Dynamic Acrylic Landscapes with Lynda Appleby (http://www.lyndaappleby.co.uk)
Following on from our first workshop on 23rd January this year, we invited Lynda back to cover the initial brief. Previously, as a group, we were concentrating on some colour theory and became engrossed in this leaving no time for the “dynamic” stuff. This was great timing for me as I was about to embark on the Painting 1 Colour Theory section!
Lynda returned and demonstrated her technique and methods before leading us through the workshop. As a collective, it was agreed that we would follow a more prescriptive course, step by step, as our group has a cross-section of experience and some have not used acrylics very extensively. We began making a tonal drawing in our sketchbooks – we all had the same photographic reference – using the photo upside down to get past the detail. We then gathered round for a demonstration from Lynda, exploring using coloured acrylic inks wet in wet, letting them run, drip and disperse as they wished. I enjoy this kind of thing and have to confess got a little carried away and made quite a mess, both on the paper and off!
After letting hers dry, Lynda returned to colour mixing and adding dark areas on her painting following her tonal sketch as reference and then building up her painting from there. We followed suit and luckily most of my “dynamic” inks (or muddy mess) was covered as the painting progressed, although some colour and drips were visible at the bottom of the picture. The painting is yet to be finished, when I do return to it, I intend to leave some of these spontaneous marks and drips visible to hopefully add drama to quite a serene scene.