Painting

More pictures from group painting

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The last official class of the year was another classic group painting session. Splashing paint, hand prints and much more.

Are you can see from this extra selection of pictures (courtesy of Angus and Dugal McCrow, the other GGS art teacher) everyone embraced the carefree spirit of the exercise. You can see more here.

Next week is pie and chips night so let Spencer know as soon as possible if you want to go – so many members this year, spaces are limited!!

 

Celebrating opening night

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Our Cairngorms exhibition is now open at Grantown Museum.

We were delighted to see so many friendly faces at last night’s opening. The art looks great and it was fantastic to see such a wide range of media and techniques being used. Pastels, watercolour, acrylic, embroidery, printing – all those lessons have really paid off!

And of course, the big event of the night – announcement of the winner of the Gordon Crisell Shield.

There was fierce voting, with a range of artworks in contention.

But the winner was Ellis Rowe, with his acrylic painting of Anagach Woods.

SAG chairwoman Angela Wood handed over the trophy to a delighted Ellis at the end of the night.

Many thanks to all who came along and especially to those members who organised, poured drinks and counted votes.

The exhibition is now on until July 1. Opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 10-5pm. Our members will be on hand to chat to visitors about the work!

We’ll leave you with a wee glimpse of what’s in store when you visit – and our member Rona Smith left speechless after winning top prize in the raffle.

Fluffy cloud paintings

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Lots more fun with the airbrush this week as we took on the challenge of painting light fluffy clouds into our landscapes.

Angus made it look easy but coordinating hand movement with releasing the switch on the airbrush was tricky to master.

But many members managed to get some clouds into their paintings, creating beautiful skies – as you can see from our pictures below. We also learnt that spraying white ink onto a painting can disguise a multitude of sins/problems!

 

Feb 8: A bit more airbrushing

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Our foray into airbrushing techniques continues this week after a busy class last week.

On February 1, Angus gave a quick demonstration of how to use the equipment to achieve a misty effect. As a base, we painted bright skies, blending in horizontal sweeps to create a smooth transition from blue to white from the top of the paper to the middle. Then we added a mountain silhouette in a greyish-blue tone, taking the colour down a little way more.

Using the same horizontal sweep technique, we used the airbrush and added white mist to the bottom of the mountains, making it appear as if they are fading away. The landscape developed with more hills and trees, each receding into the mist.

There were lots of squeals of delight (and a few of surprise) as members got to grips with the workings of the airbrush. Space was cramped but everyone got a go and was concentrating hard! Hopefully we all avoided the blotchy effect that Angus demonstrated – although as you can see below, it did look quite pretty. Perhaps this will be a useful effect for someone’s work?

On February 8, we’ll continue the painting and maybe get onto doing clouds!

Feb 1: Airbrushing

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This week’s class will focus on how to use an airbrush – this could transform your paintings!

This simple piece of equipment can have a great effect on a painting. Angus will demonstrate how to use the spray and acrylic ink to create delicate clouds and a misty landscape.

Bring your own pictures if you like!

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Jan 18: Sharing inspiration

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This week’s class will be a repeat of one of last year’s popular workshops. Everyone will choose their favourite medium and work from the same source.

Older members may recall that last time we were given the Old Spey Bridge as inspiration: you can see the results by reading the previous report, The Old Spey Bridge Challenge.

Angus is going to select a picture related to our exhibition theme, Cairngorms, and will reveal it on Wednesday night.

There is also a committee meeting so it will be a busy night!

 

New Year, new skills to learn

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Happy New Year to all SAG members and associates. We hope you had a wonderful time over the festive season. Perhaps you received some art goodies that you’re eager to master?

Classes start back on Wednesday January 11, so look out on our Spring Term page for news of upcoming Wednesday night workshops led by Angus. Don’t forget that we’re gearing up for our summer exhibition, which has the theme, Cairngorms.

But the first big news of the year is that our member Rona Smith will be leading a day of silk painting in February. This class, in association with the Cairngorms Learning Partnership, will cover a range of techniques for painting on silk, including using gutta salt.

You will go home with a beautiful piece of work that can be framed or turned into a suncatcher, scarf or cards.

All you need to take is an apron and a packed lunch – all materials and equipment will be provided. The cost is £45 for SAG members and £55 for non-members. The venue is Inverallan Church Hall in Grantown on February 4, 10am-3pm.

Click here to go to the CLP’s page to find out more. Please note though: the CLP is shut until January 9.

 

 

 

Dec 14: Flowers

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We’d love to bring you pictures of last week’s class but we don’t want to spoil anyone’s Christmas surprise. Just take our word for it that everything looked great and Santa has been very kind to you.

This week it’s a flashback to more colourful times with mixed media flower painting. Angus will demonstrate a range of techniques to allow the class to create beautiful and expressive pictures of flowers.

There will be materials available and, thankfully given the season, some source imagery, but feel free to bring your own.

An art group in disguise

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M was for masks last night as we took up the challenge of decorating paper masks.

With some inspiration from the Day of the Dead-style sugar skulls, members used paint, pen and collage to make some weird and wonderful creations: Donald Trump even made an appearance.

Angus would like to get them all back to class at some point soon so that he can make a big display to go to the Iona Gallery for the Kingussie Food on Film Festival next year.

 

Sharing: Watercolour demo….. — My Life as an Artist (2)

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Knowing that many of you are watercolour fans, just wanted to share this wee post I found on WordPress.

 

Along with workshops, I also like to give watercolour demonstrations. This is an excellent way to give people a taster of what watercolour painting can be. It’s always important to remember that my demo might be very different from other artists. What I say and do isn’t necessarily what others might agree with, […]

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