Terry Chipp Demonstration

Terry Chipp, a successful artists from Doncaster, came to Pateley Bridge to demonstrate an acrylic painting of a night scene in Venice.

Colour palette

Prepared underdrawing in pencil gouged into an uneven white gesso surface and left to set.

After wetting the hard gesso surface, blue paint applied to sky and the background.

Brown building colour added

Wet paint scrapped away to show lights and illuminated parts of buildings.

Dark shadows painted

Browns added

View of camera and projection onto screen

Painting at end of demonstration

Paintings by Terry Chipp
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Colin Swinton Demonstration

Colin Swinton gave a demonstration of how to create granulating colours in watercolour washes. He showed where to use them, how to graduate colour washes and add dry brush strokes.

Colin recommended using cold pressed watercolour paper (“not” paper). Rough watercolour paper could also be used. Hot pressed paper and stretched “not” paper did not work well.

Of the many colours that granulate,2016-07-05 21.28.43 Colin chose some popular ones in combination to demonstrate the effect of granulation and colour separation.
• Burnt sienna and french ultramarine blue.
• Lemon yellow and french ultramarine blue.
• Raw sienna and cerulean blue.
• Cobalt violet and raw sienna.

As a demonstration painting, Colin chose a cottage scene.2016-07-05 20.46.12 It was roughly drawn to create interesting shapes. He started with some brown on the cottage.
He then
made a wet wash sky using two mixes of blue and encouraged separation by tilting the paper to move the wet washes across the paper, adding dark colours to create more interest.

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He painted the foreground in yellow and added darker dry brushwork for a textured look.
The cottage was brought forward with the dark green trees and a graduated red across the roof.


The finished demonstration painting illustrating the techniques of granulation, graduated colours and dragged dry brush

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Further examples of Colin Swinton’s watercolour paintings
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Talk by Neil Simone

Successful local artist Neil Simone gave an illustrated talk on his “45 years as a painter” using the new overhead camera, microphone and projection system.

Neil talked about about his career from graphic design and as a self taught painter in Wembley, moving to Harrogate, then setting up in Whixley and today in Glasshouses.

Even though his early paintings in a variety of styles sold they IMG_7923were not distinct enough to enable him to have a one man show. He learnt from this difficulty, listened to curators advice to paint what interested and inspired him. He developed a unique style of altered reality, merging landscapes and domestic features with an element of fantasy.

One of his many ideas was his easel illusion. This is a painting apparently on an easel with further levels of the illusion of paintings stacked in front, as illustrated. This is all painted on a thin flat board. This opened up further opportunities to display in galleries.



He repeated this format to make further large “easel” paintings and some in smaller sizes.

His many ideas in his unique style of multiple images in ambiguous combinations have lead to national and international interest. His paintings have sold world wide.

He increased his sales with quality prints at affordable prices.


Neil paints in traditional oils on gesso surfaces and on smooth clay board. He uses low odour thinners and Liquin to enable him to paint smoothly with watercolour brushes to give better control than traditional stiff hog hair brushes. Liquin also reduces the long drying time of traditional oil paintings.

He uses a mahl stick to rest his painting hand IMG_7933above the painting surface to keep control of the fine brushstrokes.

Neil gave a short demonstration of trees in a grassy landscape. He showed how diluted oil colours could be easily mixed together, moved around and blended on the surface to make varied colours and textures.

His paintings can be seen in Sutcliffe Galleries in Harrogate, Artful Arts in Pateley Bridge High Street and on his website https://neilsimone.com

Seasons will pass you by – Neil Simone

Demonstration by Paul Talbot-Greaves

Paul Talbot-Greaves painted a Pennine landscape in watercolour on 300lb paper from a photograph. He used a camera and projector together with a sound system.

Paul applied an initial light washes, warm and cool to each area.

He painted the treeline in loose style and houses more defined

Darker colours for grass, road and wall. Water spray on wall and roadside.IMG_7699

Wall better defined. Browns and greens added for vegetation.

Painted lamps, fence, smoke and dark lines in wall.
Painting at end of demonstration.