Monday, July 04, 2016

Eaton Manor Workshop

We were asked by Tony who has a company in Leeds if we would do a workshop for his employees when they were staying at Eaton Manor nr Church Stretton as a well earned treat..After a bit of disscussion with him we decided on painting a big acrylic painting and also a small oil one too..We went and had a look at the venue last week to see where we could do the workshop, as there was a choice of rooms.. We were made very welcome by the lovely Laura who showed us all around the options  and we decided that the games room would be best --having a wipeable floor and good lighting--not that we usualy make a mess --but if there are any brushes dropped accidentaly its easily cleaned..
We arrived in good time to get the tables set up,easels and canvas at the ready..the only thing I couldnt prepare was the paint! As we had decided they were going to paint the "Yesterday" picture which has a huge range of colours I had to wait for the students to arrive and choose for themselves which ones they would like to do..but as I had set out some examples of the picture around the room they were able to come to the table where I had the paint and tell me quite quickly what they wanted,,
As usual there was a wide range of colours chosen,,Simon used the browns and creams with a touch of orange..

and everyone soon settled down to paint..

Love the pinks and purples..

bronws and creams were quite popular too..

Its amazing how so many different effects can be achieved using the same colours,,

Mark chose to do the monochrome version but added a touch of orange which worked really well

Luke used a lovely combination of blues and purples..

Steve's is lovely and vibrant in the yellows and oranges..

amazing how quickly everyone found their confidence..

contemplating where to go next,,,

the paintings took shape very quickly...

Tony used the chocolate browns..

More orange went into this one--and what a difference it made--completely different feel to it!

as soon as we start adding the black horizon line they change very quickly..

the sky looks quite dramatic on this one,,

I love the light in Tony's painting,,

love these colours..

looks like a storm may be brewing in the distance..

I have to admit-- I love this colour combination--its never been done in class before-but Kev really made a cracking job of it-very atmospheric!

as you can see in the background the wine and beer were flowing during the workshop--it certainly helps any nerves to disperse !

a lovely calm painting..

lovely warm glow on this one..

Just using the brushes at a different angle really makes a huge difference to the end painting..

that touch of orange is just great!

a good variety of foregrounds were added,,

just a touch of blue on the browns and creams canvas made a huge change...

I love these colours...

This one had us all looking closely--in the background I can see the Sydney Opera House and some dolphins leaping out of the water too!

such calm water here...

End Results---all brilliant-and all so different too...

some trees and bunnies were added to some of them..

well done everyone...

after a few minutes break while we swapped the acrylics for oils and the huge canvas for tiny ones and  we  had a quick oil painting session , painting Poppy Fields.
They soon found that the 2 mediums are completely different to each other..
but everyone seemed to like using it as much.

it only took about 30 mins for us to get these charming little paintings done..

as with the larger paintings-all very different to each other!

all very good! Below are the finished ''Yesterday'' paintings..

some twinkling stars and a shining moon...


love the moon peering out of the clouds at the top..

Tony let me know that they got the acrylic paintings back to Leeds safely-we will pop over to Eaton Manor when the oils are dry and pack and send them to him. Tony said they all loved the day and we will look forward to seeing them again in the future..

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