Joe Dowden Demonstration

Our first demonstration of the New Winter Program and we are all really looking forward to a brilliant evening with Joe Dowden. Our new Chairman, Colin Mossman is a friend of Joe and has lead us to believe that he is a brilliant artist, nice man and Colin himself is looking forward to catching up with Joe. Well not everything goes to plan as we found out last night….

The day before Joe is coming to visit our Club, Colin is given an appointment for an operation so is now going to miss the demonstration that he has been looking forward to. We have taped the demonstration Colin so you will get a chance to see it eventually. Meanwhile we all wish you well.

Joe had said he would be an hour early at the hall so as to be set up and ready to go when we all arrived. That too was not going to happen, we got a telephone call from Joe to say he had been held up on the M25 at the Dartford Tunnel and so ended up arriving at the hall about 7.45p.m. Meanwhile we had done the raffle, chatted for England and all had a cuppa. We are resourceful if nothing else us Brits.

With a large sheet of Fabiano paper and a vote from the members, Joe started a painting of a river view at sunset. Using a photographic tripod and a board which had an attachment on the back to fix it to the tripod, Joe put plenty of water onto the paper which was flat but leaving a double diamond shape in the sky dry. He then did a strong wash over almost all of the paper with Naples yellow leaving the diamond shape still white but wetting the inner diamond with plain water to keep it moist. This will give the sky the dynamic sun later.

Making greys with a warm shade of red to them, Joe put plenty of paint along the bottom of the picture making his way up towards the horizon. Once he was satisfied with the amount of colour on the paper he removed the masking tape from around the outside of the paper to let the pigments spread and then he dried the paper with the use of 2 hairdryers. While the paper was drying, Joe entertained us with jokes some of which were really quite funny and definitely made the drying time go in a flash.

Using colours like Windsor Blue, Phthalo blue, Vermillion red, Quinacridone Magenta joedowden1and Naples yellow, Joe re-wet the paper once again and made more mixes of paint and reapplied across the picture. He said that Fabiano paper was brilliant for this method of painting but Bockingford could also be used quite successfully.

The sky area was painted with a mix of Cobalt Blue and Naples Yellow to one side and then moving to the other side of the sky he added Aussie Red Gold with a touch of Vermillion and Magenta. He then re-wet the soft edges of the clouds in the sky so there were no hard edges. Looking really good now.

Next the boat, then he turned the painting upside down and painted the horizon line. Now to add the long mud banks and the foreground mud which was done with Red, Black and Green with a touch of Neutral Tint.

joedowden2Wow! We may have had to wait for Joe to arrive but my goodness it was a brilliant demonstration, with a really lovely picture at the end of the evening and Colin was right, Joe is a very nice, easy to watch demonstrator.

Probably several of us will have a go at this way of painting as it was really inspiring but as to how many of us end up with a real muddy picture is anybody’s guess.

Report and photos courtesy of Cathy Newton

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Joe Dowden Demonstration–Wednesday 8th November 2017

Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a watercolour demonstration by Joe F Dowden tomorrow evening (Wednesday 8th November). The demonstration will be in the Cedars Centre,Dowden1 Castle Road, Rayleigh SS6 7QF, starting at 7:30pm sharp, so please arrive soon after 7:00pm. Guests are welcome to participate for a small charge of £4.00.

Joe is a Landscape and Seascape Painter and has exhibited at the Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times Exhibition, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Laing Art Exhibition, Chichester Open, Barings ING – Platform 100, World of Drawings and Watercolours, British Modern Masters, Royal Society of Marine Artists.  

Stages one man shows at Albury, Southern UK. Paintings sell at Elford Fine Art, Fine Art UK & British Modern Masters 2008. Author of books and magazine articles. Published worldwide. Presents TV, DVD, seminars, demonstrations and he is a Panel Member of the SAA.

 

Review:

JoeDowden“Joe is a very fine watercolourist, and a magical, water, watercolour artist. But there’s more: he is a brilliant teacher and communicator. As a teacher, he is able to both demonstrate his skill and watercolour technique in a methodical, clear, step-by-step process and along the way run an instructive commentary telling you exactly what he’s doing with variations and alternative approaches. He adds to all this a cornucopic list of useful tips on equipment, advice on best brushes, colours and paper suppliers, colour mixes and much more.”

DEMONSTRATION BY IAN DEAVES

Our first evening back in the new year’s calendar and how nice to have one of our own members to do a demonstration for us.

Ian Deaves has been a member of our Club for many years now and is known for his watercolour and acrylic paintings. He paints quite prolifically and brought many examples of his work in watercolour with him for us to look at. Many of Ian’s paintings are of local scenes and most of those are in Rochford, all very recognisable to many of us.IMG_0949

 

With a drawing of South Street, Rochford already in place on a piece of Bockingford Watercolour paper, he was ready to start.  The paper was not stretched as someone had suggested to Ian that after you paint on a piece of watercolour paper and then turn it over and wet it all over, the paper will dry flat and will be ready to mount. Apparently he has found that this works so no more stretching of paper for Ian. A tip worth trying I should imagine, especially if you are caught short and want to just paint and can’t wait for paper to dry.

Ian began by putting in the sky. Not an easy task with the board in such an upright position as he said himself, the paint runs! Using Cobalt Blue with Cerulean Blue he was off to a good start. Putting in a very large brown tree next, Ian explained that it was the light buildings against the darkness of this tree that drew him to paint this picture in the first place. Next on with the road colour and then on to some of the buildings, Ian worked away until tea break.

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Having had a break and most of us having a good look at his other paintings he had brought along together with a closer look at the picture of the evening we all settled down to watch a bit more of the picture appear.

