record numbers attended this years Annual Art Exhibition where 140 pictures were on display and a record number of pictures were sold. Over 170 people attended the preview evening and enjoyed refreshments on a pleasant summers evening. Overall 15 different artists sold paintings, excluding the wonderful seascape by professional artist Gareth Jones which was auctioned and sold for £400 after some brisk bidding.
As is often the case, local watercolour landscapes were popular along with wildlife studies. Feedback from visitors confirmed the overall standard had improved once again. The Art Group Committee would like to thank everyone for their kind donations in support of this years charity the Wells Community Hospital, and thank you too to everyone who purchased a picture, we hope you enjoy them.
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The Art Group's new display at The Gallery @ The Chequers was launched on 21st June. Simon and Sarah put on a wonderful BarBQ and Pimms for the Group members to enjoy. It was a very pleasant evening away from the easel. A big thank you to Sarah and Simon. It was a lovely solstice evening and here is a picture of the sun setting over the Priory:
21 participants enjoyed a wonderful demonstration on 18th June by Gareth Jones who has lived for many years in North Norfolk. Although he has now moved back to his home ground in North Wales, he has come back to his second home to show us how to execute a sea scape in soft pastel. Step by step he demonstrated the process and gave us many handy tips and information along the way.
Gareth talked about only being able to work from his own photos because he needs to feel the energy of the place he’s seen, actually having the experience of it which sets itself in his memory and adds that crucial edge to the finished painting. Gareth said,
“The coast and countryside provide my main inspiration and i enjoy a growing reputation for my work, with seascapes in particular becoming a specialty. The discovery of soft pastel has been a revelation for me, the intensity of colour coupled with the immediacy it offers mean i now work almost exclusively in this wonderful medium.”
Working from dark to light, Gareth demonstrated wonderful effects of gradations of subtle colour, saving the brightest white highlights till last.
Rolling the white pastel towards the end of the painting process on the highlights of the waves would give differing widths of stroke and great effect realism to the wave. Gareth invited all up to have a go!
Working from the general to the particular, the scene unfolded magically.
Next it was time for some participants to have a go from scratch with the pastels. Despite working from the same photo reference, we discovered that this medium can offer so much wonderful variety and artistic skill. Take a look below. I’m sure we all were pleased and surprised and I am sure many of us will have another dabble. We thank Gareth so much for visiting us again and hopefully once he has got settled into his new studio he will find his way back to our shore again for another demo.
ClickThe Art Group welcomed Andrew Pitt to Binham. Andrew set up the demonstration in an intimate way with the audience gathered closely around his easel. This was really helpful as the Group could follow what was happening as the painting evolved. Andrew gave a couple of useful tips in his introduction - Top tip - choice of subject is usually where people go wrong, a pretty scene does not always make a good painting, and paint from above the painting rather than say have the working surface on a flat table top - ideally at about 30%. Andrew also stressed the basics are important.
Andrew used 200lbs Not paper, he prefers Bockingford paper which he finds is more absorbent. Start slowly with sketching with a 6b pencil. Don’t draw everything otherwise you finish up ‘painting by numbers’. In painting figures all the heads remain on the same level, even though some may be in the foreground and others in the background.
All Andrews brushes are ‘Round’, some squirrel some sable. Andrew only uses one synthetic brush as it keeps it’s shape.
Regarding paint Andrew uses Winsor & Newton tube artists quality watercolour. Andrew recommends you set your pallet out in a way it’s helpful, primaries blues, then reds, then yellows. 4 of each: (Windsor Blue Green, French Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Light Red, Cadmium Red, Raw Umber, Raw Sienna, Aureolin Yellow (sometimes called Cobalt Yellow) and Cadmium Yellow. Andrew also includes other ‘sundry colours’ - Alizion Crimson, Viridian, Cobalt Violet (a colour Andrew is experimenting with), Payne’s Grey
Andrew very rarely paints the sky first. "Don’t paint the picture the same way each time you paint as they all start to look the same". Start with the people, legs are painted with two different colours darker at the back or in shadows. Paint damp against damp rather than wet in wet, cleaning your pallet regularly. Andrew offers some sound advice - never paint anything twice until you’ve painted everything once. Make greens look warm. Trees - paint shapes and forms rather than things. Greys mixed blue with orange. Top Tip - Don’t put a pool of water in the pallet the add paint but the opposite. No wonder Andrews paintings look fresh and rich in colour.
An outstanding demonstration rich in content and full of useful tips and was truly appreciated by the Group. The slideshow below shows how the picture progressed:
The afternoon workshop was an opportunity for members for he Group to try their hands under some one on one guidance from Andrew. Here is a slideshow of the members efforts.
As you can see we need some more practice,,, Thank you again Andrew for a thoroughly entertaining, inspirational and informative day.
As a footnote Andrew has some excellent advice and tips on the ‘Resources for Artists’ page of his website: www.andrewpitt.co.uk
A visitor to our site recently contacted us to enquire about a painting by one of our artists - John Kirby. Nothing unusual about that, but the picture John had painted was of Roddy Lane, in Field Dalling which was close to the crash site of a WW2 Bomber. John has since been in touch with those researching this event including a survivor of the crew in the United States, now the home of John’s painting. As we learn more we will report back as this interesting story unfolds.
One of John's pictures of Roddy Lane, Field Dalling in Winter
The Gallery @ The Chequers has been given a complete refresh with the Group's new seasonal work, so be sure to view the work when you next call in for a drink - enjoy
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Sally said she was inspired by Turner in her student days. Her tutor asked the students to feel various objects whilst blindfolded then asked them to remove their blindfold and paint what they feel. This was the start of Sally painting with her fingers.
Sally paints on mounting board which she first soaks with white spirit. Sally feels canvas is too rough. Once wet Sally then applies a white ground (Titanium). Then setting up her pallet using Prussian Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Yellow Ochre, Viridian Green and Burnt Umber, sometimes adding Lamp Black. Sally’s subjects are usually from photos taken whilst out walking around North Norfolk, the demonstration was based on a photo she took on her smartphone of Sheringham Beach late in the day.
Sally energetically painted in the sky first in an aroma of white spirit and brewing coffee. In her stocking feet, Sally added darks and white to build up the sky’s atmosphere. Applying the paint free and easy over the white spirit and white ground base. Slowly building up colour, stepping back occasionally to take stock and continuing working down the painting.
Totally absorbing Sally worked quickly to finish an inspiring painting which captured all the atmosphere of her photo, great job
After the coffee break Sally painted a second picture of the Watch House on a sunny day, using the same pallet but adding Cadmium Red and Cadmium Yellow. A fascinating demonstration that was truly enjoyed by all. Thanks again Sally.
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