Wednesday, 15 May 2019

LEANNE ELLIS Acrylic Landscapes

We welcomed Leanne Ellis to the Society demo on 7th May.
Leanne is a demonstrator for both Winsor and Newton and Pebeo and provided a wide range of
materials for the Society members to buy.  Leanne uses a maximum of 5 brushes and mixes acrylics on a specially designed palette, keeping her colour choices to a minimum.
Leanne's first canvas demonstration was a boat house on Lake Windermere.  After  roughly sketching in the outlines, she used cobalt blue for the sky, and a wide synthetic brush, she then added white for clouds in a loose fashion.

She then put in the hills and shadows, emphasising the need for these.  Using Hookers Green (Mr Hooker was a famous plant hunter!) and buff titanium she highlighted the hills.  Moving on to the lake using Payne's gray.

She showed how to create a realistic wood grain on the boat house with just a few strokes, then added the roof and trees with Hookers Green and burnt sienna.  Creating the path and shadows, she used Alizarin crimson and Payne's gray to create the final scene.  Then using her fingernails scratched grass.

For the second part of her demonstration Leanne used watercolour paper, which she wet to add light layers of acrylic.  Creating a beach scene she showed techniques for creating rocks and people.

She concluded the morning by sharing a few tips on landscape painting with acrylics.  She kindly presented the Society with one of her paintings for a future raffle prize.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019


Cheryl has a great love of animals and her work is finely observed.  For her demonstration on 2 April she chose to paint a racoon.  Using a fine velour pastel card which was black, she outline the image using white, blue and a little black.
Cheryl worked the pastel well into the ground of the pastel card, ensuring us that it would take up to several layers of pastel.  She then introduced the outline of the branch adding subtle colouring.  The definition of eyes and nose were kept til later.
Using a mixture of hard and soft pastels and pencils, Cheryl added the definition for the nose and eyes and then began to work the detail of the fur on the head and face, adding more white well worked in to draw out the features.
The finished painting was full of character and detail, with beautiful attention to fur and eyes.  Several members ordered some of the velour pastel paper to try out in the future.  Thanks to Cheryl
for a special insight into her lovely work!

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Richard Crabtree - Line & Wash

Richard Crabtree

We were pleased to welcome Richard Crabtree to demonstrate working with line and wash. Richard holds regular classes and workshops in watercolour, oils and pastels, at Avoncroft Arts Centre, Bromsgrove. You can find more details on his website

Richard began by demonstrating a range of marks possible with pens, markers and modified lollipop sticks. A cable fault prevented us from using our projector so we were glad that Richard could adapt to this and use bolder marks for much of his demonstration.

Richard produced three pictures: a squirrel, a railways scene and a rose. Images showing the stages for all three demonstration pieces follow.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Paul Arnott - Computer Art

Walking the Dog - one of Paul's digital images
on his website
Paul's demonstration was quite different to what we've been used to but very instructive for the most of us who have little or no experience of using a Wacom graphics tablet attached to his computer to paint a picture. He took us through some of the main tools available in Corel Painter 12 (his preferred software) before showing us how these tools could be used to paint a seascape. The use of layers enabled him to reposition some elements of this painting. There were plenty of tips for those of us who might be tempted to give it a go.