Sunday, 28 February 2016

Edward Seago water colours

Last week was somewhat challenging for all of us as we ventured into the esoteric world of Ted Seago. He was the master of many water colour techniques, some of which we tackled. The man enjoyed a rather colourful life, and I'm not just talking painting. Biography gives us a human dimension to those that we try to emulate and can enhance our understanding of their work. 

Monday, 22 February 2016

Here it is! Our classes art exhibition at Gloster Guildhall. Don't let all those happy visitors down, get your artwork to me now, framed or not. Also, any work that has been up before; that's fine too. We always sell something, so it may be your turn this time.

Some amusement from Stephen
Humerous Shurdington art class member Stephen has sent it an amusing illustration to the blog for all of us to enjoy! Can you identify all the art references? He he!

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Faces in Charcoal

Another fascinating art class, I am sure you will agree. Drawing the face in that classical medium, charcoal. I find white cartridge paper an ideal support for the blackness of vine charcoal, emphasising the deep tones available. We had many excellent results in all
classes, including, of course, Hucclecote Thursday – my ‘favourite’ class at this time!
If you want to sharpen up your drawing just get some practise in and examine every line in your subject. Easy!
I would also like to welcome three new class members this week, all men. Do they know what they have got themselves into!?...

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Glamour Queens from the Golden Age of the Movies


A glamorous week with portraits of movie queens from the golden age of cinema. We draughted a likeness and then painted it using just the three primary colours; with the optional addition of yellow ochre. Painting from light to dark was the safest approach, starting with the skin. Good results all round I think. All faces vary, so drawing them is an infinite exercise. Also, there is no one way of drawing or painting; that’s what makes art an individual experience.

Friday, 5 February 2016

Francis McCrory

Well, it was an interesting week at the art classes! The subject I chose appeared to be quite complex and confusing to the eye. With a little effort and some concentration great results were achieved, even by ‘absolute beginners’...We worked with the paintings of young Francis McCrory of Ireland. I thought that graphite pencil would give us some lovely tonal effects. Seemingly complicated subjects can be easier, in that intricacies will allow for some freedom in their interpretation; as long as the overall effect is preserved.

I had cause to visit Gloster Hospital today (Friday). A doctor asked me what I did. I claimed to be a teacher of art. She smiled and said “Gosh! You must get some shockers!” She meant the art, not the pupils. I replied that the standard of work was very high indeed and she retorted with “What a wonderful job to have!” And, I agree. Very rewarding to see the light approaching from the end of the odd tunnel.

Below is a chart showing the popular grades of graphite pencil in the UK.


English Pencil Grades


Another beautiful animation to enjoy