Demonstration by Harry Caunce
Harry started by explaining that he uses Alkyd oil paints because they dry quicker that oil paints, these are painted on a canvas board he has primed with Johnsons acrylic primer. This gives a better surface to the board and stops the paint soaking in too quickly.
Next he put a piece of masking tape across the board to give an horizon line, before staring to work on the sky using cobalt blue and white. After covering most of the sky he used a dry decorators brush to blend it together. adding French ultramarine and a little Cadmium Red Light for the darker areas.
The next stage in this section is to add the distant headlands remembering to add blue to show the distance.
TIP: When you purchase a new brush dip it in Vaseline and work this into the ferrule. This will make it easier to clean after use. Also only use white spirit or Turpentine to clean it and after cleaning dip it in the Vaseline again and squeeze into shape.
He says that he normally does a careful drawing, sometimes taking three days on site to complete a painting. The picture he is doing tonight is just a demonstration so is not done in quite the same way.
After removing the tape he worked on the sea and larger headland on the right, using Raw Sienna, Olive Green and French Ultramarine, being careful to get the tonal perspective correct.
Finally in this section he adds the waves using French Ultramarine for the shadows and adding the white at the top of the wave with a palette knife.
TIP: Note the paint palette at the side. This is just a piece of card covered with an A4 plastic wallet. This can be thrown afterwards and is a cheap easy way to help clean up.
After the break he started work on the grassed area to the front, using Olive Green, Indian Yellow, Burnt Sienna and French Ultramarine. He used a course brush adding the colours to the brush and letting them mix as he applies them. To demonstrate the ease of this method he asked a couple of members to have ago.
He then used an old brush to create effects and next stabs at it with the handle of a brush to pick out dead flower heads.
Finally on this painting he uses tissue paper to remove some of the paint in the centre to show a pathway.
Using a painting he prepared earlier, which was dry, he showed how to make the headland on the right to appear further away. To do this he mixed the sky colour with turpentine until runny to create a glaze and painted over the headland, before removing some of it with tissue paper.
Before running out of time he quickly showed how he would add figures to the composition.
A superb informative and entertaining evening. I certainly learnt a lot and it was appreciated by members.
More of Harry Caunce's work can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/HarryCaunceArtist/
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