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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

ART GALLERY VISIT

SKETCHING IN SOUTHAMPTON CITY ART GALLERY
Report by Di
 
 




 
Nine members enjoyed the visit to the city art gallery in January. Mary-Anne and Issabelle Toop were welcomed to this, their first visit, to the TAS Adventurous Artists sketching group.

The Beyond the Brotherhood: the Pre-Raphaelite Legacy exhibition was a fantastic bonus with some beautiful large and small paintings lent by other galleries. There were works by Millais, Rossetti, Burne-Jones and Holman Hunt and it attracted a steady stream of visitors.  

Sadly Issabelle became unwell and she and Mary-Anne had to miss the gathering afterwards at the Sea City Museum cafe.

Monday, January 6, 2020

DAY TRIP TO THE AFFORDABLE ART FAIR

This will be at Battersea Park on Saturday March 14th and only 16 places are available  booked in order of response. Leave Totton at 8-30am and return leaving Battersea at 4pm. Cost £40 including fare and entrance fee.
Contact Helen Bartlett for place ASAP  023 80 868 579 or 07949 162262

JANUARY EVENTS

ADVENTUROUS ARTISTS
 Meet at 10-15am on FRIDAY 10TH JANUARY in the SOUTHAMPTON CITY ART GALLERY. We can use the Gallery's stools.

ART EXTRA
Next afternoon is on JANUARY 21ST. We are now starting at 1pm and finishing at 3-30pm.

MEMBERS EVENING
WEDNESDAY 22nd JANUARY An evening run by Di on self-critiquing your own work.

MEMBER'S WORKSHOP
SATURDAY 15TH FEBRUARY from 10am to 4pm. This is a "Painting Together" session with help from each other. Anne will be taking £5 at the next meeting to secure a place.

 

XMAS PARTY

We had a lovely Xmas Party with plenty to eat and drink and some great stories and pictures with poems from Pat to get us really laughing ! Selection of paintings below plus Anne told us some interesting family history, June showed us her latest beautiful picture of a Tiger and Betty a "Hot Desert" painting. We're all looking forward to our 2020 party!
Anne tells her story

Pat reads some poems

Mary explains her style

Tony's Spring Lambs

Pat's first painting in oils

Pat's latest pyrography

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.