We recently enjoyed a figure painting and boat painting demonstration by Langham based artist Bob Brandt. With Bob’s usual enthusiasm and humour he demonstrated techniques he’d honed over the years. Although Bob’s usual medium are traditional oils, he chose on this occasion, to use acrylics as they dry quicker. His pallet was based around the primary colours from which he showed how to mix skin tones. Painting onto thick light grey card he covered large areas using a ‘kitchen washing up sponge’. Then transferring to synthetic watercolour brushes to add form, shape and detail. Amazing, that in no time at all a likeness of the sitter appeared. The main takeaway was that Bob did the drawing detail at the end in contrast to the convention of starting with the drawing.
After the coffee break Bob demonstrated the tricky subject of drawing boats. It’s a favourite subject of North Norfolk based artists and he showed how important it was to get the right shape. Bob referenced Monet's Red Boats at Argenteuil (1875) using it to explain eye level and the importance of perspective. His technique was to draw an oblong box then insert the boat details. Easy when you know how! The group really enjoyed the demonstration which was informative, rich in content and humorous. Thank you Bob and we look forward to a return visit to the group.
Tracy gave an wonderfully energetic and inspirational demonstration of some of her painting techniques. Her approach to art is based on Tracey Emin’s quote of “Art is a leap of faith”. One of her early influencers was our very own Lionel Wilde to whom she dedicated her demonstration following Lionel’s untimely passing in January.
Tracey describes herself as a mixed media artist using water based paints. Her principle inspiration comes from the North Norfolk landscape and the big skies and she is often out on the marshes with her sketchbook. In her words she explores the horizon and relates it to heaven and earth.
She demonstrated her techniques on a large canvas semi abstract landscape painting that was in ‘development’ and in the eyes of our members ‘abusing’ the painting by vigorously applying paint and scrubbing it in with rags and brushes. Her main tools were pallet knives, brushes and wedges, rags and tissues. She introduced the group to the art of ‘Tonking’, a technique, using tissue paper to lift paint off the canvas then later layering strips of the painted tissue to add tonal values. She uses a filbert brush for rolling over the canvas to create clouds which looked very effective.
Tracey uses a variety of paint brands - professional and student grade - the specific colour is more important and she finishes her work with W&N Satin varnish to protect and enhance the colours.
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed Tracey’s demonstration and took away many ideas to apply in their work. Thank you so much Tracey for being generous with your knowledge and answering the many questions and we look forward to seeing the end painting on your website soon - www.tracey-rossartist.co.uk
We are delighted to host accomplished local artist Tracey Ross to give a demonstration of her work and techniques based on a Coastal theme. Although Tracey mostly paints in acrylics she uses a wide variety of materials to create effects inspired by our big skys. This is open to non members alike and will start at 9.45am through to lunch.
You can view Tracey's work on her website : www.tracey-rossart.co.uk
Our members enjoyed a brilliant demonstration and workshop of Gel Plate printing under the watchful eye of fellow Art Group member Isabel. Tools and techniques included brayers, masks, stencils, stamps, magazine image transfers, botanicals and sundry household items. Members were shown the principles of pulling off images, including ghost images all using acrylic paints and transparent mediums. A lot of fun and some stunning results in this gallery of prints. Very many thanks to Isabel for all her hard work putting this together. Thanks for sharing your knowhow and your words of encouragement, everyone had a great time. Here are a selection of the images from the workshop:
There will be a demonstration and workshop on March 21st (10am to 3.30pm) in Binham Memorial Village Hall. The process involves rolling acrylic paint to the gel plate using stencils, silhouettes, flora, textured paper etc and then transferring images (eg magazine photos or laser jet prints) onto paper. It's a very creative activity and requires little or no drawing skills, so it's not intimidating. The results are delightful and colourful. There are a limited number of places for this event but if demand is high we will rerun the demonstration on a future occasion.
On November 15th there was a very good turn out of art groups members and guests who were treated to an impressive demonstration of charcoal Portrait Painting by renowned artist Crispin Robjent (crispinrobjent.co.uk).
Crispin began his artistic career after training in an Italian Art School specialising in portraiture. He paints both in oils and charcoal which was the subject of his demonstration. Using an oil painting as his reference picture he demonstrated his technique with pure charcoal. His preferred brand was Nitram which he sharpens on sandpaper. These charcoal sticks are wax free. Crispin’s preferred paper is handmade Fabriano Roma. Occasionally using a putty eraser hand moulded to selectively lift charcoal from the paper Crispin created contrast and details. His only other accessory was a fan brush which he gently dry brushed over the charcoal background for blending. After our coffee break Crispin gave a useful demonstration of his technique on how to start the portrait.
An important feature of Crispin’s approach was that he repeatedly stood back from his work after making just a few marks. This coupled with everything set at eye level provided the right conditions to build the portrait.
Very few in the art group paint portraits, or in fact, use charcoal as a medium so this was an insightful demonstration and provided lots of learning opportunities. The group truly appreciated having such a talented artist to share their skills and tips with the group. Thank you again Crispin. Here are some of the photos from the session
Carolyn Raymond's watercolour picture of members of the Art Group was Octobers Picture of the Month as voted by the art group members. Entitled 'Anne's basket - Binham Art Group' it is a delicate study of our group at work on a Tuesday morning. Well done Carolyn and the picture is currently on display The Gallery@The Chequers. It is framed and available to purchase at £65.
Again sorry for the delay in posting this news item. Our Picture of the Month winner for October 2022 was won by Sandra Copas's painting of The Florists Shop. A gorgeous street scene in Acrylic. Well done Sandra and the picture was displayed in The Chequers throughout October. Sandra is now painting a companion picture to hang in her Kitchen.
Sorry again for the delay in posting this news item -Our Picture of the Month for August 2022 was won by Brenda Scott with her Acylic painting of Flying Home - which at this time is a scene we would all recognise in Binham now the Geese have returned. Well done Brenda. The picture was displayed in The Chequers pub throughout September and now forms part of the current display in The Gallery @The Chequers .
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