Artists grab attention through online demonstrations

Artist Mark Warner

Artist Mark Warner - Credit: Mark Warner

This last month the organisers of the Zoom demos brought us not one but two amazing painters to the sessions, writes Ann England of Sidmouth Society of Artists. These painters used very different methodology to produce amazing paintings.

The first demonstration was from Mark Warner who painted in acrylics and gave us a seascape in a very loose style. He hails from Wales and has worked as a teacher for many years, which has helped him going forward to deliver painting holidays and workshops.

Mark Warner's acrylic seascape

Mark Warner's acrylic seascape - Credit: Mark Warner

First of all, Mark used a strip of paper to the side of the painting to test the colour and blend throughout and then marked the horizon with a piece of tape, both unusual ideas which help the painter.

He likes colour and line and by using Windsor and Newton artist quality paints, a large flat synthetic brush size 25 and 160lb paper, he began the background. Mark didn’t use water with the paint in order to give depth. He continued with his unique and exciting way of presentation and as you can see from the painting it would inspire anyone to take up acrylics when trying something new. We are now finding that several members of the group are painting along with the artist!
Which is also exactly what was expected with the second painter Ian Fennelly who is an urban sketcher and paints mostly outdoors. He gave us a workshop presentation using Tombow brush pens, fine liner pens, Windsor and Newton watercolours and a variety of brushes with sizes ranging from flats to riggers. Here we were asked if we hadn't sketched before to maybe practise beforehand to give us time to keep up with Ian during the Zoom call.

Artist Ian Fennelly

Artist Ian Fennelly - Credit: Ian Fennelly

Ian uses six stages for his sketching which he clearly followed, starting with a fine line pen. He continued through each stage giving tips and hints on how to use the brush pens, emphasizing the sketching throughout, to produce a dynamic image of an urban landscape in Great Risington in the Cotswolds. It was another really interesting afternoon not to be missed.

Urban sketcher Ian Fennelly paints mostly outdoors

Urban sketcher Ian Fennelly paints mostly outdoors - Credit: Ian Fennelly 

Two very different presentations enough to grab anyone's interest and motivate us to paint. Watch this space for the painting challenge to be drawn very soon.
If you would be interested to join us, go to the Sidmouth Society of Artists website:, we would love to see you.

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