On Tuesday night we enjoyed the welcome return of Charles Evans, a professional artist and demonstrator from the North East of England. Painting in his preferred medium, Windsor & Newton acrylics. We watched him create a woodland landscape and, after a short break, a beach scene from his beloved Northumbria.
Charles has the unique ability to paint, talk and entertain whilst simultaneously delivering advice and very useful tips on all manner of painting topics.
The two paintings showed us two vastly different representations of skies: The landscape with a pleasing sunlit summer sky; the beach scene with its dark foreboding storm cloud. Both were painted in a similar way to demonstrate how colour choice can make a huge difference to a painted scene.
Charles also showed us how a restricted palette of 8 or 9 colours can help maintain colour harmony and save cost, as any other colour can be mixed from those few colours.
He gave us many other pieces of advice during the demonstration including using wet and dry acrylic palettes and a tip on restricting blue within a painting. Stick to one blue he recommended using the same colour in both the sky and in the green mixes, again in order to maintain harmony within the work. For Charles this is invariably Cobalt Blue.
Altogether it was a very interesting demonstration by a master of his craft as well as being a very entertaining evening. Thank you Charles!
Amanda’s demonstration style was excellent, informative, and challenging, most of the Acrylic painters learnt something new. The glazing technique is equally useful for watercolour and oil mediums which benefit from glazes, the slow build-up of colour from multiple layers of transparent washes. The surface shines through these multiple layers causing additive colour mixing which give the results a greater depth.
Amanda’s use of large brushes and a free style was also worth noting as we can get so easily tied up with the details and forget that it is the composition that counts. Her use of frequent stops and “the 10 metre rule” when she stood back from the work and considered the composition, hue and values of the painting, checking that the overall effect was what she required, was something we all know about but frequently forget.
The mixing of the glazing medium and the colour was interesting as even W&M don’t put that on the cans of medium and it took me a lot of wasted time and medium to appreciate that the ratio should be about 60% medium to 40% colour things us armatures don’t like wasting.
An additional inquiry after the demo highlighted that most Acrylic glazing mediums leave the finished work with a gloss sheen, so if the glaze is not over the whole work then a layer of gloss varnish pulls the work together.
Local artist and illustrator Sue has been a professional artist since 1988, she loves to help young people and adults take their work a step forward and tonight will demonstrate her techniques in Acrylics.