Friday, 21 September 2012

Avon Valley Artists - Thursday 20 September

The subject this week was `Leaves and Berries etc', one of the more interesting subjects given the variety and colour usually available at this time of year. 

Once again attendance was low, with only ten members present, several still missing for various reasons. Later during the session Jan Weeks and Jean King called in, although neither painted today.

When Jan arrived she brought a painting she had been working on, using the blob of Quinacridone Purple I'd given her the previous week, and wanted to show me the result. Although her initial reaction had been that she wouldn't be adding it to her palette, she has had a change of heart after realising that it was more useful that first thought. Like Yvonne she had run out of the colour before finishing the painting. I offered her some more but Yvonne, who had received her tube from the SAA this week, had already done so. As they both ran out of the sample I gave them It's making me look mean! Still at £9.90 for a 15ml tube you can't afford to be overgenerous!  

Jan Weeks

Yvonne also brought in another painting incorporating some of the Daniel Smith colours and it is already on her blog with much useful information.

Yvonne Harry. This illustration doesn't do it full justice - a lovely painting which is now on her blog. Neither illustration does full justice to the actual paintings.

 Yvonne Harry - utilising several Daniel Smith colours - unfinished

Other paintings from yesterday.

Robert Heal

Pat Walker

Gerald Pink

Myra Abbot (?)

Not sure?

My effort follows. The material came partially from my garden and the blackberries from just outside the hall.

My setup

The initial drawing. The dark spots are masking fluid. They are Pyracantha berries and I also put masking fluid on the blackberries. After the fluid was dry I wet large areas of the paper, which was fairly upright,  and put in diluted colour, which I allowed to mix and run. 

 Stage 2

Leaves & Berries - 16" x 12" Fabriano Artistico Extra White 140lb (300gm) Not 

Colours used were Cadmium Orange for the Pyracantha berries, Moonglow (Daniel Smith PG18/PB29/PR177) and Ivory Black for the Blackberries. Sap Green (PO49/PG7), Green Gold (Rowney PY129) and Hookers Green (Graham PG7/PY110)) for the leaves with a little Cobalt Teal Blue (DS PG50) in places. The coloured leaves at the bottom were a mixture of (mainly) Quinacridone Coral (DS PR209), Translucent Orange (Schminke PO71), Quinacridone Magenta (Rowney PV19 ) and Quinacridone Rose (Graham PV19). A word about Moonglow. I don't normally favour multi-pigment mixes and this colour has three. It is rather good though, so I've made an exception and I would add both Yvonne and Jan are fans of it.

A word about the use of masking fluid. I used the Pebeo Drawing Gum applied with a  ruling pen. I used it, primarily, on some - not all  - of the orange berries and also the blackberries. It takes a while to dry and  you need to be careful not to foul brushes with it, especially expensive sables. Really it should be left for an hour or two to dry thoroughly. It is easy to pick some up when you commence painting, particularly as noted if not fully dry.

Brushes used were the Escoda retractables, sizes 6, 8 and 10 plus the Rosemary retractable rigger.


Mick Carney said...

Great post. These reports of your group are always interesting as is the range of work that gets produced. As to your piece, I think you produced a really good piece. It strength for me is in the range of colour and the contrast of hard and soft edges.

Peter Ward said...

Thanks Mick. I rather like this subject and finished moderately pleased with my piece, with the proviso it can always be better.

Janice Weeks said...

I like the composition of your painting and particularly like the corals and pinks in the lower leaves.

Peter Ward said...

Thanks for those kind comments Jan.

L.W.Roth, said...

Peter your painting is wonderful--the best of show--although your members look quite accomplished. What I like is your drips first then going in to firm up with wonderful results. If I only had your patience.

artist said...

All of the paintings are gorgeous. I especially like yours, very loose and yet the berries are wonderful.

I use a colour shapers to apply mask. They are made of a soft rubbery material and the dried or wet mask wipes right off after applying the mask. I ruined more brushes before I found this tool. My favorite mask is Schmincke - it doesn't have ammonia and doesn't smell quite as bad as most masking/drawing gum.

I love Daniel Smith colors. They make up most of my palette. I don't think you're mean, I would call you quite generous in sharing your new color find with so many.


Ray Maclachlan said...

I especially like your painting Peter, for the range of colours used. It is most interesting to see the work of the other artists of the group. What a talented bunch.

Peter Ward said...

Thanks Linda. Actually I'm not that patient. The whole thing took under two hours including breaks (coffee!etc). I often think I should take more time but don't want to get overfussy.

Peter Ward said...

Thanks Delilah. I used a ruling pen to apply the gum. Initially I struggled with it but am getting better. I might have a colour shaper somewhere among my kit. I'll have to find it.

This Pebeo Drawing Gum is good. It was recommended by the head of the art department at Bath University. I hadn't heard of it before, although after searching I found it in several catalogues.

Smith colours are great but the price over here is prohibitive. When I see what the USA prices are I am very envious.

Peter Ward said...

Thanks Ray. We recently lost another of our group, my good friend Alan Coster, a fine artist with both watercolour and oils. The standard is very good for an amateur group but we are growing old together!

Yvonne Harry said...

Ireally enjoyed the session, and your painting is lovely and fresh.

Peter Ward said...

Thanks Yvonne. It is a subject that I really enjoyed painting, although it is surprising how enjoyable many other subjects, not normally tackled, turn out top be.