Local Exhibition 2019

This coming Saturday and Sunday I will be participating in a local exhibition together with about 60 other artists. For me it will be the first time at this venue following the advice of a friend who has exhibited there before. The event takes place in a hall of a former coal mine where the miners used to receive their wage packets.

Visitors pay a small entrance fee of less than £ 2. Children go free. Fees for exhibitors are also quite reasonable.

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How to paint a river estuary – part 7

After finishing the boat house, the adjoining wall, and the boats in the middle distance I turned to the decaying boat and river bed in the foreground. I used raw umber to stipple down the pebbles with a well worn brush twisting and turning it to create a variety of textures. White was added to the raw umber for another layer of pebbles and burnt sienna and in some parts even prussian blue came into play for the darker areas.

I was able to employ the same colour mixes for the decaying boat itself. Larger areas were covered with a no.5 flat brush following the planks of the boat. Details and smaller areas saw me busy with a no.2 round brush which I had trimmed with my scissors to give it a very sharp point.

After a number of sessions I was able to send my customer another photo to let him know about the progress.

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How to paint a river estuary – part 6

After telling you about all those exciting activities I recently experienced it is time for part6 of my commission of a river estuary painting.

After putting the finishing touches to the trees with many layers of different shades of green I started on the boat house. Mixing lemon yellow with a touch of burnt sienna I achieved the lovely warm tones which are almost leaning towards shades of orange. The bricks were stippled in with dabs of raw umber using a no.1 brush. I made sure it was not too much in focus as the building is almost a background feature.

The adjoining wall was painted in much the same way. However, I decided to make the tones much darker. Shadow areas received a thin layer of raw umber adding ultramarine blue where appropriate.

Over a period of several days I also started on the boats on the opposite side of the river.

Again I sent the image to my customer to let him know about the progress and give him a chance to comment on any changes that he might want. Glad so say he was happy.

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Artists on German TV – Joseph Zbukvic

I have got a slot on a German tv channel to show my own series of films. The programmes presenting artists belonging to AERA the Association Embracing Realist Art are being broadcast on a German TV channel. Once a month a new member has his or her work put in front of a wide audience. I have added German subtitles where necessary to make it accessible to viewers who are less fluent in English. The productions will not only be shown on the German TV channel several times over but they have also been entered into the station´s free public media library.

Furthermore Zattoo offer a live stream for subscribers in Europe. You can register for free. It will give you access to 89 tv channels. One of them is NRWision which features our AERA programmes several times a month.

You can also view the most recent 20 minute video by clicking on the following image.

artist Joseph ZbukvicThis month the production is about the Australian watercolour artist Joseph Zbukvic. We are looking forward to your comments or you may prefer just to click on the LIKE button below.

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Pop up Art Cafe at Lupton House Brixham 2019

I have taken part in an art exhibition at Lupton House, Brixham last weekend. A wide selection of wonderful paintings were on display including classical themes such as floral, still-life, figurative and landscape as well as seascape subject matters and some abstracts too. Visitors were able to enjoy the paintings while treating themselves to tea and scones or lunch.

The Devon Art Society (DAS) has a long tradition of exhibiting and selling high quality paintings at affordable prices. Visitors were welcome to talk with the artists to share their impressions as several artists were present throughout the exhibition.

Event Date:
Friday to Sunday 15,16,17th March 2019 open 10 am to 3.30 pm

Venue:
Lupton House, Brixham Road, Churston Ferrers TQ5 0LD
free car parking nearby

Admission was free

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Hermanus Wilhelm Koekkoek exhibition

by Hermanus Wilhelm Koekkoek

On Sunday my wife and I together with my friend and his wife attended the grand opening of the Hermanus Wilhelm Koekkoek exhibition at the Koekkoek House Museum in Cleves. There were so many visitors from both the Netherlands and Germany that many had to stand outside the two communicating large rooms where the opening addresses were being delivered.

Hermanus Wilhelm Koekkoek was a relative of the 19th century Prince of landscape painters Barend Cornelis Koekkoek whose house has acted as a museum since 1960. The upper floors of the museum were now filled with master pieces by H.W. Koekkoek many of them on loan by Dutch families. One of the works of art normally hangs in the residence of the Royal family of the Netherlands who graciously contributed the painting to this wonderful exhibition.

H.W. Koekkoek specialized in military paintings and acted as an illustrator for The Illustrated London News while living in England for a number of years before photography robbed him of this part of his income.

You will be able to visit this special exhibition until June 30th 2019.
The museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 2pm to 5pm and on Sundays and public holidays from 11am to 5pm.

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How to paint a river estuary – part 5

Here is part 5 of my commission of a river estuary painting.

Before I could work on the details of the trees I had to model the sky. A mix of cerulean and cobalt blue with white gave me the base colour. This was laid in with a wide bristle brush. The clouds were formed with much more white going into the mix applying circular movements with a smaller brush.

Next I would work on the background trees. I used lemon yellow and ultramarine blue adding burnt sienna to break the tone for the darker greens. The very dark greens also saw some Prussian blue go into the mix. More lemon yellow was added for the lighter areas. These had to go to the right, the same as the clouds since that is where the light was coming from.  I shaped the trees by stippling layer upon layer of different shades of green to achieve the desired effect.

Again I sent the image to my customer to let him know about the progress and give him a chance to comment on any changes that he might want.

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How to paint a river estuary – part 4

This is part 4 of my commission to create a painting of a river estuary.

In this step I put in the basic tree colours. Again it was not important to be exact. I used lemon yellow and cerulean blue adding raw umber to break the tone. I never use greens straight from the tube. At most I would take tube greens with a suitable amount of a complementary colour mixed in. Water helped to dilute the paint for the lighter areas.  The darker greens were achieved with a touch of ultramarine blue in the mix. I sent the image to my customer by way of a progress report to keep him in the picture so to speak.

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Art Coming to Life

painting by Pat Harrison

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You will be as surprised as I was when I saw art coming to life in this amazing little video clip.

See what happened at an exhibition of old masterpieces.

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How to paint a river estuary – part 3

Here is part 3 of my commission to create a painting of a river estuary.

In this step I wanted to apply an underpainting to decide where the lights and darks should go. I used raw umber to lay in the tones adding water for the lighter areas. At this stage it was not important to be exact. I sent the image to my customer by way of a progress report.

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