Demo for Fairlie Art Club


Margaret R demoA demo in oils for Fairlie Art Club. Using the Zorn palette again..yellow ochre, cadmium red, ivory black and white.

~ by David Reid on November 14, 2017.

8 Responses to “Demo for Fairlie Art Club”

  1. What character to achieve in a demo! Just curious: Was she a stranger or known to you already?

    • Thank you! Yes, I know Margaret well, I am not sure how much this affects the likeness. A question I have often asked myself but never came to conclusion. I like to think there is no need to know someone as it is a reading of tones and shapes alone but I am probably underemphasising and ignoring the subconscious “knowing” as an aid to painting character.

      • In the case of expressiveness (which I guess I meant by the word character), in my own work knowing someone seems to enrich that a lot. And that exchange is central to my artmaking motives. That is not true for everyone. And even in some moods or situations, I love treating a person as a kind of “bodyscape” beautiful as a shape/shadow study for its own sake. Some of the best seem to come from this place always. Both viewpoints have their virtues IMO. Thanks for an interesting answer!

  2. Wow!

  3. Beautifully done – I love it!

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