This demonstration was rather nice as it was like meeting up with an old friend. We have had Bill come and do demonstrations for our Club in the past but not for a few years so very nice to see him once again.
Bill had pre-drawn a scene of Aldborough, Suffolk, it was drawn in pencil and was taken from an old photograph which he had brought along to show us. This was a very dull photo taken in the rain and with only a couple of people in the picture. From this, Bill had previously painted a rainy day in Aldborough and tonight he was going to paint the same scene but with many more people as a sunny day picture.
All good so far, Bill started by explaining that he would not normally paint with his paper upright, it would be flat and therefore the paint would not run in the same way as it was about to tonight. With this in mind he put in raw umber and cobalt blue in very wet and then kept dabbing at the dripping paint to stop it running into the skyline of buildings. Having cracked that Bill then painted in the arms, legs if they were bare and heads of the people in the foreground, this was to give him and idea of where things were in the picture.
Now off to the buildings, roofs, chimneys and building walls were coloured in taking out light bits by using a dry damp brush giving a direction of where the light was coming from. All was looking very good by the time tea break came up.
After tea Bill continued to fill in the people, they soon became really colourful and brought the whole painting to life.
During the evening Bill had passed round photographs of some of his paintings he has done and drawings in several books. These were very interesting to see and probably gave us the idea that we really should do more drawing and sketching.