We had a brilliant day painting with David. He is an excellent tutor and gave us lots of advice which will make a big difference to the way we use acrylics. Here are some photos of David and the group working, together with David’s finished painting. Make sure you click on the goldfinch to see the textures and detail.
Here are our members’ paintings from the day including Patrick’s raven and Ken’s two watercolours.
Our topic was, in fact, anything relating to Queen Victoria and the Victorian era. How interesting to see the range of subjects used. We have numerous paintings of Queen Victoria at different ages.
Here are some William Morris designs including a modern day interpretation.
Here we have the Taj Mahal and an Indian gentleman (India once being part of the British Empire), Rosherville Gardens (Victorian Pleasure Gardens in Gravesend, a favourite destination for thousands of Londoners, many travelling by paddle steamer down the River Thames, no longer in existence). The Clock Tower, Gravesend and Victoria Falls (in Africa named by David Livingstone).
And finally James Clerk Maxwell (The Scottish physicist best known for his formulation of electromagnetic theory),Charles Dickens and a lady in a crinoline.
As usual at our Wednesday evening meetings we only used half the hall but a good number of members turned out.
While most of us were working on our ‘Topiary’ which is a fascinating subject, some of us were finishing off existing work or making Easter Cards. A range of mediums were used including collage, ink and oils. Most paintings are yet to be finished but will tie in nicely with our upcoming Saturday meeting ‘Spring Greens’.
Kit is a new tutor to our group and we had a very productive day with him.
Most of us worked from our own material while a few used some of Kit’s photos. He demonstrated throughout the day and walked around encouraging and helping where needed. He also showed us how he uses masking fluid and how to stretch paper. We even had time for a demo on creating an abstract painting.
It was a busy, constructive day, thoroughly enjoyable with some good practical and useful tips.
We had a very good turn out for our Wednesday evening session. Here are our paintings, mostly of european cities with a few exceptions where members were working on their own choice of subject.
You may be able to spot some of the cities (don’t forget you can click on each individual painting for a closer look). Can you find Venice, Liverpool, Heidelberg, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Kotor amongst others?
Apart from the small postage style paintings these are approximately 4 x6 inches so smaller than you are seeing them on your screen. Quite a challenge, especially for those of us who usually paint large and loose! A worthwhile exercise, if only, to show how difficult it is. The meeting was unusually quiet, a sign of intense concentration.
How lovely to get back to our Saturday meetings, this being the first of 2019.
There were 30 of us including some new members who were made very welcome.
Here are our varied interpretations of the subject. Everyone took part, and we had an excellent day. It was good to see long standing members giving some advice to our new friends, encouraging them when needed. We hope they enjoyed themselves.