Sue Chatterton’s demonstration on May 22nd taught us all how to raise our game especially when painting ‘Big Game’.
The elephant was well and truly in the room for all to see and how instructive her talk was with lots of tips on creating personalised animal portraits in stunning watercolour.
Sue is a British wildlife specialist who now lives in Stafford having spent a lot of time in the past studying wildlife in her native Botswana where elephants inspired her to paint. Working from photographic references Sue first created a pencil sketch then applied paint directly to non-wetted 425 gsm Sanders Waterford paper without stretching.
Using plenty of water for the background she mixed her colours on the paper not on the palette using her favourite Rosemary and Co brushes. Three predominant colours were used throughout: Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue and Veridian, which she certainly made the most of giving us all lots of encouragement to explore different colour contrasts in two hours flat.
Whilst Sue ran short of time and did not complete the portrait it mattered not as the tips she gave were extremely valuable and well appreciated. It was also great to see many new faces who we all hope will return for future demonstrations. Thanks Sue for an outstanding evening – and do come back soon!
Creative arts will be on display to the public at two exhibitions organised by members of Charnwood Drawing and Painting Club.
The first exhibition is scheduled to be opened on Saturday 2nd June by the new Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Jane Harrison. At the opening the Club will also announce the launch of the Alan Dorrell Award for Artistic Merit.
Alan Dorrell, who passed away in 2017, was a founder member of the club which started over twenty years ago in order to encourage budding local artists to develop their skills. The club now has over 75 members who range from beginners to accomplished painters. David Chaplin, Club Chair said –
“We are thrilled to be launching this prestigious new Award at the Woodhouse Eaves exhibition this year as a tribute to Alan who gave so many years of loyal service to this club by encouraging and supporting young artists to achieve their full potential”.
The Exhibition will feature an eclectic mix of quality exhibits including paintings, sketches, ceramics, most of which are originals and which will be available for sale at very reasonable prices. One item however definitely not for sale will be a classic Charles Evans seascape that the Club will raffle off during the exhibition with proceeds donated to the Rainbows Appeal.
This month the Club, in conjunction with the General Hospital League of Friends are also proud to announce the inauguration of the newly extended Hospital Painting Exhibition which this year has been augmented with new works of art which are all available for sale.
Those wishing to visit these free exhibitions can do so at Woodhouse Eaves from 10am Saturday 2nd June through to 4pm Sunday 3rd June, and at Loughborough General Hospital at anytime. No admission charges apply to these events.