Seaton art society exhibiton winners announced

PUBLISHED: 15:02 14 September 2017

Lynda Kettle with her painting. Picture: SUBMITTED

Lynda Kettle with her painting. Picture: SUBMITTED


Society’s first demonstration of its new season

For their first meeting since its summer exhibition, Seaton and District Art Society was treated to a well prepared and informative demonstration by Lynda Kettle, a member of the Birmingham Water Colour Society.

With her prepared sketch of a window with shutters and foliage, she emphasised the need for showing tonal values. She reminded members to keep sketch books and mix colour charts for reference. Drawing directly with the brush Lynda uses wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry techniques, making sure that layers are thoroughly dry before over-painting with the latter.

She uses lots of colours, mixing her own greens using transparent yellow, manganese blue, cerulean, ultramarine blue and Winsor violet. She shows the direction of the light by contrasting the light areas with darker and shadowy ones.

Lynda drew in the shutter with a small brush, paying particular attention to architectural detail, and dampened the paper before adding the foliage, representing leaf shapes with the brush and allowing the colours to bleed into one another.

Lynda warned against overworking a painting and suggested neutral tint for darkening colours rather than Payne’s grey which does not mix well with other colours, being too dominant. She also encouraged the use of good quality paper as mistakes can be washed off. She said that she always stretches the Arches Aquarelle paper, paints with Winsor and Newton sable brushes and uses large tubes of watercolour as they do not dry out so quickly.

Chairman Geoff Mitchell announced the exhibition award winners:

The President’s Cup: Maggie Luff for The Artist’s Model; The Devon Framer’s Cup: Ali Foxcroft for Winter Light Across Seaton Wetlands; The SDAS Salver: Boots Hackman for The Cherry Orchard, Mitre Box Cup: Peter Lund for The Cornish Riviera Express; The Bob Hurndell Cup : Cynthia Underdown for Boar Trait; The Joan Hutt Memorial Cup: Adrian Ballantyne for Daisies and Oranges; The Maggie Lodge Rose Bowl: Jacqueline Walker for Snowdrop; The Barbara Hollingsworth Award: Boots Hackman for Betty my M.I.L

The next monthly painting demonstration has a boating theme, also in watercolour, by David James on October 2, 2pm to 4pm at Seaton Town Hall. New members and visitors are always welcome (£3).

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