Review

Watercolour demonstration by Paul Talbot-Greaves

Last Friday we finally experienced a long-anticipated morning. About 30 people arrived to witness our president Paul Talbot-Greaves giving a demonstration of a local landscape in watercolour. As he used the society’s modern equipment, everyone in the room had a good view.

Paul brought along a pencilled sketch and a photo of the scene he had in his mind – he had added trees on his computer, changing the view slightly. He also showed us an edit of it to highlight the balance of his painting like the foundation of a house.

The next step was colour-matching. Paul didn’t use a very heavy paper, just 140lbs. With a big brush he started painting the light areas of sky, building, trees and covered the whole paper.  He let the paper dry off naturally, as the use of a hairdryer would freeze it.

Paul dried out his palette for the second stage and used his initial colour match strip. When the paper got too dry he sprayed it with water, but also used the dry-brush technique in parts. He splashed some water into the painting, flicking his brush to give the impression of grass. For the large shapes of brambles in the foreground Paul used big brushes and assured us that the colours underneath would come through. The edges were softened with a wet brush and Paul added shadows on the building and trees.

At break we were able to buy materials and greeting cards from Paul or ask for his advice. The finished painting was stunning even though the paint was still wet.

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Experimental Landscape

Last Friday nearly forty members of the Halifax Art Society and guests turned up for the workshop  ‘Experimental Landscape’ with Phillipa Ashworth.

She came for the first time and taught us a different approach using just two water colours, but all sorts of material from bubble wrap and combs to feathers, cardboard, brushes and credit cards to great effect.

On the 8th November there will be a ‘Still Life Workshop Shells’ in any medium.

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Landscape workshop

On Friday 21st June, members of the Halifax Art Society met at ‘All Saints Parish Hall’ in Skircoat Green at the usual time of 10:30 for a working session ‘Landscape in any Medium’.

The results are amazing and tell of their talents.

The Hall will be closed July 22nd till August 12th for renovations and an alternate programme is published on our website.

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Demonstration by Phil Biggs

It was a pleasure last Friday morning to welcome artist Phil Biggs to the Halifax Art Society in the All Saints Parish Hall at Skircoat Green. Phil had travelled all the way from Lincolnshire to demonstrate his watercolour technique.

It was mesmerizing to watch how easy it seemed to be for him to create even fog rising in the hills. When Phil added shadows and a dab of darker colour in the foreground we were surprised how it gave distance to the houses in the background.