Outdoor Painting

Rayleigh Art Group will be meeting at Steven’s Farm, at the end of Bull Lane, Rayleigh, from 6.00 pm onwards on Wednesday 10th June 2015. Fantastic views with beautiful flowers and a character Farmhouse, all for you to paint.

Note: Don’t forget a jacket it can be windy!!

We look forward to seeing everybody there.


Keith Hornblower Demonstration (27/05/2105)

We were very fortunate to have Keith Hornblower come along to our Club last Wednesday evening all the way from Hitchin in Hertfordshire, to do a demonstration for us in IMG_0476watercolour.

With a full hall, Keith started by explaining that he was an illustrator by day and so this was a fun way to paint for him.

With a picture of a street scene in Venice, Keith started on 140lb rough paper(unstretched), drawing very loosely, the various buildings and where the people were going to be, using the ‘golden 1/3rd ‘ rule.

Covering all the paper with washes starting light and then working in darker and darker washes. The buildings were worked from the bottom up and then the very bottom of the picture ending with an ultra marine wash using almost neat paint and making it very dark.

KIMG_0477eeping the painting very tonal Keith worked up the colours using more and more water and washes and adding ‘Paris Blue’ for the sky.

Keith explained that as long as you used transparent colours from your palette there would be no worries of making a muddy colour and so you could use many colours together and still not muddy your picture.

He used Yellow Ochre and Alizarin to make an orange colour for some of the buildings and Ultra marine and Burnt Sienna with a touch of Alizarin for shadows.

The finishing touches were done with neat Titanium White and Black watercolour paint straight from the tubes, just enough to emphasise one or two bits and pieces on the picture without overdoing it.

IMG_0479It was a really entertaining demonstration and Keith was very informative and explainedwhat he was doing through the whole evening.

Enjoyable by all although whether we will be brave enough to use as much water and dark washes as Keith – who knows? Only time will tell.

Report courtesy of Cathy Newton and photos by Colin Mossman.