Saturday, 8 November 2014

Brian Steventon - Café scene in acrylic

Sitting outside a café is one of the great pleasures when taking a foreign holiday and what wonderful subjects they make for painting. Brian brought with him some sketch books that show he makes full use of his time when out and about, whether on the continent or in Britain. His demonstration painting was based on a painted sketch which he showed us before beginning to paint.

Brian works with a variety of media - oil, watercolour, pastel - as well as acrylic. You can see more of his work at  and find out about what he offers in the way of workshops, holidays and as a tutor.

Brian used 2.5mm MDF board cut to 14" x 14" and primed with two coats of gesso (one coat horizontal, one vertical to give a little texture to the board). He showed us the colours he worked from in a stay wet palette but all his mixing was done on white enamel plates or dishes. He had drawn in the main outlines in advance so he was able to begin by blocking in some of the colour with a broad brush.

You can follow through the progress of the painting with the images that follow.

The main colour is blocked in first

Most of the colour is in and the balcony rails indicated
A mount was used occasionally to help evaluate progress.

Tables are put in to get the level for the figures

The heads are dropped in before the figures

Nearly there. A rigger was used for the fine lines.

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