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Cats, Fish and traffic jams

A demonstration piece, watercolour and acrylic on Saunders Waterford watercolour paper with added detail in liquified acrylic ink.

A demonstration piece, watercolour and acrylic on Saunders Waterford watercolour paper with added detail in liquitex acrylic ink.

Last week I had 2 demonstrations in a row. One in Cuckfield on Thursday evening to the Adventurers Art Club and one on Friday evening to Tonbridge Art Group. I haven’t been doing much driving lately,  working from home, and am amazed at how quickly I’ve got rusty. A few weeks ago I confidently headed off to Mayfield and was merrily bowling along laughing away to Lisa Tarbuck on Radio 2, thinking I was just 5 minutes away from a tasty pub dinner when I realised I had driven along the wrong road for the last 40 minutes and had no sat nav and no map. I had to sheepishly call my son to give me directions and was quite late, even for a Tipler. So the thought of 2 longish drives on my own was making me nervous, plus I hadn’t had a chance to practice or prepare as I usually do before a demonstration. I allowed oodles of time so had a chance for a lovely stroll around Cuckfield church yard and had a look at the stained glass windows which helped psyche me up for my demo of ‘a painting in the style of a stained glass window’. The group couldn’t have been more welcoming, helpful  and appreciative and that all helped me to do a pretty good demo, if I say it myself. I almost completed it (the pond) in the 2 hour session.

A demonstration piece, sketched in pencil from my photo of Angel, traced down onto powder blue can ford paper (smooth) using burnt sienna pastel. Painted in soft chalk pastel with details in pastel pencil and using a battery eraser.

A demonstration piece, sketched in pencil from my photo of Angel, traced down onto powder blue can ford paper (smooth) using burnt sienna pastel. Painted in soft chalk pastel with details in pastel pencil and using a battery eraser.

The next day I had a lot of accounts work to do so my son (another one) bought me some paper while he was out and about and arrived with it just before I left. I’d given myself 2 options: a ginger cat on blue paper if he managed to get the right blue; a tabby cat on black paper if I felt brave (tabby markings take a long time). I allowed 2 hours for the drive and arrived at where I thought the demo was in one hour so popped to the local pub for an orange juice (actually I needed a wee but felt too embarrassed to just go in and use the ladies so ended up paying £2.40 for the privilege). I then realised I was the wrong end of the High Street which had road works and long traffic jams so I arrived just in time. It was an odd venue, the pavilion on the edge of the brand new athletics track in the sports centre, a long thin building so people were sat in 2 really long rows. Consequently I was jigging about working from different angles so that I wasn’t constantly blocking the view for a small section of the audience. I worked on the ginger cat and decided to show the whole process from the initial sketch so I didn’t finish the portrait to a high standard but was happy enough with the result. I had a lovely email from the group today thanking me for my ‘enchanting’ demonstration. What lovely people- I got a fancy cup cake with my cup of tea, too!

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