It was so interesting to watch John Shave’s demonstration and at the same time hear him say what he was trying to do and how he was achieving it. Right from the start he stressed the need to look for the darkest darks and lightest lights and think how the composition was going to work. Getting colour into the darks was important, as well as repeating them in lighter areas.
He also talked about brushes (quite cheap ones are useful too), paints (student quality oils, though not so pigment rich as artists quality, are still good for most purposes), also about thinners, canvases, scumbling, glazing, brush strokes and more. All helpful and reassuring advice!
After the coffee break we were all very keen to get started on our own landscape paintings. John had a large selection of photos to choose from as subjects. From what I could see, members were benefiting greatly from John’s individual advice on our work as he went round. And at the end, I thought his critiques were helpful and inspiring for all of us.
Our members excelled themselves and the resulting artwork was great. You get a gallery view today, so click on individual pictures to see them in full then scroll through them.
I’ll miss you all next Thursday as I have another commitment but Hannah will be doing the blog.