Janet will talk about her work and methods and lead you through her process to create a large scale allotment painting using dye, acrylic and pastel.
She has been painting allotments for many years and thinks this will be an obsession which will never end; now even having one of her own. As a subject allotments provide a wealth of colour, texture and changing light; all the elements required to produce compelling images.
About the Artist
“Having trained as a textile designer I feel this greatly influences my work, with a love of clean colour and pattern. To create my work, I use acrylic, sometimes collage materials and pastels. I use strong vivid fluid colour and then use the other media to add solidity to the objects and add depth. Some of the fluid dye areas will be left, as they are especially effective for creating reflective objects or water effects to contrast with the solid areas. When considering what to record I am looking for captivating compositions which draw your eye through the painting, breaking down elements into patterns, leading your eye from one object to the next. Pattern is important in my work, whether painting a still life or urban landscape, and this harks back to my training as a textile designer.
I am a member of Peak District Artisans and have had three articles published in ‘The Artist’.
What you will need to bring
• Janet will bring allotment imagery but if you have your own you may also use this
• Preferably Arches Aquarelle Hot Pressed watercolour paper 76 x 56 cm (300gsm) (available to buy on the day)
• Range of sizes of watercolour and acrylic brushes
• Water pots
• Welled palette or you could use yogurt cartons or jars.
• Tissue for catching drips
• For first stage either inks, acrylics, and Brusho. For second stage, Range of acrylic paints primary colours, white and black. I use System 3,Galeria and Pip Symore but if you don’t have these specific brands bring what you have.
• Plate, palette or tear off palettes for acrylics.
• Range of colours of pastels and chalks
All equipment and materials will be available to buy or borrow on the day, please contact us for further details.