Thursday, 21 June 2018

Lowther Gardens, bowlers & roses

A beautiful afternoon watching the bowling and drawing the people on and around the green followed by landscape sketching looking out from the rose garden.  

The first time I came close to roses in an artistic way, was when I took watercolour classes around 24 years ago, before I studied art more formerly.  My task at the time was to watch the demonstration, note the colour mixes, then paint my own.  My instructor produced beautiful pink roses.  Mine, mine were orange tennis balls! 

My roses are a little better now but it's down to observation rather than copying another person's technique.  That is partly why I show different approaches at Art Circle rather than expecting everyone to produce something similar to me.  
The results are wonderful!

Lowther Gardens, through the rose garden

Mike

Mike

Christine

Christine

Mike:  thumbnail sketches

Mike:  selected area

Mike:  area defined

Christine:  roses not footballs

jasmine: soft pastels & experimentation

Using Jasmine as a starting point, we explored how soft pastel can be used.
We worked on A4 - A3 sized paper of different colours.  We smudged, re-drew, lifted out, mixed colour, emphasised soft edges, re-created hard edges and drew with an eraser.  On some, detail was added later using artists quality coloured pencils and areas re-defined by using an eraser.

Lovely work - well done everyone!

demo page

demo page

Derrick

Derrick

Dorothy

Mike

Monica

Monica

Friday, 18 May 2018

St Ives, straight edge interior

Art Circle continues to meet at The St Ives Hotel until St Annes Library re-opens.  We greatly appreciate their generosity - thank you.

This week we moved into the pool cafe (excellent coffee!) to try drawing an interior space using a restricted pallet and the long edge of compressed pastel.

This caused angst... but the lovely results are below!

Very well done everyone.

Derrick

Dorothy

Christine:  demo piece

Stuart

Ansdell Library & doodling lace

Our starting point this week, was lace in paintings.  We glimpsed at a couple of 17th century examples followed by a Pre-Raphaelite painting and a 1964 piece:  nothing too in-depth but these prompted a conversation around, why and how lace depicted the wealth of the subject and the skill of the artist.

Then, using a white gel pen on blue paper, we doodled lace... and had a natter!

Lovely morning - thank you Fiona.
Fiona

Christine:  demo & doodling lace



Friday, 11 May 2018

a simplified approach to perspective...

These are amazing results!
I have another star baker... this time it's Derrick who, like many folk, doesn't realise how lovely his work is.

The Task...
  • using three colours make swathes of simple shapes across the page
  • decrease their size as they go further up the page
  • strengthen the colours of those nearer the bottom of the page
  • add stems from the colours with a downward mark
  • add grass with upward marks  
  • if using water-soluble colour pencils, add water to the lower part of the work
This process gives a sense of distance - a simplified approach to perspective.


Derrick

Dorothy 1
I suggested cropping Dorothy's work but on reflection, I think the original works better. 


Dorothy 2

Ken 1

We started the session by looking at van Gogh's gardens and fields which inspired Ken to work using pattern with great success.  Brilliant!

Ken 2

Ken 3

Ken 4

Mabel

Again, inspired by van Gogh, Mabel decided to make a plant.  The marks and colour were deliberately chosen to resemble fire.
 

Mike 1

Mike 2

Monica
Beautiful work everyone - well done!

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Ansdell, apples & a chance to chat

We had a lovely time in Ansdell Library this morning using water-soluble colour pencils.  We looked at mixing colours and using a limited pallet of red, yellow & blue, painted apples.  

The results are below.
Well done Fiona & thank you for your company!

Fiona

Christine:  demo page

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Warton Hall, water-soluble coloured pencils & watercolours

What a lovely way to spend a sunny Saturday!  
Art Circle met at Warton Hall to take full advantage of their open garden event which is part of the National Open Gardens Scheme.

We walked through the gardens making simplified sketches which helped us think about the minimum marks required to start a painting.  Using this approach, we were able to consider composition and tried to capture any visual rhythms in our subject and emphasise differences between the man-made and the organic.  eg The trees made a vertical rhythm as they crossed the page.  The contrast between the house and the tree.   

After a packed lunch followed by tea and homemade cake (yum!) we decided where to spend the afternoon painting.

All the group chose the circle of trees and boulders near the gardens' entrance.  What happened next follows...

Thank you Nicola for making us feel so welcome.  You have a beautiful home surrounded by gardens which get better and better each year! 


demo page plus reminder to
email Cllr Peter Buckley re opening Lytham Library

Dorothy:  simplified sketches

Mike:  2 of Mike's simplified sketches

Mike working on simplified drawing of wellies

Brian:  simplified drawings


Mike

Stuart

Brian

Dorothy

demo page



Well done everyone!