Landscape painting with pastels

Thanks to artist Dawn Limbert for an entertaining and instructive demo on painting a landscape scene with soft pastels for our June meeting.

Dawn works mainly on Pastelmat paper, building up thin layers of colour using multiple short strokes, adding tones from light to dark. She scumbles colours together lightly, to avoid the ‘muddy’ effect that is often a risk with too much blending of soft pastels.

Dawn paints both in her studio and in the open air, and finds she gets the best results having experienced the location.

Painting a seascape in acrylics

We enjoyed an excellent demonstration from Sue Gray at our May meeting on painting a seascape in acrylic. Sue works mainly from small sketches which she does in situ, then works up the finished painting in the studio. She uses Daler Rowney System 3 acrylics, working on 3mm MDF boards, coated with gesso.

EAC member exhibits with Society of Graphic Fine Arts

EAC member Elizabeth McCrimmon is showing three ink drawings at the prestigious Society of Graphic Fine Art’s 102nd annual exhibition in central London.

The exhibition runs from Monday 13 to Saturday 18 March at the Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1.

The Society of Graphic Fine Art promotes original works of high quality that show excellence in draughtsmanship and drawing by hand. Work chosen for the exhibition is selected from a very large pool of entries.

‘This is my first year exhibiting as a full member which is quite exciting. I feel extremely lucky to have my work accepted,’ said Elizabeth.

Building cities with scissors and glue

Everyone got stuck in with the paper, scissors and glue at our March collage workshop, led by Kim Amis, to produce a wide and wonderful range of cityscapes.

‘It was a very good evening – Kim always gives us surprising ways of collating materials and redesigning a cityscape idea,’ commented EAC member Dolores Kitchener.


Painting a portrait in acrylics

We enjoyed a great demo at our February meeting from artist Keith Morton of painting a portrait in acrylics.

Volunteer model Christine sat very patiently as Keith spent a lot of time measuring dimensions by eye and ensuring the foundations of the portrait were sound before he began adding paint.

Keith’s top tip for painting is to think carefully and make each brush mark just once – no fussing with the paint!

Local art sale, Palmers Green

Original artworks by EAC and other local artists will be on sale for one day only on Sunday 26 February at St John’s Parish Centre, Bourne Hill, Palmers Green, N13.

EAC artists taking part include Debbie Peaty, David Webster and Guy Jackson, with a varied range of work, including oils, acrylics and prints of iPad paintings.

Entrance to the exhibition and sale is free, open from 11.30am to 5pm.

Dates for summer exhibition 2023

We’re delighted to announce that the EAC annual exhibition will once again be held in the Floristry Barn at Capel Manor Gardens in Enfield.

The exhibition will run for two weeks from Saturday 5 August to Saturday 19 August.

This is will be the EAC’s 91st exhibition, which has run continuously since the Circle’s inception in 1932.

The exhibition is open to all EAC members. For more information on making a submission, see Annual exhibition

Take risks and make mistakes!

The EAC October meeting enjoyed a stimulating demonstration from experimental watercolourist Keith Hornblower on his dynamic approach to the medium.

Working at an upright easel with just three colours, Keith applied several layers of paint, wet in wet, to build up texture, somehow controlling the mix and incorporating drips and random effects to produce a monumental Icelandic landscape in just two hours.

‘My approach is dynamic and spontaneous, applying paint at speed, moving and adjusting washes as I progress,’ says Keith.

‘Light and shade – tonal values – are everything to me. I use colours for dramatic effect rather than trying to reproduce them literally, thinking mainly in terms of warm and cool, and often working with a simple triad of primary or secondary colours.’

Keith’s advice: ‘Remember – take risks and make mistakes. I do it all the time!’