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Hello again and hope you are all doing well and keeping busy.
Just in case you haven’t explored the website lately, we want to point you towards our lessons page. Here you can find a host of presentations about how to paint subjects, including landscape and portraiture, and using different media.
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An invite to Kingussie
Our lovely tutor Angus is exhibiting his work next month in Kingussie and we’re all invited to opening night.
He’s teamed up with Campbell Bryson (ex-GGS head of art) for the show, Lochs and Landscapes, at the Iona Gallery.
They’re promising a glass of wine (or a softie for the drivers) and some colourful paintings inspired by the Highlands.
It’s a great wee gallery, run by the Society of Badenoch and Strathspey Artists. If you’ve never been,, this is the perfect opportunity!
Launch night is on Friday July 7, from 7pm-9pm and the show runs until July 14.
Feb 22: Coloured pencils
Back to an old favourite this week: coloured pencil.
Long-term members will remember we’ve had lots of lessons on using this medium. They are versatile and produce a range of different effects.
Bring your own images of the Cairngorms and Angus will show us how to create some beautiful landscapes!
Fluffy cloud paintings
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
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
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!
We’ll be learning to do this on Wednesday! I’ve put a film showing how it’s done on angusgrantart.com as I can’t upload video to this site.