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Demonstration Reviews

Jane Perkins
Saturday 3rd February

Wendy Jelbert
Saturday 6 July 2024

Wendy Jelbert, a well-established professional artist, provided a demonstration entitled “Tantalising Textures”.


Wendy started by illustrating a range of materials that could be used with watercolour or watered-down acrylic paints, demonstrating the affects on her old paintings. Adding grounds with a palette knife and PVA glues to stick sand, leaves, netting, paper shapes and tissue paper.


Wendy was keen to motivate her audience to try every combination possible through experimentation and practice, including masking fluid, pastel pencils, wax resists, salt, cling film and tissue to impact texture and design.


Following her enthusiastic talk she produced a seascape painting to illustrate her methods and favored painting techniques. Above all else, Wendy wanted artists to share in her passion for experimentation and gain confidence with a no-holds barred attitude.


Fatima Pantoja Hernandez
Saturday 2 March 2024

Fatima gave a light-hearted but very knowledgeable oil based portrait demonstration with sitter Peter McLeod, an OAG member, to over 50 members.


Using just blue, red, yellow and white oil paints together with different dilutants and a number of brushes, she produced  a perfect image of the sitter in just 2 hours.


Delighting and interesting all members with her tips and technical skills as she went through the stages from the outline  “drawing” in red paint, to adding facial features, neck and upper body (important for all portraits).  Shadows and later facial details and blocks of colour where added as necessary.


The finishing touches covered the importance of setting the portrait into a background colour – including the importance of standing back regularly and assessing the painting and the sitter – to maximise the key facial features.


Jane Perkins
Saturday 3rd February

Jayne Perkins, is a professional artist and well-established member of OAG.

Using a pastel, oil sketch of the Cornish coast as reference Jayne illustrated how she liked to feature light and “drama” in her paintings.


The main materials were a range of Sennelier pastel sticks, charcoal and pastel pencils. Working on a 3 mm hardboard base coated with emulsion, Gesso primer, dark acrylics and a pastel ground.


Within 2hrs the finished painting illustrated a dramatic sky, realistic looking cliffs and rocks, a sea inlet, beach and illuminating reflections.


Through logical stages she:

  •  Blocked out the main background colour outlining the cliff face and rocks, forming the sea and water inlet areas alongside the beach and rocks

  •  Blending the blocked out areas by lightly (“tickling”) with her fingers to avoid a heavy finish, she added more colour to the sky, sea, and shadows on the cliff and rocks

  •  Finishing details were added – with pale grey, charcoal pencil lines to denote crevices in the cliffs, yellow and warm whites on the beach, shade at the base of the cliff and rocks and creating stronger reflections through light blending of the cliffs and rocks into the sea and inlet waters

  • Finally Jane finished off with “dramatic” touches of colour in the sky, light on the water, cliff tops and darker shadow areas.

Mark Warner
Saturday 20 January 2024

Mark returned to Odiham Art Group, on a very cold January morning, as a tutor delivering an acrylic workshop.

With a comfortable and engaging style that followed a pattern of demonstration and individual tuition, Mark encouraged the group through a landscape painting. Starting from its dramatic skyline, he led the group stage-by-stage through the composition - a tree lined horizon and finally a river that spilled into the foreground.

The group, of both experienced and novice painters, relaxed under Mark's positive encouragement and all completed the assignment, gaining valuable knowledge and confidence.

Alison Board
Saturday 6th January 2024

Alison gave us the first demonstration of 2024, using her mixed media and watercolour skills to demonstrate a semi-abstract painting. This is her chosen style now having moved away from painting directly from photographs.

Alison chose a landscape scene with a spiders’ web to illustrate this style of painting. Using a 500 grm Hahnemuhle block pad, she began by spraying water over the surface before creating a background of colours at random using - gold, brown/grey mix, burnt umber and Jane’s Grey – leaving a white margin outside of the painted area.


Using scrunched up kitchen roll she lightly rolled it over the colour mix to add a textured look. The appearance of leaves in the background was made using stencils with the paint being lifted off with a damp sponge. Alison mentioned that the web would normally be drawn first and overlaid with masking fluid or wax resist – although on this demonstration painting she opted to draw it in later, using white gouache plus grey to paint the web.


As the painting progressed Alison gave many tips and “entertaining” comments as she went along. Corrections were made to some of the colour runs, some lifting out was done and splattering was used to add final effects to the painting.

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