Artist Honiton Art Society shows three steps to paint Cheviot Hills

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 April 2017

Somerset based artist Kate Cochrane. Picture: Contributed

Somerset based artist Kate Cochrane. Picture: Contributed


Honiton Art Society will be holding its annual general meeting on Monday, May 8.

The meeting will take place at Awliscombe Village hall, starting at 2pm, writes Thelma Woodward.

The society’s April meeting featured Somerset-based artist Kate Cochrane, who had an interesting approach to her demonstration.

Her subject was a landscape in the Cheviot Hills, painted on board, which had previously been primed with Gesso with an orange acrylic background added,

Kate chose orange for the background as it is a good complementary colour to the green of the landscape.

To demonstrate her method of building up a painting in layers, Kate had divided her board into three sections, each showing a stage in the painting process. The first section showed the initial outline drawing in coloured chalks, the second stage had been painted in opposing colours to those to be used in the final picture, with the true colours added in the third section.

Working in acrylics, with a palette knife, Kate started with the chalk sketched area adding the opposing colours, these help with any tonal amendments, letting some of the orange background show through.

She then moved on to the second section adding the true colours to link up with the third, already completed, section.

Some texture paste was added to the sky mixes and a mix of purple, with a little cobalt blue and white was used for the distant hills, which created a good three-dimensional effect.

With work still to be done on the painting, when finished, Kate applies a coat of picture wax which leaves an attractive sheen.

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