An Infinite Variety of Styles

I started looking though the Sky Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 timelapse videos – there are many – and it’s interesting to see the many different approaches to making a painting; from very loose and unstructured to the insanely realistic. There is no one way, of course, but one of my favourites out of the lot I saw was this one by Haidee Jo Summers. You can see paintings being made with the aid of iPads too but I have to say, I’m not a big fan of that method. The deadline for application for this year’s show is May 11 and you can do that here.

Whatever you do, watch as many of these short videos as you can ; they’re an education. 

HAIDEE JO SUMMERS: Time lapse – Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2018 from N9 Design on Vimeo.

2019. New 6 Week Term of Morning and Evening art classes

 

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2019. New 6 Week Term of Morning and Evening art classes starts Tuesday April 16, Wednesday April 17 & Thursday April 18 . Book NOW to secure your place. Classes limited to 6 students only. Morning and evening classes.

It’s always better to EMAIL me about your interest in classes, rather than calling – phone call details can get lost 

Tuesday Morning: 10am -12.30pm
Tuesday Evening: 7pm – 9.30pm

Wednesday Morning: 10am – 12.30pm

Thursday Morning: 10am – 12.30pm
Thursday Evening: 7pm – 9.30pm

€185 per term. Payment secures place. Email here for information and booking.

 

190314 The Flowers of Spring

From this morning’s art class demonstration. ‘Spring Study’ 8″ x 10″ oils on canvas panel still life study of daffodils.  You can see the painting and shadow box with flowers in the background. 

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Spring Study 8″ x 10″ oils on canvas panel

 

Spring Study 8" x 10" oils on canvas panel still life set up at easel.
Spring Study 8″ x 10″ oils on canvas panel still life set up at easel.

Painting from Photographic References

I always try to impress on beginners that the very best way to learn to paint is by doing so from life. The uncertainty of the enterprise stops you from becoming ensnared by a pre-existing representation. That’s not to say you’ll manage to get good results straight away; it’s just that the uncertainty will provoke a more interesting and human result and you’ll learn more from the process.

Hence, last week was spent at each class demonstrating how to paint successfully from a photographic reference. I printed out some pictures I’ve taken over the years that I thought would be worth trying.

Here are the results of my own demonstrations. Each took about 30 minutes and I spent a further hour or so on the impressionist/pointillist one:

A Cotignac Street
The Grand Canal in Dublin
The Huband Bridge, Dublin

The Story of the Blues

A carving in high quality lapis lazuli. Photographed by Adrian Pingstone

I’ve always wondered about the history of certain paints and ultramarine has one of the most romantic. Take a read of the following article on the Winsor & Newton web site:

“The word ‘Ultramarine’ comes from the Latin ‘ultra’ meaning ‘beyond’ and ‘mare’ meaning ‘sea’, as this was how Lapis Lazuli first arrived in Europe. Ultramarine came in the form of lumps of the semi-precious stone Lapis Lazuli (the ‘blue stone’ in Latin), via foot and donkey on the Silk Road from Afghani…” read more on the W&N web site

A Still Life Painting Demonstration

A still life alla prima demonstration in oils in Kevin McSherry’s Studio

An alla prima still life of a silver bowl and lemon slice on white, against a grey and deep red background. This video takes you through the composition, drawing, blocking-in stage and up to the initial detailing stage. These are the most important parts of the painting process as they’re the foundation for everything that follows.

The whole process took about 2 hours but I’ve speeded up the video and removed any hesitations and inert parts. About 5 minutes.

You can see many more helpful videos at the tab above – and why not join Ireland’s friendliest and most thorough art class for beginners and intermediates?

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