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.
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 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.
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.
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!
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