AN unusual demonstration held members of Lyme Regis Art Society enthralled, as Simon Bramble showed them his unique style of painting, using only four colours – cadmium yellow, cadmium red, cerulean and ultramarine.
Simon’s paintings are about forms and colours rather than realism and he combines buildings with the Devonshire countryside in complimentary designs.
He usually works on several oils paintings together and paints around the sides of his cotton canvases but, with only limited time available for the demonstration, he used quick drying acrylics to recreate a depiction of St Swithen’s Church in Woodbury, near Exeter.
Simon had sketched in the rough outlines of his design and began by painting the buildings cadmium yellow, turning the canvas upside down to paint in the skyline. The fields became a mix of cerulean and the cadmium yellow with ultramarine creating stronger shades of green in the churchyard in the foreground.
Windows and roofs and sky were filled with neat cerulean with a layer of ultramarine spreading down the sky for effect. Next, cadmium red was mixed with yellow and streaks of this orange gave definition to the walls.
After the break, ultramarine shadowing on all the forms rounded the shapes and pure red lines added lift to the edges. Further definition was added with black lines, creating an almost stained glass effect.
Finally, using a small brush, small trees were put in along the skyline and dark lines of hedges drawn around the fields.
Simon will be running a workshop at Lyme Regis Football Club from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday, November 27th.
Lyme Regis Art Society meet on alternate Tuesdays in the Woodmead Halls from 2pm to 4pm until the end of March. Visitors and new members are always welcome. For further details, contact Sheila Stratton on 01297 445464 or visit www.lymeregisartssociety.org.uk