Angela Gaughan F.W.A.S.I lives in Nottinghamshire but was born in Wales. She studied portrait painting with Andrew Vicari, a former student of the prestigious Slade School of Fine Art. Angela subsequently trained alongside Gareth Hawker RA.
“She has a unique style and technique in depicting wildlife examples which she brought along included polar bears, tigers and wolves. Her subject was a Red Squirrel, the detailed sketch work she had already prepared. Her painting brushstrokes were remarkable and her attention detail was remarkable. A thoroughly enjoyable presentation though with lots of friendly chit-chat and tips galore about pet portraiture.” Blog by Paul Lockton.
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!