It's our last portrait session this week. We won't be meeting again until 14th September.
Now the sun has finally arrived, we will be painting outdoors every Thursday throughout the summer.
Lucy did this quick sketch of us last week. Hope she works it into a nice print by September.
Bedford Art Society's Spring Art Exhibition 2017 kicks off with the PREVIEW at 7:15 pm Friday 19th May at The Basement at Bunyan, Bunyan Meeting Church, Mill Street, Bedford. Entry is by the main door (opposite the Polish church).
The exhibition is open weekdays and Saturdays 11 am to 16:00 pm. Closed Sundays. We're got lots of entries and we think this venue will be very popular.
Many thanks Gill 07809 724115 (preferably evenings or weekend)
Sharon Hurst demonstrates fantasy painting
On 5 May we met at our usual place of Putnoe Heights Church for Sharon Hurst's demonstration based on her fantasy paintings.
We may have wondered what she would tell us on this theme but she came prepared with a sketch which she went on to paint for us, clearly explaining all the time her methods and techniques. She explained basic coloring's for skin tones and how she lay washes and glazes over each other to bring her picture to life.
She worked painstakingly to ensure a face appeared from the paper which was life-like and, when the picture has been completed, she promised to put it on her website for us to see. Her enthusiasm for the subject affected all of us and, for the portrait painters among us, was a lesson in blending and tonality.
She told us about, and justified, her use of the brushes and type of paint. This is always useful for our artists as many of them like to try new equipment, while using that which has been tried and tested .
We were reminded that our Art Exhibition and sale will be held in the new venue at the Bunyan Church beginning on Friday 19 May to Saturday 27 May.