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.
The Gallery @ The Chequers briefly appears in a YouTube video published by local Estate Agents Sowerbys. The promo video is about the new housing development The Priory but showcases the village too . To view the short video click here
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Back by popular demand local artist Sally Temple will give us a demonstration of her unique style of painting. Sally paints in oils using her fingers rather than brushes and produces some spectacular landscapes and seascapes. This is an open event so non group members are most welcome to join us for this demonstration. Be prepared to be entertained and inspired. More details nearer the date ...your Blogger in Residence
Hi everyone, we have decided to give our website a bit of a refresh and going forward this will be the go to place for news and events about the Art Group. The Blog will replace our Events and Achieve pages. The Committee have been planning the year ahead and there are a number of exciting things that are work in progress. Here is a small selection of what is in the planning stage:
In addition, we plan to run a Beginners Course and Introduction to Digital Art using the Groups iPad and iPencil. Again more details to follow.
Lastly for now, a new webpage is under construction that will feature work for sale by our artists. Feedback on our Blog is most welcome and we look forward to hearing from you. Meantime, happy painting from your 'Blogger in Residence'
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Binham Art Group's 20th Annual Art Exhibition