It was only last Saturday my trip to London
It was only last weekend when my wife and I went to London on a coach trip for the day. Stopping over night at the Waldorf it was really great. In the hotel you felt as though you were stepping back in time. The doormen who were wearing their traditional dress long coats and bowler hats. Ushered us in nothing was too much trouble for them. After we checked in we went to a show in the afternoon Thriller. Which was also great the only problem was the seats were very tight. Your knees were very cramped and you had to sit at a slight angle. But it was well worth it the show was great. It was totally packed it didn’t seem to matter how you were wedged in it was a great show.
The next day we had to ourselves we could go where we liked just had to be back to catch the coach back to Leicester at 3pm. The weather forecast for Sunday the next day was wet and rain. Well did it rain it threw it down all day long.
So after breakfast which was fantastic we went to the National gallery. These great works of art really did really did amaze me. The theatre was so packed I don’t think there was an empty seat. That didn’t seem to matter about the crowds the place was huge and the art work fantastic. Turner’s sky’s I thought were amazing, I must have a go at skies like that so much colour and action in them. Monet which didn’t really appeal to me and lots of others dating back hundreds of years.
There were schools visiting and the teacher was pointing out and asking the children questions about the paintings. That was great to see. There was one artist however that really stood out for me and that was Constable and the Hay wain. In particular plus other famous works of his. For all you artists out there, this you will enjoy. it was a fantastic day out I really do recommend it. I came away fully charged and wanting to paint.
I was out walking the other day and came across this on a wall. It struck me how beautiful it was and how talented the artist was. Art comes in many shapes and forms colours and designs. I don’t know who the artist was but they have made a fantastic job of it. To me the painting has captured all of wildlife in this area. Although I am not sure where the bridge is in this area. I don’t know what paint they have used but I guess it might be spray paint.
I have only painted one mural so I know so I know how difficult they can be. First you have to draw them plan and paint them. How we tackled the drawing was I used my projector to enlarge a 6/4 photo. We drew round the basic shapes and then drew it freehand to get the detail in. You can imagine the time it took but well worth it. The mural was of two fire engines coming out of a wall. It was about the same size as this one. It took ages to draw out and then paint. I had lots of help the art group that I belonged to helped me plan and paint it. It was a joint effort and one that I very much enjoyed.
If anyone has done anything like this please share with us all.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.