Wokingham Art Society Newsletter – February 2012

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Wokingham Art Society Newsletter – February 2012

Spring OutingCoach Trip to theMall Gallery -Sunday April 1st2012*A coach has been bookedfor the Mall Gallery to seethe Wapping Group'sannual exhibition entitled'London and it's River'.You will be aware that ourpresident Paul Banning isa key member of thisgroup. We have not had aprevious coach trip to thisexhibition so this is a goodopportunity for those whohave not been to it before,to see more of Paul's workand that of the group. Theexhibition will includepaintings of variouslocations along the Thamesas well as London. There isa simultaneous exhibitionof entries for the LynnPainter-Stainers prize.Admission to the MallGallery is free that day.You will also have time tovisit other Galleries in thevicinity: the National, thePortrait Gallery or theRA. It is worth looking inadvance at their web-sitesif you want to pick atheme, particularly usefulfor the National Gallery asit is so vast.At the time of our tripthere are special bookableexhibitions with admissioncharges at these galleriesas follows:National - SainsburyWing- 'Turner inspired: in theLight of Claude'Portrait Gallery -Lucien FreudRoyal Academy - DavidHockneyAlso the CASS Art shopjust up past the PortraitGallery is great for bargainart materials!The coach will leave thefront of the formerMontague House in BroadSt Wokingham (nowPrezzo's Old SchoolRestaurant) at 9-30 amprompt, and will leave ourpick-up point in London at4-30pm.Cost is £13 pp to includecoach fare and tip fordriverPlease send paymentwith booking form(attached) to ……..Liz Manley 47,Langborough Rd.,WokinghamRG40 2BUTel 0118 9772569Prism of theWorldNew exhibition atThe ArtsbarMonday 5 th MarchTo Saturday 31 stMarchBrenda BaldwinandMadeline HawesPresentOriginal Paintingsabout our Planet****With Jewellery bySilversmithBeverly BartlettThe ArtsbarCantley LodgeWokingham RG40 2AN


Sera Knight watercolourdemonstrationWinter Townscape, 20December 2011Sera had agreed at the lastmoment to do this demo (thepreviously bookeddemonstrator was unwell).What's more she was askedto finish everything in about70 minutes - it was our lastmeeting before Christmasand there were nibbles and(non-alcoholic) mulled wineinstead of just tea, coffeeand biscuits.She'd found a snowingWestminster AbbeyChristmas card forinspiration. Sera claimed ithad only taken her about 15minutes to produce a quitedetailed pencil drawing butshe had painted a couple ofvaguely similar scenes theprevious day "to get herhand in". Of course she'lltake liberties with thepositioning and colouring ofthe peopleShe said she startedwherever she felt best - noformulae like "backgroundbefore foreground". Here,since time was short, shedecided to go straight ontothe dry paper with thefigures, in Raw Sienna andFrench Ultra, spreading thesame colours, wet, onto thesurrounding areas. But shewas almost immediatelydiverted onto a foregroundtaxi and a mid-distance bus(a lovely SAA Cadmiumred) before touching in morepeople.Her paint was always fairlywet, but not as wet as shewould have used on a flatboard. This made it easy todefine a small area with aneutral colour and thenimmediately add touches ofbrighter pigment -interesting variations. Shecarefully left dry paperbetween different areas (forclear lines and no blurring"cauliflowers").his approach backfired inthe sky, possibly becauseshe forgot to allow for thevertical board. She usedseveral purple brushfulls (a1" flat), the colour becomingmore orange towards thebottom, but when she putextra dark at the top it randown and left an unwantedpatch where the orange haddried too much. "Leave italone. We'll do somethingabout that later."For the buildings Sera usedthe same purple mix, grayedwith a complementaryyellow. Here the lines wherewhite paper has been leftuntouched are even moreobvious.Once the paper was more orless all covered (40 of the 70minutes?) the remainder ofthe demo was a process ofcontinual adjustment.Sera had three brushes in herhand: the 1" flat, one small(No8?) and one large(No.14?) rounds. Darkswere introducedeverywhere, dabs of skycolour made footsteps in thesnow, extra texture wasdabbed in to give theimpression of more people,the umbrella colours weremodified, she reversed thesky/buildings contrast bydarkening the sky (coveringup the earlier problem thereand placing the scene a bitlater in the day). Thebrushes never stopped for amoment - except when shetook a couple of paces backto see what it looked like(don't you forget to do that,even if you are in a hurry!).Noticing that the picturelacked depth and that thesky paint was dry ("more orless dry - let's livedangerously") she put a darkglaze over all thebackground. This meant thatshe had to go back andreinforce the darks there.Sera had three brushes in herhand: the 1" flat, one small(No8?) and one large(No.14?) rounds. Darkswere introducedeverywhere, dabs of skycolour made footsteps in thesnow, extra texture wasdabbed in to give theimpression of more people,the umbrella colours weremodified, she reversed the


