Up to my eyes in preparations for the Tiverton Art Society exhibition which begins on 8th April so quite relieved to have found a moment to put the finishing touches to this acrylic of Gara Rock.
After so many dull days I was keen to make the most of this morning’s sunshine (albeit interrupted by hail showers!) so headed into the studio to finish a portrait I started during the Tiverton Art Society portrait group’s last couple of sessions. Our thanks to Ali for sitting for us so beautifully 🙂
Having spent almost a week stretching myself with exercises in watercolour techniques I retreated yesterday back into the comfort of acrylics and a palette knife to start on this study of a wave. It needs finishing but I’m pleased with progress so far and it may well be a candidate for entry into the Tiverton Art Society’s Spring Exhibition next month.
I’m not good at drawing every day (which is recommended by almost every professional artist) so attending the weekly portrait group on Thursday mornings (when I can) is a good discipline for me. Cliff sat for us today and was an excellent model – he never moved! I think we all ran out of time but I’m pleased with this sketch. Cliff is sitting for us next week as well so I might be tempted then to have another go in pastel rather than charcoal.
The Christmas Fair at The Oak Room in town is not very far away (3rd Dec) so I’m aiming to add to my current portfolio of paintings in time to offer them at that event. I’ve decided to focus on my local town, Tiverton, or Tivvy, as it is often known. I recently completed a pastel of the Town Hall and yesterday I returned to pen and ink with a touch of coloured pencil to depict the Clock Tower.
Nel and Rebecca, of The New Pastel School, do a first-class job of encouraging and developing the talents of their students. We spend an excellent (if exhausting!) three days learning about mark-making, colour, tone, atmosphere, and composition in pastel painting. There were some excellent and inspiring demonstrations but most of the time the trainers gave one-to-one advice and support to the delegates so that everyone was able to work on a subject of their choice and get the best out of the sessions. We were encouraged to move out of our comfort zones so I opted to work on a rendering of Tiverton Town Hall, adopting a looser style than usual. I’m pleased with the result.