Thursday 23 August 2012

Monday abstract evenings

The summer is here - a lot of us have guests - but we still find time to come to abstract classes on Monday evenings. Most Monday evenings we have special projects, techniques or subjects we try out - but this summer has been dedicated to finishing off earlier works and to subjects of our own choice. As you can see from a sample of the ongoing work - the subjects vary a lot:

Michele's abstract lady

Merete's birds in a cage

Barabara's marble effects

Sue's purely abstract

Lisbeth's abstract

Monday evenings are very special - and it's a productive crowd. Here you see some of the artists at work:



Thursday 16 August 2012

Summer Acrylics

Summer is definitely here ! People have either left for cooler countries, they have visitors at home - or are struggling with the heat in some way or another. Class attendance is low which means that everyone gets lots and lots of attention from Pim. The Wednesday class runs as an atelier libre during the summer with no special projects. Take a look at the variety. Here is some of the on going abstract work - but there is still a way to go on both of these paintings.

Portraits in different styles have always been a favourite of different artists. Earlier this summer there was an exhibition in Martigny Switzerland with portraits from the Pompidou Centre. Perhaps that is where the inspiration came from.

Work in progress

As usual, the big event is lunch. Under the shade of the trees the participants enjoyed lunch while taking a break from their work.

And here is the youngest and newest class member - Phine. She hasn't learned to paint yet - but who knows.

Saturday 4 August 2012

Aquarelle Tuesdays - with Marina

Last weeks' abstract background by Brigitte Jansen was finished and ended up as a surprisingly lighthearted and funny illustration-like aquarelle

The last Tuesday with the Aquarellista's before the summer, was started with an excellent lunch and then we all felt like painting -and we did, and how! Admire the results above and below...
A pair of beautiful blue eyes by Cathy Dariel

Cathy has now officially finished the starters exercises (apart from paper stretching - we'll do that with everybody after the holidays) and although she herself is modest about it, I think she has done a great job and now really understands the basics of watercolours!
Cathie van der Stel finished her abstract - very beautiful, rich in detail!
(Enlarge by clicking on the picture)

The candy still life of Edith Alborni is almost finished... End result in September ☺

Jim Kane's beautiful and interesting version of the 4 layers exercise

As usual, Jim tackled the exercise (dark blue sky, orange water & lights, black buildings, gray waves)in his own way. He used masking fluid for the stars and the water so that he could let that wash go from light to dark, and - after the first orange wash- also for the windows. In the picture the windows look white but in fact they are very light orange...
Brigitte Jansen's butterfly - just out of its chrysalis... Beautiful light!
Cathie van der Stel had 5 minutes left after her abstract and spent it on this quick sketch! Note the light, the beautiful flow of the greens - and the overall spontaneity!!
And we end this last Aquarellista-post with a 'tribute' to Sandra Seymour-Dale. She thinks in an original way and her watercolours are sometimes real struggles because Sandra is also bloody serious about her art and not easily satisfied. Her final results always look fresh and spontaneous! Click on the pictures to enlarge them and appreciate the detail...

Abstract with yellow geyser (or is it...?)
After lots of little tweaks the 'Cave' is now finished. And impressive!