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Saturday, December 1, 2018

GET READY FOR JANUARY

MESSAGE FROM DI

WED 23RD JANUARY 2019  
THREE SCORE CLUB TOTTON 7.30 p.m. ‘GENIUS NIGHT’ (The COMPETITION open to T.A.S. Members)
 
Paint your version of a famous painting of your choice.

Mount / frame it according to the medium and support that you use. Although framing is not mandatory please provide a backing so that it can be displayed vertically.
 
Enter the Genius Night Competition by contacting Di Alexander  email dga@dialexander.co.uk or telephone 07979905192  preferably by 1st January confirming that you are happy to talk to members about what it was like to paint it and what you learnt about the artist. You will hopefully give permission for your work to be featured online too.
You could bring to the meeting: your painting, notes to remind yourself what to say and additional information (books/pictures/cards, etc.) about your chosen artist.
 
We will vote for the most interesting/best entry at the end of the evening.
 
The prize will be £20 cash.
 
You can of course paint a famous painting and bring it to the meeting without entering the competition. This will be a fun evening with a difference! 

Monochrome portrait Demonstration


Monochrome portrait Demonstration by Susan Kerrigan-Harris  

We are grateful to Susan for doing  this demonstration at short notice after the regrettable and unavoidable cancellation by the previous demonstrator.
The subject for her monochrome pastel painting was a Russian girl who lives in Italy. Monochrome paintings are used by Susan as tonal studies for later colour paintings.

Working from a mobile phone photograph onto a light grey velour pastel paper she uses a mixture of hard and soft pastels (Unison)and pastel pencils (Caran d'Arche soft and Derwent or Pitt hard). Test the pastel or pencil on the hand to determine hardness and remove shininess by rubbing on sandpaper.
         There are about four types of pastel paper ranging in "tooth" from velour to sandpaper. Using velour paper means that the pastel has to be rubbed to get a dense amount of colour on the paper but does allow a light covering to catch if necessary. With pencils the side of the pencil is used to make a mark not the tip.
 Excess can be removed with a photographic blower brush and highlights taken out with  a torchon or blender. The painting is sprayed very lightly with fixative.
To sharpen pencils use a craft knife in a scooping movement and finish to a point with sandpaper.
Powder or Pan pastels can be painted on with a sponge brush for backgrounds.  

Before beginning a painting study the subject carefully to try to understand the character.
Do an outline drawing of the face and hair to begin and then concentrate firstly on the eyes. White is used for the whites of the eye and to create highlights in the centre of the eye as well as on the eyelids, under eyebrows, lips, cheekbones and hair etc. It is important to produce a slight dip in the corner of the eye. Eye lashes are painted by using a Payne's Grey pastel pencil and starting by putting in scattered lashes then filling the gaps.
Dark areas are painted using the side of the pastel and details with a dark pencil.
A very light covering of light grey pastel is put on in appropriate areas to emphasise the highlights.
 This was a fascinating demonstration and we look forward to another evening with another subject.

At the Tea Break
Nearly Finished
 SUSAN ALSO WROTE LATER:- 
What a wonderful experience last night, I had a great time!  I have finished both portraits this morning so thought I would send them on to you to share with your members.  The little girl just fell out of my pencil today and I
finished her in 1.5 hours. That might just be a record lol!
Toddler
I forgot to mention last night that anyone who is on facebook might be interested in my pastel group.  I post pastel tips and techniques and videos of what I'm working on.   Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/softpasteltips/ 
Best Wishes and Happy Christmas
Sue Kerrigan-Harris
www.skhportraits.co.uk
07740 282399


Finished portrait

ALSO ON THE EVENING WERE THE FOLLOWING ON THE DISPLAY TABLE :-
The Art Journey table had Christmas cards by Maria Hillman and an acrylic painting on Aluminium Composite Panel (primed with gesso) painted by Di

 

Friday, November 30, 2018

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS DEC 14TH

KING RUFUS MEETING
We will meet on DEC 14th at 10-15 for 10-30am  at the King Rufus pub at Eling Hill SO40 9HE  at 10-15 a.m.  Please park on the side of the road and leave the parking outside of the pub for anyone with limited mobility.  As usual, we are expected to buy something to drink/eat while we are there.

 ART EXTRA DECEMBER 18TH 1-30 TO 3-30pm
IN THE LILAC ROOM at the Community Centre. Please PHONE CLAIRE beforehand if you wish to come as numbers are limited by the size of the room. Bring £1, a few nibbles to celebrate the Christmas season and a painting which means a lot to you to "Show and Tell"  

NEWS FROM THE ONE-DAY SALE
Plenty of paintings and cards were sold although not as many as last year probably due to the bad weather.
The First World War painting by Ali was later auctioned at the British Legion for £300 for the Poppy Appeal. Well done, Ali -excellent result!  

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Next DEMONSTRATION 28th nov.

NOVEMBER 28TH DEMONSTRATION
Web site is now up and running again so see it for details and see  previous Blog.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS AT LANDFORD

LANDFORD VISIT

Eight of us had a great time on a showery morning at Landford garden centre where there were covered areas and a cafe. The ‘gothic ruins’ was a popular subject.  Penny’s scarecrow looked rather sweet rather than scary! Ali’s sketch proved that she knows her perspective!

NEXT MONTH'S VENUE is the King Rufus pub at Eling Hill at 10.15 a.m. on Friday 14th December.


Ali
Elaine and Penny












 

Saturday, November 10, 2018

November 28th

The NEXT DEMONSTRATION EVENING IS NOVEMBER 28TH (see below)

CHANGE OF DEMONSTRATOR

There is a change to our published programme in November.

We look forward to welcoming local artist SUSAN KERRIGAN-HARRIS who will paint a  monochrome portrait in pastels. She enjoys painting children as well as pets and here is an example of her work.