sky/buildings contrast bydarkening the sky (coveringup the earlier problem thereand placing the scene a bitlater in the day). Thebrushes never stopped for amoment - except when shetook a couple of paces backto see what it looked like(don't you forget to do that,even if you are in a hurry!).Noticing that the picturelacked depth and that thesky paint was dry ("more orless dry - let's livedangerously") she put a darkglaze over all thebackground. This meant thatshe had to go back andreinforce the darks there.Applause andcongratulations followed.Sera had given us a mostinteresting evening.Everyone appreciated howprofessionally she had dealtwith the dual problems ofshort notice and limiteddemonstration time.* A couple of days laterSera said that she'd decidedto do just a little more: "retouchingsome of the darksand straightening the wonkyAbbey wall". Her photo of itis here and presumably herlighting is more realistic -absolute colour memory isnot one of my strong points.It's being used as her 2012online Christmas card.Sam Dauncey"Christmas time in London".Soraya Frenchdemonstration, 17 Jan 2012Acrylic Ink/MixedMedia, Floral themeSoraya likes watercolour butshe is more than happy toexploit the way that acrylicdries completely, so that it'snot lifted by subsequentoverpainting. She useswatercolour techniqueswhen she is working inacrylic ink - evenwatercolour brushes (evensable). The ink flows likewatercolour and is easierthan conventional acrylic towash out of the brushwithout clogging round theferrule.Even the flowers have someyellow in the red. So shestarted painting with a 1"flat brush, applying manydeliberate, albeit apparentlyrandom, 3" or 4" long, 1"wide strokes of a strongyellow (between cadmiumand lemon?). After rinsingand wiping the brush, sheadded similar strokes of redand some magenta wherethe poppies were to be.After similar rectangularstrokes of purple had beendone for the pom-pomflowers she stopped to dryeverything.Oil pastel, like candle wax,acts as a resist for acrylicink although it is a little lessreliable than it is forwatercolour.Here it served two veryuseful purposes: theunreliability made for lessregimented lines and edgesbut it could still completelyobliterate what isunderneath. Soraya used itto start placing stems,initially overpaintingunwanted yellow or redruns. Then she came back torefine the shapes of the reds,defining them bysurrounding with strong blueand light green background.The darks are essential tomaintain the brightness ofthe foreground colours (andhelp cover runs! Then shecame back to refine theshapes of the reds, definingthem by surrounding withstrong blue and light greenbackground. The darks areessential to maintain thebrightness of the foregroundcolours (and help coverruns! New features, forexample the pale greenbuds, were created out ofjust the existing pale greenbackground - she painteddark blue around them witha smaller round sable brush.Much of the backgroundwas done wet-into-wet,putting the darkest colourright at the edge and thenbleeding it out into thesurroundings. For thedarkest During the last 20minutes Soraya was dodgingeverywhere: strengthening


