From Sketchbook to Studio
Vibrant, bold and evocative acrylic paintings were created in a slightly shortened demonstration after this year’s AGM.
Tony Homer brought along several sketch books filled with drawings made on site which he reinterprets in the studio into full colour paintings.
Having drawn out a basic composition, he then blocked in colour shapes with diluted paint mixed with a medium to maintain a workable texture.
He worked on two paintings at the same time using bold strokes with the main body of a flat brush and details using the edge.
Having established the essential composition - not a photographic interpretation - and working quickly with a very steady hand, he laid down mostly flat colours, introducing contrasts between complementary colours with deep rich shadows.
Then Tony moved on to introduce more detail, still applying quick and definite strokes to maintain the vitality of his work. The result - two superb paintings of the same subject but with a different slant on each.
Because of the bold technique, his paintings have an excitement and vitality, accentuated by the use of wonderful, contrasting and vibrant colours.
If you would like to see more of Tony’s artwork simply Google Tony Homer Artist.
Six top tips:
1. Make use of sketch books. Start off by sketching on site and then developing your composition later,
2. Be bold - experiment with bright, complementary colours.
3. Work quickly to lay down essential colour shapes - don’t worry about detail.
4. A clever technique for painting in windows, doors, roofs and other straight edged details is with the use of a small sheet of stiff paper, masking off and then painting in the required shapes with big brushes.
5. Use stubbly, worn, old brushes to scrub the colours and introduce texture to the surface of the paper .
6. Work quickly to lay down essential colour shapes - don’t worry about detail.
Last life class of this series
and a first for the Club
As if drawing from one model wasn't enough of a challenge, the last session of the current series presented double the difficulty with two of our regular, professional life models, Krissi and Nick, posing as a duo.
Both morning and afternoon classes started with tentative sketches but confidence was soon regained with their beautiful poses helping to inspire innovative drawings that the artists perhaps didn't think were achievable. With two models acting in tandem we were able to replicate some classical poses as well as inspired dance and theatrical stances, sometimes even difficult to maintain ones that had to be drawn in double quick time - see the quick sketch above - because they were so complex and awkward to hold for more than a minute or so. Below is a selection of some of the work produced - a most enjoyable and inspiring end to a well-attended and successful series.
Our thanks are due to all our superb models who have been outstanding and a joy to work with throughout the series - namely, Krissi, Nick, Sophia, Sally, Gemma and Sophie.
So now we have more life drawing and portrait painting workshops to look forward to. Dates and venues for the new series are yet to be established but in the meantime we will be arranging some one-off life and portrait days for those who can't wait. And importantly for any member interested in dipping their toe in the water to see if they enjoy the challenges of these classic subjects. Watch this space for more information.
If you would like other details on our portrait and life sessions please contact John Washington at email@example.com