Kibworth Art Lovers’ Society
A demonstration in soft chalk pastels was given at the April meeting, by Peter Barker from Uppingham.
Peter brought along a selection of photos which he had taken, and allowed the audience to choose the scene; he then treated us to a masterclass on how to create an atmospheric landscape painting.
Oil paints are his most frequent medium, but when using pastels he has a range of some 2,000 different colours to choose from. His picture, of a river near Duddington, was created by building up light and dark tones, from the sky to the distant trees and fields to foreground river banks and meadow foliage. He has an uncanny ability to portray water in his landscapes, in rivers, pools and seascapes.
Advice was given on the importance of taking great care to make careful observations of the scene being painted, by making comparisons with the levels of distance: paint what one sees, not what one thinks is there. Peter’s pastels are framed and mounted under light-fast UV glass which shows the pictures to their best advantage. It is recommended that pastel pictures are not hung in direct sunlight.
Peter has recently opened a new gallery at Hopes Yard in Uppingham, where his own works and those of some 20 other artists are displayed. It is open from Wednesdays to Sundays, and details of opening times and paintings for sale can be found on his website, www.peterbarkerfineart.co.uk.
Our next meeting is on 21 (not 28) May when Danielle Vaughan is talking and demonstrating Collage pictures. We meet in St Wilfrid’s Church Hall starting at 7.30 pm; all are welcome. This will be followed on 25 June by a visit to the On the Edge Framing Workshop in Market Harborough, for members only.