traditional and digital paintings,

Demo at
The South Wirral Art Society

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

I arrived at the venue about ten minutes late thanks to my Sat Nav (I normally get to a venue thirty minutes before the start)… well, it was more my fault than anything, I put the post code on the letterhead thinking it was the Art Society post code into my Sat-Nav, it turned out to be the post code of the organiser, I ended up outside of his house…one lesson learned.

I hit the ground running when I finally arrived at the Art Society. I had to help rearrange the seating as they had me in a poorly lit area of the room, the only area for me with adequate lighting had pillars in the way of spectators. People came up to me and asked if I was right or left handed, and then proceeded to rearrange the chairs again. All the expected people had arrived and were seated before I had chance to set up. When I eventually started I went straight into the swatches routine (which I had prepared earlier in the afternoon), showing how Atelier Interactive stays workable at least six hours after it had dried. I painted two patches of Red, one using Liquitex acrylic paint and the other Atelier Interactive acrylic paint. I then sprayed Unlocking Formula onto both patches, I then put a small amount on Blue onto each Red colour, the Liquitex Blue onto the Liquitex Red patch and the Atelier Interactive Blue onto the Atelier Interactive Red patch.

I turned to the spectators and started to brush the Blue paint into into it's corresponding colours. The Atelier Interactive paint blended perfectly producing a dark purple colour while the Liquitex paint did not blend at all. This activity impressed the spectators as a number of them painted with acrylics but were frustrated with it's drying time (too quick). I then asked the spectators, "what would you like to see me paint"? a seascape or a landscape. I had some photographs with me and they decided on the one from which this painting was painted. The Society was sent samples of Saunders Waterford 300lbs watercolour paper so I proceeded to paint using this paper.

I prepared the paper a couple of days prior to this demo using Atelier Binder Medium, I also did the same to a canvas just incase I was asked to paint on canvas or if I had enough time to paint another painting (hence the extra photographs). Prior to painting I also painted over the surface of the paper a mixture of Atelier Retarder and Liquifying Medium, this would allow me extra time to work with the paint without the use of a spray bottle. Normally I would pr-draw the image to be painted onto the surface of the paper or canvas to save me time, but unfortunately as luck would have it, a service engineer called at my home earlier that day which prevented me from doing the what I needed to do. As it was, I went straight into drawing the image below using paint, as the surface was already wet the drawing went very smoothly.

I used large brushes and a palette knife for this painting which took me approximately one hour and thirty minutes to paint, I also used a spray containing Atelier Interactive Unlocking Formula in parts to give a feeling of an oil painting, once again this impressed some people. Four days prior to this demo I produced a small canvas of crashing waves, which was inspired by a Roy Lang DVD. the idea behind this painting was two fold, one was as a test piece to see how long it would take me, as it was this painting took approximately two hours. The second reason was to use it to test the Unlocking Formula on, to show how,

even after days of drying, you can still open up parts of a painting for re-working… however I did not reckon on one small thing… my three and a half year old grandson. As soon as he saw the painting he took a shine to it and told his mummy, "look what granddad painted for me".

I did however use a small part of the painting to demonstrate the properties of the medium. By spraying a small part of the painting with Unlocking Medium I was able to rub away the paint down to the canvas, this also impressed the attentive audience, and the painting was saved for prosperity… or my grandson.

A lot of questions were asked after the demonstration, namely "Where can we get this Atelier Interactive paint from" "Is it expensive" etc. I answered all of the questions with confidence and I am very sure Atelier Interactive will have new followers very soon.