Had a lovely one-day workshop with Haidee-Jo Summers at the Mall Gallery yesterday. It was about creating figures in a lose way and not over-finishing. This is something I struggle with so it was such an enjoyable day. We were asked to paint a scene from an upside- down photograph. This was very liberating as it made me see the people as shapes rather than legs an arms. At times I felt as though I’d lost the proportions but was able to sort this out later as I was working in acrylics. Anyway, this was the result, called “Edwardian Picnic”. Have a go – it really helps. Not possible if you’re working from life, of course. The other thing she recommended was Windsor & Newton’s blue-black. We’re always told not to use black in a painting as it deadens everything but blue-black is a good mixer without doing this. I’m about to order some.
About angela brittain
Each work I create has a search for “rightness” – an attempt to solve complex and often self-imposed compositional problems. They often have a tension below the surface. I work mainly in oil or acrylics on board. People fascinate me but I’m not sure that I made a conscious decision to make people central to my work or if this subject chose me. I have a Diploma in Art and Design and worked for several years as a graphic designer and illustrator before finally returning to my first love of drawing & painting in 2008. I have taught art to children and adults and currently offer one-to-one workshops from my home studio in West Sussex. I am a Member of the Society of Women Artists (SWA) and exhibit in London and the South.