How very lovely (and how unexpected) to have Glynis reappear ... for Portrait Practice last Monday. Quite made the day!! Hope to see lots more of you, Glynis. WE have missed you.
After a bit of a problem year (Covid19 in 2020), Life Drawing has got off to a great start in '21, welcoming FOUR new drawers, (new members) AND some new models! Expect a 'full house' over coming months ..
Hoping that some old members who might have 'distanced' themselves will check in again in the not too distant future (post vaccine?) - we miss you, of course.
Seems Janet Newton has been using Covid ISO time to good effect. Definitely not one for own-barrow-pushing, the work below had to find its way to this page via third parties.
It shows exemplary skill in botanical art (for Janet, a fairly new pursuit), painted in watercolour (it seems only a couple of years ago Janet first engaged with w/colour, too), done from real specimens from her garden during the autumn.
I am sure that all Arts North would join in saying to Janet "Well Done" (perhaps with a bit of envy?)
Coming Out ....
After a three month hiatus, with all activities cancelled, Arts North has begun the (cautious) reopening process. With near-wall-to-wall sanitising stations in situ, social distancing in place, and with a stringent limit on overall numbers, Tuesday and Thursday painting sessions kicked off successfully last week. Other activities are planned for recommencement end June/start of July. (See 'About' page.)
Jo Dennis Workshop - Inks n Pastels
Effectively Jo's workshop was about the use of inks as underpainting for a pastel composition, albeit also allowing the ink to show through in its own right (as might be prearranged - or perhaps as might be determined serendipitously). The ink is applied as would be a watercolour or acrylic underpainting - washed, dropped in, swirled, spattered, or blown or blotted, .. or all of the above .. according to a predetermined thumbnail values plan.
now for the process ...
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Theoretically, the ink has the potential for more 'zing' and, from observation, bolder is better (not too much ink dilution). Jo suggested that the right approach is 'kids having fun'. She recommended the use of Mi Tientes 'Tex' pastel papers.
Below, a couple of the works produced by people attending
Many thanks to Jo for her very generous spirit and approach .. and congratulations on the successful outcome.
Better than Bunnings by a Bunch ... and the price is right!
Nice weather; a nice turn-up; a good feed (thanks to all who contributed effort and dishes); a great bunch of people; and the best (and briefest) speech on record. A very successful end-of-year BBQ.
... and (you will want to know) there was a little (promo) display of Mixed Media works/activities.
... and here, to catch your attention as another year rumbles off into the distance, a commissioned artwork (acrylic on board)
"Fat Bob- father and son” by talented new member Darren Howson
Merry Christmas, All, and a Happy and Prosperous New Year to you!
As you can see in the photo below, Hans will travel the length of the country for the opportunity to log-up some more hanging time.
Our hanging at Rain Moth Gallery at Waikerie - We received a warm friendly welcome from lovely curator Karen and her protégée Allana.
It is a very nice, well maintained venue that appears to get a lot of people visit it. Joy and Hans had interest in their artwork before they had officially opened the exhibition.
Joy Wright is being interviewed, live, on ABC local radio next Wednesday at 10.30 am. It is with regards to her painting of “The Castle” (above), which is being exhibited at Waikerie as part of the 'Arts North at Rain Moth Gallery, Waikerie' Exhibition (see Events and Notices). Said Joy, "A big pleasant surprise".
Incredibly, Portrait Practice has just celebrated its sixth year of being (or, for a more emotive viewpoint .."now enters its seventh year"). Considering that 'portrait practice' was looking dodgy for attendance at the six months mark (and each few months thereafter), the word 'incredible' is just apt!
For most of us, portraiture from observation is hard slog. Regardless of the individual's comparative level of skill (we all had next to no ability at some stage), little by little, everybody's work can be seen to be improving. The photos here are works done in the last few weeks. They are not masterpieces - they are reasonable 'likenesses' done in twenty minutes from a 'live' model. They show a breadth of styles and abilities (although an invitation to all to contribute works for inclusion here resulted in a bit of 'gun-shyness' on the part of our portraitists). Thank you to all who contributed.
(Perhaps everyone should force themselves occasionally to look back on some earlier works .. especially if they are honest and remember that their 'poorer' efforts have probably already been 'culled')