Rebecca gave a brilliant series of demos using the challenging medium of pastels at our October club meeting. Showing techniques that we can all adopt, she covered a wide range of subject matter starting with a landscape on Dartmoor. Rocks, grass and sky all came together in dramatic form to create a lively and impactful composition. Next up were trees, showing how to use light and shade with foliage, trunks and branches giving a real three dimensional look. Finally - and probably the most difficult for us all, were animals. As an example she demonstrated a lurcher for which she’s been commissioned showing techniques for not only the basic structure of the head but how to create the impression of hair with light and shade. Also cats and horses with the different textures of hair and fur.
A most inspiring talk and demo of so many subjects that will be really helpful when we come to create pastel work of our own.
October’s Portrait Workshop turned out to be one of our most successful yet with some really good work being produced in a variety of media. Each member takes in it turn to sit for the group and it was Trish’s opportunity to occupy the hot seat - and a very good model she was too. Of course one of the most interesting things about being painted by your peers is to see how they interpret you on canvas or paper – sometimes a nice surprise but always fascinating. Have a look at some of the work below and you’ll see how differently each artist sees the same sitter.
The next portrait session is 21st November If you’d like to come along and try your hand at a head, you’ll be most welcome. A small fee of £3 is payable... and don’t worry if you’ve never tried it before, we’re all on a steep learning curve and very encouraging to each other. No prima donnas here, just a fun group sharing our enjoyment of portraits. If you'd like to know more please e-mail John Washington - address in the Members Section on this website.