Wednesday 25 May 2016

Preparing for the Patchings Art Festival in June

Its that time of year again when I prepare the 15 paintings which I shall demonstrate at the show, this year over three days rather than four. I shall be there from Thursday 9th June till Saturday 11th in the Artist and Leisure Painter magazine marquee number 25.

I have decided to use finished paintings as my reference and show my painting process in creating them as well as my thought processes whilst developing a painting. Each demonstration must be completed in about half an hour, which always keeps me on my toes I can tell you. So whatever I plan to do must be achievable within that time frame.

I am also using Daler Rowney paints because Dalers sponsor the subscriptions for both The Artist and Leisure Painter magazines at the show. This means that anyone taking out a subscription for either magazine at the show, can take home with them a choice of art materials (all of which I use at the show) Its a really good deal and well worth doing.

This is a painting I shall be basing one of my demos on.

I don't know why, but this is one of my favourite paintings, I love the balance of it, the semi abstract nature of it and the movement it suggests. I have not framed or mounted it, I think because deep down I don't want to sell it!
For my demo I shall probably use acrylic, although I might add some pastel on the day. I shall be painting on Bockingford watercolour paper, which has a really lovely texture that will enhance any pastel work I might add. I don't plan too much what I shall do, because it keeps my thinking fresh on the day.

This is another painting I shall have on display. I am going to use collage and acrylics with acrylic inks too. It should be challenging to complete something reasonable within half an hour! It obviously won't be as 'finished' as this one, but it will be well on its way.

If you do fancy visiting the Patchings Show its held at 
The Patchings Art Centre, Oxton Road, Calverton (near Nottingham) NG14 6NU I shall be in Marquee number 25 and I shall be doing 5 demonstrations each day10.30 11.30 1.30 2.30  and 3.30