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Saturday, December 7, 2019

COMING EVENTS AND CARD COMPETITION

ART EXTRA CHRISTMAS PARTY.

Bring something to nibble and something to talk about to the meeting on December 17th in the Lilac room at 1-30 to 3-30pm. 

TAS January 2020 Meeting: Critiquing Artwork Properly

 The topic of our next full meeting on 22nd January is: "Critiquing Artwork Properly". Members are welcome to bring one of their own paintings; although we will only be able to look at a small number in the time available. We will have a long list of things to look for. This is an intensive process so the comments will be frank but constructive. Looking at paintings in this way could help you to self-critique and improve your own art. Please contact Di Alexander if you have any queries.

CHRISTMAS CARD COMPETITION
 
This was won by Sue for her Christmas pudding card -voted the best by all the members.
More detailed pictures have been posted by Di on the Facebook page.



PORTRAIT DEMO


LUCY COOKSON PAINTS A PORTRAIT 

Lucy is an artist with 20 years experience including working in Florence.
She works in various media and for us painted a Rembrant style portrait in oils.
 Normally this would take her several months but Lucy showed  us as much of her approach and technique as is possible in one evening.

She uses Jacksons 30 x 40 canvases and Michael Harding oil paints which she dilutes with walnut oil (again from Jacksons) to speed up drying.
A basic ground was applied of Burnt Umber and Ivory Black put on with a rag and then the excess wiped off. The brushes she uses are hog which she wraps in a damp tissue before leaving to dry to retain the shape.

 To start the portrait Lucy first draws a rough outline of the portrait using a No 4 brush and a mix of Raw Umber and Ivory Black with a speck of Alizarin Crimson blended together using a palette knife (this stops paint getting embedded in the base of the brush). Lucy holds the brush at the far end of the handle and stands away from the canvas. Then she puts in the main features and main shadow areas in the background.
  Flesh tones are mixed from Ivory Black, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red and Yellow Ochre. Shadow colours  are the same but no Yellow Ochre. Other colours used in mixes are Ultramarine ,Titanium White, Naples Yellow and Lemon Yellow.

Tones are judged against each other and Lucy uses two brushes one for the light tones and one for dark. Highlights are placed on the nose, lips, forehead and chin. Blue is added to the darkest colour to paint in the eyes. The pupil is placed as a dot and then expanded and the white of the eye painted in flesh tones which are lighter near the centre of the eye. The point of the curve of the eyelid is above the iris.
 Cast shadow is used under the nose to bring it out but not over emphasise it.   
The top lip is darker than the bottom and the edge forms a triangle with the nose lines.

The tones for the background are chosen from the tones in the face. The paint is mixed and then checked using paint on the palette knife and holding it against the model. The background is not painted down to the bottom - the darkest part is reserved for the shoulder area.

Although not finished this was a beautiful portrait and Lucy had explained her technique in detail with plenty of hints and tips.

Lucy and Portrait

Half time image

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Lyndhurst visit continued

Here are some more pictures of the Adventurous Artists work.







Tuesday, November 12, 2019

ONE DAY SALE contd

Another picture

ONE DAY SALE

The one day sale went well even though there was a reduction in the usual number of visitors due to the bad weather. It was good for everyone to get together for an art event.

Adventurous Artists at Lyndhurst

SKETCHING MARINE PAINTINGS OF THE NEW FOREST


Report from Di

The Adventurous Artists had a very enjoyable morning sketching at the exhibition of marine paintings at the New Forest Heritage Centre, Lyndhurst in November.  The manager and the five exhibiting artists - Barry Peckham, Peter Frost, Richard Tratt, Colin Richens and Barry Miles - kindly permitted the group to sketch some of the work on display.  Rounding off the visit there were delicious hot drinks in the cafe. The exhibition continues until 5th January.


Friday, November 1, 2019

NOVEMBER MEETINGS

NOVEMBER 9TH ONE-DAY SALE
This will be at the Three-Score Club 10am to 4pm.
 Hand your work in 9-9.30am with the hanging fees and completed form.( Form from Mary or the Web-site)

NOVEMBER 8th AVENTUROUS ARTISTS
 Meet at New Forest Centre at 10 -15. Can park near Bolton's Bench free or use the paid car park next to the Centre.

NOVEMBER 19th  ART EXTRA
12-30 to 3-30pm in the Lilac Room. Do your own thing and have a chat with fellow members.

NOVEMBER  27th DEMONSTRATION EVENING.
Lucie Cookson will demonstrate a Rembrandt style portrait in oils

ALSO  Bring your Christmas card entry - possibly based on a Christmas candle with decorations but can also be your own design. Winner gets a bottle of sparkling wine.