SINCE the beginning of the pandemic, Lyme Regis Art Society has successfully moved its activities online and, as well as its regular demonstrations, is now holding a Monthly Art Challenge in which members can submit interpretations of a given theme.
In many ways, these demonstrations have given viewers a more intimate experience in seeing work appearing on a screen right in front of them, and watching Richard Thorn create a Cornish seascape using inks and watercolours last Tuesday gave them a chance to appreciate every brush stroke and each “happy accident”.
Using a photograph as his basic ‘map’, Richard had drawn in the main elements of the scene in pencil with details penned in black ink and with a layer of graphite pencil adding texture.
As the work progressed to watercolour paints, he detailed each colour mix so members knew he used a watery mix of Royal Blue with Cobalt Blue for the sky and the same, with additional Phalo Turquoise, for the Cornish sea. A pale wash over the foam was to be whitened later with white ink.
Thinned Naples Yellow mixed with warm grey put colour onto the rocks, letting the underlying ink bleed into pools of shadow.
The work progressed in layers of these transparent colours, each one darkening the area whilst allowing the original pencil and under-paintings to shine through. The strongest areas of contrast came with grassy areas painted with a bright mix of Raw Sienna and Cob Green with a dash of red.
Greys added further details and highlights brought sparkle to the scene. Richard even brought in watercolour pencils for very fine detail whilst white paint laid in the lines of breaking surf. He scratched finer details into the grassy areas and brought back his calligraphy pen and blue- black ink for a final flourish.
The result was a beautifully fresh bright Cornish seascape and an excellent teaching experience. Members said they are very grateful to Richard for taking on the Zoom challenge and for giving them such a rewarding afternoon.
For details on future Lyme Regis Art Society events and how to join, visit www.lymeregisartssociety.org.uk