August 2021

Peter Keegan in charcoal

Peter kindly stepped in and covered for Mark Fennell who was unwell.

Another successful zoom demonstration by Peter Keegan. He took us through the principals of charcoal drawing by copying a portait of a man's face. It had character and a depth of tones which Peter highlighted by using techniques designed to bring out the details in the drawing.

He began by using straight lines to position the face, placing the eyes, nose and mouth. Then he built up the tones and shading with the flat of the charcoal, gradually curving the lines and blurring the edges of the face.

He used a hog's hair brush for blurring as well as his fingers which gave different effects, and also a simple eraser for final detailing. White chalk completed the highlights on the nose, chin, forehead and cheeks.

The completed picture was of a very interesting face, full of character and charm.

Diane Bell

Roxton Church

Our group of artists outdoor painting in Roxton enjoyed sitting in the grounds of the thatched Methodist church. Chatting to the treasurer and deacon we discovered that the church was struggling financially. To help, we donated some paintings to sell at a fundraising exhibition.

In a lovely message of thanks we heard that most of the pictures were sold at a very successful weekend.

Jean Paterson