Christmas

Christmas Fairs by Paint with Ray

Christmas Fairs.

Yes its that time of year again Christmas and the build up to it.  I really like the craft fairs and in fact I do attend quite a few. There is always a nice atmosphere between all of the Crafters and lots of different things to look at.  The merchandise on offer is home made and usually hand made which is great to see. You learn so much from other people some of which you can add to what you do. In my case painting.

The next craft fair I shall be attending is South Wigston Christmas capers this is usually the best one that I go to.  Traffic is not aloud on the streets.The streets are closed for traffic and the capers is held in three seperate places.  These are the st thomas’s church hall and the united reformed church and the whole of the street. The streets are lined with stalls there are the usual food stalls craft stalls and lots with gift ideas.

On the 7th of December I go to the Fleckney late night Christmas shopping. This again is set round the village green and in several other locations. This is a great fair and is well supported by the public. Again there are lots of gift ideas on offer.

Its a lot of hard work but I really enjoy it long may they continue.

Just to let you know I now offer vouchers for my workshops. These can be bought as a present for some one perhaps a relitive and come in three denominations. There is a £10 £20 £45 voucher which can be used as part or full payment of my workshops.

I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy new year and happy painting.

Ray

 

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How

How to decide what to paint by Paint with Ray

 

How to decide what to paint

How to decide what to paint. Some times its very hard to start painting and even more what to paint. I find there are usually two main reasons for this. You could be tiered I know this from experience. Tiredness does not help and even if you get started it usually doesn’t go well. Then you feel that this has been a waste of time. This will tend to put you back even further.  You could have things on  your mind thoughts whizzing round all the while that also doesn’t help the creative process.

There are many reasons why we fall at the first hurdle. The main reason for me is staring at a blank canvas. This really does put me off painting. The first few reasons I can’t really help you with, but he blank canvas I certainly can. I know its best to paint on a white canvas as this helps your painting shine through when the light hits it. But for me this is not a good thing.

I get round this by painting my canvases with Acrylic paint first. Then I add my oils starting with the white base coat. I coat the canvas with white [here we go again with that white word] Gesso and to this I add a little french ultramarine or an ochre colour, but only a little. As I want my canvas to remain light. But I find that that’s enough to get me painting. Once this is dry I can add my oil base coat which is usually white to the canvas. Then I can start painting using my oil paints.

The other thing you have to think about before you cant start painting is.

You can’t decide what to paint. Shall I paint a Landscape a flower or what ever. These few suggestions that  help me. First I have to decide what to paint. I find looking through my reference photo’s is a help. Then say you decide to paint a landscape that’s great. Then you have to decide the time off year are there any Mountains in your picture any clouds  and which way the sun is going to shine on your painting. Decisions decisions its a wonder that we ever get painting anything at all. Another thing that I use is my sketch pad. Here I can sketch  my paintings out very roughly altering them as I go. I find this helps me decide where things are going in my painting. I find I can alter them until I have it how I want it.

If you have ever been in this situation try this I hope it helps you. I have found it helps me.

happy painting

Ray

Red

Red Seascape offered by Paint with Ray

RED SEASCAPE

Red seascape is a nice one to try especially if you are new to painting. This one you can do. My workshops are fun and we actually we do a bit of painting as well. My paintings are broken down into small easy to follow steps. These steps I will carefully demonstrate and lead you through until at the end we will have a finished painting. Paint with Ray can now offer a selection of frames which will complete your painting for you to take home with you when you leave. There is a small extra cost for these frames.

We start by preparing the canvas this is a most vital part before you start any painting. After that we put in our background and then our mid ground say the sea and any clouds that we may require in our painting. The final stage is the waves and any detail which will bring your painting to life.

Paint with Ray can offer Landscape Floral and Seascape workshops using oil paint and the wet on wet technique.The cost of my workshops are £45 and all of the painting materials you will need I will provide. All that you would need to bring with you is an apron your lunch and some paper towels. There is a fridge and a micro wave at your disposal.

There will be tea and coffee on offer through out the day

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Bushloe art Society

Bushloe art society ‘s evening with Pollyanna Pickering

Bushloe art society’s evening with Pollyanna Pickering

Well its that time of year again, time for Pollyanna’s visit.  Pollyanna is a world renowned wildlife artist. This I know will be a great evening and the one I most look forward to each year. It is always is a brilliant evening and if you are in the area you will be most welcome to join us. This year Pollyanna will be talking to us about her last tour, and this time it’s about her trip to Australia. I’m not sure what she went to see there but I know the evening will be  a good and interesting talk.

