Friday, November 13, 2009
Highlights from The ROI Open Painting Evening at the Mall Galleries
ADEBANJI AND ANTONIO
There's nothing like being in the midst of like minded people! But to be in the midst of painters all painting is the crescendo of art for me! That's one of the things that made me tick at Art College. It has been quite a while that I have had such an opportunity, so I was really looking forward to this years ROI Open Painting Evening!
EVERYONE IN THE SPIRIT
The highlight of this year was that one of the models we painted was to be Antonio Carluccio, The famous Italian chef and restaurateur. Most of us painters expected him to pose in a chef outfit but he turned up just like us. I asked him, "Why?" He simply said,"I am not a chef, I am a cook, the chef does it for the money as a profession, while the cook, cooks for the love of it!"
ADEBANJI'S PAINTING OF ANTONIO
I can't tell how many artists were present on the night but the place was packed with high spirits and inspiration! Just witnessing all the artists, both members and non-members "attacking" their canvasses with brush and paint was a simple delight to behold! Winsor and Newton were also present with their stand to give artists present some tips on colours, methods, materials and technical stuff. Lucky they were around as I went rushing to the stand when I ran out of Titanium White! Every participant got a lovely bag donated by Winsor and Newton on the night, I have kept mine as it was strong, sturdy and very handy.
ADEBANJI'S PROGRESS WHILE PAINTING
I am not going to bore you with too many words, as they normally say, "pictures speak louder than words". The pictures you'll see here are just a few shots I took while painting, of some scenes that were of interest to me!
ROGER DELLAR-IT'S A DELIGHT TO WATCH HIM GO FROM BIG SHAPES UNDEFINED TO SMALL DETAILS DEFINED.
RICHARD PRICE- HE WON LAST YEARS PRIZE, THE PAINTING IN THE EXHIBITION THIS YEAR. HERE YOU CAN SEE HIS SIMPLE SET UP WITH PAINTING. NOTICE THE SUBTLE COLOUR SHIFTS AND DELICATE TOUCHES.
NATALIA AVDEEVA- SHE WAS A PRIZE WINNER ON THE NIGHT, I LOVE HER CUBIC STROKE APPROACH.
LUIS MORRIS- GREAT TO SEE HIM PAINTING, HE STARTS FROM CAREFULLY PLACED SHAPES/BLOCKS OF COLOUR, THEN FROM NO WHERE YOU'LL BEGIN TO SEE HOW THE IMAGE UNFOLDS!
LUIS MORRIS- THIS IS HIS PALETTE - LOOK AT THOSE "JUICY" COLOUR MIXTURES
LUCY MCKIE- HER DETAILED APPROACH ALL STARTS OFF LIKE THIS. WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY TO SEE HOW HER WORK STARTS OFF! I REALLY LIKED HER PORTRAITS IN THE SHOW!
JUNE MENDOZA- A MASTER PORTRAIT PAINTER- JUST SEE HOW THE MODEL CAME TO LIFE JUST AFTER THE BREAK TIME!
JUNE MENDOZA- HERE IS HER PALETTE, CAN YOU GUESS THE NAMES OF THOSE COLOURS?
DENNIS SYRETT- HERE IS HIS PALETTE- I'M SURE THIS WILL END UP HIGHER THAN MOUNT EVEREST IN THE END!
DENNIS SYRETT- THIS IS HIM IN PROGRESS, WATCH OUT FOR THE STROKE PER STROKE APPLICATION, QUITE INTERESTING! DENNIS IS PAST PREDIDENT OF THE ROI.
CHRISTINE ELLIS(hope spelling is right)- SHE WON A PRIZE ON THE NIGHT, JUST LOVE HOW SHE CAPTURED DAVID CURTIS IN ACTION!
On a final note DAVID PLIGRIM one of the artists who exhibited in the show has some highlights of the painting night and show too. You can click HERE to see.