Sky Arts PAOTW week 4 – Sunday 17th May 2020

This week PAOTY 2017 winner, Gareth Reid, painted Rob Rinder, aka Judge Rinder on tv.

Rob Rinder was another wriggler, so whilst some members did paint and draw him live, most of us took a screenshot and worked from that. Gareth and Rob had some wonderful on-screen banter and Rob’s acerbic wit made a quiet Sunday a real hoot. What a thoroughly enjoyable 4 hours!

Tai’s Top Tip this week was about using a very limited palette of titanium white, cadmium red, yellow ochre and black. With those 4 colours Tai mixed so many colours of skin tones for all races. He mentioned that this limited palette was used by Hals, Rembrandt, Singer Sergent and Anders Zorn. (Pencilled in for an M&C session later in the year is Anders Zorn and his limited palette as it’s a hundred years since his death. Do Google Zorn and see his amazing portraits.)

Here are our members’ portraits of Rob Rinder and they get better every week, well done!

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Juliet did this detailed pencil sketch in 2 hours. Rob Rinder does have amazing eyes, dark and soulful and this portrait really captures their intensity.

Susan sketched out Rob Rinder’s face in detail first and then built up layers of watercolour paint. It’s so interesting to see how she works stage by stage.

Dot really enjoyed the session drawing Rob’s portrait and found the whole session very entertaining.

Steve did the initial detailed ink sketch in 20 minutes, live from the sitting. The acrylic on board painting took 4 hours over 2 days.

Cynthia did the pastel portrait during the live session and the watercolour from a screenshot a couple of days later.

Angela D enjoyed the session and decided to paint this week instead of draw the portrait.

Tracy sketched differently this week, looking for shapes in the face that then make up the whole. The portrait is acrylic on watercolour paper which took about 3 hours, again trying to put shapes down on the paper and not blending in all the brushstrokes.

Tracy’s “We wish we were there” paintings

My husband, Graeme, and I should be in Venice now, celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. Instead, we spent the day at home in in Gravesend, with a short trip to Upnor. The High Street is pretty with all the cottages but it wasn’t Venice and the water was muddy brown, not that specific turquoise colour unique to Venice.

Both paintings are watercolour and a little coloured pencil on Bockingford watercolour paper, 300gsm, rough, 7″ x 5″.

Where would you rather be now? Do paint a picture and send it to myself or Susan, so we can see where you’d love to be.

Doreen’s pastel picture

Doreen has done this gorgeous pastel picture of a corgi. Knowing that her pictures can go on this blog for people to see is a great encouragement for her to carry on with her artwork.

It’s a super pastel, Doreen, keep up the good work!

Dot’s life drawings

Dot watched and joined in the BBC4 TV programme called ‘Life Drawing Live!’ that was on last week for 2 hours. She thought the programme was great and enjoyed sketching the poses. Good work, Dot, well done!

The programme is still available via BBC iPlayer for another 3 and a bit weeks, so why not have a go yourself?

Kay’s painting

Kay painted her friend’s dog in acrylics on a box canvas. The Vizsla dog is called Bella and Kay painted her for her friend’s birthday.

Kay took photos of the painting as it progressed and it’s so interesting to see how the painting emerges from the canvas, step by step. Her friend was really pleased with it. It’s an absolutely fantastic painting, Kay, well done!

Sky Arts PAOTW week 3 – Sunday 10th May 2020

This week the photographer Rankin was painted by PAOTY 2018 winner Samira Addo.

They had several chats between them and we found out that Samira no longer works as an engineer and now paints portraits full time. We also found out that Rankin is a terrible fidget!

We all found it difficult to get a likeness with him wriggling about all the time, so most members who took part took a screenshot early on and worked from that. We were all pleased Samira asked him to take his glasses off as the reflections from windows made the lenses show only their green reflective coating. Also challenging was capturing Rankin’s full head of hair as was difficult to make his hair appear joined to him and not look like it was balanced on his forehead. His beard was also difficult to do in watercolour as leaving the paper white was hard to do in places.

Samira’s portrait after 4 hours was still quite abstract and block-like, but she said she will work on it more during the week.

Here are our members portraits…

Cynthia used pastels and worked from an image she took halfway through the session.

Steve drew the sketch in 15 minutes and then painted using acrylic on board. The painting took 4 hours one day and 1 1/2 hours the next day, moving Rankin’s eyes and nose a little. Steve says he would spend more time getting an accurate drawing first, to save any adjustment later. He did enjoy the session but found it tiring.

Angela D spent 2 1/2 hours on Sunday on her pastel portrait and 1/2 hour another day getting the polo shirt the correct blue. She enjoyed the session and was chuffed when her daughter and granddaughter during a video call recognised Rankin straight away.

Dot enjoyed the session again, this time drawing in details on cartridge paper and then adding watercolours.

Rosie drew her portrait of Rankin on Hahnemuhle watercolour paper and then added watercolours, building up the painting layer upon layer.

Susan did a sketch first then drew on watercolour paper and added the watercolour in stages, building up colour with boldness of stroke.

Tracy again found it very difficult to draw and paint from observation so screenshot 2 images of Rankin, one of him looking serious and the other of him smiling. The mono colour portrait is simply blue biro, as he said blue is his favourite colour. The watercolour portrait was hard too and it makes Rankin look like a cross between Father Christmas and Paul Hollywood!

Above is Samira Addo’s finished portrait of Rankin and the top 3 paintings from the public, as decided by the judges.

Sky Arts PAOTW week 2 – Sunday 3rd May 2020

Eight members took part this week, when Booker Prize winning author Bernardine Evaristo was painted by PAOTY 2019 winner Duncan Shoosmith. The session started a little late after technical issues, but soon Bernardine and Duncan were chatting away and we got to know a lot more about them through their conversations during the 4 hours.

Duncan worked really quickly and got a remarkable likeness of Bernardine within an hour.

We all agreed that Bernardine’s hair was amazing to draw and paint but several of us found her glasses a challenge. The lenses refracted her eyes and the light falling in her face, so we spent a lot of time trying to get the initial drawings correct. Also a challenge was Bernadine’s blouse, which was an amazing riot of pink, orange, white, yellow and blue.

Here are the paintings from our members…

Juliet painted this lively portrait in acrylics in only 2 1/2 hours.

Dot worked quickly in 2 hours, sketching with pencil on cartridge paper. Then she added coloured pencils to the sketch.

Angela D worked really quickly too, creating this drawing in only 90 minutes.

Steve painted acrylic on board and took at least 4 hours to complete his painting.

Cynthia used pastels to great effect again. She really enjoyed herself and thought the 4 hours shot by.

Rosie spent hours on her portrait and chose a different image of Bernadine, which is of her smiling. She says the hair took her ages in watercolour, but she is really pleased with the finished portrait. The detailed bookshelves behind help give a sense of depth.

Susan followed the live session and created a watercolour portrait whilst looking back at the screenshot. She took photos as Bernardine emerged from the paper, so it’s fascinating to see the progress of the portrait.

Tracy sketched during the live session and now understands why it’s suggested you sketch someone’s portrait a few times before painting. You really do get to know a person’s face. Here are her sketches, including black biro on brown paper with highlights in white coloured pencil. The final portrait is in acrylics where Bernardine’s colourful blouse escaped to become the background!

Here are the top three painting from the general public that the judges considered the best of all the 2000 plus images entered on Instagram and Facebook…

Suzan’s paintings

Mayday….What a happy, colourful painting. Suzan has painted this in acrylic, there is a lot of work here.
And here is Suzan’s watercolour of the view from her window during ‘isolation’. Again, a lot of work, well done Suzan