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
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