Our meeting with Derek Witts on October 22nd was cancelled at very short notice so instead we were shown three DVDs.
THE FIRST was a demonstration by Geoff Kersey on painting a bluebell wood in watercolour.
He sketched in the main elements of the picture and masked off tree trunks, branches and a horizon line. Then the basic washes were mixed to produce different greens and yellows for the tree canopy and blue for the sky. The colours used were :-
aureolin and cobalt blue
aureolin, ultramarine and raw sienna
ultramarine and burnt sienna
cobalt blue and manganese violet for the sky.
After thoroughly wetting the paper the washes were applied starting with the sky and ending with the darkest green in the foreground. The painting was then left to dry.
The next stage was to paint the bluebells The masking fluid on the horizon line was removed and the distant bluebells painted in sky colour. The colour was deepened toward the foreground. Green was put around the base of the trees and edge of the path.
Masking fluid was removed from the tree trunks which were then washed with sky colour and burnt sienna for distant trees and branches and raw sienna added to the mix for frontal trees.
Lemon yellow was added to the foliage using a No. 8 brush on its side and shadow areas emphasised in the same way using dark green mixes.
Geoff then started on the final stage of painting the path using a wash of raw sienna and burnt sienna. A highlight was removed with a dry brush and dappled shadow added using sky colour.
Bluebell colour was deepened in the foreground and highlights added by mixing the colour with a small amount of white gouache.
The Second DVD- a wave burst demonstrated by Roy Lang using oils.
After sketching in the rock, wave and sand
The sea was painted next using dark ultramarine and cobalt blue and foam put in at the edge. Spattered foam was added over the wave burst and wave and the sand painted in yellow ochre. Highlights were put in using titanium white.
The Final DVD was Vic Bearcroft's demonstration of an Amur Leopard in pastel.
Vic was using his own photographs taken in a zoo for his basic drawing. He did a basic outline and then put in the dark markings with raw sienna using soft pastel and
All three videos were very helpful and informative and the evening successful.