Every winter The Art Scene has a series of lunchtime demonstrations on a Thursday. You can download a PDF of all the upcoming demonstrations from their website. I usually do a demonstration for Matisse Derivan. This year I am using the Matisse Inks. They are absolutely loaded with pigment so they are a pleasure to use, and they have new bottles that have a dropper and are bottom-heavy, so they are better than ever.
So I had to come up with something new. Eliza, who works at Derivan now, showed me some good tricks, and I went through my trusty art books to find a few more things. As far as inks and mixed media are concerned, I think Maxine Masterfield is the go-to person. I found something in her book In Harmony with Nature: Painting Techniques for the New Ageand something else in her other book Painting the Spirit of Nature combined the two, and this is the result. Well, one of the results. This technique is fun and easy and something even children could do. If you can doodle, you can do it. This is ‘Guilin Landscape’. It reminds me of the scenery when I sailed down the river in China.
As well as that I will be demonstrating another fun way of making a painting with inks. Lots to cram in, in just two hours. It’s on 18th July, starting midday. Come along!