Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Paintings By Artist of the Month Pam Hawkins

I have always loved drawing and painting and can remember when /I was about 9 or 10 writing stories and illustrating them, though unfortunately they were never published. At school I got distinction in Art at '0' Level and went on to spend 18 months wasting my time at Twickenham Art School until my father insisted I trained for a "proper job".  Reluctantly I went to secretarial college and surprised myself by quite enjoying it.  With hindsight I know I much prefer keeping art as a hobby.

Over the next 25 years I was preoccupied with bringing up  a large family and working part time as a medical secretary. It is only in the last 20 years or so that I have been able to spend more time painting.  I enjoy most media watercolour for flowers and landscapes, acrylic also for landscapes and oil for portraits.  Life drawing I also love and keep telling myself I must go to more life classes, the flesh is weak I am afraid !  My real love is portraits and I have had several commissions, I usually do preliminary sketches following up in the studio with photos.  I am currently Programme Secretary for Virginia Water Art Society and having done it for several years (and thoroughly enjoyed it) I am hoping someone will volunteer to take over next year! Any Offers?

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Rodney Lucas Demonstration 1.2.12 A Farm in Genesis Oils

It was a very cold night, nevertheless we had a good turnout to watch the demonstration by Rodney Lucas President of Virginia Water Art Society. Rodney demonstrated the use of Genesis Oil which have are quite different to other oils in that they do not dry until dried with either a hair dryer or placed in the oven to dry.  Rodney used the oils and painted a farm scene using artistic licence to slightly alter the image from his original photograph in order to enhance the composition. In under two hours Rodney amazingly completed all but the final touches of his painting and  passed on his tips and hints for using the oils whilst working.  The members thoroughly enjoyed his demonstration and it was well worth braving the weather. As well as having agreat demonstration we also had a visit from a local press photographer who took several pictures of Rodney and will be doing an article for us in our local papers either the Staines & Egham or the Informer.  Also Marie Cook received the Pat Hare Award for the Mayors Favourite Painting which was her watercolour The Wave  we have had Marie's name engraved on the award and the date, we also had our Rose Bowl award engraved with our Societies name and the Winner of this award was John  Fordham for the publics vote for their favourite painting. John was unfortunately not present at the meeting