Collaborative Oil Painting with Yve
The last demonstration of the season was run by club treasurer Yvonne Hill. Yvonne is an experienced artist in a wide variety of media and has taught the Bob Ross oil painting method. Bob Ross was an American painter and well known art instructor on TV and video. Yvonne explained his "Joy of painting method" as she worked on a quick painting of a woodland scene.
Yve explained that Bob Ross used the wet-on-wet oil painting technique, so she began by adding thicker paint on top of still wet thin paint layer on the canvas, rather than waiting to allow each layer of paint to dry.
Yve's painting started with simple strokes putting smudges of color on the canvas. She then showed us how palette knives and large 1 and 2 inch brushes could be used to quickly paint the sky, water and trees. Rather than waiting for this layer to dry, Yve continued painting to add highlights using thinner oil paint on top of the thicker layer to complete the scene. She explained that she uses odourless paint thinner to thin the oil paint as necessary as well as for brush cleaning.
After tea break, members were invited to participate in painting another woodland scene. This was on a canvas primed with black gesso. This surface was firstly painted over with a layer of transparent paint to start the wet on wet painting, then thicker paints were added. Yvonne demonstrated on one canvas while members took turns in following her instructions to paint a second canvas (see photos taken by Terry Hill and click to enlarge).
Overall members had great fun and a very enjoyable evening, with many wishing to learn about this method of oil painting, Many thanks to Yve.
Critique Evening with Scott Bridgwood
Instead of the usual demonstration at our Monday meeting, the Art Club invited well know figurative painter Scott Bridgwood to provide a critique of members work, see photo by David Park.
Scott is a graduate of Chelsea Art College and is based in Leicester. he exhibits at many local, national and international galleries, see his website at www.scottbridgwood.daportfolio.com/
Members provided a range of art for Scott’s advice, which ensured a full evening. Scott highlighted positive points of each painting and offered suggestions for improvement in many cases. Feedback from members during and after the meeting was very positive.
Our Chairman said that she had enjoyed the evening more than she expected. In particular, she took away the importance of including dark areas in a composition and to add form. She found the advice about inclusion of dark areas at the front of a painting very helpful. Overall she thought that it was brilliant evening and thoroughly enjoyed it as learnt a lot.
Scott commented after the meeting that he thought that a good standard of work was presented to him.
Last Saturday Workshop of the Season with Jeremy Fordformer President of the S.A.A. He is based in Ackworth, West Yorkshire, so his willingness to travel to our Art Club is much appreciated. The photo shows the watercolour painting produced by Jeremy. Everyone went home with a satisfactory picture having practiced a number of watercolour techniques. Jeremy’s tuition included some “rescue” measures, when participants made mistakes! However Jeremy quickly put things right for a number of people, showing us a number of simple rescue measures. His rescue advice is also available on a DVD “ Watercolour SOS” and an extract can be seen on his website www.jeremyford.co.uk. (He has made a number of DVDs and books about watercolour painting and all these can be purchased from the SAA shop.)
If you missed this workshop, Jeremy is a regular contributor to the Painting & Drawing Channel, on Sky 192, & FreeSat 402 and can also be seen onwww.thepaintinganddrawingchannel.co.uk/
Another great success at the 2016 Ashby Arts Festival.
Many of our members exhibited in the Gallery at this years festival. The Festival also hosted an exhibition by the Ashby Guild of Artists, the students from Lewis Charlton School and students from Ivanhoe College. There was a Photography Exhibition, Morris Dancers, Roots Choir, African Drummers, and a Hand Made Craft Fair with the formal opening by the Mayor of Ashby Councillor Mike Ball.
One of our members (Pam Ripley) took charge of the Arts Cafe with her husband and did a sterling job with home made cakes and treats to tempt everyone.
The gallery exhibited almost 300 paintings and doubled the sales from last year. Kate Devey won Best in Show for 'Snowdonia', Jean Grew won the Runner-Up Prize, Kay Smith won the Peoples Prize and John Smith & Kay Smith both got Highly Commended by the judges (all Art Club members) - what an achievement! Well done to everyone. Some of our members also did outdoor boards around the town, which marks the start of the festival and here are a few of them: Pam Ripley with Rapunzel; Margaret Jones with Even Tigers Run & Hide; Irene Boddington with Flying High (Biggles); Kathryn Hellier with Narnia; Jenny Chapman with Journey to the West.
Working with the children of Rosliston School for the Queens Birthday celebrations
Art club member John Smith. aka Jay Dubya, recently assisted Rosliston School with their Queens Birthday celebration. Rosliston School had seen the work John had done with Measham and Swannington Junior Schools and invited John to work with the children to create a mosaic and other art work. John did a large picture of Buckingham Palace with the coronation coach in front and he got the children to create Lowry style figures to create the crowds. The younger children made lots of small 2" square red ,white and blue paper squares and helped John create a mosaic of the queen.
Welcome to Ashby Art Club
And welcome to our website!
Anyone can come along on any Monday evening and join Ashby Art Club (£35 for the year which includes entry to all the demonstrations).
If you would like to paint alongside like minded people, of all different abilities, then Smisby Village Hall is the place for you. You will find a warm and friendly atmosphere - so why not give it a try.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES:
Ashby Art Club morning painting
Second Wednesday of each month at Smisby Village Hall
9.30am - 12.00 noon
From September 2016 the morning art club will increase to
2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month.
£3.00 Charge for non-members
Here are some details of a Di Lorriman workshop 0n Monday, 1st August - something to look forward to in the Summer. Contact Di to book a place
Run by Di Lorriman Tel 01530 414276
At Rickman’s Corner Community Centre , Linton near Swadlincote
10 am – 4 pm £20 for the day
Tea/coffee available all day but please bring a packed lunch
Feel free to paint in any medium - Demonstrations will be in watercolour
This is a watercolour project based on the simple shape of a white dovecote against flowers or trees.
You will have the chance to mix lots of different greens and make a note of the mixes
You will apply your paint carefully so that you get hard and soft edges to describe the simple shape by painting
the background and leaving the structure as white paper .Get that maximum contrast in your painting.
Add pigeons if you wish!
Proposed Plan for the Day
Coffee, payment and registration
- Tonal contrast . Negative painting
- What to add in and what to leave out
- Begin own work for the day at individual tables
For watercolour you will need
Please bring your own dovecote photo…… let me know if you haven’t got a photo as I have a few including some picturesque French structures
- Paints- a good selection of whatever you have and a mixing palette.
- Please check brushes have good points and include a wash brush and rigger if you have one.
- Paper – No smaller than A3 please. Bockingford 140lbs will be fine for watercolour.
HB pencil, eraser (putty), tooth brush, sketchbook may be useful, waterpots, masking, hairdryer perhaps , tracing paper to aid correction
To book a place
Hope to see you there Di