The day with Stewart Beckett will start with a short demonstration on-site (Weather Permitting). Pointers will be given on selecting composition, initial sketching methods and application of paint from a practical and personal perspective. Advise will be given during the day on colour mixing, paint handling and the importance of good brushwork. Participants will produce their own piece of work from within the grounds. The day will end back at the onsite Studio with a short critique and display of work at 3.30 – 4pm.
You will need to bring your own packed lunch as no shops local without driving. Tea, Coffee and Biscuits will be provided.
Oil Figure Painting Workshop with Stewart Beckett – Sat 6th & Sun 7th July 2019
A 2 day workshop covering the drawing and painting techniques for capturing a figure in a setting. Working from a clothed model the group will start with an initial drawing using the sight size method (which will be taught optionally to students who are interested in learning). The drawing will be done in charcoal or pencil then transferred onto your painting surface.
Your canvas will be covered with an imprimatura (coloured ground) of raw umber, onto which your transfer drawing will be placed. After fixing a direct method of painting will be started. Stage one will be the block in made from observations of the model. Stage two is about refining and setting the contrast level in the painting. Stage three is all about colour and colour mixing. Stage four will be finishing touches and detail.
Some understanding of drawing will be helpful for the course. No painting experience is required.
Since January 2014 I have been plagued by an RSI in my right arm. This effects one of the nerves and causes a lot of pain and tightness, and as you can imagine is not conducive with my painting and drawing work. I have taught my self to use my left arm but its not the same and control is not as fine or precise. I find myself getting quite frustrated as I can’t do what I know I can do sometimes. So for the time being I have not been producing much work that requires a lot of fine control.
This has lead me on a path of experimentation and discovery that I may not have taken had I not had this problem. I have been trying new ways of applying paint and different surfaces. My current explorations are into using mirrors as a surface, as I like the idea of introducing another level of light effect to the finished piece. To this end I have been playing around with spraying the mirrors and then painting on top of the enamel spray. After this I scratch back into the surface to reveal small pockets of mirror, that add another dimension to the finished image. Along with this I have been using acrylic glazing mediums to introduce a textured surface that adds interest.