Pollyanna will have her usual gifts and keepsakes on sale with her. There are great paintings calendars and other gifts and keepsakes on offer. There is a cost of £5 payable on the door which will include a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit.

Bushloe art society have moved we are now at the boys brigade room [rear of ] Wigston United Rreform Church Wigston Magna LE182AJ.  If you do come and visit us there is parking behind the dentist ]next door].

We are always looking for new members so whether you are a seasoned artist or brand new to painting it does not matter all are welcome.

I will do a blog after her visit

happy painting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECYCLlNG your old Frames with Paint with Ray

                                                                                           RECYCLING your old FRAMES

Art is a beautiful hobby and is there for everyone to enjoy. That said it can also be an expensive hobby. Well I mean its not just the canvas or the paper that you use. Its even the paints that you use. It’s the time when you create a beautiful picture and you come to frame it ready for your local exhibition. It is then when you would like to sell it or at least try and sell it. Then you see the final cost of framing. Say it needs to be framed the cost of that could well stop you realising your dream.

Well I am going to show you how to get round that cost. It was by accident that I came across this. I was in that position I wanted a frame for one of my paintings and couldn’t afford one. So it came to me that I had some old frames but they were looking a bit worse for wear. So I decided to recycle them. The frame I had in mind for this was sound but a horrible colour. It was a mustard yellow so I painted it with burnt umber. The acrylic paint seemed to drag over the surface and not spread evenly. I let it dry and then had another go at painting it, the same thing happened again the paint just dragged over the frame. By now I was about to give up but then I thought I would varnish the frame.

Well what a good move that was. I used clear varnish it really transformed my frame. and is now in an exhibition and looks fantastic. So my point is you don’t have to spend a lot to enjoy your art, just make do with what you have.

Happy  Painting and

Recycling Your Old Frames with Paint with Ray

                                           July’s Blog

Recycling

Recycling your old frames make them look like new. Art is a beautiful hobby and is there for everyone to enjoy. That said it can also be an expensive hobby. Well I mean its not just the canvas or the paper that you use or even the paints that you use. It’s the time when you create a beautiful picture and you would like to sell it or at least try and sell it. Say it needs to be framed the cost of that could well stop you realising your dream. Well I am going to show you how to get round that cost. It was by accident that I came across this. I was in that position I wanted a frame for one of my paintings and couldn’t afford one. So it came to me that I had some old frames but they were looking a bit worse for wear. So I decided to recycle them the frame I had in mind for this was sound but a horrible colour. It was a mustard yellow so I painted it with burnt umber acrylic paint which seemed to drag over the surface and not spread evenly. I let it dry and then had another go at painting it, the same thing happened again the paint just dragged over the frame. By now I was about to give up but then I thought I would varnish the frame. Well what a good move that was. I used clear varnish it really transformed my frame. and is now in an exhibition and looks fantastic. So my point is you don’t have to spend a lot to enjoy your art, just make do with what you have.

Happy  Painting and

My first video of a very happy painter

Video of the finished results of one of my workshops Waterfall in  the Glen. This person had never painted before. I thought he made a fantastic job of it. We were using the wet on wet technique when painting in oils.

We first prepared our canvas and then painted our sky and any clouds that we needed in the painting. In other words we started at the top of the canvas, and worked to the bottom, and at same time we work from the back of the canvas to the front. In the preparation of this canvas we first painted it black with black Gesso which is a black acrylic paint. We also made some rough shapes of pine trees with this black acrylic paint. When the Gesso was dry, we would oil paint on top of that.

Starting with the sky and any clouds that we might need. Then we would paint in the background in this case the mountain. We decided not to paint to much detail on it as this as it would bring it forward in the painting,which we didn’t won’t. The next stage was to concentrate on the pine trees. Then the rocks and the waterfall, gradually painting the picture from the back to the front. The next stage was to put in the grass and the rocks, and of course the birch tree. Then we would have finished our painting.

 

Cerus Flower My Demonstration for the W.I

Cerus flower demonstration I really enjoyed this one.

