Art society members ‘tear up the rule book’

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Paul Dolman gave a demonstration for Lyme Regis Art Society

MEMBERS of Lyme Regis Art Society were advised to “tear up the rule book” and work in their own way by their latest guest demonstrator, Paul Dolman.

Paul said that there were no rules in art, as members watched him drag bright green water-based acrylic paint over the dark Prussian blue oil paint on his board. Working on a piece of MDF, he was recreating Tobermory harbour in oil paint but with interesting extras and using a fascinating technique.

Paul is a mainly self-taught artist whose work has attracted a lot of attention through Facebook and is currently working on 14 new paintings of the Florida Everglades for a gallery there, as well as having work exhibited in South Africa. For his demonstration, he had come from the New Forest and joked that if the everglade pictures don’t sell he could turn them into New Forest pictures, minus moss and alligators.

He enjoys sharing his work and encourages anyone hoping to paint with ideas and helpful tips on equipment.

Paul’s paint went straight from the tube onto the unprimed board without oil or thinners. He used cheap brushes and cleaned his hands and equipment with olive oil and wet wipes. Using Williamsburg handmade paints and some from Dalor Rowney, he blended quick-drying white with blue into a soft tone with just his hands, then rubbed on copper metallic paint with ultramarine for trees, carefully avoiding the sky tones.

The coloured buildings on the quayside remained mere suggestions, reflecting down in the dark Prussian blue water below.

Finally, Paul used a small brush to paint in the rusty trawlers in exquisite detail, blending their reflection with tissues and adding fluorescent paints in sharp contrast to the sombre background layers. He even uses watercolour pencils for fine detail or inks and varnishes his picture between layers.

Members of the society said they really appreciated the “freedom of his approach and the snippets of advice so generously given”.

Lyme Regis Art Society Society meets on alternate Tuesdays in the Woodmead Halls from 2pm to 4pm until the end of March. The next demonstration, ‘Seascape with Light and Atmosphere’ by Paul Dolman will be on Tuesday, February 2nd. Visitors and new members are always welcome.

For further details, contact Sheila Stratton on 01297 445464 or visit

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