Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Much more than a demo

James Davies was the artist last week.  'Travel and tricks' was the title - and that is exactly what we got.  This was much more than a demo, in actual fact the 'demo part' was crammed into the last 30 minutes of the evening.

What we enjoyed last Thursday was a little bit of everything. James started with drawing a simple line, then asked us to describe what exactly a 'line' is.  "History of a movement" was his take on it.  A simple statement that got the capacity audience thinking.  He then moved on to an in depth look at the other basics of drawing and painting - Texture, Pattern and Composition. James encouraged discussion and shared his inventive thought processes and techniques.
He also shared with us some of his adventures, which were both fascinating and at times very amusing.

A slide show of his work followed.  All of his earlier points about structure and inventiveness were there to see in the semi abstract landscapes that were on view.
James then did his 'Rolf Harris bit' as he put it.  Another abstract landscape was created before our eyes.  James dispensed with the need of a palette by squeezing the paints straight on to the canvas from the tubes.


Another nice fact that he shared with us was that he always has an empty frame at hand, ready to slip the canvas into at he end of a session.  It didn't really matter to him whether it was finished or not, he would mull it over and perhaps even change the subject completely on another day.

James Davies is a Glasgow born artist who studied drawing and painting at Glasgow school of Art.  He has work hanging in the Glasgow City Chambers and has been commissioned in the past to work in the Vatican.

What has been happening elsewhere?

Our art neighbours over in Dalry have been enjoying their own lecture on the science of colour.
Duncan Watt delivered a lecture on the truth about how we see colour and the way sight and brain interpretation can alter perception.

Here are some photographs of Duncan in action.


Saturday, 17 November 2012

Paint a robin for C.....

Hi everyone.  This is just a quickie post between my fortnightly newsletter.  I have joined English artist, Jean Haines on her quest to raise money for  'C'. 
'C' standing fro Cancer, not Christmas.
Jean has been doing a step by step lesson of painting a robin on her blog,  Please paint a robin for your favoured cancer charity.  Ayrshire Hospice, McMillan nurses are two which come to mind.  Donate your robin painting, raffle it, auction it or find any other way to raise some cash through your work for your chosen cause.

Above is my attempt.  I am hoping to create some Christmas cards from this.
Speak to you shortly about this week's demo at the club.

Happy painting!

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Janet Forry

What can I say?  We had to go looking for extra seats, such was the popularity of last week's demo.

The artist was Janet Forry, who came along and enthralled us all with her skills.  Janet visited the club last November and did a live oil portrait.  This year, her creation was a city street scene at night.  Times Square, New York.

Janet is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art.  She has studied illustration and animation.  She has been involved in producing animation for film and television.

As well as doing demos and commissions, she is the Art & Development Officer for East Renfrewshire for visual arts.

Her linen canvas had been prepared with a coat of black acrylic for the street scene.  Janet's palette was bright and colourful, which came as no surprise when you think of all those neon lights.

As with the portrait, she applied the paint direct with no pre drawing.  Her brushes were everywhere, gradually bringing the scene to life.  This technique is best shown in photographs.  So here are some shots that I took from my 'ringside' seat.


And finally the 'almost completed' painting.

Thanks once again Janet.  Can't wait to see what you produce next year.

Now some news of an exhibition coming up soon.  Here are the details . . .


The Champion Shell Inn
5 Schoolwell Street

18th - 21st November
Mon, Tues, Wed  6 - 10pm
Sun 1 - 9pm

Why not pop in and have a meal there too.  I have put forward this location as a contender for our end of season meal.