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Artist Demonstration at the North Cotswold Arts Association 13.03.2013


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.


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