Members’ monthly sketching subject “Shadows”
Mark Warner is a professional painter in oils, acrylics and pastels, on canvas, board and pastel paper. He also runs demonstrations and workshops for art groups and tutors on painting holidays.
He sketches seascapes and landscapes outdoors, capturing the weather, the sky and the light. He completes the paintings indoors from his sketches, notes and photographs.
He has recently run many Zoom demonstrations.
Mark showed us his sketchbooks in pencil, intense water soluble pencils and acrylic paint, of detailed urban townscapes and coastal scenes. He also showed us some recent part complete works: woodland pastel, portrait and seascape.
Mark chose a view in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park of rocks, heather, grass, hills and sky. He chose a blue 160gsm Fabriano Tiziano pastel paper 50cm by 65cm and Winsor & Newton acrylic paints, soft synthetic flat brushes and watercolour rigger brushes. He also had a thin Conte graphite stick to make dark edge marks on the pastel paper during painting.
He painted the sky in stages during the demonstration, starting with cerulean blue as a relatively dark base colour. He applied the thick paint with his soft flat brush to create texture and movement, avoiding flatness. After he had painted the hills, Mark used titanium white and light blue to make the horizon more shapely, cutting into the hills. After the base sky layer had dried, he added light mixes of white/burnt umber, and white/magenta to create shadows within the clouds, reflecting the heather colours in the landscape. Using a small rigger, Mark rolled very light tones of titanium white/prussian blue in rising twirls and wisps of cloud.
For the many shades in the fields, Mark chose leaf green, sap green, cerulean blue, hookers green and prussian blue to mix some dark and light greens. He applied them roughly with with his flatbrush in frequently changing mixtures.
For the heather Mark used various mixtures of magenta/cerulean blue and magenta/sap green. He said that he often uses colours used in previous areas to create unity. He also did not wash his brush when mixing similar colours on his pallet, causing colours to go together.
After the break, Mark turned to his thin watercolour rigger brushes to apply detail into the land using dragged horizontal strokes. He used a bit more water with various mixes of leaf green, hookers green, prussian blue, cerulean blue and magenta, adding white and lemon yellow. He reverted to using a flat brush to apply these colours in the closer areas.
Mark provided an image of the painting after his two hour demonstration.
A private recording of the Zoom demonstration is available for a short time to members on request.
Our first Zoom demonstration was held on Tuesday evening 6th April when 15 Members enjoyed a lively and informative demonstration by local artist, Tracey Krupianka from Wharfedale.
An artist for many years, Tracey is self taught and works mainly in acrylics. She teaches and demonstrates to art clubs and societies across the North of England and, along with commissions, she runs art classes and workshops.
Tracey showed us the “Rosemary’s brushes” that she was to use in the demonstration. Apart from the usual flat and pointed ones, she had two unusual brushes that help her achieve her results. A “deerfoot” stippling brush in soft badger hair with a wide angled edge to quickly create texture, and a smooth “swordliner” brush that angles to a point, helping to keep several colours separated on the brush.
For the demonstration Tracey used Golden fluid acrylic paints. These flow well and can be mixed with a little acrylic extender. These are available from Ilkley Art Shop.
The paper was black craft paper, which enhanced the colour of the flowers.
Flowers and leaves etc. demonstrations.
Tracey painted the flowers using basic colours, overlaying with tints and colours to bring them to life. For the leaves, she used two or three colours on her brush together. She angled and pressed her brush using curving strokes to achieve the shapes and colour variations illustrated.
For the roses Tracey used a flat brush loaded with magenta then white. She painted the rear petals across in a semi circle and then painted smaller circles inside to partially overlay the magenta. She completed the front edges with successive smaller applications.
The leaves had multiple colours on the brush to achieve variety. The buddleia was stippled.
Tracey used a variety of greens, yellows and white, with a little red, to create leaves using deft brushstrokes, angling the head, pressing down and lifting.
Under the sea
Tracey used her soft hair stippling brush, loaded with dark blue and white or magenta and white, to paint the coral by pressing and skipping across the paper.
The fish and leaves were created with careful strokes using multiple colours on the brush.
The club members really enjoyed the demonstration despite the limitations of online viewing. The images above, provided by Tracey, are helpful for those who had been using small screen devices.