Last Friday members of the HAS came together to put into practice what we had learned in the previous week’s session with Tracey Krupianka. Some of us used special brushes laced with two colours. Others tried to dab a background with pieces of a sponge, or used a dry brush to mix colours. Some members preferred to finish other pieces of art. Once again a very enjoyable Friday morning.
On Friday 2nd September, Tracey Krupianka gave us a memorable demonstration in acrylic. It was fascinating to watch her using a sponge to create the background of her picture before she created vertical lines in the middle with a brush to prepare the reflection of the sunset in a lake. With a dry brush she then mixed the colours with horizontal strokes before she painted flowers and leaves. We learned that you can gather two colours on a specific brush to create stunning effects.
Last week’s workshop ‘Three of a Kind’ was led by our member Janet Gledhill. We brought along paper, pencils, acrylic or watercolours. Janet provided everything else, from fresh mushrooms, pears and lemons, to a variety of photos. The idea was to paint three in a row, vertically or horizontally.
Julia Ogden showed us how to paint an acrylic portrait in a very unusual way. We were asked to bring a canvas or paper ready painted in YELLOW with the image pencilled on. We added lilac for all the shadows and continued with red for any warm tones we could see. Now we added green to our lilac and then used white to make corrections and to set highlights. With a small brush we used blue to paint in the details of the eyes and any lines. A brown watery wash finished the work.