Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society

The arts site for south west Scotland

Portrait painting

Katharine Wheeler demonstrated her techniques of portrait painting in oils to members at Gracefield, Dumfries, on February 17. She began with a quick overall wash of dark

colour and then lightened strategic areas with a rag to roughly suggest the shape of the sitter's face. Katharine proceeded to build up a likeness with subtle defining strokes and using a limited tonal range.

There was insufficient time for Katharine to create a finished painting but she reached a stage at which a characterful portrait was emerging.

Katharine's follow-up workshop for members on March 3 is fully booked, but she does organise other workshops. You can email her here.

The final demonstration in our 2016-17 season is on March 17, when potters Hannah McAndrew and Douglas Fitch will be revealing the secrets of slipware decorating. Details of our summer programme will be published shortly.

Last DGRI show?

Thirty-five members showed 67 works in the society's winter exhibition at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. Thirteen pictures were sold. This may well have been our last exhibition at the hospital - the new infirmary is expected to be open by next Christmas and it seems unlikely we will be allowed to exhibit there. However, the society's council members are exploring alternative ways of mounting a Christmas exhibition.


Next demonstration:

Potters Hannah McAndrew and Douglas Fitch. March 17 at Gracefield arts centre, Dumfries, 11am-12.15pm.


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