James Tatum's Demonstration
On a very cold and icy morning, it was a real pleasure to see a huge turnout for our monthly demo. We were in for a treat, watching renowned landscape artist James Tatum demonstrate a couple of quick paintings using his very different and dynamic style of painting.
Large decorating brushes, scrapers, old carpenters pencil and even an old chopstick were employed and acrylic paint liberally watered down and aggressively applied to the paper “canvas”.
.James stressed the benefits of capturing his landscapes as small sketches (rather than photos) and creates simple watercolours in his sketchbooks, using them as reference back in his studio. He is very focused on creating a good composition and use of dark and light tonal areas to lay down the basic painting. His style varies from what some people might consider abstract to semi-abstract often leaving the viewers “brain” to fill in the details.
James was awarded South West Landscape artist of the year in 2017 and runs courses and painting workshops from his studio in Chudleigh.
Feedback at the end from an enthralled audience was very positive and several members said that they wanted to get back to their studios and have a go, especially those of us who tend to tighten up and focus on too much detail rather than the overall composition.
I thoroughly recommend looking at James’s website www.jamestatumartist.com and if you want to contact James for more information on his workshops, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Great demo, very inspirational and enjoyed by all.