The evening with Reg Siger was extremely informative and entertaining. By the time the members of Rayleigh Art Group and many guests had arrived, Reg had set up a very large easel and an arrangement of tables showing some of his work and also selling DVD’s too.
What a nice man Reg is, he chatted as he started to draw with a ‘liner’ brush in black waterproof ink. His drawing was from buildings in Lavenham, Suffolk which is his local territory. He did explain that he paints all local scenes relevant to the area he is exhibiting or demonstrating in, he finds these are more accepted by the public, therefore more likely to sell too.
Reg originates from Brussels in Belguim and has a great sense of humour, as we found out during the evening. He told us how he used to paint portraits of people on their holiday and just how hard they worked only having a fifteen minute slot for babies, saying that was the reason for them all looking alike!
Having completed his drawing he then proceeded to paint with acrylic paints well watered down. Using them much like watercolours, with the added attraction that the colours once dry, would not move at all, this of course means that he can overpaint any part of the picture. . The sky was the very last part of the picture to be painted, just as you would do a watercolour I.e. Plenty of water and then strong colours dropped into the water, the paper tilted to let the paint mix and run, then put upright once again.
Brilliant demonstration enjoyed by all that attended, we would welcome Reg back any time.
Report and Photos courtesy of Cathy Newton