Take a brush with danger, artists told

PUBLISHED: 14:51 09 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:02 09 February 2016

Alan Cotton  and local artist. Janet Owen, with her acrylic painting of daffodils

Alan Cotton and local artist. Janet Owen, with her acrylic painting of daffodils


Seaton Art Society members urged to adopt a ‘fortune favours the bold’ approach

Seaton Art Society’s celebrated president Alan Cotton advised members to take a bold approach to their paintings when he delivered his annual criticism of members’ work.

He was confronted with a wide variety of local landscapes, seascapes, portraits, still life paintings and abstracts for him to cast his beady eye over and appraise.

Mediums used by members varied from drawings in pencil, charcoal or chalk, water colours, acrylics, collages, oil paintings done with small brushes, big brushes or palate knives and even fingers.

And one painting was still wet and glistening from last minute touching up.

Alan’s advice to new artists was: “Don’t start with watercolour, much too difficult. Draw from life. Get to know your subject well before committing it to a painting, and then start with gouache as there’s more flexibility for correcting mistakes. Develop your own style, but don’t get into a rut and keep imitating it.”

He suggested that a change of size or scale would encourage fresh challenges. If you prefer to paint small pictures, try a big one. If you prefer to paint big pictures, try a very small one. Use a long thin canvas, or a square one. Don’t be nervous. Go for it.

“Fortune favours the brave,” he told them.

“And when it’s finished, put it in a good frame. A good painting needs a good frame to show it off.”

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