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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Exbury Exhibition

PERSPECTIVES ARTISTS GROUP

An exhibition has just started in the Five Arrows Gallery in Exbury Gardens by the Perspectives Artists Group. There are paintings by our Chairman and Secretary, Anne and Mary, photographs by Betty and Tony ( Website and Blog) as well ├ís work by other artists.
The gardens are beautiful at the moment with lovely walks down to the Beaulieu River. The little train and an excellent tearoom are
added attractions.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

ART EXTRA

We meet from 2 to 5pm in the Maple Room

ART EXTRA

DON'T FORGET!
Our next venture is our painting afternoon starting on June 19th, 2pm to 4pm, in the Maple Room.
Please come!!

Sketching at Mansbridge

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS SKETCHING AT RIVERSIDE PARK MANSBRIDGE
Four of us - Joan, Ali, Helen & Di - sketched a beautiful scene at Riverside Park. Helen shared a bench with two of the regular visitors to the park. Afterwards we had a drink and a chat sitting by the river at the White Swan.
Helen will be hosting the next sketching morning at Ashlett Creek on 14th  July.  

Di Alexander




PORTRAIT WORKSHOP



PORTRAIT WORKSHOP 

We all had a very enjoyable day at the workshop. Some of us tried out our techniques for our self-portrait for the Summer Exhibition while others tried other interesting subjects.

We would like to thank Claire for organising the day. Unfortunately she wasn't well and we thank Anne for stepping forward as her substitute. Di and Mary were invaluable in giving us help and guidance especially for those who were novices as it quickly became obvious that painting a portrait is a very complicated process!

 
 

 




 

 

Sunday, May 27, 2018

PORTRAIT WORKSHOP, ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS and ART EXTRA

PORTRAIT WORKSHOP
This is on June 2nd, 10am to 4pm, in the Palm Room.
Don't forget to bring your canvas to be used for a self portrait for the Summer Exhibition. Claire and other more experienced members will be available to give advice if needed to help with your portrait.

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS
On June 8th Adventurous Artists will be meeting at the White Swan at Mansbridge at 10-15am. The Itchen canal and Hobbycraft are nearby!

ART EXTRA
On June 19th from 2 to 5 pm in the Maple Room we will have the pilot session of what we hope will be regular meetings where we all paint together either on our own work or a communal project.  If successful we will continue on each third Tuesday of the month starting in July.

TEAZELS AT THHE MAY DEMONSTRATION EVENING


TEAZELS WITH SUE COLYER

Sue has been painting for 20 years. She gives demonstrations and workshops details of which can be obtained on her website www.suecolyer.com

 For this demonstration painting she is using YUPO paper which can be obtained on-line and is also sold by the SAA. It is a synthetic paper similar to photographic printing paper. The watercolour paint lies on the surface and is easily wiped off with a sponge or tissue. This can be done even when the paint is dry. The paper is very strong and doesn't need stretching - just attach to a board by the corners with tape.

Always paint with the board horizontal. Water sprayed on produces a good effect and texture can be produced using table or sea salt or gesso. Washes have to be "scrubbed  on" to cover finger marks which are quickly picked up by the paper. They can also be removed by cleaning with an alcohol based cleaner. We were very impressed when Sue showed us that removing blue paint with a cotton bud through a gauze or circular stencil produced sparkle on the sea or a sun or moon very easily.

For this demonstration Sue used Windsor and Newton paints in Windsor Violet and Quinacridone Gold. Her brushes are a 3/4 inch flat and a rigger. She also finds useful a palette knife, toothbrush, ruler and comb.

The painting was started with an application of the Violet and Gold in appropriate areas using the 3/4 inch flat and then dabbing off excess with a tissue. The rigger was used with a circular movement to paint in the bracts and the stems. Sprayed on water and tilting the board, speckling with a toothbrush and sprinkling with table salt gave a very lose effect to the finished painting.

 After the tea-break Sue demonstrated a painting of the gorge at Lynton, Devon. For this she used Indigo and Quinacridone Gold.

 The gold was used with the flat brush to produce the canopy over the gorge and the indigo added to get the dark green base area. The rigger was used to get finer foliage.  After spraying and tipping and removing paint with a sponge or cotton bud to get white areas and highlights Sue produced a beautiful painting.

Sue had given us an excellent evening and certainly impressed us with the Yupo paper.


Teazels
Sue at work
Lynton Gorge