Society Of Fulham Artists and Potters.
The workshop was about painting portraits using photo references. I started talking about materials and on my ideas for a good palette composition.
I have often seen students whose palette doesn't seem at all consistent with their painting style or what they seem to be trying to achieve. I believe there has to be a rational approach for setting out colours for a specific painting. I generally recommend a palette which includes both earth colours and more chromatic hues, and I mentioned a few colours I find particularly useful. I also suggested some tips for taking good photo reference.
After a brief introduction on colour characteristics and temperature I painted a small demo for about one hour. I am actually still working on the little painting I had started ( The Unwilling Sitter).
The afternoon was dedicated to practice: everyone did a very good job considering the limited time and in some cases the inadequate reference they had brought with them. I hope they will give it another go on their own !
SOFAP Spring Show is opening on the 9th of May at the Fulham Library on Fulham Road and will remain open until the 23rd.