It was in February of this year I gave a demonstration at a W.I here in Leicester. Which I found to be great fun. The evening started around 7-30pm.  After all of the notices were read out I was left with an hour to produce a painting. They had asked for a floral painting, so I decided to paint on a black canvas and a pale pink flower. The black canvas can help you enormosley especially if time is a factor. As you have most of your darks already in at the beginning .It took about 55 minutes to paint was a bit of a rush I must confess.

The room was full I would say 30 pluss laddies, it was quite a daunting task but they made me feel at ease and made me very welcome.

I started to paint questions were soon coming from the audience I tried my best to answer them. They seemed very interested in my painting. I was telling them that it was the Bob Ross technique  which would work for anybody.

At the end of the evening people were asking about my classes and my workshops, and taking flyers that helped promote me. Also at  the end a lady came up to me saying I could not take my eyes of your painting and said to herself where is this person going with this painting. It looked so rough and in her words a mess. But then suddenly she said the flower burst into life and ended up as this beautiful painting. I thought that was a lovely thing to say. If you fancy it have a go I would love to know how you get on with this Cerus flower.

Cerus flower

Here is the painting I did still a bit to do I think this is my link for my website.

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Environmentally friendly Clean up with Paint with Ray


Environmently friendly Clean up

Hi well we are into February now and Spring is just around the corner, and I will soon be starting my shows for 2017 which I am really looking forward to.
But today I thought we would look at a subject that is very close to my heart, and that is how to look after your brushes. There are lots of ways to do this, but I will  only tell you about the one I like. Which is also kind to our environment which is very important to me. There are lots of products out there which work.
My self I am trying to get away from using thinners, even if you can’t smell it the fumes are still there. I can’t think of anything worse at clean up time and the smell of thinners or turps. So I thought of going down the environmental path which  I think this is much nicer to use.
This is very important to me as most of my life I have spent  Dairy farming so I feel very close to the environment.
I have been using this method of cleaning for a while. It is much more pleasant to use than using thinners. It does not seem to have an adverse effect on my brushes.
My clean up is the receipe is. I very kindly got this from Alexander art thank you.


  • CLEAN UP RECIPE.
    1  one third cheap sunflower cooking oil
    2 one third cheap washing up liquid although a better and dearer washing up liquid  could be used, especially if you have got some very dirty brushes.
    3 one third water Shake well to mix it up, then you are ready to clean your brushes.
  •  What I do after i have cleaned my brushes I coat them in baby oil. Then I squeeze them reasonably dry using paper towels and reshape them and then lay flat ready for next time.  After clean up, and you mixture is worn out, it can go in the bin.
  • hope this has helped

Happy painting

Ray

Paint with Ray’s Janurary blog Christmas Candles

 

South Wigston Christmas Capers

Christmas Candles Demo.

Hello to you all, firstly let me wish you all a very happy and healthy new year, lets hope its a good one.

I always think, new year is a new start a new  beginning. I look forward to  painting who knows where I will be, and what I will be doing.  All I no is I am looking forward to it.

I would just like to start by letting you know about the South Wigston Christmas Capers I attended during December. Here I demonstrated a painting called Christmas Candles.

What a good day it was.  After parking and unloading the car which was a bit of a task and then setting up. The show began at 2 o’clock so I had to get a move on.

There were smells of Christmas and  the sound of Carols. There were children running round all so very excited.  It was really lovely such a great atmosphere.

Christmas capers  was well supported with, lots of people all enjoying the various events that were laid on.  There were of course the usual food stands selling Christmas food as well as other food. Not forgetting the fun fair for the children and of course you know who was there. Yes you guessed it Santa himself.

There were birds of prey and penquins and of course all the different craft stalls. Of which mine was there among the many others.

Then I thought I would paint a Poinsettia it was Christmas after all. So  I started to draw out very roughly  where I wanted to put my Poinsettias.Then I thought I might add a candle or two and even a Christmas bauble.  It was a while before I could really get on with the painting as I had a lot of interest in what I was doing. At last the drawing was done all be it very roughly then I got on with Painting. There was lots of interest in my workshops.  I sold a painting which just topped it for me.

Christmas capers is certainly one I will go to next year, It seemed to be like the old Christmas markets of old.

Christmas candles

Christmas Candles

 

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