Stephen Ashurst Demonstration

Stephen Ashurst – Oil portrait

 

It was a chilly night in February I know and it is a shame that some of you missed this superb demonstration. With Stephen’s quiet, relaxed and easy manner he explained how he developed his technique for oil portraits, likening it to watercolour in style without the precision.  When painting commissions he tends to use photographs and sittings, but he loves the buzz of working ‘live’ and to a time limit, it certainly gives an edge to his work.

 

David was picked from the audience, he was a little reluctant but succumbed to Stephen’s flattery saying he had such an amazing face!  Working on a canvas board that had been primed once to give a little absorption, a detailed pencil sketch was drawn, about twice the size of the head, filling the board.

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Stephen’s palette is primary colours, 2 reds, 2 blues, 2 yellows and a violet, he didn’t specify which because he didn’t think it relevant.  His brushes he now buys cheap packs from the Works and throws them away, it saves washing them. Lots of Turps is used initially giving the effect of watering down the paint.

 

When the sketch was finished, the first coat of ‘watery’ paint was applied finding the mid-tones in the face.  Initially using a violet as this didn’t mix well later, then introducing reds and yellows, finding the darker and lighter tones, the paint running down the face and giving some interest to the painting.  Trying to pick out the areas like eyes, shadows, contrasts, more and more paint was applied, Stephen described it as having to lose control before you make sense of it.

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After the break several whites were introduced to create lighter colours rather than used starkly and with the primary colours, and less turps, Stephen then placed the colours in blobs bringing out the contours and details of the face.

 

Stephen was really happy and relaxed obviously enjoying painting, you could have heard a pin drop in the room we didn’t realise that we had gone over time.  It was a great success and David was a great model.  Thank you Stephen cant wait to see you at work again.

Stephen Ashurst Portraiture

Dave Woolass – pastel portrait

Dave Woolass – pastel portrait

David Woolass Pastel portrait

 

We were delighted to welcome Dave back this time to show us how to create a portrait in pastels.  Brian volunteered to be the ‘model’ and we watched in awe as his picture emerged.  Dave uses a variety of pastel types including pencils for fine work.

He started by blocking in dark areas and the back of the head and shoulders using various blues and purples quite freely, the use of colour was striking and not necessarily ‘flesh’ in tone.  By blocking in the colours the picture began to emerge.  The mid tones were a range of reds and yellows, with a very pale blue in place of white.

Using his ‘Dave’s Rag’ to take off pastel, blend or clean his hands, and blending softly with his fingers whilst building up the layers of pastel, by the break time the portrait was looking very real, although when you looked up close there appeared to be little detail.

After the break Dave continued to build the layers and the final portrait of Brian looked great, he and we were very pleased with the result.

David Woolass male pastel portrait

 

Brain next to his pastel portrait

Dave is moving to new studios in the next couple of months where he will be doing demos and workshops in a delightful rural setting. So good luck Dave and thanks for a great evening.

Rob Wareing Pastel Workshop

Rob Wareing – this workshop requires members who wish to attend to contact Joy asap as places will be gone!

Come and learn how to do a pastel portrait by a international renowned portrait artist. It is a full day of art where you will be taken through each step form start to finish.

This is a very popular workshop so be sure to book!

Saturday 30th August 10:00 to 16:00 Rothley Community Centre Mountsorrel Lane Rothley LE7 7PR

Cost £30 tea biscuits and coffee provided.

Pastel portrait painting demonstration

Rob Wareing’s pastel portrait painting demonstration evening with Gemma Carrs

It’s always a pleasure to have Rob Wareing come and demonstrate for us on a club night. This time he was doing a pastel portrait painting demonstration.

Rob took us through from start to finish in just under 2 hours and produced this class piece of artwork of our model Gemma.

Once again Rob captivated his audience explaining his techniques and showing how to build up the pastel to create a stunning portrait of our very patient sitter!

Rob will be back for us again in August to do a workshop, details are coming to the website soon.

An excellent demonstration, thank you Rob!

Club news

WOODHOUSE EAVES EXHIBITION 6/7TH JUNE 2014

We had a very successful weekend with the sun shining (mostly) and everyone stopping for tea and cake and a look around our exhibition of paintings.

In total we sold an impressive amount of paintings and cards and refreshments.

Best painting in show was: ‘Whitby Days End’ by Barbara Peacock.

NEWTOWN LINFORD EXHIBITION

29 – 31 AUGUST 2014

Members get your entry forms in now! Submit them at club night. 

Download your entry form here Entry form Newton Linford exh 2014

PASTEL PORTRAIT WORKSHOP

With Rob Wareing

Saturday 30th August 2014 10.00am to 4.00pm

Rothley Community Centre,   Mountsorrel Lane , Rothley, LE7 7PR

Rob has been a professional artist for thirty years exhibiting and painting portraits in many parts of the world. He was born, and has spent most of his life in South Africa where he owned his own gallery for a number of years.

 Among the numerous commissions he has completed over the years are the official portrait of the state president of Botswana Festus Mogae and the attorney general. He was recently commissioned to paint the portrait of Nelson Mandela by museum services in Kwa Zulu Natal.

Numbers are limited to 14.  Please book early. The deadline date is Aug. 20th 2014.

Workshop cost: £30 which includes tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day. A deposit of £10 will secure your place on the course.

Please bring your own packed lunch.