LYME Regis Art Society members enjoyed a demonstration of oil painting by talented artist Geoff Storer this week.
Born in Walsall in the Midlands, Geoff ‘s talent was obvious at school and he became a technical illustrator. This careful attention to detail and accuracy could be seen in his watercolour portraits that were passed around during the demo.
Geoff always uses the best paints he can afford and started by laying in an underpainting of the stormy sea scene he was planning.
Inspired by a stormy day on the beach at Hengist Head, near Bournemouth, he used a mix of Prussian blue, Payne’s grey and zinc white for the leaden sky adding lighter tones with Alizarin crimson and whitem, whilst Naples yellow, brown and yellow ochre brought colour to the beach.
He used turps to wash brushes but liquin to mix the paints, and had created a low wooden bridge that spanned the canvas so he could reach over wet paint to put in details.
After a break for tea, the top layer added depth to the painting and foreground details gave life to the picture. He had also brought in a finished version so members could really appreciate the effect of all the final touches.
Lyme Regis Art Society meets fortnightly between September and March. The next meeting is on Tuesdya, November 5 when Kit Glaiser demonstrates landscape painting with water colours.
For further information visit the website www.lymeregisartsociety.org.uk or contact secretary Sheila Stratton on 01297 445464.