Thursday, 9 November 2017
She usually lays down some colour on her canvas before beginning a painting. In this instance she has used a two-tone background.
The next step is to indicate some of the main features - in this case the edges of the river and the tree trunks and larger branches. This was done using Payne's Grey.
She kept us well entertained with a series of quotations and stories as well as describing her working methods.
She continued to add darker values and then added some white for parts of the river and as an under-painting for brighter leaves.
Saturday, 7 October 2017
We were faced with an array of Joe’s brilliant images even before he started his demonstration. This was certainly something many of us had been looking forward to and we were not disappointed.
A good source of information about Joe Dowden’s work is his website http://joedowden.net/ where you’ll also find details of his books and DVDs.
Joe certainly doesn’t believe in limiting the range of pigments available to him and he was quite enthusiastic about some of the pigments that have become available in recent times, mainly thanks to the motor industry. Despite the big range of tubes he had brought he did limit the number he used in his demonstration painting.
His brushes were mainly sable but definitely not when applying masking fluid. That’s the time for the very cheap brushes. He does use a lot of masking fluid to save whites, some is painted on, some spattered. The contrast between the white of the paper and the darks created by painting create the illusion of light.
His support was 300gsm Arches rough watercolour paper which had been stretched by soaking it thoroughly, laying it on a board for a few minutes to expand and then stapled along the edges. You can see from the accompanying photo how close together the staples are. When a painting is finished he cuts it off the board. It must take a while to remove all the staples even using a tack-lifter and pliers.
Drawing was fairly minimal. He simply established the horizon and mapped in a few of the main features. Only when the drawing was done did he add masking tape to establish the limits of his painting. Then the fun began with masking fluid painted and spattered on where he wanted to save the whites.
Wednesday, 27 September 2017
|Bosham - December 2007|
Copyright Joe Dowden
Tuesday, 5 September 2017
|The starting point|
Before he came to us he had transferred an image from one of his drawings using carbon paper. He also had a couple of photos for reference.
|A reference photo|
He began by applying Mars Black to dark areas and gradually built up a tonal under-painting. The black is pervasive enough to still shows through colour applied over the top, especially in the initial colour layers that are more translucent than the heavier paint applied as detail is added.
For feather and fur he usually works with round synthetic watercolour brushes which he buys from Rosemary & Co. Most of the demonstration was done with a number 8 round. He finds that stay-wet palettes tend to dilute the paint so prefers to work with a tear-off dry palette and a wide range of pigments. The use of greys in the mix tends to unify the painting.
For more about Chris visit his website www.chrisjonesart.com
|Black used for under-painting|
Saturday, 26 August 2017
I've also included my own attempt. I started off with watercolour but then used some light grey pastel to complete it.
Tuesday, 22 August 2017
|American Game by Chris Jones|
We meet from 9:45 to 12 noon in the Parish Hall behind Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in New Street. The charge is £3 for LAS members and £5 for non-members.
Chris formally trained as a natural history illustrator, before turning to wildlife painting. He is particularly known for his images of poultry breeds and in this demonstration he will use acrylics to paint a domestic hen or cockerel . He has travelled widely, from African plains to the rain forests of Borneo in search of subjects. Chris has exhibited across Britain, including at the Mall Galleries, London and the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
Thursday, 13 July 2017
Shared Perspective July 31 to August 13
At Weavers Gallery, Church Lane, Ledbury
An exhibition of paintings by Carol Randall, Joanna Dixon, Patricial Gregory and Jane Headlam
Further details www.sharedperspectiveart.co.uk
Herefordshire Painting Club August 22 to September 2
At Weavers Gallery, Church Lane, Ledbury
Further details www.herefordshire-painting-club.com
ArtBurst August 19 to August 28
Eight venues in Painswick or nearby
Further details www.artburstpainswick.co.uk
ArtFest 2017 July 15 to August 5
At several venues in Droitwich Spa
Organised by Droitwich Arts Network
Further details www.droitwichartsnetwork.org
Malvern Terrace Artists Annual Exhibition August 5 to August 6
At Hanley Swan Village Hall
Further details www.malvernterraceartists.co.uk
Tewkesbury Art Society Summer Exhibition July 22 to 29 July
10.00a.m. - 16.30 (not Sunday 23rd)
At The Methodist Hall, by The Cross, Barton Street, Tewkesbury, Glos
Further details www.t-a-s.info
Worcestershire Open Studios August 25 to August 28
At several venues
Further details www.worcestershireopenstudios.org/