Past Demonstrations

We enjoyed a return visit from REBECCA De MENDONCA on April 12th.

Rebecca specialises in pastels, and for our demonstration she focussed on Life and Energy, with an emphasis on people movement. Three children visiting the beach formed the subject, and the personality of each was readily evident in Rebecca's characterisation.

She uses primarily Unison pastels, and uses a paintable surface available in jars called 'Art Spectrum - Colourfix Surface Primer'

The images below are the two that were completed during the evening, the second being a landscape depicting a tor on Dartmoor. A video of the beach demonstration (approx 1 hr) is also below - just click on the link.



March 2021 brought us a demonstration of an acrylic seascape by DENISE ALLEN.  Denise used 'open' acrylic paints, which allow for more 'reworking' than standard acrylics. She used a limited palette, however managed to build detail into the painting very quickly. The following images show the progress from an outline, to the finished painting :

Denise Allen 1
Denise Allen 2
Denise Allen 3
Denise Allen 4
Denise Allen 5
Denise Allen 6

For reference, Denise kindly updated us with the following :

Materials used in acrylic demonstration of a coastal scene.

Atelier interactive acrylics. These are open acrylics, and dry in a different way. Instead of forming a skin, they dry from the bottom up, so you can keep rewetting them. They are available from the SAA and can be bought as individual colours, or there are starter sets.

The water pot I used was a deluxe brush bath. Widely available, SAA Jacksons etc. Comes with a sealable lid and a water pot.

30mm flat brush. This is a Da Vinci brush and is very useful. It is available from the SAA on this link.

The paper was the SAA acrylic practice paper. I have got used to it, and like it. It has a weave texture.

My links are as follows my website my facebook page 6 artists offering free demos and support my youtube channel The Travelling Brush Dippers youtube page, where Sharon and I will be having a regular vlog


February's demonstration was by PAUL SIMMONS. Paul completed an oil painting of a street scene, using a limited palette of colours.  Turpentine was used for softening the tone of the underpainting, before building up with greater detail. 

Paul also gave us a couple of tips - use a 'fat over lean' paint technique, and use a 'marl stick' to allow the creation of straight lines. 

The initial underpainting


Adding detail  ............






The finished painting (in 2 hours)

For January 2021, we had an ACRYLIC demonstration by Chris Forsey.  Chris is based in Surrey and specialises in atmospheric landscapes. Using a palette knife and flat brushes, a coastal landscape came together based on a couple of reference images near Dartmouth.


Reference Image #1

Reference Image #2

Early 'tonal' stage of the painting ...

The finished painting ..


Our December 2020 demonstration (again held by Zoom) was by Frank Walters.  Frank created two watercolour paintings - both using a limited palette of paints.

Frank Walters #3 Frank Walters #4

Valerie Pirlot :

WEB Valěrie Pirlot Victoria Park, Bath

VALERIE PIRLOT visited us from Bath, and demonstrated her oil painting technique for completing paintings outside (en plein air).  Key points made included planning your painting at the outset, clearly identifying the focal point, and making every brush stroke count ! The short video below is of Valerie in action :




Simon Bishop :

Little Girl painted by Simon Bishop

Recent demonstration given by accomplished local artist SIMON BISHOP.   Simon introduced a number of techniques including 'rag-wiping'. Have a look at the short video below to watch him in action creating the painting :