Artist Charles delights Honiton Art Society with demonstration

PUBLISHED: 15:30 22 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:38 22 October 2015

Charles Evans with his seascape painting.

Charles Evans with his seascape painting.


Using artisan watermixable oils, Charles produced two pictures - a landscape with sunlit cornfield and a seascape.

Artist Charles Evans entertained a full house at Honiton Art Society’s first meeting of the autumn.

Using artisan watermixable oils, he produced two pictures, a landscape with sunlit cornfield and a seascape.With no under painting, in his own words, he was straight in ‘slapping on the paint’ creating atmospheric skies, using a mix of Cobalt Blue, Titanium White, Paynes Grey and Raw Sienna.

Blending these with a finger it was obvious why he wore disposable gloves! There was a lot of digital painting during the afternoon!

Hookers Green, one of Charles favourite colours, was used as a base colour for the green mixes in the landscape.

He would never use Hookers Green or Phthalo Blue on their own but considers they are very good bases for mixing with other colours.

Naples Yellow and Raw Sienna brought the cornfield to life and two figures walking through it completed the picture.After the tea break, it was on to the seascape creating a stormy sky, the sea was then painted using a mix of Cobalt Blue and Paynes Gray with Titanium White dabbed on for the crests of waves, these were then lightly tapped with a finger to produce breaking foam.

Hookers Green, Raw Sienna and Naples Yellow were used for distant dunes with a Paynes Grey and Cadmium Red mix for shadows.

The beach incorporated some of the same colours and a small group of rocks in the foreground was very cleverly created using a piece of card to shape thickly applied paint.

The addition of two small figures again added interest to the finished picture.

Charles believes in working with a limited palette and usually not more than four traditional brushes, no gimmicks.Membership Secretary, Brenda Jebson, standing in for the chairman, thanked Charles for a most entertaining and fun afternoon.

The next meeting of the society is on Monday, November 9 when Paul Weaver will give a demonstration ‘Street Scene in Watercolour’ at Awliscombe Village Hall, from 2 to 4pm. Visitors are £2 and all are welcome.

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