areas where the ink haddried too pale; adding stemswith a rigger; softeningedges with pastel(partricularly to get thebackground "out of focus");splattering white specks intodamp areas; relocating stemsand adding tonal differencesto the poppies, but neveractually getting round toglazing over the euphorbia.till, it looked great to us.Thank you, Soraya.Story timeAre you sittingcomfortably – then I’llbegin………We’re all goin’ on a summerholiday, sun and laughter fora week or two……………!” Yes I’m offin Wales with my twofriends from Milton Keynesand two from Tasmania towalk the Glyndwr Way fromKnighton to Welshpool.Boots are on, rucksackpacked and waterproofs atthe ready! Well having paidfor porterage I did thesensible thing and threw inthe paints and a sketch bookand ducked out of the walkon one or two days to do abit of sketching.So here I am minding myown business, enjoying thepeace and quiet of a Welshvillage. I’d parked myselfon bench opposite the oldpost office, a lovely redbrick building on theopposite corner of the road.Pencil in hand and peacesurrounding me, what morecould I wish for?..........A car pulled up. Thewindow descended and agrey haired man called out“Do you do this for a livin’luv?” A little taken aback Iresponded, “No I designgardens for a living”. Hecame over and looked at mysketch pad.“I’d love a picture of myhouse.” He said. “It’s theoldest house in the village.”After a pause he adds “Mywife would like a picturetoo. It’s Yew Villa. It’sright down the other end ofthe village. Come and havea look if you’ve got thetime.”We said our good byes andoff he drove.Peace surrounded meagain and I continued withthe old post office. Pencilextended in my hand I triedvainly to sort out the angles.Why does perspectivealways seem so hard whenthings go up hill? Was Ifighting with this sketchbecause mister grey hairedman had sown a seed ofcuriosity and my mind wasnow distracted? I positionedthe key points, doors andwindows, then packed upmy things to go and exploreand find Yew Villa.Past the pub and thechurch and there it was, astone building on the otherside of the road. I leant onthe wall in front of thehouses opposite and started.The wind had blown up bynow and my sketch pad wasdancing around in the wind.It was also chilling off!What we do for our art!After some time the greyhaired man appeared again,came over and made nicecomments about my sketchthen disappeared. Twentyminutes later his wifeappeared and did the same.Then the rain came! My inksketch splodged with thefirst plop of rain. I tried toprotect it with the rest of thesketch pad but continuing todraw proved impossible. I’dmade my mind up to go. Itwas getting late anyway.My friends would bewondering where I was. Ididn’t want the localconstabulary out on asearch….but just then thewife reappeared asking meto go in for a coffee. A nicethought so in I go.It turned out that thehouse had been thehusband’s childhood homeand meant a lot to him.They produced a painting ofthe house produced manyyears ago by his then artteacher. To cut a rather longstory short …….. as manythings were discussed overthat cup of coffee ………therain stopped, I finished thesketch as best I could andthey bought it from me andnow would quite like me toproduce a painting for themtoo.The next time I’m asked“Do you do this for a livin’luv?” I may well answer“Yes! And I also designgardens.”B.Varilone


Notice BoardIf you want a message on the notice board just get in touch with Chris atparryhouse@aol.com or on 01189783040.CornerstoneJust bring your paints and turn upEvery Monday 2.00 until 4.30.£2.50 includes refreshments.For more details callBarbaraThompson0118 9791443***Alison Messias0118 9783188Our best wishes go to Ellen Daughters, who hasbroken both shoulders, following an accident –we hope your recovery is swift Ellen, we arethinking of you.Remember!We want you all toparticipate in thisJubilee frieze –If you need moreinformation – please get intouch and we will put yourname on a list , then informyou as to time and place ofpainting sessions.Hawk Printing LtdHigh quality GicleeprintingDoug Hawkey0118 9019990dr.hawk@ntlworld.comwww.hawk-printing.comNew Gallery opens in YateleyThe Monteagle GalleryMill Lane,Yateley, HantsGallery and Café openMon-Fri 9am - 4pmSat. 10am - 2pmV & A Traynor Fine ArtsPicture Framing8, Victoria Place,Terrace Road North, Binfield,RG42 5JBTel; 01344 42550820% DiscountAt T & GGalleriesCorner ofEasthampstead RdThis is 20% offframing for allmembers of thesociety who producea valid membershipcardCoach trip to the MallGalleries1 st of April – book early toavoid disappointmentVideo LibraryThere is a selection of art videos andDVD’sat the monthly meetings for hire bymembers of the society. Hire charge is£1 per item. Please return itempromptly at the next meeting.For more information, or if you haveany suggestions, please contactAlison Messias0118 9783188

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