Review – Dianne Gee’s Demonstration

What a wonderful start to our program of demonstrations for 2016. Dianne began by taking us through ‘what happens before you put your brush to paper, what are the steps the artist took to get to the finished work’. *Dianne sits and studies the scene – makes a quick plein air watercolour painting to capture the light. *In the studio she looks at this painting and decides which parts she will paint – 3 options were chosen. *Using black paint she did a tonal sketch of this portion of the painting. *Decides what shape painting will be. *Colours – a) warm  yellows/ warm greens / red roof/ leave white on house b) cool blue sky and blue added to all tones / trees strong blue/ bright lively picture  / shadows ultramarine. ***************** For the next section of the demonstration Dianne told us about how she started thinking about WHIMSY in paintings. She then did a series of bird paintings which led to two successful exhibitions. Hunted for cockatoos with camera to show their shapes in flight and in trees. * Dianne does 2 coats of gesso on canvas and then paints the background colour first – she does 3 coats of this colour so you need to mix enough paint and keep it in sealed containers, * To see which colour background is suitable she paints her composition on 2 small canvases (approx. 20cm x20cm) – one with blue and the other pink. For the large canvas she chose the blue. *Using black outline the order of painting after the background colour dries is FLOWERS. LEAVES, BRANCHES and lastly the...

CONGRATULATIONS.

Congratulations to HELEN PAIN for her wonderful success at the Shoalhaven Art Society’s 50th Open Art Exhibition at Shoalhaven  Regional Gallery.     Her painting “Earthscape” was awarded the Holiday Haven Award of Excellence for Best Picture in the Exhibition, an acquisitive prize going to the Shoalhaven City Art Collection. Helen’s painting “Spirit of Ormiston” was awarded First Prize in the Contemporary Modern or Abstract Section.   CONGRATULATIONS to JOHN DOWNTON. John has had a gallery at HMAS Albatross Fleet Arm Museum named in his honour. The JOHN DOWNTON ART GALLERY is one of two art spaces in the museum, the other the Admiral Robertson Auditorium. Collections curator, Alison Chittick said in the South Coast Register that ‘ John is the best artist and a great supporter of the museum and the Fleet Air Arm Association. We like to refer to John as our official navy artist.’ What a wonderful, and well-deserved honour John. Congratulations from us all.   CONGRATULATIONS to TONY HULL Tony has been accepted as a finalist in the 2015 NSW Parliament Plein Air Painting Prize.  This is the fifth year in a row that he has been accepted as a finalist.  It is quite a prestigious exhibition to be involved with and full details can be found on their website: www.pleinair.com.au The paintings will be exhibited in the ‘Fountain Court’ at NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney from Wednesday 24th June until Friday 31st July 2015 and the opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm.  Unfortunately, because it is Parliament House the exhibition is not open on weekends.  Entry to the exhibition is free and there...

MEMBERS GALLERY – APRIL

Let’s share our recent paintings, sketches and prints. If you send them to me I’ll try to change the gallery each month to keep it fresh and current. We can inspire each other. Please send jpgs of paintings MEDIUM size to Doreen – raymondteasdale@aapt.net.au Greg Vale has had a very successful start to 2015, winning many awards at both the Kiama and Berry Shows. He now has an exhibition at the Minnamurra Cafe. Call in and enjoy Greg’s colourful work while you have a coffee.    Errol McLean has sent another delightful pen and wash field sketch of- San- Giorgio- Maggiore Kathy Karas’s acrylic class painted wonderful skies last week.   Ken Tucker‘ s Como Pub  and  Harbour’s Evening Light.  Ken has a group of our members away now at Norfolk Island. Hopefully we’ll be able to place some of their work up in our gallery when they return. I’m sure there will be wonderful results under Ken’s talented leadership.     These two very different, wonderful landscapes are by Mary-Jane...
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