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 .
Sorry for the late report but on 20th September Liz Hawkins, assisted by her husband Ian, gave the group an excellent introduction into the world of lino cutting. A whole new terminology - relief printing, Pfeil and Flexcut cutting tools, lino vs vinyl vs soft cut, chine- collé, baron and soft rollers and so on. Most of the audience had only previous done lino cutting at school so it was an enjoyable refresh to this fascinating subject. Liz, a former tutor, was an excellent teacher and guided the group through the whole process. Several members of the group had a go and produced some creditable results. It requires a whole new mind set as images and lettering are reversed - quite challenging at times. Anyway here's some photos of the process and results. Once again thank you Liz and Ian for the inspiration and sharing your knowledge.
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