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Artist Demonstration at the North Cotswold Arts Association 13.03.2013


North Cotswold Arts Association artist demonstration with Jonathan Pitts.
Demonstration at the North Cotswold Arts Association 13.03.2013
Title – How To Approach Painting & Improve your Success Rate

Many thanks to the North Cotswold Arts Association for your warm welcome. As promised I have outlined some of the points covered in the demonstration.

3 basic principles to use:
  1. Know your materials

  2. Have confidence

  3. Have perseverance

1. Know your Materials – Colour Palette

Basic PalettePigment no.Common Name

PB:29Ultramarine Blue

PY3Lemon Yellow

PR122Magenta

PBr7Burnt Umber

Intermediate/Advanced PalettePigment no.Common Name

PB:29Ultramarine Blue

PB15Phthalo Blue

PG7Phthalo Green

PY3Lemon Yellow

PY43Yellow Ochre

PR122Quinacridone Magenta

PR254Pyrrole Red

PR101Indian red or Burnt sienna

PBr7Burnt Umber

2. Have Confidence
How to approach making painting
  • Its OK not to be sure of the final outcome; painting is invention and discovery

  • Improvise

  • Make mistakes

  • Ultimately there are many ways to make a painting

Starting a Painting
  • Pre-mix key colours

  • Ask yourself what you are trying to achieve (in simple terms)

  • Have a rough compositional idea

  • Make a quick sketch

Sketch tips
  • Make a sketch to warm up – 5 min only!

  • Have all you need to hand

  • Use quickest materials i.e. pencil.

  • A sketch is a good place to work out a rough composition

3. Have Perseverance
Stopping the painting
  • Personal choice – gut feeling

  • Experience will improve your decision

  • Ask yourself has the painting achieved what you wanted it to

  • Put the painting away for a while, then look at it again with fresh eyes.

North Cotswold Arts Association artist demonstration with Jonathan Pitts.

North Cotswold Arts Association artist demonstration with Jonathan Pitts.
North Cotswold Arts Association artist demonstration with Jonathan Pitts.

North Cotswold Arts Association artist demonstration with Jonathan Pitts.


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