Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Colourful Welsh water comes to Chester!

A truly magical day was spent demonstrating and teaching pastel techniques to members of Grosvenor Art Society in Chester on Saturday 17 September '16. 

The day began with a wonderful warm welcome from everyone at Grosvenor Art Society with an exciting mornings demonstration of an expressive pastel painting I created of a seascape 'Incoming evening tide, North Bay, Anglesey' - a beautiful wild and rocky Welsh beach and personal favourite on the Island of Anglesey in North Wales I've visited and sketched at a number of times. 

Filmed as I worked, the expressive pastel painting really took shape over the two hours on 'Sky Grey' Canson Mi-Teintes 'Touch’ 350gsm pastel paper.  

Making a start out lining the composition with complimentary colours with both soft and hard pastels

Building up the tones, colours and layers both drawing and painting with different brands of pastels to include Unison Colour, Rembrandt pastels, Sennelier soft pastels, and Inscribe pastels amongst others

Sharing a joke or two with everyone as I painted, teaching as I demonstrated too, it was a real pleasure to share skills with everyone for a very short 2 hours if felt.

At the end of the well received demonstration (thanks everyone) I had the honour to present two amazing painters from Grosvenor Art Society with well deserved awards for wonderful paintings entered into their Art Society open competition.

The demonstration painting created on Canson Mi-Teintes 'Touch' 350gsm pastel paper (sky grey). Just one of the 10 colours available in the Canson Mi-Teintes 'Touch' range of full sheet sizes 50 x 65cm. An  exceptional paper that inspires so many creative directions for so many different painting subjects

Presenting May Farrington with 'The Grosvenor Society Award' for best work at Grosvenor art Society Spring 2016 exhibition. A wonderful abstract painting full of expression.

Ellis Spender from Grosvenor Art Society receiving his award ‘guest speaker’s’ award for Grosvenor Art Society Spring exhibition. The guest speaker was Graham Finch of Blutulip publishing. A wonderful stylish figurative painting full of colour and glowing light and a real story within the painting that keeps you engaged.

In the afternoon the creativity continued with a seascape themed workshop for several members of Grosvenor Art Society - a fabulous opportunity for all to try out pastel techniques shown in the mornings demonstration. The finished results everyone created were really great!

A really amazing and special day for everyone. Thanks to all who bought things from me too and a special thanks to who bought an original painting from me. May it bring you years of pleasure and I'm glad it's gone to a good home!

I look forward to sharing creative painting skills with al the friendly art members of Grosvenor Art Society in the future. May that day come soon!

In the meantime here are all the art holidays for the remainder of the year to consider and those for 2017 to include the 'local one' to Chester at 'Sandpiper Studio' on The wirral organised by Julie McLean.

Here's the details for that with me in action too and the style of painting you can be taught to paint like too

For all other art workshops and art holidays for the remainder of this year and 2017 visit

See you again soon I hope. A real thrill to come and teach you all at Grosvenor Art Society.

All photographs taken and included by kind permission of Ron