We watched as many doorways and windows appeared and what looked like a black shiplap building emerged on the left hand side of the picture. This building was painted in using a dark mix and then spritzed with water to give a textured look to it.

The picture didn’t quite get finished and so Ian will show us when he has completed the picture as we were all interested to see the finished article.

Lovely demonstration Ian, thank you very much. A nice way to start the new season as I said at the beginning of my report.

 

Report and photos courtesy of Cathy Newton

Winter Programme

Members are advised that the Rayleigh Art Group Winter Programme starts again with a Workshop on Wednesday 13th September 2017. This will be followed by a Demonstration by Ian Deaves in Watercolour (subject to be advised) on Wednesday 27th September 2017 – a full list will be issued in the near future when it is finalised.

Members are also reminded that Subscriptions are due by the first Demonstration on Wednesday 27th September 2017 and this year will be £26, payable to Rayleigh Art Group. Members can pay Val Belverstone on the Workshop or Demonstration or send a cheque by post.

DEMONSTRATION BY BILL PERKINS

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 takenIMG_20170712_193607 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.

IMG_20170712_200457All 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.IMG_20170712_210233

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.

It was a lovely demonstration and we probably all wish we could paint as freely as Bill does. Keep trying, you never know we might just get it right one day.IMG_20170712_212755

Demonstration – Bill Perkins

Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a Demonstration by Bill Perkins entitled, ‘Townscape’ in Watercolour. The event will take place at the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh, on Wednesday 12th July 2017 commencing at 7.30 pm.

All members are invited, together with their guests (small charge), to enjoy this demonstration, with Tea/Coffee and biscuits, so why not come along and perhaps pick up some tips.

DEMONSTRATION BY SUE SPIERS

Sue had come from Bradwell-on-Sea to do an acrylic demonstration for us this Wednesday evening. We were feeling quite excited about this one, Sue had brought many examples of her work both in acrylic and also in watercolour, all of which looked vibrant and of views that we recognised easily.IMG_20170524_194512

She had prepared a block canvas in warmish pink/brownish shade and then spent around an hour before she came putting in the main shapes to make it easier for herself when painting with the main colours. As promised it was a marine picture so plenty of water and then houseboats, but the thing that had attracted Sue to the picture was actually a line of bright washing hanging across one of the houseboats. Strange the things that attract us to paint pictures isn’t it? We all like different and quirky things.

IMG_20170524_211022While Sue started to dab paint onto the canvas she explained that she had been influenced by Hashim Akib when he had been to their art group and done a demonstration. A lot of us could understand this as we too have seen his work and watched him demonstrate and also been inspired by him.

Sue dabbed various shades of blue across the canvas putting marks from the sky to the water and also to the sides of the picture, then adding either yellow or reds into the mix and again dabbing odd strokes of paint in varying places on the picture. By the time tea break came the canvas had quite a lot of colour on it and the sky was looking amazing with lovely big fluffy clouds.

After tea break and the raffle, we all sat back down and watched as Sue really pulled IMG_20170524_214240the painting together and then in the last half hour or so she added finer detail in darks and very light colours and of course the fabulous red washing on the line.

Very impressive, lovely lady and one to definitely have a go at doing.

Happy painting everyone!

Report courtesy Cathy Newton and photos, Colin Mossman

Demonstration by Sue Spiers–Marine Scene in Acrylics

On Wednesday 24th May 2017, Rayleigh Art Group will be hosting a demonstration by SueSue Spiers, ‘Marine Scene in Acrylics’. This will take place in the Cedars Centre, Castle Road, Rayleigh and commences at 7.30pm.

All members are invited together with guests – there is a small charge for non-members but includes Tea/Coffee and biscuits.

Sue lives in Bradwell-on-Sea, on the East Coast, and has painted professionally for over twenty eight years.  The seaside, boats and watery places are the subjects for acrylic on canvas and ‘en plein air’ in watercolours.  Sue exhibits with ‘Salty Dogs’, a collective of nautical artists, takes part in Burnham  Art Trail and has her work for sale in ‘The White Harte’  in Burnham and the Taplin Gallery in Woodbridge, she also shows in exhibitions throughout the year.

DEMONSTRATION BY JANE HIGH

Firstly we have to thank Jane for stepping up for us and doing this demonstration. The evening was originally booked to be a demonstration by Geoff Thorpe but unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, Geoff had to cancel at a late date.

We were very pleased to see Jane again, she is a very talented artist and always DSCF0780produces a brilliant picture. This evening was to be no different and with a piece of paper already taped to the board in a brownish colour, she commenced her pastel picture.

This evening we watched a leopard appear in no time at all using mainly Inscribe pastels, these are a cheap pastel but a good all rounder pastel to start with,

DSCF0782 Starting with a horizontal line to keep the eyes in the right place, Jane worked the eye shapes and the lines for the nose and then gradually worked into the head. Using quite bright colours to start with as she said you could always dull the colours down later but it would be more difficult to brighten the picture. She added a turquoise to the eye and a little highlight and suddenly the leopard came to life. Working into the fur in the direction the fur would grow and then adding spots firstly in a lighter shade and then darkening as she went on, now the leopard really was beginning to come alive.DSCF0787

After a short tea break and a few presentations to members of the Club, Roy Bull for Best Picture in Show and Colin Mossman and Stella Masters and a few announcements, Jane continued on. This time she added more black into the markings and eye surrounds and highlights to the fur. Lastly the whiskers went on in a very soft pastel of bright white but she then dulled them in places where shadow would take away the brightness.

DSCF0790A brilliant, very interesting and informative demonstration. Thank you Jane for standing in for us, we hope to see you again.

 

 

 

Report courtesy Cathy newton and photos Colin Mossman.